Hatsan USA’s Big Bore Airguns

Hatsan USA is offering new .30 and .35 caliber airguns for the American hunter. Called the “Carnivore”, the new airgun line will produce 75 (.30 cal) and 95 (.35 cal) foot pounds of energy, with 860 and 730 ft/s velocity, respectively:

HatsanUSA Goes Big in 2015 with .30 and .35 Caliber Carnivore Airgun

Further ensuring that airguns are not to be taken lightly, HatsanUSA has released its big bore Carnivore airgun line. Available in .30 (860fps) and .35 (730fps) calibers with muzzle velocities up to 860 fps, the Carnivore airguns are the perfect airgun for new hunting challenges with medium-sized game, honing shooting skills and more.

HatsanUSA’s Carnivore airguns feature HatsanUSA’s QuietEnergy technology. This proprietary technology utilizes a fully integrated shrouded barrel that tapers into a sound moderator to drastically reduce overall noise up to 50%.

These impressive PCP airguns are powered by a 300 bar air cylinder, capable of delivering up to 21 shots at optimal velocity at an effective range of 100 yards. And because they are fitted with HatsanUSA’s patented Anti-Knock system, shooters won’t have to worry about gas-wastage if the rifle is knocked or dropped.
.35 caliber 6-Shot Rotary Magazine

“The Carnivore Series offers a very exciting performance feature combination, said HatsanUSA President and CEO Blaine Manifold. “The combination of velocity, energy, and number of shots sets the HatsanUSA’s Carnivore’s apart from other big bore airguns that are available in the market.”

Like all airguns from HatsanUSA, nearly every component of the Carnivore airguns are manufactured in-house by the Turkish manufacturer – including its anodized aircraft aluminum alloy receiver, high-quality German steel barrel, and fully-adjustable two-stage Quattro Trigger.

The Carnivore is also fitted with an elevation-adjustable comb, three Picatinny rails, and a heavy-duty secure 11mm/22mm Weaver-style scope mount.

The MSRP for the both the .30 and .35 caliber Carnivore is $799.00.

Check out the Big Bore Carnivore at HatsanUSA’s 2015 SHOT Show booth (1425).

Big Bore Carnivore
  • Pre-Charged Pneumatic (PCP), side bolt-action, multi-shot air rifle
  • QuietEnergy fully shrouded barrel and Integrated Sound Moderator (Approximately 50% Quieter)
  • Precision rifled barrel for accuracy
  • Available in .30 (860fps) and .35 (730fps) calibers
  • Ambidextrous & ergonomic design synthetic stock with thumbhole
  • Picatinny rail beneath the forearm for mounting accessories
  • Soft rubber inlays on forearm for better control and feel
  • Elevation adjustable comb
  • Adjustable rubber butt pad for length-of-pull as well as elevation and fit angle
  • Detachable 7-shot rotary magazine in .30 and 6-shot rotary magazine in .35 caliber.
  • Detachable aluminum air cylinder tube (255cc). Spare cylinders are available
  • Equipped with “Easy Read” pressure gauge
  • Includes quick-fill nozzle & air cylinder discharging cap
  • Heavy-duty secure 11mm / 22mm Weaver style scope mount
  • Overall blued finish, black anodized receiver
  • Manual / Auto Safety
  • “Anti-double pellet feed” mechanism preventing more than one pellet loading into barrel
  • Patented Anti-Knock System to prevent gas wastage when rifle is knocked or bounced
  • Quattro Trigger: 2-stage full adjustable match trigger for trigger travel and trigger load
  • Gold plated metal trigger & metal trigger guard
  • Fitted sling swivels
  • Includes: two magazines and sling


The Turkish-made airguns, with a six-shot rotating cylinder magazine, are supposed to retail for just under $800.

Airguns are not considered firearms according to US federal law, and also may be legal for hunting in certain circumstances where or when firearms are not.

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


  • ManBear

    Now the real question … How does this stack up against my Red Ryder?

