Refill prices below (these are subject to change)
Air Gun £3-50
We also offer a bottle testing service.
Please note, with empty bottles we often fill them over night.
We offer a range of options at Forelock and Load for refilling airguns. You can buy canisters, cylinders, hand pumps or we can refill your air bottle or airgun, right here in our shop.
A modern PCP air rifle must be filled with clean and dry compressed air either by a pump or a cylinder (scuba diving tank).
Hand pumps are an excellent option for portability, due to their size and weight. You can take it anywhere with you, pretty much as you would a bicycle pump! We sell the FX four-stage pump which has a totally unique gearing system and you will not find it on any other pump. This allows you to change gear, depending on whether you want high volume (with lower pressure) or high pressure (with lower volume). You can fill the air tube rapidly with over 300cc of air per stroke. Then change down gear (less than 200cc per stroke) to reach the recommended fill pressure with ease. If you are considering buying a hand pump, we recommend checking it has a decent filter and a dry pack. This stops dust and moisture getting into the internals of the gun, which will cause corrosion and may damage the valves and seals. A pump is undoubtedly hard work, becoming increasingly harder as the pressure inside your gun increases. You will have to weigh up convenience over effort!
Cylinders (or bottles) are currently the most popular method of filling up our customer’s PCP air rifles. We only stock 300 bar cylinders, as we believe this is the best pressure rating for air rifles. You can purchase the cylinder empty and we will fill it for you using our in-store compressor. When using a 300 bar cylinder, do not under any circumstances use the pressure gauge on your gun to check the pressure of your fill. The gauges on most guns have such a small hole in the back to measure the pressure, that they respond slowly and you may get an over fill and ruin your gun. A separate gauge on the side of the dive cylinder side is a must have. A cylinder is a cost effective way of keeping your rifle charged, but of course not as easily portable as a hand pump! You should get a good 60 fills out of a 7 litre cylinder.
Remember, no matter what cylinder size or pressure rating you get, you will have to have your bottle tested and inspected 5 years after it has been made, and thereafter every 2 years. The test includes a visual inspection of the inside of the cylinder and if required a hydro test. This is where the test centre fill the cylinder with water under extreme pressure and make sure that the bottle does not flex. When your cylinder passes, it will get a sticker placed on the side of your bottle saying that it has been tested. Without this sticker we cannot refill your cylinder.
Come in with your airgun and have a chat with us and we will be more than happy to advise on what is best for you.