Meet the Hatsan 125 Sniper Vortex, a serious new airgun


Hatsan USA has just announced a new, high-performance air rifle, the 125 Sniper Vortex. It is a powerful, single-shot break-barrel airgun for serious shooters. The 125 Sniper Vortex will be offered in three models, each chambered for standard air rifle pellets.

These are not toy guns, they’re entry-level competition rifles and work well as small-game getters, too. Hatsan rates the .177-caliber model at 1250 feet per second (FPS), the .22 caliber model at 1000 FPS and the .25 caliber model at 750 FPS.

The models generate roughly between 28 and 36 foot-pounds of force at the muzzle, depending on the caliber and pellet weight, making them useful for harvesting small game and for pest control. These are definitely not toys and really should be treated like any type of firearm.

The 125 Sniper Vortex is a gas piston design. The use of a gas piston makes the gun considerably quieter than a spring-powered gun and can be left cocked with no springs to wear out. Gas piston systems also generallyh have a longer service life.

Because of the amount of power these airguns operate at Hatsan recommends against using alloy pellets, which chip or break at high velocities, leading to weak accuracy. When it comes to the 125 Sniper Vortex use lead pellets.

Still, even lead pellets are far more affordable than cartridge ammunition, making the 125 Sniper Vortex an economical plinker. While it costs as much as some real guns, with a suggested retail price of $418, in the long run the low cost of pellets will make up for it. Like all guns, real-world prices are expected to be somewhat lower than the MSRP.

The 125 Sniper Vortex brings a lot to the table, feature-wise. It’s not just about power, it comes complete with all this:

  • “Triopad” modular buttpad for recoil absorption and three stock spacers,
  • Precision rifled barrel,
  • Fully-adjustable 2-stage “Quattro” trigger,
  • Truglo fiber optic micro-adjustable rear sight and open front sight,
  • Manual safety and automatic cocking safety,
  • Fully-adjustable cheek riser,
  • Integrated sound moderator,
  • Scope mount rail and mounted scope stop,
  • Ambidextrous design and
  • One 3-9×32 fully multicoated Optima scope, shoulder sling, and bi-pod.

If you’re looking to do some low-cost rifle shooting no matter what your shooting needs are, be sure to check out the 125 Sniper Vortex. And if you’re looking for that great last-minute gift this holiday season, it would be pretty hard to be upset with one of these performance airguns.

For more details and specifications, as always, head over to the product page.

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