Tuesday, 14 February 2012

First Look - Diana P1000 PCP

Well, it's taken them over 25 years... but the great airgunmaking name of Diana has finally joined the ranks and delivered us a precharged pneumatic air rifle! And the great thing is, their new P1000 14-shot PCP is anything but behind the times!


It's supplied with both a 14-shot, rotary magazine and a single-shot loading system, and it looks quite radical, with a two-piece stock design that's available in either sporter or thumbhole guises. Supplied in either .177 (4.5mm) or .22 (5.5mm), Diana are producing the P1000 in three power formats to suit various markets, from 7.5J to a full-fat version that can kick out around 1,150fps in .177, or 950fps in .22. You can also buy the P1000 with or without a silencer to screw on the 1/2in UNF threaded muzzle.


It's cocked via a sidelever action and has a screw-off cylinder as its powerplant, which is filled to 300BAR for a return of up to 280 shots (.22; 240 in .177) from the specially regulated action - each of them recoilless.


Although I'm currently testing the rifle for a detailed test report in Airgun Shooter magazine, you can get a brief insight into what I think is a very nice rifle indeed on AirgunTV.

15 comments:

  1. sorry but the p1000 has a very pronounced power curve which would suggest that the gun is NOT regulated.

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  2. Interesting. RUAG (Diana's UK importers) tell me it has one. Diana's website indicates the same (albeit in broken English) and my tests (though only from 200BAR) show the curve is very flat until the 70BAR refill point, which also suggests the air is regulated.

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  3. I saw your test and from a fill of 175bar the fps made a steady climbe, to me that would suggest that the gun isnt regulated, or the regulator isnt a very good one.

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  4. Hi nigel, iv just watched your review again..and like i said befor from a fill of 175bar to the refill of 70bar there is nearly 1 ftlb in increase..this gun is not regulated..a regulated gun regulates all the shots not just some of them.

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  5. I met with the Diana designers at the British Shooting Show yesterday. They confirmed that there IS a regulator fitted - so that is that one categorically answered. The increase in velocity you see on the curve in my video happens AFTER the pressure in the main cylinder drops below the reg's operating pressure; this phenomenon is not uncommon on PCPs

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  6. Hello Nigel, what material is used for receiver and air tank? As for velocity, I'd try to decrease regulator pressure (it should be adjustable), or else this may mean that velocity is manually decreased due country laws regulations.

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  7. Hi Nickolay. Air tank is steel; receiver is an alloy casting of some description. Diana are making the rifle for different territories, so will probably adjust reg pressures to suit. Hope this helps. Nige

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    1. As I can see on your video regulator is not working properly, because power curve graphic is constantly increases which is normal for non-regulator rifles. As far as I understand (based on my rifles with regulator experience) power curve graphic should be flat, with +- 20 FPS difference max. And after regulator stops it working, curve should be constantly decreasing. That means you may need to adjust valve and piston springs, and if that won't help at all you will need to find new regulator or make your own. This would be normal for rifle at ~500 USD but not for 800 Euros.
      Regards.

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  8. I tend to agree Nickolay. But this is how the rifle that was sent to me actually performed.

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    1. They have some nice ideas with P1000 like independent from air tank barrel or rotating mag convertable to single-shot, hope RWS will improve curve with their next pcp rifle (its their first pcp rifle as we all know) or even make a fix-kit for this one. I'm using RWS's spring rifle and it is very high quality with great accuracy and power.

      Thanks for the video, was a pleasure to watch, it would be also great if you will show inner parts and focus on valve-piston system.
      Regards

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  9. Hi Nigel, I recently got a P1000, but my round magazine is jamed and cant be removed, I have tried looking for help on other place, Do you happen to face with this issue or know anything about it?

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  10. Hi Jose. I've not experienced this problem on the test P1000 of mine - and, to be honest, I can't really see what can go wrong to jam it! I suspect a pellet has got 'crushed' between the magazine and the barrel breech. I think the best thing to do is use a barrel rod, from the muzzle, to dislodge the jam. But take care - you could potentially be dealing with a 'live' gun here.

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  11. Any news on its next model? I am a diehard Diana guy as a family using it for over 75 years. So will never shift brand. Keen to buy P1000 but not reading good reviews perplexes me. Can someone tell me where can I order one in USA?

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  12. Hi.
    I have this rifle more than 2 months. I am satisfied with the power, speed and accuracy of grouping of shots at first time. The problem with the magazine moving also present...unfortunately. But after 1500 shots had some problems with the reservoir and the reduction mechanism. I pressuring air by Hill pump with dryer. After 270 bar pumping the rifle does not shooting normal-very week speed and power. Between shots I have to wait half a minute to reduction valve scored the air. I forced to flush off the air from the reservoir up to 220 bar for normally shooting. The manufacturer has made the "raw" rifle for such big money! And in my country I can not return the product to the seller...
    This product does not make the high reputation for Diana Company.

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  13. Hi Nigel.
    I have this rifle more than 2 months. I am satisfied with the power, speed and accuracy of grouping of shots at first time. The problem with the magazine moving also present...unfortunately. But after 1500 shots had some problems with the reservoir and the reduction mechanism. I pressuring air by Hill pump with dryer. After 270 bar pumping the rifle does not shooting normal-very week speed and power. Between shots I have to wait half a minute to reduction valve scored the air. I forced to flush off the air from the reservoir up to 220 bar for normally shooting. The manufacturer has made the "raw" rifle for such big money! And in my country I can not return the product to the seller...
    This product does not make the high reputation for Diana Company.

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