Originally Posted by Relic669
I'm really thinking its the spring. Because when I stretch it I can pull the pump handle back to cock. Then release the pump handle and without helping with my hand the handle moves all the way foreword. When the spring weakens it won't return to it's foreword firing position with out help. Other then that it's smooth. It just seems the spring gets worn down very easy.
I doubt its the spring especially if this Sniper was NIB. I've had two Empire Snipers. My first was a well used one with a decently smooth return stroke. My second one was much newer and stuck on the return. Like you, my first thought was the spring. Hell, I thought it was missing a spring all together until I tore it apart. After a bit of testing I found that the biggest culprit was the pump handle sticking on the guide rod. What I did was remove the pump handle, throw a bit in the drill press, and ream it out a bit. You really need a loose fit but take your time and go slow as the handles are something like $50 to replace. I would highly recommend giving this a try, my new Sniper is now ridiculously smooth, even better than my well broken in one.