Aeron CZ Spider ACZ-101 PCP Match Pistol first impressions...
Just took delivery on a "NEW TO ME" CZ made 10 meter PCP Match Pistol and boy is this thing a HOOT to SHOOT!!!
HW75? What HW75??? I think I am not going to be shooting that one any more because of this one.
I was on the fence whether or not to buy an ALPHA PROJECT 10 Meter Match Air Arms labeled CZ PCP pistol and after noticing one for sale on another classifieds and the erratic chrony string the seller posted as well as PA selling "REFURBS" of that one, I decided to look for a different one but the "made in CZ" really made me interested in buying something from CZ since I really like my other CZ guns.
A buying opportunity came about with a safe queen'd Aeron Spider ACZ101 which no one besides this company sells. (PA used to sell them but no longer available through them).
Did some research and found that they used Lothar Walther Match Grade barrels so it was all good.
I bought it with other match pistols as a package deal (more on that later).
When the huge box arrived, I anxiously unboxed that Aeron FIRST, it came in a nice hard case with fitted with accessories and 2 air cylinders. Noticed both cylinders were empty so I refilled them using my new Chinese $45.00(SHIPPED!!!) hand pump and it took 60 strokes from zero to 200 BAR apiece. Topping off from 90 BAR to 200 BAR only took 35 pump strokes which was suprisingly simple to do. I forget how many shots I took because it was so fun shooting this thing, I lost track and didn't care just took a couple of views at the manometer to see how much pressure was remaining between the many many many shots.
First thing I noticed when shooting it was that trigger was so light it was crazy. This Aeron has a mechanical trigger. Now I own a couple of Daystate Air Wolfs, Red Wolfs, Pulsars and Renegades all with electronic triggers and thought those were light but this Aeron is lighter than all the others with electronic triggers! My FWB, Walther, Anshutz and Steyr Match rifles and pistols' triggers seem really heavy compared to this one. It made the movement of the pistol pronounced and that is the only negative I see with this pistol since it feels light for what it is meant for (10 meter competition). When I shoot it, there is movement which is definitely recoil and it has a compensator that obviously does not work. Sort of reminds me of shooting an out of the box Benjamin P-Rod shooting JSB 18gr Heavies.
Good news is that it appears to be very back yard friendly as long as you don't fire without any pellet in it (when that happens, it sounds like a Beeman P17). When shooting normally, it sounds like my HW75 or my tuned HW30, maybe quieter than that but I was worried about what size LDC I needed to buy for it while it was already in transit to me but that is now a non issue since it won't need one but I can say if I were to put a TKO on it (IF it fits) it would be ridiculously quiet to shoot but won't have a front sight unless I use my shotgun mount truglo TKO set up. HMMM...
It shot just about everything I loaded in it with precision and was really suprised it liked the junk pellets too such as the Daisy pointeds from Walmart (you know the cheapest of the cheap you buy from Walmart). I just plinked at everything with it. Out to 65 yards a soda pop can has no chance.
Dancing plastic golf balls too and when past 70 yards they were very difficult to hit but this is only a 10 meter pistol. Had used 2 handed grip while shooting. Tin cans not a problem with this pistol.
This pistol hits harder than my HW75. The smack can be heard significantly louder. Time of pellet from barrel to target past 50 yards is relatively quick for a pistol too. Targets danced with emotion when hit with this pistol compared to the HW75.
If I had to live with just a pump and this pistol, I could be content after I try out an IZH46M Weaver Picatinny base barrel clamp to mount a scope to it. I will have one soon from another pistol I just bought which is a FAS 609 PCP Match pistol as well to compare this to.
I would highly recommend this pistol to anyone who wants a fun to shoot pistol whether for competition of precision back yard plinking and is extremely hand pump and neighbor friendly.
I have to add that cocking it is nearly effortless, not even any significant resistance when cocking, lift up the side lever to the up position with your pinky then load a pellet and press that lever back down which closes the bolt and seats the pellet with the probe, its that simple.
And, the Crosman 7.9gr Premier Super Point was the only finiky pellet due to it being oversized but still shot straight when loaded properly.
This little thing has some serious kick to it when shot, much more than my Crosman 1701p that is hopped up to 10+fpe with the simple larger .080 P-Rod transfer port swap.
Haven't chronied it yet but my best guess judging by how far the pellets inbed themselves deep into the tree as a backstop is much more than 443fps.
It feels like shooting a 22 PCP pistol IMHO.
I've seen the Spider and FAS 609 at some point on some site and thought they looked quite nice. Nice score. Maybe I'm not the only shooter with a weakness for ten-meter pistols... for use beyond ten meters. Keep us posted.
I'm training to be the next Bob Munden can't you tell?
10 meter gets me through the winter. I have just enough basement hallway to pull it off. I think I have the same pistol you have.
I did get a little cocky with it enough to try a competition, choked! I think I'll stick to the basement in the future. 😀
Mine seems to have small grips. I didn't know where to find larger ones so I got out some wood tools and started to personalize them. Much more comfortable for me.
Hey Rick how do you deal with the recoil? Been shooting it earlier on today lots and lots of lead flyin' I had better buy some more pellets because this little thing is a real joy to shoot! I grabbed the HW75 to take a shot to compare the sound between them and this Spider is noticeably quieter and I would say quieter than I had originally reported. Last night I was shooting it and you know at night time it sounds louder than it is since there is very little noise and this pistol wasn't offensive at all shooting in the evening. Also noticed the bolt needs to be closed securely pressing the cocking lever to click it firmly shut otherwise there will be a pop and blowby (not closed all the way).
Yours must be hotted somehow. I'll have to get mine out again but don't recall any recoil. I also doubt it would hit 50 yard targets. You are right on the "joy to shoot" part. Cocks and loads so easy. I'm going pot gut shooting this weekend so it's on the back burner. Went shooting today with the owners of Utah Airguns. they had the trick shooter Rick Rehm as a guest. Got to watch his videos off his phone while in he car. Absolutely amazing! Still shaking my head in disbelief. It was funny though, he missed an easy rested shot at a starling and I just wouldn't let it go. 🤣 Just being a dick. He'd show me a incredible video and I would just go, "That's amazing! How could a guy that can do that miss a rested starling shot?". I may have pushed it a little hard. 😏 He took it pretty well and I gave him a Know Your Limit target set to make amends. Nice guy and full of head shaking trick shots.
I like the 10 meter and Field Target guns due to their precision accuracy over sporter hunter style guns in general. I don't plan on competeting with them but appreciate their mind blowing accuracy and noticed the more accurate the 10 meter or Field Target gun, the farther you can reliably hit targets at longer distances. Many may think that it is a waste but I like to put scopes on my 10 meter rifles and many pistols as well. I also noticed that 10 meter rifles and pistols tend to be really pellet friendly compared to sporter rifles.
Rick Rehm is a nice guy, I bought his 22 Marauder Field and Target gun he made a video on.
When I saw that video, I just HAD to have THAT Marauder. It wasn't for sale and I am pretty sure he was going to keep it but a friend of mine who is close friends with him helped me nudge him into selling it to me and told him to forward his phone number to me and we did the deal. I have been eyeing his hot rodded 1701P that was professionally tuned and converted into a 22 that he does his trick shots with and told me he will let me know first when he is ready to part with it.
I am eyeing a 10 meter Feinwerkbau rifle and am currently losing sleep over it.
It has got to be the nicest looking FWB 10 meter rifle I have ever seen.
Stock looks extremely comfortable too.
Only problem I see which as held me up from buying it is that with its large swing up loading gate, it may not be possible to mount a scope onto it due to that lever hitting the windage turret.