Airguns at the 2017 SHOT Show – Day Two
There’s around 64,000 attendees at the 2017 SHOT Show, making the whole huge exhibition center seem full of people. There’s some of them milling around in our heading photograph above.
There’s no question that Umarex is really making headlines with the number of product introductions they have made at the show. There’s eleven new announcements and they’re all being shown on the show floor. We’ve already seen the new Umarex Gauntlet at the Industry Day at the Range, but below we see Glenn Seiter, Service Manager for Umarex USA, holding the Gauntlet for us.
Gauntlet is a regulated PCP air rifle that combines a 10-shot, clip-fed bolt action with a high number of consistent shots at high muzzle velocity. Combined with a incredible MSRP of just $299, this makes Gauntlet one of the most talked-about airguns at the 2017 SHOT Show.
The Gauntlet holds High Pressure Air at 3,000 PSI in its tank. This is regulated down to 1,100 PSI for use in the valve – an extremely low regulated pressure that’s one of the main reasons for the high consistent shot count.
Another highlight from Umarex was the announcement of the Hammer big bore air rifle.
There’s no doubt about it. This is a big, big bore air rifle – as Glenn demonstrates above!
Again, the Hammer is a regulated gun. It uses 4500 PSI in the HPA tank regulated down to 1,000 PSI for the valve. This gives thee consistent shots per fill for the .50 caliber air rifle. Umarex is claiming that these three shots each have a muzzle velocity of 758 FPS with 550 Grain lead bullet, giving 702 Ft/Lbs of muzzle energy for each shot. Wow!
One of my favorite introductions on the Umarex booth at the 2017 SHOT Show was a BB-firing replica of the MP40 submachine gun. I want one!
The Legends MP – as it’s called – includes 60 BBs and two 12 Gram C)2 cartridges in its detachable stick magazine. The skeleton stock swivels around the pistol grip, just like the original. The Legends MP looks close to perfect to me, except for one thing. Apparently it’s semi-auto only. What happened to the “Rock and Roll” selector?
Umarex Havox hunting pellets are being launched at the 2017 SHOT Show as the ultimate hunting pellet in .177 cal, .22 caliber and .25 cal. Umarex says that these pellets are machines from solid copper, rather than being cast as are most airgun pellets.
The machined construction of Umarex Havox pellets provides sharp edges to the “petals” that expand when the pellet hits home. In addition to the dumping of massive amounts of energy into the target, these sharp edges cause maximum wound damage. The result is claimed by Umarex to be a a huge step forward in ensuring humane, one shot kills when hunting.
Another new PCP air rifle that was shown for the first time at the 2017 SHOT Show was the FX Streamline. This is positioned as an “entry level” PCP from the Swedish manufacturer and is available in .177 cal, .22 caliber and also .25 cal.
Above, Larry Piercey of Precision Airgun Distribution shows us the Streamline and, below, he compares the .25 cal version with the .22 cal. As you can see, the .25 cal version includes a longer HPA air tube to achieve a higher shot count in the larger caliber.
For the first time, the NSSF ran an educational session about airguns. This session, “Selling Airguns at Retail” was presented by HAM Publisher, Stephen Archer. No less than 75 attendees at the 2017 SHOT Show registered for the session – a great indication of the number of firearms dealers who are interested in selling airguns in their stores.
Before the presentation, Stephen was also interviewed on camera by the 2017 SHOT Show TV film crew, below. This was further evidence of the importance being attached to airguns in this massive firearms industry trade show.
There’s MUCH more news to come from the 2017 SHOT Show. Check back tomorrow in Hard Air Magazine for more new airguns and news!