First Look At The American Tactical Nova Freedom .22 Cal PCP Air Rifle
Just arrived in the HAM offices today is the most unusual air rifle we have seen for some time! The American Tactical Nova Freedom is a PCP air rifle with a built-in hand pump. You may remember that we first reported on this gun back at IWA 2017.
Of course, this is not a new concept. Other air rifles have been produced in the past with a similar basic benefit – not needing to carry a separate tank or pump with you to refill your PCP air rifle in the field. The FX Independence springs to mind, for example.
However, the American Tactical Nova Freedom is a new model and it’s selling for an attractive MSRP of $379.95. HAM has the .22 cal version. However a .177 caliber model is also available.
The manufacturer is claiming some pretty impressive specifications for this air rifle. Apart from the built-in handpump, the American Tactical Nova Freedom can be filled from a HPA tank. Maximum fill pressure is 3,600 PSI. There’s an adjustable, two-stage trigger and two power levels settable by a rotating knob.
Pellet feed is via a Marauder-style 10-shot magazine or single shot tray with side lever cocking.
Muzzle velocity for the .22 cal version is given as 900 fps or 700 fps – depending on power adjuster setting. In .177 cal, the claim is 1,000 fps or 800 fps.
Today, we’re taking a first look at the American Tactical Nova Freedom. A full review will follow in April.
The American Tactical Nova Freedom is supplied in a colorful card box.
Inside, the gun is packed securely in molded polystyrene foam for safe transportation.
Straight out of the box, the American Tactical Nova Freedom looks like this. It’s supplied with front and rear open sights. That handle in front of the trigger guard is the handle for the pump.
As you can see, sling swivel studs are also fitted. The rear one is on the underside of the butt. The front one is on the side of the stock – just in front of the NOVA-FREEDOM name.
The rear sight actually clamps on to the breech. It’s adjustable for elevation and windage, as you can see below.
The front sight is heavily protected and attaches to the barrel band via a dovetail.
Like most airgunners, the first thing we did was to remove the rear sight from the American Tactical Nova Freedom. We’ll be fitting a scope!
But before mounting a scope, take a look at the extra long front section to the breech. It has no less than three setscrews to clamp the barrel into place. This gives hope for good accuracy and long-term stability with the American Tactical Nova Freedom.
Given that the American Tactical Nova Freedom is intended to provide portable convenience, we mounted a Leapers UTG 3-12 x 30 Bugbuster scope. This seemed to match the weight and balance of the American Tactical Nova Freedom quite well. But we must remember to remove that front sight in future!
The American Tactical Nova Freedom we received included a number of accessory items. These included two 10-shot magazines. There’s also a single shot tray, a HPA fill probe, a couple of replacement O rings for the bolt probe, a hex wrench and some silicone oil. Oh yes, there’s an instruction manual as well, of course!
We have filled the American Tactical Nova Freedom with air from a HPA tank, shot it and also operated the built-in pump. Now we need to gain more experience with the gun and then run a comprehensive HAM test review.
Stay tuned for more information…
For more details, check out the American Tactical website.