2014 SHOT Show: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord, a.k.a. B.B. Pelletier

I started my SHOT Show this year at the gun range on Media Day — held the day before the show opens. It’s an opportunity for all the companies to not just show you what’s new, but to actually let you shoot it.

The event is held at the Boulder Rifle & Pistol Club range in Boulder City, Nevada. To call this place a club range is like calling Fort Knox a bank! The firing line is about a quarter mile in length and encompasses dozens of individual ranges sized from 25 to 800 yards. There are another dozen or so shotgun ranges! When I was in the Army, I saw tank gunnery ranges that were larger, but seldom anything else! Of course, the backstop is just miles and miles of miles and miles, so you’re pretty safe shooting anything up to but not including a .50 BMG.

Seeing an airgun company in the midst of such a wild event is like watching a Boy Scout weenie roast in the midst of a forest fire! But Crosman did run a range, and I did find them first thing after arriving in the morning. So, what’s new?

Well, the thing is that I got to shoot their new Nitro Piston 2. I went to the show with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek over the Nitro Piston 2. I mean, what could it possibly be other than last year’s Nitro Piston with a fresh coat of paint? Quite a lot, as it turns out!

Nitro Piston 2
Crosman is first bringing out the Nitro Piston 2 in the Benjamin Trail rifles.

Nitro Piston 2 baffles
Crosman engineer Jeff Hanson developed the Nitro Piston 2 that defies belief! Here he holds the technology that quiets it.

First thing they told me was that it cocks with about 10 lbs. less effort, and I’ll be darned if it doesn’t! A full-power gas-piston breakbarrel that cocks as easily as their Benjamin Legacy I used to rave about is something to admire. Don’t bother looking for my past reports because you’re going to want this new rifle even more since it delivers serious power!

Second, the rifle should have a nice trigger. My definition of nice is a 2-stage trigger with a light, crisp release. And that’s exactly what this rifle has! You guys are going to be removing your GRT III’s and replacing them with this one! Just joking! But this is a very good trigger, and I don’t usually say that about the triggers on gas-piston rifles!

Next, the rifle has to be smooth. Air rifles with gas springs are usually not that smooth, though the pain of firing is over in an instant. But there ain’t no pain with this one. Crosman invented a new type of gas piston that dampens vibration to the point that it feels like a tuned air rifle. They buttoned the rear to reduce friction and vibration and they put a rubber buffer in front to stop the piston dead.

Nitro Piston 2 buttons
The rear of the Nitro Piston 2′s piston is buttoned for friction and vibration reduction.

Nitro Piston 2 buttons
When the piston seal stops, the piston keeps moving and the rubber buffer expands into the compression chamber wall, canceling all movement and vibration!

And last, the rifle has to be accurate! I only shot it a few times; but if what I saw at the range is any indication, this rifle is a tackdriver. Of course, everything is subject to a full evaluation when I get one to test; but from what I saw at the range, this rifle will be one worth owning. I was told the rifle should be available in April, but let’s all stay calm because these rollouts sometimes take longer than expected. I did put in my request for a test rifle as soon as they become available, so you can count on seeing it right after I do.

There’s more from Crosman, but now let’s go over to Hatsan.

Hatsan
At the Hatsan booth, I was greeted cordially by Hatsan USA President Blaine Manifold, which I still think is a marvelous last name for an airgun guy! The first thing he showed me blew me away. How about a very powerful PCP that’s also ultra-quiet, super accurate and has a wonderfully light trigger? Sound too good to be true? I thought so too, but then he showed Edith and me a short video where Rick Eutsler shot the gun at 50 and 75 yards! It sounded like a ballpoint pen clicking open, according to Edith, and I couldn’t tell how many pellets he shot at 50 yards because they were all going into the same hole!

Hatsan AT-44 Quiet Long
This shot, taken from the new Hatsan catalog, shows the new AT-44 Long Quiet Energy air rifle.

