Airguns at the 2017 SHOT Show – Day One
There’s a lot of news about airguns at the 2017 SHOT Show!
For our HAM day one report, we’ll start by concentrating on the news from Crosman.
But first, here’s a couple of YouTube airgun stars, Steve from AEAC and Giles from the AirgunGearShow. They were taking a selfie at the Daystate booth. Don’t ask me what happened next, I was off to visit Crosman…
Of course one of the highlights was the introduction of the new regulated Benjamin Marauder – the Field & Target Edition. With a MSRP of $619.99, this model has an on/off switchable regulator. With the regulator in the “off” position, muzzle velocity and shot curve is said to be the same as the existing unregulated model.
The silver area in the gas tube of the show sample indicates where the regulator is located. This will be black on production guns.
With the regulator engaged, Crosman claims up to 70 regulated shots at a consistent 800 FPS in .177 caliber. In .22 cal, that’s 50 regulated shots at 750 FPS. The regulator switch can be operated by a screw head incorporated in the end cap – a nice touch.
Phillip Guadelupe from Crosman showed me the Marauder Field & Target Edition. He also showed me the new – $150.00 – Benjamin Wildfire. Airguns at the 2017 SHOT Show This is the “PCP version of the 1077” that’s causing a lot of interest among many air gunners. It’s certainly one of the more interesting airguns at the 2017 SHOT Show. Thanks Phillip!
Crosman’s VP of marketing, Jennifer Lambert, showed me the new range of Benjamin break barrel air rifles which include Corpsman’s new SBD – Silencing Barrel Device.
Crosman designed the SBD system to provide improved noise-reduction capabilities, combined with the ability to have iron sights on the gun. These have been largely incompatible design goals up to now. Crosman’s asymmetrical design allows this to happen in a practical – if unusual-looking manner.
MSRPs on these SBD Benjamin breakbarrel models vary between $225 and $275.
Other new airguns at the 2017 SHOT Show we saw at Crosman were two Remington-branded air pistols. One – the Model 1875 – is a CO2-powered gunshot is capable of shooting both BBs and .177 caliber pellets. The MSRP is expected to be around $120.
A second Remington air pistol is the RP45. This is a non-blowback version of the new Remington RP9/RP45 firearm. MSRP is to be $49.99.
Crosman is also introducing a new range of CenterPoint scopes. These – the Spectrum models – have reticles placed in the first focal plane of the scope. This gives improved aiming benefits as the scale of the reticle proportionately changes as the scope is zoomed, very useful when using mil dots for holdover purposes.
There are three new models in the CenterPoint Spectrum range. Below, Jason Reid, Crosman’s new Marketing and Communications Manager, shows us the 3-9×40 AO model. Prices should be less than $200 for each model.
Finally, for today, there are two new HPA compressors being shown at the SHOT Show. One is the new Air Venturi model…
… the second is the Omega Turbo Charger, a new, upgraded dual piston, that means faster, version of the long-running Super Charger model distributed by Precision Airgun Distribution.
Yes, compressors are still big bucks for most PCP owners, but their convenience is undisputed and the price/performance of these home-use compressors is steadily improving. Both the Air Venturi and Omega versions fill HPA tanks to 4,500PSI and are conveniently-operated from a 110 Volt domestic electric supply.
There will be more – a lot more – about new airguns at the 2017 SHOT Show tomorrow…