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fluffmaster
23-04-2011, 06:37 AM
Before I write anything about this impressive springer, let me just say that Diana Air King, Model 54 is perhaps the King of Air Guns. It is an Air Gun lover’s dream come true, sheer beauty, very accurate and a collector’s item. The Diana Air King Model 54 comes in three calibers .177/4.5mm, .22”/5.5mm and .25”/6.35mm. The air gun being reviewed has a .22”/5.5mm caliber.

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Vital Stats

Model : Diana 54 AirKing
Manufacturer: Mayer & Grammelspacher
Country of Origin: Germany
Type: Spring/piston (semi recoilless)
Action: Sidelever
Stock: Beech sporter
Caliber: .22”/5.5mm
Weight: 9.8 lbs / 4.5 kg
Overall Length: 43.5 inch / 1100mm
Barrel Length: 17.3 inch / 440mm
Trigger: 2 stage adjustable
Muzzle Velocity: 230 m/s or 850-900 fps

OTHER FEATURES:

Adjustable Front Sight (Plastic)
Adjustable Metallic Rear Sight (Elevation and Windage)
Checkered Wooden Stock
Ramp for Mounting Scope
Right Hand
Cocking Guard
Rubber Butt Plate



The Air King is a sheer beauty. It is an adult’s rifle, weighing 10 lbs and carrying along on a hunt can tire a person. But all things good have their downside. The checkered finish on the pistol handle and front stock ensures a good grip. This should suit hunters well as the hold can become slippery due to sweating, especially in summers. The metal finish is very good and one can imagine the effort that must have gone in to make a rifle of this standard.the metallurgy is as good as Diana's reputation.

The high quality Rubber Butt Plate provides adequate comfort to the firer’s shoulder and also serves to protect the air gun when placed vertically. Just two screws, one near the trigger guard and the other at the far end of pistol handle (both at the bottom) hold the springer in place. Loosen them and the air gun comes apart. The wood is of good quality as is always the case with Diana.



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The screws are placed on the lower side since it is snot a break barrel type air gun:



Just two screws hold the rifle in place:



The Diana Air King 54, has side lever and it is a fixed barrel rifle. The lever requires some effort to load the spring, I am not sure how much in terms of force. A cocking guard prevents the lever from accidental closure when loading the pellet. A gentle press is all it takes to bring the side lever back to its position. The movement of slide lever and cocking guard spell precision. The feeling is great, no bumps, stops or jams. On closing the slide lever automatic safety is applied. As with Diana guns the safety can be easily released with one’s thumb just before firing the gun.





The lever when opened makes an angle roughly 120 degrees, anything less and it won't work:

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the cocking guard and the rear sight:

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Both the front as well as rear sights are adjustable. A small screw is required to be loosened to adjust the front sight. The ramp can be fitted with a scope, it requires stoppers though or the scope slides and has to be zeroed again.

The Best Part. The best part of Diana Air King is the recoil-less action. There is minimal recoil in the gun. This is achieved by a recoil-less mechanism consisting of a floating mechanism where the metallic part of the rifle (tube included) moves back on a rail while the pellet leaves the barrel. This backward action results is no or minimal recoil while at the same time improves accuracy. (As we shall see later). Although the movement is no more than 1” but even this is enough to compensate for the recoil. So basically the movement prevents spring vibration while the pellet safely exits, thus ensuring greater accuracy. Firing the King is a very nice and unforgettable experience.

The front sight is made of good quality plastic and is adjustable as well:

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The safety along with slide rail. The metallic parts move till the pistol handle:



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PRECAUTIONS

The slide lever requires some force to pull back to full position, it will make an angle of 120 degrees when fully opened. That is the point where cocking guard becomes effective. If the lever is not pulled back to its required position, the cocking guard will not function, will appear to be jammed. This is a dangerous position because at this point the rifle is not cocked. If at this time the lever is accidentally released you might injure your fingers/hand. After spending a little time with the rifle I was able to make out the cause. When the gun is fired the whole mechanism moves back by 3/4 to 1". It does not go back to its original position. So when you try to cock the rifle, it requires more force since it has to move the metal parts also. The way to avoid is to hold the rifle with the barrel pointing downwards (after firing it) and let the gravity work. The gun parts will automatically slide back to original position. Now the next cocking effort will not require much effort and won't even jam.