Then, he dropped the bomb! It’ll retail for less than $500! At least I thought I heard him right on that. Edith thinks so, too. Anyway, this one is on my list to test real soon! I didn’t get a picture of the rifle, but I’ll stop by the booth tomorrow and get one for you.

The next bomb he dropped on me was a subtle one. I don’t even think that he expected my reaction to it. It’s the model 250XT CO2 BB gun that looks just like a Ruger Mark II pistol. And when I say “just like” I mean it even has a disassembly lever on the backstrap the same as a Ruger; and yes, gentlemen, this pistol can be taken apart!

Hatsan BB pistol
Yes, sports fans, that BB pistol is being disassembled just like a Ruger Mark II targtet pistol. Note the wings on the bolt!

I’m getting one of these pistols ASAP to test for you. I love it!

Just one more!
It’s getting late here in Las Vegas, and I have a million things to do. I’m going to share one final picture with you. Over a decade ago, when I first met Wulff Pflaumer (founder of Umarex) at his sister’s home in Maryland, he told me about the Walther Lever Action rifle that was soon to hit the market. Then, he asked me for any ideas I had for airguns people would like. I told him I was impressed by his realistic M1911A1 pellet pistol, and I thought collectors would like a version of that gun that looked like a survivor from WWII. I thought it had to look distressed, as if it had been carried though the war.

He thought collectors wouldn’t like such a distressed look, but this year he relented and brought out a very special release of 500 commemorative guns. I’ll let you be the judge.

Umarex WW II commemorative

The limited edition Umarex M1911A1 commemorative pistol is a faithful copy of the real deal. It’s a BB gun with a distressed finish. They were for sale at the SHOT Show, only.

I’ll be back tomorrow with some more looks at what’s to come in 2014.

78 thoughts on “2014 SHOT Show: Part 1

  1. When I saw Crosman’s product release statement my first thought was new and improved soap powder. Now you describe the near ideal break barrel airgun. All I ever wanted was an accurate .22 cal break barrel that shoots 850 fps +\-, has a good 2.5 pound or so 2 stage trigger, and a cocking effort of 35 pound or less. Could this be the gun I’ve been waiting for?



      • Ridgerunner,

        Crosman and Colt are two companies that both seem to get free passes at my house. Both promise or hint at new products that never make it to market or in such limited quantities it’s not practical to obtain them. I’ve owned Crosman products for over 40 years, still have my original 760, and still get excited every year about their new products.

        Bub


      • Crosman said on their Facebook page that the deal was dropped on a safety issue for the MAV but the pump was still a “hot project”.

        J-F


    • Bub,

      I have only shot this rifle about 20 shots on an informal outdoor range with a lot of firearms going off around me, but from what I have seen I would say the gun meets or exceeds all your requirements. Crosman has promised to get one to me for thorough testing as soon as possible.

      B.B.


  2. Wow! The shooting range. Could you imagine keeping that range in order. If I could get to the point were I can travel some. I’m going to have to say I will have to put that on my list to visit. Hmm maybe that sounds weird but I like to see those different kind of ranges and shooting facility’s. Cool stuff to me.

    And I like all 4 guns you showed but I have to say something about the Crosman Benji nitro piston gun and the Hatsan.
    I absolutely love what I see.

    First the Crosman Benji Trail nitro piston 2. That now makes me think. Maybe a bladder could be used to dampen the recoil in a gun instead of using it for power making purposes now looking at their system. I would have to say their dampening system is going to be a game changer for nitro piston and and even spring guns if they incorporate that system into the spring guns also.

    But a few question for you BB on this gun. The quieting device that Jeff is holding. Is that different from what the old nitro piston Crosman Benji Trail guns use? And is it quieter than those guns?

    Now the Hatsan. I just already want to add that gun to my pcp collection. It seems somebody was listening when we talked about quiet accurate pcp guns. And now a question about that gun. Can the striker and striker spring be adjusted anyway similar to a Marauder?

    I don’t know if you were able to dig that deep yet but I would like to know about both guns. And I’m saving this response so I can remember to ask if and when you test these two guns. Very interesting stuff. And I’m really interested in getting both guns. And I knew this was going to happen, More guns I want.

