BSA Mercury Reviews



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BSA Mercury


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Reviewer: Guest
Recommended: Highly Recommended
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For anyone who has ever owned or still owns a BSA Mercury, you’ll know that you are a lucky guy to have owned a piece of history, and a lovely looking piece at that. It surely is one of, if not the best looking spring airguns ever made commercially. During its time it was a very fine airgun indeed and if you have one at present, keep it, as good examples are getting rarer by the day, although there appears to be a few of them still floating around. It is a sleek looking rifle that comes in .177 & .22 calibres and I would recommend the .177 version as being the better choice at the moderate velocities it is capable of. They are rated at approx 750-800 fps in .177 and can yield up to approx 10 – 11 ft-lb or energy. That makes them no real powerhouse compared to todays monsters but we are talking 1970’s – 90’s vintage here and a long line of heritage from the BSA company, and these rifles were manufactured as part of the time period they were in and were powered to suit, so don’t expect to go supersonic with them. In those days that was plenty of power. The accuracy was outstanding if you had a pellet that suited it and I would bet that a .177 cal Mercury could still hold its own against almost any modern air rifle at distances of up to 30 metres. Pellets that weigh up to about 8 – 8.5 gr maximum would be recommended for the Mercury, and NO heavier. Don’t try to outshoot it with heavier pellets or you may ruin the gun and/or you may never get to realize its true potential as a deadly accurate small game hunting airgun. Nowadays though, you may wish to consider mounting your Mercury on the wall as it really is an air rifle to behold and admire, and there are plenty of other air rifles out there to do the hard yards for you now…

In many ways the Mercury truly is a yardstick by which we can measure so many more modern air rifles for looks and performance. It lived up to expectation back then. I wonder how many can claim that today…


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Reviewer: John Haughey
Recommended: Highly Recommended
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I bought this rifle second hand in 1972, so this makes it at least 36 years old. I have used it for small game during all this time and it has never let me down. What other endorsement could I give it. At least 36 years old and still perfect.

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Reviewer: john
Recommended: Recommended
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break barrel version of the airsporter, a very capable rifle, the only negative point for me is that the pivot pin for the barrel is JUST a pin and not a bolt/nut assembly, this can lead to the yoke of the cylinder opening slightly and sideways movement of the barrel leading to inaccuracy, there is a model (centenary, i think) that has cured this problem by employing the bolt/nut system but they are a bit rare….

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Reviewer: only me
Recommended: Highly Recommended
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Old trusty gun

Works fine Good power for an old gun

Ok noisy spring gun

I have had mine now for 20 years never let me down once

Great for starting out with

Prices are cheap parts still available

I love mine

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Reviewer: mattthew liney
Recommended: Highly Recommended
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this is a great air gun for the beginner as it is powerful and reliable my .22 break barrel is a brilliant gun and i have hac it for ages without it losing any power