Last But Not Least! More Air Rifles And Air Pistols At IWA 2019.
For our final HAM report from the IWA 2019 show in Germany, we’ll take a look at some more air rifles and air pistols that were being exhibited at the show.
I’m not completely sure about the positioning of these companies compared to Kral, but they certainly had some interesting products!
Above we can see the Reximex Throne – a PCP air rifle that appears to be the company’s only airgun at the present time. (Like many Turkish airgun companies, Reximex also manufactures shotguns).
The Throne bears a striking resemblance to the FX Impact. Similar features are the interchangeable caliber functionality ( .177 cal, .22 and .25 calibers in this case) and the regulated action. There’s a hammer spring adjustment capability too, for power adjustment.
One unique feature of the Throne – that I unfortunately didn’t photograph – is that the safety is actually part of the trigger guard! The trigger blade cannot be pulled back until the flat lower section of the trigger guard is pushed downwards.
The Kuzey Arms K300 (above) showed another take on the bullpup PCP theme. But again there was a very interesting spark of originality. This was seen in the underlever cocking system. This was both conveniently positioned and very light to use.
The semi-automatic Huben air rifle is quite familiar in the market now. But the Rita from Huben showed me an attractive camo-dipped version of the K1.
I’m not sure if this will be a production version or if it was just a show special. But it definitely looked good…
Now it’s Back to Ataman for a look at another interesting prototype product!
Rustam from Ataman showed me the prototype for a side lever PCP action. The big deal here is that the side lever is operated by an electric motor!
The motor was operated by depressing a plunger switch on the side of the stock. It certainly worked in a rapid and slick fashion when Rustam demonstrated it to me!
Will it make it to production among the other Ataman air rifles and air pistols we know already? I don’t know…
Next, it was time to see the new CO2-powered air pistols from UK-based Webley & Scott.
The Webley Nemesis has been announced previously and should be available in the USA around mid-year 2019.
This innovative air pistol has a number of interesting features, including the ability to change the bolt handle to the other side of the gun rapidly and with minimal technical expertise.
This CO2-powered pellet pistol is supplied with a magazine. But our photographs above show the Nemesis fitted with the useful single shot tray that pushes straight down into position from the top of the gun.
What was completely new was the Webley VMX. This pellet pistol is a relative of the Nemesis. But it’s designed specifically as a target model – as is clear from its appearance, below.
In this case, however, the bolt handle is only operable from the left side of the action.
Well, that really is “it” from the 2019 IWA Outdoor Classics show. Phew! As we’ve seen, there was a huge variety of new air rifles and air pistols at the show.
The future for airguns looks bright indeed. I can’t wait to be back for the 2020 IWA show!