Airguns At The SHOT Show 2016 Day 2 Report
For our airguns at the SHOT Show 2016 day 2 report, we found a HUGE amount of new product at the Hatsan USA booth.
Most of the interesting new products from Hatsan were PCP air rifles, but our heading photograph – above – shows Jesse Abbott of Hatsan USA holding a new .30 caliber, break barrel model, the Mod 125 Big Bore Carnivore. Yes, you read this right – a .30 caliber break barrel air rifle!
Above, we see display of new Hatsan PCP airguns at the SHOT Show. In the middle is the new Hatsan Gladius bullpup – this is the long barrel model. Below is the Bull Boss, a slightly simplified, lower cost version of the Gladius.
Both of these new PCP bullpups are listed for .177 cal as well as .22 and .25 cals. They use the familiar, interchangeable Hatsan high pressure tube system for their air supply. The side lever cocking action looks similar to that already in use on the Galatian.
I found that the balance and pointing characteristics of these guns very comfortable.
The model at the top of our photograph is the new Hatsan Hercules. This is being developed in a large range of calibers, including .177, .22 cal, .24, .30, .35 and .45 cal. It features two large capacity HPA tanks, both front and rear, as you can see. This large air capacity will come in very handy for giving a high show count, but this is a very heavy air rifle.
There were also new wood stock PCP airguns at the SHOT Show from Hatsan, including the Nova and Trophy models seen in the middle of the photo below.
The Hatsan Trophy offers the unusual choice of a user-configurable bolt handle. This can be either installed at the side or rear of the breech, although both options appear to be for right-handers only. Here we see a closeup of BOTH bolt handle options installed at one time.
Not content with so many new developments, Hatsan was also showing a prototype regulator that they say will be incorporated into future PCPs. Here it is…
But wait, there’s more!
Moving to the other extreme, Hatsan also showed a new CO2-powered air pistol. The Hatsan Raptor is a blowback air pistol that’s not – to my knowledge – a replica of an existing firearm.
And then there’s a large new range of Hatsan-branded scopes. You’ll see a distinct emphasis on high-power long range models, obviously as companions for Hatsan’s increasing range of high power PCPs.
And, speaking of scopes, there’s always a crowd at the Leapers booth, as you can see below. There will be more news on airguns at the SHOT Show 2016 in our Day 3 Report, tomorrow. Stay tuned!