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In the 2nd picture, right in front of the gauge, there is a little cutout in the aluminum (striped part). The edges are a bit warped from Tony having to pry on it to get it loose for the tank adapter install. Doesn't effect anything performance wise, just doesn't look perfect.
The top-hat was done by Tony as well. I believe it's this model. He did the build right after the Talon SS was released. Condors were available at the time though. He suggested changing it and I said sure. Haha, sorry I'm not more help!
I have a Hill MK4 hand pump. That's the only way I've ever filled it. We replaced a few o-rings when I did the tank adapter upgrade about 2 years ago. Haven't shot the rifle much since then. Have a friend here in town that is big into airguns, so he's helped with maintenance (o-ring replacements, lubing with scuba silicone, etc.)
The tank is the original aluminum Air Force tank. I don't see a date on it, but I haven't noticed any leaks in the tank or performance reduction when I have shot it.
Appreciate the time and effort, but not the breech... the other side (tophat/valve output). Tony does an aftermarket tophat, which is the desireable one, that has threads inside the tophat output valve. It allows you to screw in different valve output inserts to restrict the airflow. For "plinking" you don't necessarily need full output so dialing down the air increases your shot count per fill dramatically.
With the tank date... I'm guessing it's an older build and, more than likely... has the "tuned" one piece tophat (no inserts).
The tophap "appears" to have an insert already in it which is probably why you don't see the threads. In the top photo in post #12 it also looks like you can see the threads of the insert itself and not quite screwed all the way into the tophat.
When you look down inside the middle of the valve opening do you see a hex key socket in the bottom of the valve?
If so, it's kinda odd he would have tuned it with an insert in place. Possibly a permanent insert(?).
Which leads to the next question. If you see a hex key socket in the bottom of the insert could you try it and see if it is removeable? Not necessarily taking it all the way out, just giving it a quarter turn and back again to see if it's been permanently fixed?
Quite alright if you don't want to mess with it, but kinda a deal maker/breaker if the output is resitricted and the insert is permanently fixed.
So. That's not a one piece top hat. Those hex screws secure the valve top to the rest of the valve stem assembly. Inside the center hole of the valve itself is where the insert appears to be. Look into the bottom... IF it's an insert there should be a hex socket at the bottom of the hole. ?