I found nothing wrong with the Air King 54. If there could be a sling attached to it, this would make it easy to carry in stead of tiring the hunter. I have seen hooks on some Diana models and I am sure with some good modification, these can be attached to it as well.

ACCURACY

Are you kidding me? Just see the results. my rifle was fitted with a Bushnell Scope (Chinese). I shot about 20 plus pellets and couldn't figure what was wrong. It would shoot groups and then would at once go haywire. The Chinese scopes loose zeroing after every few shots. So I removed the scope and shot at 20 and 25 M with Iron sights. I won't say anything about the results, just see the targets screen-shots. This rifle will not miss its mark.

Results at 20 M

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Results at 25 M

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CONCLUDING REMARKS

Like I said before it is a collector’s item. Its major pros are solid body, no recoil, reliability and excellent workmanship. I can find no drawback or downsides. The price in Pakistan is around Rs. 60,000 which is quite steep for and air gun, but then the King is a leading model and a purchase which no one will regret. It is an air gun which promises to give years of service to its owner.

P.S. The target used was a standard 25 pistol target. I wasn't sure which target to use with this Air Gun. I intend trying out this monster on more distance/range but 25 M was the maximum I could afford with conventional sights .

Denovo87
23-04-2011, 09:12 AM
Great review Fluffmaster bro... keep your input coming.

rashidjabbar
23-04-2011, 10:45 AM
great work sir really a great gun.

"King Of Kings"
23-04-2011, 02:28 PM
very nice review brother,no doubt it is a king of air guns,,,,

regards.

taha
23-04-2011, 03:34 PM
Must say - very beneficial!

Hamdan Khan
24-04-2011, 01:12 PM
great work by fluff master ..........

fluffmaster
27-04-2011, 06:28 PM
great work by fluff master ..........

Many Thanx brethren for your kind appreciation

Amjad Ali
27-04-2011, 07:17 PM
thanks for shairing , your target remain me the memory of GILLANI SAHAB

fluffmaster
28-04-2011, 07:50 PM
thanks for shairing , your target remain me the memory of GILLANI SAHAB

Gilani sahab is still in front of your eyes....so is zardari sahab....it might take a little time before you could categorize them into (memories)!!!!!!!!!!

sights
08-06-2011, 01:50 PM
FM, besides review, your personal-experience-info is really appreciable. Can't wait to put hands on this beauty.

mujtabakhan
08-06-2011, 05:32 PM
Detailed Review brother Fluff Master.... Valuable Input :)

fluffmaster
11-06-2011, 03:12 PM
FM, besides review, your personal-experience-info is really appreciable. Can't wait to put hands on this beauty.

I have now been plinking it with a genuine diana scope, the simplest diana model mounted on a genuine diana single piece mount. I tell u,,,its a sensation to fire this gun,,,,the recoilless operation is smooth as butter. and the gun just doesnt miss,,,and its a treet to take down target at long ranges like 40 to 50 meters.its truelly the King of all air rifles. cant think of anything better

Dr Hanif Malik
11-06-2011, 08:26 PM
great gun and good review.

Ameer
12-06-2011, 11:00 PM
Fluffmaster, this nice gun needed a nice review too. You did it.

I would like to ask you, if i compare it with Gamo Whisper X, What will be your advice to go for?

fluffmaster
04-07-2011, 07:27 PM
having bought a genuine diana scope and a genuine diana full body mount,,,I seem to have regained my gun,s fitness for scoped shooting to a great extent. I am now able to shoot upto 50 yards with convenience and yesterday was able to take down 6 doves in the evening.

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it did wonders for me in accuracy

prices :

scope : 7200/- from Bux Elahi, Lahore
Mount : 7000/- = = = = = = = = = =

fluffmaster
04-07-2011, 08:24 PM
Fluffmaster, this nice gun needed a nice review too. You did it.

