ADIHEX, the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition, is an annual event towards the end of the, scorching hot, summer in Abu Dhabi, UAE. As the name implies, this is not firearms dedicated show, but the “hunting guns” area alone is usually worth a visit, if anything to understand what are the models which catch the interest of the local populations.
The event is not only an exhibition, but also a trade show, offering a unique opportunity to allow firearm permit holders, UAE or Gulf Cooperation Council nationals, to purchase items otherwise not easily obtainable in this limited market.
At ADIHEX, hunting rifles and shotguns are the most common models showcased by manufacturers and importers. A few pistols or long guns more geared towards target or recreational shooting are, however present, and so are plenty of eye catching collector pieces.
We’ll see in separate articles few companies which somehow stood out, in the author’s humble opinion. Here we’ll just have a quick look at some photos taken with no other goal than documenting peculiar or rather uncommon firearms.
Let’s call this the ADIHEX 2019 Photo Dump.
Pistols from Hans Wrage & Co.
A few photos of handguns of different brands only having in common a high collector’s value. Brought to ADIHEX by the German import/export company Hans Wrage & Co. GmbH.
A Beretta 92FS Fusion. A modern looking yet high end edition of a military classic.
A rotating display of three gold colored Korth PRS. This type of finish is not usually associated with classy tastes, but something in the shade and execution of these models makes everything work better than the typical HGFC submission. Here in front the 5″ model with barrel counterweight and walnut grip panels. It’s a pity they are all .45 ACP.
4″ barrel model with blue frame and white grip panels.
Last but not least, the 4.25″ barrel model in full “gold” and walnut.
Two ornate SIG P226 X-Five on rotating display. Visible on the left the “Arabesque” model, quite fitting for the location.
SIG P226 X-Five “Art Deco”.
Long Guns from MP3 International
MP3 International is an Abu Dhabi based trading company specialized in firearms, from pistols to luxury hunting rifles and collectible classics.
This was clearly something unusual…
…the right side was not particularly helpful in the identification…
A not better identified luxury bolt action rifle.
A straight pull bolt action Blaser R8, likely customized by the Blaser Custom Shop, with an ostrich skin wrap over most of the stock.
From the more down to Earth side of the booth, an unusual little carbine…
…which looks to be a blow back semi-auto.
It’s a Pietta PPS 50 cal. .22 LR,,a scaled down replica, or better re-imagination, of the Russian PPSh-41 submachine gun. Not the first time Pietta moves away from cowboy replicas, indeed.
Rifles from Blaser and John Rigby & Co.
Blaser and Rigby, both part of the same holding, brought to ADIHEX a selection of luxury hunting rifles. Here we can see a few examples.
A single Shot Blaser K95 with windowed action.
Two engraved Blaser R8 with African theme and spectacular wooden furniture.
A rather peculiar Rigby bolt action, with accessory kit, sporting a gold finish. It appears to be a Big Game model; the coating may not be the best choice to highlight the quality of the rifle.
A Rigby Highland Stalker model with more traditional, classy, finish.
EVANIX from South Korea
No actual firearms here, sorry, but interesting airguns from the Korean company EVANIX.
A semi-auto model, cal 5.5 mm (.22) with aluminum stock and bullpup configuration.
A manual model with traditional configuration and American black walnut stock. The .22 pellet can be shot to an energy of 60J (about 45 fpe) at the muzzle.
This covers a brief Intro to the event, next we’ll see EDIC Caracal (UAE) and FBT (Austria) in more details. Stay tuned!