Most of us are used to break-barrel airguns that shoot .177 (4.5mm) pellets. Or if you want some more power, a .22 (5.55mm).
But as some of us know, size does matter..
So what if you want some bone-crushing power of the .30(7.62mm)? Can this be done outside the realm of PCP?
Hatsan, known for always delivering more power than you expect, has proven us not only that this can be done with a break-barrel, but also that it's a lot of serious fun!
So what is this miracle gun?
The Hatsan Carnivore 135QE is the world's first big bore break barrel airgun.
This airgun is made for the big and heavy .30(7.62mm) pellet.
At first, this size was reserved to PCP airguns only, because they could provide
Want a really big airgun that hits your target at a long range, and then smacks the target to smithereens?
Then the Hatsan Hercules is the one for you.
Do you want to do the same thing, but in a compact transportable package?
Then the Hatsan Hercules Bully is even better!
What is the Hatsan Hercules?
The Hatsan Hercules transforms the Roman myth and literature to pure kinetic energy.
Shooting either a 7.62mm (.30") or a 9mm (.35") pellet at around 300 m/s (990fps), this beast of an airguns surely lets you know when you hit your target.
With two 10 shot rotary magazines (9 shots for the 9mm variant) and two 500ml
When you're interested in airguns, it's very likely that you have heard of Weihrauch.
Weihrauch is world famous for the quality and precision of its airguns and airpistols.
Today we're looking at the Weihrauch HW97 Blackline and the HW97K.
There's not much difference between the Blackline and the HW97K besides the synthetic stock and the thumbhole. So all the technical aspect remain the same.
Praised for its accuracy, the HW97 is a fixed-barrel under lever airgun. And is considered to be a jewel amongst the spring-piston airguns.
These airguns are easy to spot amongst both hobby shooters, v
A view years ago Gamo introduced the Gamo Quiker and Gamo Swarm which were break barrel action airguns with a 10 shot magazine
This 10 x loading system relies on a multi-shot rotary magazine which allows the shooter to blast up to 10 shots without touching a single pellet,improving the user’s autonomy, reducing reload timings and providing a more intense and enjoyable hunt.
These air rilfes had only one disadvantage because they had no open sights .
Now Gamo has come up with a new version of the 10x loading system on the Gamo Roadster.
This airgun includes a new multi-shot system using a state of the art horizontal magazine, making it possible to shoot without scope.
Recoil on spring powered airguns.
What's the trouble?
Of course, this is not a problem when you are shooting some cans from a close range.
But when shooting more precise at longer distances, this might be a cause for misunderstood frustration when your pellets make a nice circle around the target instead of hitting the bull's-eye.
Also, when using a scope, the violence of the recoil requires you to use
The Sheridan company started making the variable pump air rifles in 1947 and back then it was considered one of the best air rifles.
The company was best known for making the Sheridan Blue Streak & Silverstreak and these airrifles are still very popular with airgun collectors.
In 1977 the Sheridan company was purchased by the Benjamin Air Rifle Company who still kept it in production calling it the Benjamin Sheridan Blue streak.
That company was purchased by Crosman in 1994 and apart from a view adjustments the basically kept the riffle the same.
A very import thing they changed however is the caliber , because nowadays the variable pump air rifle is no longer being made in .20 (5,05mm) but in .177 (4,5mm) and in .22 (5,5mm).
This gives this air rifle more access to different types of airgun pellets.
The 4,5mm version is now called the Benjamin 397 and the 5,5mm / .22 is called the Benjamin 392.
Often we get the question, which caliber is better for an airgun. For example 4.5mm (.177), or 5,5mm (.22).
Some airguns are only available in 4.5mm, while others are available in both 4,5mm and 5,5 mm. There are also more powerful airguns in higher calibers, such as 9mm.
What is most important on deciding the best caliber, is the power and velocity an airgun has with a certain caliber.
In The Netherlands, where we ship from. Airguns with a power above 7,5 joules used to be prohibited. Nowadays, the average airgun starts with 7,5 joules.
These 7,5 joules airguns will most likely only be available in 4,5mm. This is because in 5,5mm, the pellet will simply go too slow.
These days most break-barrel airguns have a power of 24 joules. With these airguns you can often choose a caliber.
In 4,5mm these airguns will send the pellet with around 300 meters per second. And the 5,5mm will go around 220 / 230 meters p
One of the best selling PCP rifles in Europe is the Hatsan BT65 Elite.
This Hatsan BT65 Side Bolt Elite version comes with a gun case, 3 magazines, rifle sling, bipod, flashlight and Optima 3-12x44AOE scope with a red illuminated reticle.
The only thing you would want to buy is a silencer because it makes a bang.
And you would need something to pressurise the airgun. Like a pump or a cylinder.
Not only is it quite complete but it also has a bit more power than other PCP guns in this price range .
Most PCP rifles have got a muzzle energy around 40 joules but the BT65 Elite has got 71 joule.
The caliber is 6,35 mm (.25) and with this caliber it still has a muzzle velocity of 330 meters per second (1090 FPS)
It has a really nice Ambidextrous stock with thumbhole and adjustable butt pad and cheek
Gamo Black Maxxim IGT Mach1
Personally, i quite like Gamo air rifles because they combine good quality with a reasonable price.
Also, Gamo keeps innovating and the manage to keep the quality up.
This Gamo Black Maxxim Air rifle has a 33mm cylinder and the IGT gas piston inside and has got a whopping muzzle energy of up to 29 joule.
This Airgun also comes with a 3-9x40 scope but it still has excellent open sights and the are fitted tuglo fiber.