I would like to ask you, if i compare it with Gamo Whisper X, What will be your advice to go for?

diana 54 is head and shoulders above the whisper, its so beautiful, so solid, a masterpiece of german engineering....whisper is a good gun, quite powerful and accurate as well,,,,but lacks in the beauty and durability of air king

Hamdan Khan
04-07-2011, 10:13 PM
YES sir Diana IS Diana ......

wasifali89
04-07-2011, 10:28 PM
Fluffmaster, this nice gun needed a nice review too. You did it.

I would like to ask you, if i compare it with Gamo Whisper X, What will be your advice to go for?

how can u compare these 2 ?
one is for 24k
the other is more that double its price

the whisper X can be compared to a 350 magnum and a panther 31 Diana, certainly the KING rules

Hamdan Khan
05-07-2011, 12:49 AM
no Dear Diana 31 panther is available at al sayad at AED 1100 Durhams which means 24k ......

fluffmaster
23-10-2011, 12:14 AM
some defining images of one of the world,s most durable, powerful and popular air gun

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fluffmaster
23-10-2011, 12:22 AM
just click the image to realize the real beauty of this gun

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fluffmaster
23-10-2011, 12:23 AM
some defining images of one of the world,s most durable, powerful and popular air gun

just click the image to realize the real beauty of this gun




http://s3.postimage.org/4mr0i4g4/086b7d742e757cb0.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/4mr0i4g4/)

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fluffmaster
23-10-2011, 12:47 AM
some defining images of one of the world,s most durable, powerful and popular air gun

just click the image to realize the real beauty of this gun (http://postimage.org/image/4mr0i4g4/)

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Umair Bhaur
25-10-2011, 10:27 AM
some defining images of one of the world,s most durable, powerful and popular air gun

just click the image to realize the real beauty of this gun (http://postimage.org/image/4mr0i4g4/)

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Dear All,

Nice pics. I want to share some of the draw backs of Diana 54 airking. Its a costly gun and I feel that all should know the negative points of this gun before going into purchase it.

Please note that I mention these points with complete confidence and surety.

1. Its heavy for some one who wants to shoot it from standing position.

2. Its very accurate but to find all the potential accuracy you would have to scope it. And this is the most difficult thing to do. This gun is hardest on scopes. Even most of the airgun rated scopes do not last long on it. Many Leupolds fail. It is recoil less to the shooter but has the heaviest recoil on scope.

3. The recoil on scope is even greater than Webley Patriot.

4. Even costly scopes fail after a few hundred or few thousand shots.

5. This gun and 48/52/56TH have the shortest spring lives among all Diana airguns. The average spring life is 4000 shots. Some last for just 1000 and some last for 7000 thousand. So when you buy this gun, be ready to acquire an extra spring.

6. The best accuracy with this gun is in bench rest position. When you take a sharp angle, you would have to adjust the power of recoil less system.

7. There is a sleeve of metal on the barrel. This sleeve needs to be kept tight. But some times it becomes loose which creates problem with accuracy.

8. Peep Sight is the only best option for longer range targets. Sadly most of us in Pakistan dont use Peeps.

I hope this much will help. I am always here to give as much information to all as I can.

Regards,

kstabish
27-10-2011, 08:37 PM
@umair,,,,bro u rocked my plans...ws planing to by this gun.....but i seldom shot from rest,,,mostly standing...so i think my gamos r best than

Umair Bhaur
28-10-2011, 11:54 AM
@umair,,,,bro u rocked my plans...ws planing to by this gun.....but i seldom shot from rest,,,mostly standing...so i think my gamos r best than

Dear,

As I mentioned that the anti recoil mechanism may need to be adjusted. It means that it is optional for the shooter how loose or tight he wants this mechanism to be. In fact the factory adjusts it for bench rest. But it is adjustable and can be adjusted to such point where the gun performs very well on bench rest and steep angle position.

Yes its heavy gun. You need some practice to shoot it accurately in standing position. But the anti recoil system will help you a lot. You will love this gun.

I suggest you to move forward and purchase it. Dont hesitate. You will not regret it.

