2019 IWA Show Day Two Airgun Report
Ataman is showing a new “P2C Conversion Kit” for their AP16 PCP pistol. The air pistol now becomes a carbine, complete with folding buttstock, as Rustam Nadyrov from Ataman shows us.
Here it is in close-up, with the stock folded. The pistol is almost completely surrounded by the exterior frame. Only the pistol grip and tripper is visible.
H&N Sport was showing some of the new airgun ammunition that we had previously announced in HAM – and there was more, too!
First we have the Finale Max match pellets. These looked very clean and consistent, as we hope to prove in a future HAM pellet test.
Also the Baracuda Lights…
However, complete new news was that H&N showed some prototype airgun slugs. These were in .22 caliber. H&N General Manager Florian Schwartz explained to me that they planned to offer some slugs in sampler packs to test demand before starting full-scale production.
The sampler packs themselves are in a very early stage of pre-production, however current plans are to have slugs in 21 Grain, 23 Grain, 25 Grain, 27 Grain and 30 Grain weights.
Over at Diana, it was a pleasure to find well-known Field Target shooter, expert airgunner and all round nice guy Hector Medina at Diana’s booth again on 2019 IWA Show Day Two.
First, Hector showed me a new Mauser K98 PCP air rifle prototype from Diana. This is based on the Diana Stormrider HPA tube, valve and trigger, combined with a new “upper”.
Of course, this K98 PCP is NOT to be confused with the very similar-looking Mauser K98 fixed barrel, underlever-cocking springer launched by Diana last year!
The Diana Skyhawk is now shipping to customers and selling fast. But it was still a big draw for visitors at the 2019 IWA Show day two.
Diana also has the new Airbug CO2-powered air pistol. This has an ergonomic wood grip, holds two CO2 cartridges and will be available in .177 cal and .22 caliber. Overall length is 8.3 Inches.
Another new CO2-powered product is the Diana Trailscout air rifle. This is powered by no less than 3 x 12 Gram CO2 cartridges, the first time this may have been done.
Actually, both Diana and SIG SAUER have common ownership in the L&O Group. The SIG Air booth was large, too, although the airguns had all been previously announced at the SHOT Show in January. This included the new fast-firing MCX Virtus model.
We’ll bring this 2019 IWA Show day two report with a look at the new Umarex Reign PCP air rifle. It’s an interesting bullpup model that we’ll be covering in more detail in a future show report.
As always, stay tuned for all the latest IWA Outdoor Classics airgun news in HAM!