One big surprise for those not familiar with the IWA is the sheer number of Turkish PCPs that are being manufactured. Many of these are new models and are – in many cases – the first airguns being developed by the Turkish company that has previously specializes in manufacturing shotguns or centerfire firearms. And almost all of them are completely unknown in the US market!
Hatsan air rifles are well-known in the US, of course. And this manufacturer of Turkish PCPs has a large presence at the IWA Show, as we can see below. HAM covered the new Hatsan PCP models in our SHOT Show report recently.
Turkish Kral air rifles are becoming known in the US market as they are now being imported by Air Venturi and sold by Pyramid Air and Airgun Depot.
But Kral Arms has a much larger range of Turkish PCPs available than the ones that have made it to American shores so far. Below we have photographs of some of them. These are all Kral Arms products, although in some cases they bear a resemblance to PCP air rifles from other manufacturers. Maybe this is why they are not seen in the US?
Below, we see (from top to bottom) the Kral Puncher Bigmax, Pitfall and Jumbo Turkish PCPs…
And the colorful guns in our heading photograph (shown again here) are members of the Kral Puncher Armour family. At first, they made me think of Korean designs.
And below we see Kral Puncher One Turkish PCPs. No prizes for guessing the guns that could have inspired this design. I guess that this is a great form of flattery!
Another new Turkish PCP is the Hammer form ATA Arms. This has a side lever action in .177. cal, .22 and .25 calibers. There’s a free floating barrel and the manufacturer is claiming maximum muzzle velocities of 1,100 FPS in .177 cal, 850 FPS in .22 cal and 750 FPS in .25 caliber.
Below, Yavuz Yollu, the President of ATA Arms (left) and Ilknur Koken, Quality Manager for ATA, show us their new air rifle.
And here’s some of the models in closeup…
Another new Turkish PCP manufacturer is Huglu, from the city of Konya. Huglu was showing their own PCP design, called the Effecto.
The Huglu Effecto is in .22 caliber and features a 12-shot rotary magazine. It’s a regulated gun with a fill pressure of 250 Bar (3,625 PSI) and is ambidextrous. Both the bolt handle and safety can be moved for use from either side of the gun.
Abdussamed Guzel, Huglu’s Sales Manages, showed me the Effecto and described how it also includes an air-operated magazine and double feed prevention systems. Very innovative!
For the next HAM report from the 2017 IWA Show, we’ll move back to covering some of the better-known names in the airgun business: at least from a US perspective.