THAR SHE BLOWS
New for 2020 from Hatsan is a PCP airgun that launches arrows (no, the arrows aren’t laced with PCP). A bullpup configuration in that the chamber is rear of the grip and triggerguard, the Harpooon launches 20″ arrows at a muzzle velocity of 600fps. Hatsan quotes a “muzzle energy” of 310 ft-lbs. If this is accurate, this would put the Harpoon ahead of most crossbows energy-wise. The Harpoon can fire 10 shots at nominal velocity, weighs 9.5lbs and has an MSRP of $849. The Harpoon also has a provision to carry two spare arrows, one on either side of the weapon.Compared to the Traditions Crackshot XBR, the Hatsan Harpoon has a 64% faster muzzle velocity and only requires air to drive the arrows, rather than the Crackshot’s Powerloads. If the numbers on the Harpoon are correct, it also outperforms the Air Venturi Airbolt fired out of the Seneca DragonClaw. Depending on one’s local laws, the Harpoon might make a good option for quietly taking game.
I’m unsure if the name is a tribute to Ted Nugent, but Hatsan’s new piledriver big bore PCP air rifle can generate 800 ft-lbs of energy in .50 caliber. Also available in .45, the Piledriver weighs 10lbs and has an MSRP of $1,179.00. It comes with a 480cc carbon fibre air bottle than can be filled to 300 BAR. The PCP bottle can power 3-5 shots at optimal velocity. As far as this author knows, the Piledriver generates muzzle energy at the upper end of what most airguns can achieve.
Full Auto Blitz
Another new PCP airgun from Hatsan this year is the select fire Blitz. Chambered in .22, .25, and .30 caliber, the Blitz can push 16 .30 cal pellets at a speed of 730fps, up to 100 shots per bottle for the .30 cal. The Blitz weighs 8.8lbs and has an MSRP of just under $1k. As in a penny under. The spring-loaded rotary magazines can hold 21 shots in .22cal, 19 shots in .25 cal, and 16 shots in .30 cal.For more information, please visit Hatsan.