Tuning a Gladi8or

Two types known, the "DA" or "Double Air" and the "PA" or "Pump Action" (a.k.a. FX Exterminator). Lots of air (500cc minimum), and the same biathlon style sidelever action as the Cutlas. Also known as Logun Gladi8tor.

Tuning a Gladi8or

Postby parishm on Mon Dec 08, 2008 3:02 am

i consistently read posts where people have had their air rifles "custom tuned"
for better performance. are there any mods or tuning that can be done to the
Gladi8or to increase power ?


also does anyone offer shrouded barrels for the G8 ? i know you can use a
screw-on type but integral shrouds seem to work better.
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Re: Tuning a Gladi8or

Postby raptorx on Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:09 pm

there is original shrouded Gladiators provided by FXAirguns:

http://www.fxairguns.com/product.asp?id=gladiatorda

it increases length by 10cm (4")

to make it more powerful, I think increasing the diameter of airflow holes on the power adjuster will be fine. but better have the opinion of a gunsmith will be better.
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Re: Tuning a Gladi8or

Postby parishm on Fri Dec 12, 2008 11:02 am

mine is apparently an older model and considered a Logun Gladiator, it did
not come with the shrouded barrel like the new ones do.

does anyone know where i can find a screw-on moderator here in the states ?
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Re: Tuning a Gladi8or

Postby FXpoacher on Fri Dec 12, 2008 6:04 pm

Arn't they illegal in the US?.
Best bet would be to check on the US forums as i'm sure some one knows where you can get a DIY "kit".
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Re: Tuning a Gladi8or

Postby gregPCP on Tue Mar 17, 2009 8:05 pm

To tune a gladiator you need to replace the existing hammer with what is known as a japan hammer , then you turn the power selector wheel so that it can select the largest hole , gas flow the transfer ports and then reassemble , presto 380m/s with 16 gr FX pellets
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Re: Tuning a Gladi8or

Postby Arktokosmos on Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:17 am

gregPCP wrote:To tune a gladiator you need to replace the existing hammer with what is known as a japan hammer , then you turn the power selector wheel so that it can select the largest hole , gas flow the transfer ports and then reassemble , presto 380m/s with 16 gr FX pellets


Well, that is actually a good question! So, "newbie me" might join this thread.
Do you have any more specific instructions / procedures on how to tune up an FX Gladiator DA?
What is exactly known as a "japan hammer". I happen to own a Gladiator FX DA (.177) and would like to get a few joules and meters per second extra (around 30J+ and 320+ m/sec is my goal, using FX standard pellets).
Does anyone happen to have specific tipps and tricks for that?

Thank you very much in advance.
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Re: Tuning a Gladi8or

Postby spectrecustom on Wed Mar 03, 2010 5:41 pm

that depends if your in the uk or not
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Re: Tuning a Gladi8or

Postby Arktokosmos on Wed Mar 03, 2010 6:50 pm

I am in Norway. Airguns have no restrictions here when it comes to energy / velocity as long as they are in a calibre up to .177.

Do you happen to have more informations on the subject?
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Re: Tuning a Gladi8or

Postby spectrecustom on Wed Mar 03, 2010 11:06 pm

well kind of but i dont no weather it translates to .177 but i no how to get a .22 to make 42.2 lbft 1093fps witch is about 320ms on air arms diablo feilds with out to much botherand im no gunsmith but it wasent the most consistant and only made that power above 160bar below that it used to drop 10-12 lbft ive found now though with the spect8ter i kind of prefer being at lower power as it kind of makes it more fun for me as i find that i dont need 40lbft for rabbits were i shoot, sometimes less is more , and at the distances i shoot at its all good for me however if i do get board i will just have to see how far i can get the spect8ter but im happy for now ive got bigger problems than power at the moment but if u are interested in what i did pm me and i wlll point you in the right direction but i will not discuss on public chat thou im sure if you look on here im sure others probbly have
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Re: Tuning a Gladi8or

Postby requoil on Thu Mar 04, 2010 6:46 pm

I feel that 1000 fps is the acceptable maximum velocity for normal diablo shaped pellets, when traveling faster than the speed of sound the pellet can become quite unstable and therefore inaccurate. I believe this equates to about 18 ft/lb for a standard 8 grain 177 pellet?
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