    And BB and Edith I just have to think you two are in heaven there at the SHOT show. But I would guess that it gets you stressed also trying to keep up with all your normal activities that need tended to. But I’m thinking you got to be luv’n it. I would. Have fun ok.


    • GF1,

      Yes, Edith and I are stressed. It is 5 a.m. and here I am at the computer. Last night I finished today’s blog about 20 minutes before it was posted.

      But the show is wonderful! We are seeing so much, and it looks (after one day) like 2014 is going to be a good year.

      The Hatsan is said to be even quieter than a Marauder. But I haven’t heard it fire in person. I did watch it shoot on a video, and I was impressed. This looks like it is directly targeted at the Marauder buyer. I don’t know that the Hatsan’s power can be adjusted like the Marauder’s, but since it wasn’t mentioned, I doubt that it is.

      The Nitro Piston quieting device is brand new. I was told that it is also quieter than a Marauder (which is starting to become the gold standard of a quiet airgun).

      B.B.


      • Guys,

        I may be off base here but if you google “silencer” or “suppressor”, the firearms’ design for one is very similar to what Jeff Hanson, the Crosman engineer is holding – a reverse taper series of cones to deflect and absorb the noise. Will have to wait for the test before I order one! Just when I thought I didn’t need anymore air rifles.

        Fred DPRoNJ


        • Comrade Fred!

          Beware of decadent capitalist consumerism! You must re-read Party’s Doctrine for at least 3 times to clean your head of such rotten thoughts.
          The only way a Comrade can desire more airguns is an ardent desire to train better and master even more weapons for future Struggle against all capitalist evil.
          Well, at least that’s what my local Commitee always buys when they ask me about a new airgun…

          duskwight


      • Glad things are going good. And cant wait to hear more about the show and the guns you reported about today.

        And I keep forgetting to ask. All these new guns are cool.

        But have you seen any new accessories for guns or tools or such that have caught your eye? Something new and innovative or even old products restyled?

        Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself. Do they have accessories and such there at the show? And Is the building where it is at big?


      • Uh oh, looks like the Marauder has some serious competition. Isn’t Hatsan a Turkish company? I don’t remember them coming out with great products before.

        Matt61


    • GF1,

      Assuming the Hatsan AT44 internals have not changed, the striker preload is adjustable but it is not as convenient as on the Marauder. The stock is removed and a long hex wrench is used to adjust the preload through a hole in the end of the action. If you do a little searching you will find several descriptions of the process.

      Paul in Liberty County


      • Thanks Paul. And I do remember that was talked about in one of BB’s reviews.

        What I was hopping for is that maybe they refined it to more like the way the Marauders are set up.
        I use the spring tension adjustment quite a bit on my .25 Marauder depending on how I’m using the gun. I pretty well leave the stroke adjustment for the striker alone. It is always set for full movement.
        If they changed the Hatsan around I could still use it the same as my Crosman/Benji guns that have the adjustable striker and adjustable spring. That way I would be able tune the guns all the same.

        No big deal if they didn’t though. Still looks like the Hatsan will be a interesting gun.



    • RR I’m with you on that.

      I luv hearing the gun go off and then the delay then all of a sudden you see your target go flying or hear the thump or ting when it hits.

      Then it makes you feel good also when you make the hit at those longer distances. And the longer the better.




  3. B.B.

    I watched the Rick Eustler video. The Hatsan sure does seem quite impressive. The 50 yd group was excellent at .706″ but I thought the 75 yard group was really good at .973″ even though it was only 5 shots.

    However, even though it was only 5 shots Eustler wasted no time putting them down range. He was cock…shoot with practically no time for settling in and sighting. I watched the timer and those 5 shots were done in 12 seconds. Imagine the group if he had taken his time. In case your wondering the video was done in real time.

