This report covers:
- Hatsan Velox
- Today’s point?
The five 2024 SHOT Show reports you have already read should demonstrate to everyone that the airgun manufacturers have listened. Today I want to start a conversation about the airguns we really want — not what we say we want — what we really want. I’ll start with the Hatsan Velox.
The Hatsan Velox is a repeating PCP pistol that comes in .177, .22 and .25.
In .22 the Velox holds 12 pellets. Know what that makes it? It’s a modern Crosman 600. Only because it runs on high-pressure air instead of CO2 it is more powerful than the stock 600. And because Hatsan offers it, it also comes in .177 and .25. There was a steel BB-caliber Crosman 677 but it was a smoothbore BB gun — not a pellet pistol. And at no time did Crosman offer the 600 in .25.
I recently bought back my Crosman 600 that was modified and hot-rodded by Dave Gunter. Unlike standard 600s that may get 350 f.p.s. with medium weight pellets, the Gunter 600 breaks at more than 500 f.p.s with the same pellets. It has a longer barrel to maximize the CO2 push. I know that all of that is rolled into the new Velox that also has two additional shots in .22 and also comes in .177 and .25.
The Crosman 600 modified by Dave Gunter.
Gunter’s pistol gets about 40 shots per 12-gram CO2 cartridge. Mine is modified for bulk fill, so it gets many more than that. But the Velox gets about 20 shots per screw-in air tank and it comes with two tanks, so there’s your 40 shots. The power of the Velox in .22 is about 12 foot-pounds, while the stock 600 gets under 4 foot-pounds and the Gunter-modified gun gets 9.5.
The 600’s trigger is light with a little mush in stage two. The Velox trigger is light and crisp.
So — The Velox has more power, same number of shots, three caliber choices and a better trigger. Folks — they have listened! No one said it had to be Crosman that did it — just because the 600 was theirs.
The 3622/3677 is the hundred-dollar PCP realized! When Ed Schultz showed it to me last week I know he was showing me that he could build hundred-dollar PCPs too. And I knew he could. All he had to do was stop thinking like a corporate engineer and think like an airgunner. We know he is an airgunner as well as an engineer, so for him it was no big leap. For Crosman, though, it was MAJOR! And, Crosman, just you wait and see. This 3622/3677 is gonna be your Open Sesame to a larger market! You’ll make money with this one — just like you did with the Discovery, and are still doing with the Marauder.
There’s open-mouth BB again. I’m still blown away that Crosman is making this airgun.
The $100 PCP made by Dennis Quackenbush in 2012. This is what a clever guy did with $60 worth of airgun parts.
And they made the new PCP to fill to 2,000 psi. And they put open sights on it. How great is that? Now, take my suggestion — bundle it with an inexpensive hand pump and retail it for $225. Or, better still, beat that price! You’ll make money so fast it will be like printing it! Maybe not on this one but for sure on all the other upscale PCPs you sell as a result of this one breaking the ice.
I guess it’s just me for this one but I like that JTS StealthHawk a lot!
Okay, so it looks like a Snowpeak Snafferator or a WangPo Obzoxtagon from Village 2, but to me JTS is the one taking the time to bring it to the American market — so to me its a JTS StealthHawk. Maybe you like the Chevy Chevelle but I like the Beaumont because that’s what the dealers around me are selling. Same car with different names, but one is available to me and the other one isn’t.
At the SHOT Show this year we saw a great many airguns that were just what the readers of this blog say they want. And remember, for every reader who comments there are about a thousand more just reading and saying nothing.
I already told you there are too many new airguns for me to test them all this year. But some, like the Umarex Canex, the Velox and the Crosman 3622, are so darned captivating that I just can’t stay away. Heck, just last week Pyramyd Air sent me a BM8 Black Bunker survival air rifle that I made fun of two weeks ago and, now that it’s in my hands, I see what was overlooked in their advertising!
I laughed at the thought of testing a Gamo Swarm Bone Collector Gen 3i, but now that I have seen it in person I see the potential. This is a strange time for airguns and I plan to make the best of it.