First up is a new aiming guide reticle for their CenterPoint Outdoors line – the TAG (Trajectory Aiming Guide), a bullet drop crosshair to give shooters the tools to quickly adjust their shot placement to different distances. Although it’s aimed primarily at firearms users, the TAG system will also work well for airgunners. The scopes feature rugged 1” diameter tubes,
The TAG series offers three 1″ tubed models with red and green illumination in the following configurations: 4-16×40, 3-9×40 and 2-7x32mm; two non-illuminated models are available, in 3-9×40 and 3-9×50. They all offer finger adjustable windage and elevation, are 100% waterproof, shockproof and fogproof, and sport fast-focus eyepiece, coming with lens covers, picatinny rings and Limited Lifetime Warranty. TAG scopes will be available from around July 2015, with anticipated UK pricing starting from around £100.
Next are two new releases from Benjamin Airguns, the premium hunting brand of the Crosman Corporation. Billed as the next generation of Shockey Signature Series air rifles designed by hunters, for hunters, above are the Jim Shockey Steel Eagle (top) and Eva Shockey Golden Eagle. They both feature the industry-leading Nitro Piston 2 powerplant with more speed, more power, more accuracy and reduced cocking force.
Both rifles feature an ergonomically designed Monte Carlo stock with unique, custom designed soft touch inserts for a secure grip – and both sport the smooth, two-stage Clean Break Trigger as well as Crosman’s advanced seven chamber, K-style baffled suppression system for superior sound control. Sling mounts are also included.
The Jim Shockey Steel Eagle comes in .22 calibre with a 3-9×32 CenterPoint scope that mounts to an integrated picatinny rail and has a synthetic all-weather stock. It delivers shots up to 1,100fps (26ft/lb). The Eva Shockey Golden Eagle comes in .177 calibre and includes a CenterPoint 4×32 scope. Its synthetic all-weather stock features a unique outdoors pattern moulded into the soft-grip inserts, while its Nitro Piston 2 powerplant delivers velocities up to 1,400fps (23ft/lb). UK launch dates aren’t yet known – and importers ASI aren’t able to tell us if they’ll ever be UK bound – but both rifles will be available in the States from March 2015, with SRPs of $329.99 (Steel Eagle) and $269.99.
Another Benjamin comes in the shape of the big-bore, Bulldog .357 air rifle. Its 36 inches features over 30″ of Picatinny rail above and below the frame for ‘accessorising’, and at under 8lb, you’ll be able to add plenty of kit! eight pounds. It runs an all-new 5-shot magazine design is easier to load and provides visual confirmation when full or empty. The flush fit into the stock means no interference when aiming. An efficient sidelever bolt enables a single cocking motion, providing quick followup shots, and a crisp, two-stage trigger delivering the predictability hunters demand. The side-mounted pressure gauge is conveniently located for reading during filling and for monitoring while in the field. The Bulldog includes standard sling posts for easy carry.
Power-wise, the Bulldog delivers consistent five-shot groups of nearly 800fps (200ft/lb) when using 145-grain hunting bullets, and it delivers around 10 usable shots on a single charge. Crosman are able to supply the rifle now, with an SRP of $999.99.
Finally, Crosman has teamed up with the leader in AR accessories to create the Benjamin Armada – an AR-compatible PCP air rifle that features the official Magpul M-LOK modular accessory system.
“The Armada is the first commercially available PCP rifle that brings the same breadth of modularity and user configurability that is enjoyed by the AR community,” says Jennifer Lambert, VP Marketing for Crosman. “By designing the rifle to Mil-Spec dimensions for the grip and stock interfaces as well as implementing the M-LOK interface system, the Armada becomes a platform that gives shooters an infinite range of possibilities to customize their air rifle with the AR parts and accessories of their choice.”
Built in the US, the .22 calibre Armada delivers velocities of 1,000fps (32ft/lb) and sports an AR-15 mil-spec butt and pistol grip, a 10-shot magazine and full sound suppression – and you get over 30 shots per fill. The receiver features a machined picatinny rail and the bolt is reversible for left-handed shooters. An on-board gauge for monitoring air pressure and a crisp two-stage trigger make this a worthy addition to your gun collection. The Armada Magpul Edition features Magpul MOE grip, stock and cheek riser for the ultimate modern sporting air rifle.
The Benjamin Armada Tactical is available in the States now, price $799 – while $999 gets you the Armada Magpul Edition.