This report covers:
- My take on the show so far
Today we will see more of the 2024 SHOT Show. I attended Media Day and the first two days of the four-day show, but there were so many new airguns and other things to see that this report is still ongoing. At the end of today’s report you will begin to understand why that is.
I’ll start with JTS, and RidgeRunner — you asked for new pellets. Just wait. First, though, what about that photo of the Stonewolf underlever spring-piston rifle I showed you in the Day 2 report? I thought it was the BM8 Black Bunker rifle in its straightened form, but it was the JTS Stonewolf underlever repeater. Let’s now see it from the side.
This rifle comes in .177 and .22 calibers. It’s light and slim and the underlever pops down without a fuss. Best of all, in my opinion, it’s not a mega-magnum! In .22 the max velocity is 800 f.p.s. and the price is under $200.
And by the way, back in Part2 I originally called the BM8 Black Bunker the 3M8. Let me now show you why.
This is what happens when some artisté designs a cutesy logo or brand name. Oh, and just so you know, I took this picture of the cover of the box my BM8 came in. It arrived Friday. Yes, I will review it for you. It does have some interesting stuff!
Back to JTS. The Airacuda Max now comes in .30 caliber. But wherever will you find pellets for it? How about at JTS?
JTS displayed many new pellets at the show. The ones in .30-caliber aren’t even shown in this picture but they are in country
The best news is that JTS .177 pellets are also now in country. I have a number of accurate .177 airguns to test them in, plus I will test them in accurate .177s in the future.
The ThunderLance Pro is a 20-shot repeating bullpup PCP. As you can see, it has an externally adjustable regulator. This one is in .22 and I believe it also comes in .25.
The JTS ThunderLance Pro.
For serious long range competition there is the new JTS Shawlawk, and no, I don’t know where they come up with that name, but the rifle looks serious. This one is for 100-yard benchrest and apparently has power out the wazoo. The wood stock of this display gun was broken in shipment so Travis Whitney held it tight at the pistol grip.
Then Travis showed me the new Supra9X breakbarrel. It’s priced incredibly low and is very much like the Beeman R9. The one at the show was in .22 caliber but they also come in .177 and possibly also in .25.
The gun I was most surprised to see (and also liked the most) was the new JTS StealthHawk. It’s a bolt-action pneumatic whose reservoir is a tube around the barrel. I like it because of its simple lines. In fact someone said it looks like a Remington 700 and I have to agree. The bolt cocks as smooth as butter and this is just a nice (and powerful) PCP. In fact, BB is thinking of buying one! This one was also in .22 and .177 and .25 are also available.
The JTS StealthHawk looks like a Remington bolt action firearm with a bull barrel. It has an externally adjustable regulator. It will retail for $550, but EVERYBODY who saw it said it looked well worth it!
Whew! That’s a lot of new airguns. And I don’t know if I touched on all the new JTS models. See what I mean about the 2024 SHOT Show being big? But there is more to come — a LOT more!
Yes, RidgeRunner — I said Crosman, not Velocity Outdoors. Their booth was smaller than in years past, but it was just Crosman, not Raven crossbows and the other brands.
First up, Ed Shultz was pleased to poke a finger in my eye by showing me their new 3622 PCP that will retail for $130!!! You heard that right, one hundred thirty dollars, American. Well, someone asks, does it have an externally adjustable regulator? Actually — no. At $130 you’re lucky to get a stock! It doesn’t even have a pressure gauge. But it does have open sights! The rear is even a peep. And yes there is also a .177-caliber 3677.
Crosman’s 3622/3677 is a $130 PCP! My mouth is open partly in shock at the price and partly because I was recovering from a cold.
This new PCP rifle fills to 2,000 psi. Imagine if a hand pump could be added to the same box and push you out the door at $225. Can Crosman make money on this rifle? Probably not, but they can sure bring a lot of pecuniarily parsimonious new shooters into the world of PCPs and profit when their pockets open wider.
Okay, Ed. You got me. I wrote about the $100 PCP back in 2013-2014 and I’ll give you $30 for a decade of inflation. You did it! Just like you took my idea for the 2,000-psi PCP in 2006 and made the Benjamin Discovery. You’re a good man, Gunga Din! What else ya got?
Oh — you have a 1077? Well, that’s not new, is it? Wait — this one looks — dare I say it — MODERN? What are you guys in East Bloomfield doing? Is the snow so deep that you are actually staying indoors and THINKING about great new airguns???
Ian holds Crosman’s new-styled 1077 Tactical. Yes, it’s a re-skin, but it looks right for 2024. The optic is optional but the rifle comes with open sights.
Crosman is also coming out with the Prospect — a more fully-featured regulated sidelever PCP repeater in both .177 and .22 calibers. This one they say will be out in February of this year!
Next up is the Benjamin Bulldog M257. You heard that right, folks — a .257-caliber higher velocity (over 1100 f.p.s.) big bore. You know what the Bulldog looks like and this one looks the same but it shoots those smaller big bore bullets for coyotes and such. And BB is working hard to get them the bullets they need for superb performance.
Okay, look at this.
Whadizzit? Night vision for $130.
Yep — night vision for $130. RidgeRunner — hoot mon! Ye dinna ken ignore it!
Whew! My feet were tired on that day and my fingers are tired now. And there is still more to come!
My take on the show so far
What I see in 2024 is airgun manufacturers LISTENING to their customers. Not listening to the couch commandos who are all talk and no purchase — the REAL customers who buy and use their airguns.
And, we are not done yet There is still one more report to come from the company that brought out the greatest number of new products this year. And, to my regret, I did not see and photograph all the new airguns that were at the show.