New Norica Dark Bull Bullpup Air Rifle
Spanish airgun manufacturer Norica is known for its break barrel airguns. But now they’ve gone “the whole hog” with the new Norica Dark Bull bullpup air rifle.
The Norica Dark Bull will be formally launched at the IWA Outdoor Classics show in March. But HAM can bring you some details of what is a completely new direction from this company.
This is – to the HAM Team’s knowledge – the first PCP air rifle to be offered by Norica. It’s been developed in-house, says the company and will be available in .177 caliber, .22 cal and .25 calibers.
Magazine capacity is 12 shots in .177 cal, 10 shots in .22 caliber and 8 shots in .25 cal. Norica also is introducing what they claim is an unique “multi shot tray”. This is intended to combine the benefits of a single shot tray with a magazine, says the company. We’ll be checking this at the IWA show!
The choked, 17 3/4-inch barrels are sourced from Lothar Walther and the pressure gauge from the specialist WIKA company. The barrel is shrouded and there’s the common 1/2 UNF male thread for attachment of a silencer where permitted.
Norica has developed the regulator in-house. Fill pressure for the 340 cc HPA tube is 3,6250 PSI and the regulator is set to 1,959 PSI, says the factory. Filling is undertaken using a fill probe with rotating cover, in the manner of many other European PCP air rifles.
The Norica Dark Bull has an adjustable trigger. Pull weight can be set between 7 Oz and 14 Oz, apparently. There’s a manual safety lever located ahead of the trigger blade.
There’s an European beech wood stock, together with vertically-adjustable butt plate.
The bolt action is located at the rear of the gun. Another interesting feature is the provision of a bubble level just ahead of the breech.
Finally, there’s a 8.25-inch Picatinny-style rail for mounting a scope.
Overall, the Norica Dark Bull sounds like a huge step for the company! It will be very interesting to find out more at the IWA show in just a few weeks. Maybe some further information will appear on the Norica website by that time, too!