    I can’t wait to see some more thorough testing of this rifle. Under $500 is amazing. If this rifle’s accuracy holds with more testing Daystate and FX may be looking over their shoulders. The only advantage they would maintain would be their wood stocks. But a +/- $1500 price difference should take care of that. On the other hand Hatsan could add a very nice wood stock for $200-$300.

    I am very curious about the Hatsan’s trigger, I have never shot with a Quattro. Thanks for the heads up. I am definitely waiting now.

    G&G


    • Hatsan usually has a walnut stock version of their air rifles also and usually they are pretty nice looking pieces of wood. Even if they don’t, like you said, for the price you can afford a real nice custom stock.


  4. The pistols caught my eye. They look good. The rifles didn’t do it for me after seeing the new Airforce Escape series. Yeah, I know they are based on the airforce frames and I can build one from parts mostly on the marker now, but the Idea is one I need in my collection. But I ca do without more break barrel guns.


  5. B.B. You are really teasing us with all this candy! WOW, exciting times in the air gun world. I know you only shot the Crosman/Benjamin NP 2 rifle a few times, but could you tell if it was any less hold sensitive? Really looking forward to a full review on it and the “Ruger” look a like pistol. Thank You and Edith for all you do!!!! Bradly



  6. This sounds like one of those premier gun ranges in the U.S. that I’m trying to make a list of. It’s so hard to find long distance ranges. The one in Hawaii, because of an errant shot, is reducing the range from 400 yards down to 200 which hardly qualifies for long-range shooting.

    So much for my predictive abilities in airgunning. What a ton of creative new products. I’d like to know how this new Nitro Piston device maintains power while reducing cocking effort by 10 pounds. That seems to defy the laws of physics. That distressed finish looks pretty cool and astoundingly realistic.

    But on the general subject of firearms innovations, there is a genuinely new idea: sound-activated triggers. You just say “boom” into a mouthpiece and the gun fires. Trigger control will go the way of the longbow. And this is really an idea out there; I did not make it up.

    Frank_BR, that’s pretty cool to own your own plane and that you’re still allowed to take an airgun into the cabin. But I think it would also be good to pack a powerful firearm in the cargo hold in some kind of armored case. If it does survive, you would be that much better off. I still think the power of airguns is marginal for survival purposes, and I don’t think the single shot feature is any advantage either–not for this purpose.

    Matt61


    • Matt,

      My bet for 10 lbs would be less friction due to buttons and good centering of the piston, a long barrel lever and a smart combination of pushing levers ;) so no laws broken. And remember the law of dividing in 2 all that salesmen say. And, as far as we all know, B.B. has strong hands and a years-honed technique of cocking airguns, so I think 10 and 15 pounds are quite near in what they feel to him ;) I also would like to see this rifle’s power, as I suspect no laws can be broken in this universe.

      duskwight


  7. Wow, interesting (including the Escape)! The Nitro Piston 2 looks especially interesting if the price isn’t too high.


  8. B.B.,

    I mean this as a comment on Crosman, not you, of course, but a drinking straw and spit-wad in-hand is worth more than two Nitro Piston 2s in a bush. At least the pea shooter really exists.

    “I was told the rifle should be available in April, but let’s all stay calm because these rollouts sometimes take longer than expected.”

    The key question is did Crosman specify that it would be April of 2014? When they said the Benjamin Turbo Aire Hand Pump would “available in the spring,” I assumed that would be the spring of 2012. Then I thought perhaps they meant the spring of 2013. They have had “This item is COMING SOON!” for the air pump for over one year now, but then again “soon” is a subjective word. Yes, you shot one and took pictures of the NP 2, but you also tried out and took pictures of the Turbo Aire pump two years ago.

    Crosman has taught me to develop no expectations or belief in anything they say about future products. The Shot Show promoters should consider banning Crosman from future events as their false “unveilings” erode not just the company’s credibility but that of the convention as well.

    Michael


    • Michael,

      I don’t know what to say. Sometimes things don’t happen the way they are scheduled to happen. Crosman isn’t satisfied with the butterfly hand pump yet, so they aren’t going into production.