    • Tassiebush

      I triple dog dare you to find out 😉

    • ghost

      Stand still. (joking).

  • J. T.

    It’ll put your eye out!

  • salty

    im real close to goin all in with airguns. since 22 isnt readily avail this is the next best thing eh? CONSPIRACY!!!

    • Blake

      The only thing that has held me back from looking closer at PCP airguns is the cost of a decent compressor.

      • Tassiebush

        yeah serious PCP folks often seem to get scuba tanks to top them off. It puts me off them too. It’s interesting I reckon that modern big bore Pnuematic airguns seem to run on pressure of 3000psi or more and are reliant on lots of high pressure gear. In contrast the 19th and 18th century pnuematics seemed to produce quite a few shots too at pretty decent power levels but using only around 750psi which a plain old hand pump with a narrow diametre piston can achieve. The primary difference between old and new is just lock time, specifically how long the valve is knocked open for. I’d love to see a newly made low priced big bore airgun using the older approach to break this gear dependency! even if it was a single shot with small reservoir that stayed open upon firing. I did read about a 28gauge smoothbore one built along those lines which only aparently took 15 pumps to reach full power.

        • Joe-Ell

          I only take 15 pumps to reach full power.

          • Tassiebush

            ha ha that sounds very efficient! If you use it more you’ll find it’ll take more pumps and the trigger pull will eventually get heavier. On the other hand less use and it may get lighter.

  • ghost

    When will the military adopt this thing?

    • Tiru Maru

      Some European militarys used these in the 1800’s I believe…

      • Cahal

        Austrians used repeating air rifles against Napoleon and the Lewis and Clark expedition carried a repeating air rifle that greatly impressed the native Americans they met.

        • ghost

          True. Effective at the time.

  • Menger40

    How much do these .30 and .35 airgun pellets weigh? Is one of these rifles really enough for a deer?

    • Tiru Maru

      These guns are more than enough to take deer. Some states even allow big bore airgun hunting.

    • Matt

      The article claims the .35 version produces 95 ft-lbf of energy. For comparison, a .380 handgun produces about 200 ft-lbf of energy. Also, most .22LR rounds will produce more energy than this air gun when shot from rifles. Given all that, I wouldn’t want to try deer hunting with one of these.

      • Tassiebush

        I often read 1000ft-lbs is considered a minimum for deer. So this’d definitely require very close shots with careful shot placement. A lot of deer orientated airguns seem to be larger calibers like .45 and .50. These .30 and .35 cal ones would be pretty good for small and medium game I reckon at close range. It’s a shame this class of gun always seems to be made like a bulky target rifle given their close practical range.

      • ghost

        Neither would I, but, darn, an air rifle is fun. $800 is a bit more fun than I can afford however. It would put meat on the fire tho. Smaller critters with right sights at longer range. In times long since, an air rifle added squirrel and rabbit to the table. As a necessity, you learned to shoot with the sights you had. Now, I just go to the grocery store. they don’t have squirrel or rabbit tho. My Dad could fix up deer venison, tastes like beef. Then beef got cheaper than hunting deer. I don’t know, sometimes I miss the simple stuff even tho it took some effort.

  • Sherlock Holmes won’t be pleased about these

  • Eisenfaust

    So, since they have cylinders, and sound moderators, it seems one could argue that they are suppressed revolvers.

  • Tassiebush

    Actually to correct myself there is some controversy as to whether it was a Girandoni with Lewis and Clark but it seems likely.

    • ghost

      Understood, also it took something like 1500 pumps to recharge, most likely had someone pumping between shots. If I pumped that not likely I could hit anything. In any case, Lewis and Clark might not have known where they were, or where they were going, but they had a hell of a good time. (no, that is not in any history book).

      • Tassiebush

        Haha yes I’m sure they had an awesome time! Yeah it’d be a lot of work charging that. Mind you the Girandoni holds something like over 20 balls and that charge is enough to shoot them all plus more and the reservoir is swappable too so good firepower. Ideally you’d always recharge it part way through rather than empty it.