Turkish firearms manufacturer Hatsan has established an import presence here in the U.S., and starting January 1st of 2012, will be making their unbelievably well-made, low-priced airguns available. They also make shotties, but for right now, it sounds like they’ll only be importing airguns. Honestly, we’re more excited about the those.
Just look at that pre-charged pneumatic beauty. That is the BT65 SB, for side bolt, (they make a more traditional-style rear bolt version) air rifle that’s rated to 200 bars of pressure, and will be available in .177, .22, and .25 caliber (4.5, 5.5, and 6.5mm) pellets. It has a 10-shot rotary magazine (9 in .25) and can exceed 1250 FPS in .177, or in other words, it’s super-sonic. The .22 and .25 are no slouches, either, capable of pushing pellets at 1180 and 1090 FPS, respectively.
But that’s just the beginning. The air canister is detachable and replaceable so you can swap in another in the field, and it also works with standard quick-fill cartridges. The gun has an adjustable stock with three inserts to add an extra inch or so of length, and it has an adjustable cheek riser. That’s true for the wood-stocked (Turkish walnut) models as well.
That’s not all that’s adjustable; Hatsan’s air rifles feature adjustable, 2-stage triggers that can be set for both weight and travel. And they’re gold-plated.
The adjustable sights are made by Truglo, although they make models without sights for use with optics. The rear receiver is already cut to accept both 11mm and 22mm rings. And their hammer-forged barrels are threaded for suppressors.
They also make pump and break-barrel air rifles, all of which do respectively, no, impressively well, plenty enough power to do some serious shooting with.
Hatsan’s rifles have been used around the world for competition and small-game hunting, and just having fun with. Their reputation precedes them, but the best part is the price. Their air rifles shouldn’t set you back more than $400 for their best, and $150 for entry-level pieces.
If you’re interested in pre-ordering, or have any questions about the first models that will be coming stateside, contact Richard Lynch at Airscopes.com, or follow along with the whole deal here and here.