      B.B.


      • B.B.,

        Again, I write this not as a critique of you at all. You are doing your reporting skillfully and honestly.

        I’m sure there is a reason the Turbo-Aire hasn’t come out, but unveiling something as an upcoming product at an annual trade show should only be done if the R&D and just about everything is almost good to go out to the retailers, not more than two years away. To do otherwise is poor brand-image/identity management.

        Look at what they’ve done to their reputation among we enthusiasts: we sit around online and joke about what the chances are any of their promised offerings will ever be actually offered. For example, I imagine whether or not the Nitro Piston 2 will ever come out is about 50-50. Crosman has made it so there is no reason to get excited about (or, frankly, report on) anything they unveil at the Shot Show because the chances are so slim a product will actually pan out well enough to market, or — and this is where they have really damaged their image with more than a few people I know — is the product even real or instead some fabrication intended just to get people talking and writing about Crosman and perhaps to throw competitors off-balance, like a feint.

        You held the alleged NP 2 and shot it, so you were handed something with a nice trigger, light-cocking, smooth shot cycle, and an accurate barrel. But did they have you shoot it over a chrony to prove to you it wasn’t just a one-off, ultra low power NP with a Lothar Walther barrel and a custom tuned trigger? Manufacturers in every market regularly lie to the press; they have no ethical obligation to be truthful.

        For the record, I do hope that the NP 2 is indeed real and will indeed appear before the end of April. And at least they got the synthetic Marauder out eventually, albeit about a year after promised and notably heavier than originally promised. Furthermore, I am grateful they are no longer sullying the august Sheridan brand, may it rest in peace, along with the handful of cousins of my father’s who used to make them with pride in Racine, WI.

        I’m Crosmaned-out for good, I think, at least when it comes to new product that enriches them. (CPLs and CPHs come up for sale on ‘boards often enough.) There are just too many worthy competitors out there for the consumer to settle for being led around on a wild goose chase by such a company. If there really ends up being a Turbo-Aire pump available someday, I’ll buy it, otherwise I’ve plunked down my last penny on any non-used Crosman product.

        BTW, that Hatsan looks very, very cool, and I’ll bet IT actually exists. ;^)

        Michael


        • Michael,

          I asked Crosman specifically about the pump last night at their awards event. They are having difficulties finding a manufacturer who can maintain the quality required to produce the pump. Until they do, they will not commit to it. They are serious about it and they continue to work with some companies, but so far, no joy.

          The TX 200 copy is a dead issue. They don’t like the design because of safety issues. And the quality issue is another deal-killer.

          B.B.


          • B.B.,

            That info about the pump does help ease my frustration somewhat.

            As for the TX clone, I long ago came to the l;logical conclusion that if one wants a Dusenberg, do not get a kit car Doozy. Save up for the real thing or just do without.

            Thanks much for the inside info,

            Michael


        • Michael,

          Don’t think for a minute that Crosman is the only company that puts products in their catalogs that never see the light of day. I write up the airguns for Pyramyd Air’s website, and I can assure you that there are plenty of mfrs who promise something that never comes to fruition. They don’t do it on purpose. They fully intend to develop the products but hit unexpected snags. Sometimes, a relationship with a supplier or overseas subcontractor all of a sudden goes south or a company gets sold and all plans spin out of control. It happens more often than you think. That’s the nature of business. And it’s not just airguns. It’s firearms, cars, clothing, appliances, machinery and more.

          Edith


          • Edith,

            True, other companies are sometimes guilty as charged, but it seems to me to a much lesser degree and smaller extent than Crosman. For example, Air Force took their time in getting the Condor SS out, but they did actually do it within sniffing distance of the original release date. I give them credit for that and do not begrudge them the extra time. I also might feel that way at the moment because of the Ton “project,” which, while it is not my kind of plinker/paper-puncher airgun, still shows ingenuity and outright daring-do. I say good for them!

