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Air Gun Scuba Cylinders


The Scuba Doctor has 232 and 300 bar Faber steel scuba cylinders for charging your airgun, air rifle, pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) air rifle and paintball cylinders/tanks/bottles at the best prices available. We recommend you use a 300 bar steel cylinder as you'll get a lot more fills (it could be something like 3 times more). But check that your local dive shop can do scuba cylinder air fills to 300 bar as some only have compressors rated to 232 bar.

Using a 232 bar scuba cylinder to recharge a PCP air rifle to a target pressure of 180 bar should give you a reasonable number of fills. But if your air gun is being recharged to 220 bar, then a 232 bar scuba tank will give you very few fills. If a 300 bar scuba cylinder is used as the recharge air source then you will get plenty of fills in both cases.

300 bar Steel Cylinders

Midland Diving Equipment DIN Gun Charging AdapterWe have available 300 bar (4,350 psi) Faber steel scuba cylinders with 300 bar DIN valves in 3 litre, 5 litre, 7 litre and 12 litre capacity for charging air rifles. Most people use the 12 litre capacity 300 bar scuba cylinder. The 3, 5 and 7 litre cylinders are typically only used as a more portable solution where mobility counts. It's extremely rare to find 300 bar cylinders for sale second-hand.

The 300 bar scuba cylinders are usually connected to your air rifle using an adapter with a 300 bar male DIN fitting at one end and the fitting required for your air rifle cylinder at the other end. We do not supply these DIN 300 bar adapters. (We suggest you try Hermanns Sporting Guns.) These adapters can be used with scuba cylinders using a 300 bar DIN, 200 bar DIN, or DIN/K valve.

How many fills will you get from a 300 bar cylinder? Well, there are so many variables that we're not prepared to say. Other owners of the setup you're using should be able to answer this much better than we could.

232 bar Steel Cylinders

Midland Diving Equipment A-clamp Gun Charging AdapterWe have available 232 bar (3,365 psi) Faber steel tanks with DIN/K valves (232 bar DIN connection with the insert removed, and Yoke connection with the insert in place) in 3 litre, 5 litre, 7 litre, 9 litre, 10.5 litre, 12.2 litre, 15 litre and 18 litre capacity for charging air guns. If you're buying a 232 bar cylinder, we suggest the 12.2 litre capacity cylinder.

The 232 bar scuba cylinders are usually connected to your air gun/rifle cylinder using a Scuba Filling Yoke/A-Clamp/K-Valve Adapter for PCP Rifles with either a 1/8" BSPP thread or a Female Foster Connection. We do not supply these adapters. (We suggest you try Hermanns Sporting Guns.) These adapters can't be used safely with 300 bar scuba cylinders.

Tech Tips

Refilling the scuba cylinder is best done at a dive shop where the compressed air provided should be completely free of moisture and other contaminants. The compressed air that you pump your car tyres up with is not clean or dry enough for a PCP air rifle, and the pressure wouldn't be high enough anyway, e.g. 150 psi (10 bar) when you need 3,000+ psi (200+ bar).

When charging the rifle, open the scuba cylinder valve very slowly. This will allow the air to pass along the filling hose, open the inlet valve and fill the reservoir. Only partially opening the cylinder valve will let you control the air flow. A slow fill is a good fill. Opening and closing the scuba cylinder valve quickly will give a false reading of how much air is in the gun, it can also damage the rifle.

WARNING: Never use anything other than divers' quality compressed air to recharge your PCP air rifle/gun. Using gasses other than clean, dry, breathing quality compressed air can be highly dangerous and will usually invalidate air rifle warranties.

Air rifles must never be filled to more than the manufacturers stated pressure, which is likely to be much lower than the pressure in the scuba cylinder. By exceeding the recommended pressure two things will happen. The first is that the power of the gun will drop significantly. It's a myth that the higher the pressure in the gun, the more power it produces. In fact, you normally find that maximum power is produced about 10 bar below the maximum recommended pressure on non regulated rifles, and a 20 bar overfill can reduce the power by 40%.

In order for scuba tanks to be refilled in an Australian dive shop they are required to be tested every year if they are used for diving. As a dive shop has no way to tell that you're using the cylinder exclusively out of the water, they will require the scuba cylinder to be in test before filling it.

We suggest you avoid aluminium scuba cylinders as most are only rated to 207 bar. Do not buy second-hand old aluminium cylinders (made of 6351 aluminium alloy, or pre 1995) as some have been known to explode and kill people. Plus you probably won't be able to get these old aluminium tanks tested, or filled at a dive shop.

A full scuba cylinder contains an enormous amount of energy. They are quite robust, however, you should treat them with great care.

We recommend you put a For Paintball Use Only cylinder sticker on scuba cylinders used to fill air gun and paintball cylinders.



Diving Near The Rip

A map of The Rip and surrounding features
A map of The Rip and surrounding features

"The Rip", also known as "The Heads", is the narrow waterway entrance connecting the Bass Strait to Port Phillip in southern Victoria, Australia. Because of large tidal flows through the relatively narrow channel from Port Phillip to the ocean, and a high rocky seabed, The Rip is a dangerous stretch of water and has claimed many ships and lives.

Geographically, The Rip is the roughly triangular area of water between the land points of Point Nepean on the Mornington Peninsula, Shortlands Bluff and Point Lonsdale on the Bellarine Peninsula, with these three forming The Heads.

There are many dive sites in the area of The Rip (The Heads), e.g. Port Phillip Heads Shipwreck Dives, and Melbourne divers need to understand the water movements and tidal flows to safely dive these sites.

The Rip Dive Sites
The Rip Dive Sites | © The Scuba Doctor

The Rip & Tides Warning: Always keep an eye on sea conditions throughout any shore or boat dive within "The Rip" (aka "The Heads"). This is a dangerous stretch of water, where Bass Straight meets Port Phillip, which has claimed many ships and lives. Please read the warnings on the web page Diving Near The Rip before diving or snorkelling this site.

Download/read the 2021 Victorian Tide Tables (Adobe PDF | 6.65 MB) — November 2020.

Designated Hazardous Area
— Port Phillip Heads

The Rip is a part of the greater Port Phillip Heads area which is a Designated Hazardous Area. Port Phillip Heads means all the waters between an imaginary line drawn between Shortland Bluff and Point Nepean, and the seaward limits of an imaginary line consisting the arc of a circle with a radius of three nautical miles centred on Point Lonsdale (as indicated in red above). This definition of Port Phillip Heads now includes the area at the entrance to Port Phillip where conditions are known to present additional risks to vessels operating there. Port Phillip Heads and any area of State waters declared by the Safety Director is classified as a Designated Hazardous Area. For more see transportsafety.vic.gov.au/msv/heads

The defined area is shown in the diagram below:
LIFEJACKET WEAR IS MANDATORY IN THE RED AREA

Designated Hazardous Area - Port Phillip Heads

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