Try to find out following pellets for this gun

Crosman Premier pellets (Doom shaped) 14.3 gr
JSB Exact (Doom Shaped)

Regards,

kstabish
29-10-2011, 01:40 PM
@umair...thanx for ur help bro....im looking for airking....lets see.....
@flfmstr bro i mail u on ur givn adress but no rply til now..looking for ur help

fluffmaster
29-10-2011, 02:57 PM
@umair...thanx for ur help bro....im looking for airking....lets see.....
@flfmstr bro i mail u on ur givn adress but no rply til now..looking for ur help

stabbing sheikh
I,ve replied 3 times , but u dont seem to check ur mail

Carl zeiss
14-08-2012, 04:28 PM
This topic already written in other site; did you asked permission for his copy?

Denovo87
14-08-2012, 04:42 PM
This topic already written in other site; did you asked permission for his copy?

What a second post bro; why dont you visit other threads have some feel of the forum before you start your criticism? This is very original review by fluffmaster bro, who owns this gun but took help from someone to write the review and that helper posted it on other place before owner of gun could post it where he wanted it oroginaly to be.

I am sorry but have to give you a BAN for registering only to criticize. Take 2 days off to chill, will get yourself banned permanantly on very next policing.

shahroze
02-01-2013, 06:16 AM
its a good gun but not for medium build people , loved the review .
its called airking for a reason

ehalin
03-01-2013, 10:26 AM
Dear All,

Nice pics. I want to share some of the draw backs of Diana 54 airking. Its a costly gun and I feel that all should know the negative points of this gun before going into purchase it.

Please note that I mention these points with complete confidence and surety.

1. Its heavy for some one who wants to shoot it from standing position.

2. Its very accurate but to find all the potential accuracy you would have to scope it. And this is the most difficult thing to do. This gun is hardest on scopes. Even most of the airgun rated scopes do not last long on it. Many Leupolds fail. It is recoil less to the shooter but has the heaviest recoil on scope.

3. The recoil on scope is even greater than Webley Patriot.

4. Even costly scopes fail after a few hundred or few thousand shots.

5. This gun and 48/52/56TH have the shortest spring lives among all Diana airguns. The average spring life is 4000 shots. Some last for just 1000 and some last for 7000 thousand. So when you buy this gun, be ready to acquire an extra spring.

6. The best accuracy with this gun is in bench rest position. When you take a sharp angle, you would have to adjust the power of recoil less system.

7. There is a sleeve of metal on the barrel. This sleeve needs to be kept tight. But some times it becomes loose which creates problem with accuracy.

8. Peep Sight is the only best option for longer range targets. Sadly most of us in Pakistan dont use Peeps.

I hope this much will help. I am always here to give as much information to all as I can.

Regards,

Good thoughts, brother. You have rightly pointed out the drawbacks. And these can be generalized to all high power air guns. I have been using air guns since my child hood. It's been now more than 30 years. And from my personal experience I can second your observations. We should not expect power of a firearm from an air gun. Every technology has a limit. And these higher powered air guns are at upper end of the limit of this technology. To enjoy air gunning one should buy low or medium powered air guns like Diana 28 or 27. I prefer even Diana 24. They are light, easy to shoot, accurate, last longer, good for scope use, easy to maintain, have low noise, and safe. The above advantages of medium/low powered air guns are the very reasons one should opt for air gunning. If you want more energy then go for .22 rimfire rifles. People buy air guns and expect to kill deers or wild boars with them which is not the reality.

shahvonder
29-11-2013, 11:24 PM
Good thoughts, brother. You have rightly pointed out the drawbacks. And these can be generalized to all high power air guns. I have been using air guns since my child hood. It's been now more than 30 years. And from my personal experience I can second your observations. We should not expect power of a firearm from an air gun. Every technology has a limit. And these higher powered air guns are at upper end of the limit of this technology. To enjoy air gunning one should buy low or medium powered air guns like Diana 28 or 27. I prefer even Diana 24. They are light, easy to shoot, accurate, last longer, good for scope use, easy to maintain, have low noise, and safe. The above advantages of medium/low powered air guns are the very reasons one should opt for air gunning. If you want more energy then go for .22 rimfire rifles. People buy air guns and expect to kill deers or wild boars with them which is not the reality.

bro ehalin,
search for "hog hunting with Gamo hunter extreme" on youtube and you'll see that the expectation has become reality..... :)
I'm looking around for a D54AK if anyone has one for sale let me know.... Want to buy a second hand and master it then go for a brand new one to keep.... ;)