            Michael


            • Michael,

              AirForce took 2-3 years to bring the Edge to fruition after announcing it was ready and Pyramyd Air putting it up on their website so they could take pre-orders. I don’t begrudge a company that wants to take time to bring out a product after all the bugs have been worked out. But AirForce has never deliberately put a product in their catalog that they had no intention of carrying. But there are plenty of mfrs that do that.

              Edith


  9. B.B.

    Thanks for pictures, especially the the piston. So it seems that solutions, previously available on a few custom rifles, are going into masses, I mean buttons.

    However there’s a question – does the piston head move forwards and rearwards to compress the rubber “catch piece”? If so, surfaces of the sliding parts must be extremely well-finished and properly heat treated, as there’s a extremely high load of a hitting nature on the end of a firing cycle and possible heavy wear. And there’s also a problem of slant, one needs at least 1.5 diameters of length to get rid of the slant in such connection, but that leads to lengthening of the entire cylinder part of the rifle (after piston gets longer). Aaah, I wish I could get my hands on it and see and touch!

    duskwight


  10. BB,

    If that NP2 is as nice as you say it is, I can see me picking one up and dropping it in a real nice piece of wood. What calibers will it be available in, do you know?


  11. Hey, BB. Got a question for you about airgun “procedure”. Say, someone buys an airgun for squirrel hunting. They’re familiar with firearms and how to sight in and what to expect, etc. but an airgun is a different animal, and has some properties they may not expect or know how to decipher. Perhaps they get disappointed in the initial results and give up thinking it a bad investment. I’m sure it’s happened anyway.

    Basically, is there a guideline on what to expect in range/performance, how to find out best range/performance, how to choose the right ammo and what should be expected, and generally how to go about learning and adjusting your new purchase to get the most out of it, making it prove itself a worthwhile investment. I can imagine you covered all of this somewhere, but I’m wondering if you have a post on doing all this in a single checklist. Jp


    • Jp,

      I have tried to do this several times, but the difficulty I have is that people seem to need to see this information in different ways. One guy need a checklist, another needs a chart, and a third wants a narrative explanation.

      So I stopped trying to create the one perfect guide “everybody” is looking for, because it is impossible to do. I do occasionally publish narrative articles about what kind of game can be taken. Crosman has a chart with animals and distances.

      I will keep thinking about it, but I’ve been working on it for more than a decade.

      B.B.


  12. love to see a cross sectional of that piston. It is my impression that it is well known that all break barrel pistons are always brought to a “dead” stop by a cushion of air, even when dry fired. Even in the absence of a pellet, the air cannot traverse the transfer port quickly enough to permit the piston to physically slam the front of the compression chamber. Thing is, piston does then bounce backward off the air cushion causing the surge which yanks so hard on scopes and requires conscientious adherence to the artillery hold. So if that new rubber baby buggy bumper piston can dampen the bounce, that would be good. Big thumbs up on the buttons; should eliminate a lot of galling. And, yes, Trails have no baffle(s) within the shroud. I would hope the new Trail version will be available in the moderate non-XL power level.

    Regarding the pump, i’m guessing Crosman is trying to figure out why no mechanical advantage is enjoyed by adding wings. just higher parts count. hope i’m wrong. meanwhile, my Hill pump just keeps on pumping. :\)

    john


  13. I hope we’ll be able to get the piston from the NP2 alone so we can retrofit our old guns to the modern specs with the buttons and buffer.

    Hatsan is really weird, on one hand they make mostly great PCP’s but at the same time they turn out some really awfull springers where the only important thing is how fast they can throw the pellet. It’s like a baseball pitcher that can throw a fastball faster than anyone but can’t get anywhere close to the other player. I can’t wait to see more of that CO2 pistol!!!

    And speaking of CO2 pistol that 1911 is GORGEOUS. Didn’t Paul Capello do a tutorial on aging replica pistols?

    I love these SHOT show reports, keep ‘em coming.

    J-F


    • “I hope we’ll be able to get the piston from the NP2 alone so we can retrofit our old guns to the modern specs with the buttons and buffer”

      That was already in my mind.



