Nikolay, I don’t have any inside info. I do know that Ed wasn’t satisfied with the .25 long and wasn’t going to sell any more of them.
Now he announces that he is going to sell a restyled R3 version. From following Ed’s work, I know that he is constantly improving his guns and, in the last couple of years, has brought out the Lelya and Veles and the soon to be released Morana.
If Ed is going to make a R3, it follows that he has changed the .25 long enough to give it a new designation. It also follows that Ed has made enough improvements, to the .25, that he is now happy enough with the new gun to begin selling them again. Ed had stated that he wasn't happy with the .25 longs accuracy. I think mine shoots pretty damn good. If Ed has improved the accuracy, the R3 will really be somethng!
I have always thought that Ed was making a mistake by not selling anymore .25 longs. Was if perfect? No, it needed the fps turned down and it will need a new valve every 7,500-10,000 shots. I am very happy with my .25 long and very seldom shoot my .22 standard anymore.
Do I need a R3? No I don’t. I love my .25 long and should be saving the $1900 for my early retirement, due in a couple of months, but if Ed has made improvements to an already great gun, I have to have one!
For me, the fun is trying to figure out just what the hell Ed did to improve the gun. I am like a little kid, under the Christmas tree, shaking my wrapped Christmas present trying to figure out just what in the hell is in the box!
Have Edguns, Will Travel.