The IWA Outdoor Classics show in Nuremberg is one of the shooting industry’s premier events, showcasing countless new releases on the airgun scene. Here’s some of the kit we clocked during the showcase.
Pallas have unveiled their new range of Turkish airguns, including the flagship Force Pro shown off here by Arnd Abraham. This elegant multi-shot PCP sporter is available in .177, .22 and .25 calibres and should hit UK gun shops later this year.
The flood of new bullpup air rifles looks set to continue, and Cometa have added their new Orion BP to the mix. The super-compact PCP features a neat drop-down forend grip, turns out 150 shots per fill in the 16-shot .177 calibre version and 180 in the 13-shot .22, and should be in UK gun shops very soon.
Russian bullpup aficionados Ataman have been on the scene a while now, and were showing off the Type-One version of their stubby M2, which features a neat sidelever action.
The Air Arms Galahad ‘sport-pup’ was once again getting a huge chunk of the limelight. We’ve got a feeling there’s going to be quite a clamour for this gun when it hits the shops.
BUCKING THE TREND
Despite their reputation for making brilliant bullpups, FX Airguns are bucking the trend and have gone back to the classic sporter look with their new Streamline. Designed by Johan Axelsson, the son of legendary airgun designer Fredrik Axelsson, the Streamline boasts a sidelever-operated magazine-fed firing cycle, regulator, adjustable power, fully adjustable trigger, a shrouded Smooth-Twist barrel and sleek Minelli walnut stock.
Pellet giant JSB, who celebrate their 25th anniversary this year, have added a 34-grain .22 pellet to their Jumbo Beast Diabolo range. The heavyweight round should be a big hit with fans of FAC-rated airguns.
A FISTFUL OF ACCURACY
The Feinwerkbau PX8 look set to be a firm favourite with serious pistol shooters. The super-accurate pistol features a new 3D grip adjustment system for unrivalled fit, low sights which sit close to the bore, and a sliding weight system to ensure perfect balance in the hand.
Retay Airguns from Turkey had an impressive array of spring guns on display, including the lightweight 70S. This neat little break-barrel weighs just over 2kg, comes equipped with TruGlo sights, and with synthetic stock options including wood effect, camo, carbon, black, desert and Ferrari red.
MTC Optics unveiled their brand new Mamba Pro and Viper Pro scopes. Both feature illuminated reticles and come with magnetic flip-up lens covers, the rear of which has a clear lens with 2x magnification to make it even easier to read the range on the parallax dial. But the real genius is in their ‘Smart’ turrets, which are geared at a ratio of three-to-one for ultra-precise adjustment. You can even use MTC’s software to calibrate the markings on the Viper Pro’s elevation dial to exactly match your set-up.
KEEP THE PRESSURE ON
Daystate’s new Type 2 electric compressor provides fast, efficient filling of air tanks up to 300BAR. It can fill a 10-litre bottle from empty in 20 minutes, and features an easy-read gauge that can be set for automatic shut-off when the required pressure is reached.
NIGHT VISION RECORDING
Recording night vision footage is set to get a whole lot easier, thanks to the launch of the R-Tek range from NiteSite. The proven Viper, Eagle and Wolf NV units will be available in R-Tek guise, which will enable direct recording to an on-board micro SD card, or to a mobile phone or tablet via WiFi and a custom-made app, at the press of a button. They also feature super-fast external focusing to keep the image sharper than ever. NiteSite have also devised a neat rangefinder for accurate after-dark distance calculation – so all the shots you catch on camera should be good ones.
Walther were proud to unveil the latest incarnation of their super-successful and super-smooth, spring-powered underlever, the LGU, which now features a synthetic thumbhole stock. Apart from being extremely tough, the new handle makes the LGU even more comfortable to shoot.
This year’s show saw the launch of several serious airgun scopes, and the Diamond Sportsman from Nikko Stirling was one of them. Made in Japan, the scope has a 30mm tube, 60mm objective lens and 10-50x zoom range. It’s available in several reticle configurations, including an illuminated option.
ON THE QUIET
The Quantum Universal Silencer from Webley features an ingenious attachment collar that fits barrels from 14.3mm to 16mm, meaning you can retrofit it to most airguns. Set to have a black anodised finish by the time it hits the shops, it’s very quiet, thanks to a combination of baffles, felt and an acoustic cage.
Flip Target say you can now turn anything into a target with their new stick-on targets. Available in a variety of colours and sizes, just stick them to a safe backstop and you’re ready to zero up anywhere on your shoot.
The hard-hitting new Evanix REX-FA is certainly one for FAC shooters to check out. Available in a range of big-calibre options, it’s capable of power levels approaching 300ft/lb, and can still turn out 15 shots per fill.
HATS OFF TO HATSAN
Hatsan were showcasing some serious-looking PCPs, including the buddy-bottle Nova and Nova Compact, the sleek Trophy and the futuristic Bullboss. They couldn’t confirm which models would make it to the UK, but we hope they all will…
We loved the look of the revamped edition BSA’s R10 Mk2. The SE version of the Birmingham gunmaker’s flagship PCP boasts a shrouded barrel with tapered silencer, fully adjustable pivoting butt plate, and a new regulator. It’s only available for export at present, but we certainly hope it’ll find its way onto the racks of UK gun shops soon.
The new Chacal from Gamo is best described as a carbine version of their acclaimed Coyote. Seated in a very tasty new synthetic stock, and set for release in .22 calibre only, it boasts 80 shots per fill despite its compact proportions. Just like the Coyote, this Gamo should win a loyal following among hunters who want a reliable PCP that won’t break the bank.
HAWKE OPTICS AND ACCESSORIES
There was lot to see on the Hawke stand, from the flagship Frontier and the high-spec Sidewinder ED to some very clever accessories.
Aimed at Field Target shooters, the Sidewinder ED boasts awesome optical quality and extreme magnification. The scope has a large 60mm objective lens for optimum light transmission and boasts a 10-50x zoom range and an oversize parallax wheel for precise dialling. Features also include removable turrets, which can be replaced without breaking the scope’s gas seal.
If hunting is more your thing, look out for the new Vantage SF IR. As the initials in its name suggest, this scope is equipped with side parallax focus and illuminated reticle, which is glass-etched in half mil-dot configuration.
Hawke also unveiled some great accessories to get even more from their optics. These included purpose-made shims to give you extra vertical adjustment without compromising alignment when using Hawke mounts. You can also get replacement top sections with integral Picatinny rails, so you can attach accessories like lasers and NV illuminators directly to your Hawke scope mounts.