  14. That Umarex special editon 1911 is real nice.
    Gotta admit, when I first heard about it, it sounded like a standard 1911 with a presentation box and maybe some extra script on the side.
    But that distressed look really works IMO.


    • Just in case you hadn’t realised, this new pistol from Crosman is basically a KWC KMB-76AHN from Taiwan. This has already been marketed widely as the Cybergun/Palco Tanfoglio Witness 1911 and more recently as the Swiss Arms P1911. There are also several Gas Blowback versions as well. And the Russian firm Gletcher market it as the CLT1911.

      This is just the same basic 4.5mm BB pistol but with some distressing to the finish and the Colt logo and Pacific flag raising emblem.


  15. I was wondering why the ‘to be expected’ Crosman hand pump never made it to market ? I read the comments from Edith about how many issues do arise before a product gets into full production and distribution. Anyway the fact that Crosman named their hand pump: Turbo-Aire without checking on copyright trade marking rights may have something to do with halting release of the ‘butterly wing’ design. The fact is that Turbo-Aire is a brand name of SeaBreeze Corporation a company that has made its reputation for quiet and efficient high velocity electric fans used in home and office environments. Do the Google on Turbo-Aire written exactly the way Crosman intended to ‘brand’ their new hand pump! Maybe the issue besides design function could also be legal. And we know how long that can take.


  16. IS THERE A REASON MANUFACTURES DONT MAKE A REALISTIC .22 SEMI AUTO AIR PISTOL ANY MORE. I HAVE ASKED THIS QUESTION TO AIRGUN SUPPLIERS AND A COUPLE OF MANUFACTURES AND KNOWBODY HAS AN ANSWER. IS THERE LAWS THAT WONT ALLOW THEM TO? I THINK IF SOME ONE WAS TO COME OUT WITH A .22 SEMI AUTO AIR PISTOL LIKE THE COLT M1911A1 OR SOMETHING ELSE THAT LOOKS REAL I BELIEVE IT WOULD BE A HOT SELLER. I HAVE BEEN BUYING A LOT OF DIFFERNT AIR GUNS FOR THE LAST 6 YEARS AND STILL WAITING ON SOME ONE TO COME OUT WITH ONE. THE ONLY ONES I HAVE SEEN ARE THE SINGLE SHOTS. THANK YOU


    • dirthauler,

      First, welcome to the blog! I hope you find what you are looking for here.

      Second, please take the caps key off on your keyboard, as all caps is the internet version of shouting.

      Third, there is a semiautomatic air pistol in the works, but don’t expect it to be a .22 like the Crosman 600 was. These days the .177 is far more saleable.

      B.B.


      • First of thank you for your coverage from the show, Your hint at a semi auto pistol is intriguing and I wonder if its to do with the Hatsan Ruger copy? Did you get any other pictures of this new pistol other than cropped one you published here and if so will you be showing us more?

        Johnnyboy


        • johnnyboy,

          Welcome to the blog. No, that’s the only picture I took, but Hatsan said I could test one o0f these pistols very soon, so I think it won’t be more than a month. I have it on my short To Do list.

          B.B.


  17. thank you for your reply. sorry about the caps. I am not one to sit in front of a computer all the time. don’t know all the rules. I own and drive a eighteen wheeler. any ways thank you again. I will be looking for that one to come out to put in my collection .


  18. I can’t wait to see the review of the NP 2. I’ve read that all who have shot it love it. I hope it’s not as hold sensitive. That said, I can now starting dreaming of a NP 2 Pistol next! Very exciting times indeed.




  19. The Nitro Piston II looks interesting. A buttoned piston is overdue; the expanding synthetic front damper? We’ll see. Difficult to suss out how it would damp any better than the old expanding synthetic front damper (the piston seal).

    Please tell me it will be USA made.

    The Ruger pistol — WHY, O, Why, would anyone willfully copy its disassembly mech?!?!?! The reassembly on the real pistol is a trial truly worthy of one of Dante’s inner circles.


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