In this episode of Rossi’s reviews, Rossi touches on one of the most important topics when selecting a scope which is picking out the right mounting system. To achieve optimal accuracy you have to start with the right mounting system for your scope and in this episode, Rossi is going to take a detailed look at the scope mounts from BKL Technologies. They are manufacturers of the largest selection of airgun and rimfire scope mounts in the U.S. Their competition-grade scope mounting system includes scope mounts, scope rings, dovetail to weaver adaptors, and scope risers that utilize a quick-installing and self-aligning clamping system that fits both 11mm and 3/8″ dovetails. Their patented auto-centering and clamp spreading technologies are also a standard on all series and are made from the highest grade aircraft aluminum alloy.
On this episode of American Airgunner, Rossi joins the war on pest control and competes in the 2018 Air Gun Rat Wars. The 2-day competition was comprised of 4 teams, Innnerloc’s Out There, Urban Nocks, Umarex Airguns, and American Airgunner. Teams were scored on the heaviest rat, longest rat, heaviest total catch, nest treasure, and most rats. Each team had 2 shooters and a guide that were equipped with Umarex Gauntlet air guns and Axeon Laser Scopes. The guns have been dialed in from 10ft to 30ft for those hard to reach rats.
This is the 3rd annual competition that was initiated to bring an element of fun to handle a nuisance population of rats that decimate farmers feed and machinery. Join Rossi and his crew as they set to reduce the rat population and have a few laughs.
If you’ve never been to SHOT Show before, it’s a whirlwind of new and exciting products, great people, and sore feet! Rossi Morreale spent some time there and caught up with several brands that have some awesome fresh products for this year. If you didn’t get a chance to view them live, here’s a SHOT Show 2019 product roundup so you can catch up on all the action.
At the Hatsan Airguns booth, Rossi got to check out the new airgun models. Most of the Hatsan line of airguns come in .177, .22, and .25 caliber and will be available in stores within the next couple of months. Check out the video and airgun highlights below.
1844 QES – this airgun from the Quiet Energy Series now has open sights, so you won’t have to have a scope if you don’t want it.
Glacian – this is a semiautomatic airgun, which has a very tactical look to it. It is a great option for small game and medium range targets.
Vectus – this is a brand new airgun with a smooth lever action. It has a quiet energy synthetic shroud on the muzzle and flip up open sights. It also has a combination picatinny/dovetail rail.
Nova Star – this is an upgraded gun from the Nova series, which is about a pound lighter than previous models. It also has a hidden in-stock magazine holder with a Turkish walnut stock.
SpeedFire – this is a break-barrel repeater (automatic loading) airgun, which has open sights or a scope.
AirMax – the AirMax is a bottle-fed airgun instead of cylinder-fed with a forward cocking mechanism. It too has a Turkish walnut stock and many more shots (up to 100 shots).
Flash Wood – this airgun has a unique tactical look while still having a walnut stock. It has a chrome-plated and smooth operating cocking bolt.
Airtact – this is an entry-level break-barrel airgun with a lighter synthetic barrel.
Bull Boss – while this model has been popular already, there are several new and different color options.
Predator International Airgun Pellets
While at the show, Rossi also had to check out some new pellet options. He caught up with Dick Dickson from Predator International. In 2019, there’s a strong focus on improving the quality control that JSB and Predator International have for their pellets. Every pellet is hand-viewed under a microscope, with a rejection rate of 2%. Check out the video below.
.20 caliber Heavy – the new .20 caliber pellet, which is heavier (almost 16 grains), is making a comeback for 2019.
Hades – this hollow-head pellet splits apart on impact, which is very lethal for small game, available in .22 caliber right now.
GTO Pellet – this tin-based pellet is slightly lighter than lead but performs similarly. This provides a great lead-free option.
Monster – to better match different guns, the Monster pellet is available in re-designed and original pellets (in .177 and .22 caliber options).
Rossi caught up with Richard Turner from Umarex Airguns, including some of the big game animals that have been taken with these products.
Synergis – this under-lever repeater design allows an unbroken fixed barrel, with a 12-shot magazine. For a large-looking .177 caliber gun, it is very lightweight.
Ruger 10/22 – following the look and feel of the original (and widely popular) Ruger .22 model, this airgun is a great replica to allow backyard shooting.
Hammer – this new for 2019 .50 caliber air rifle allows three full powered shots, which is powerful enough to take down big game animals, including Cape buffalo!
Velocity Outdoor Airguns
Many people are more familiar with Crosman and Benjamin as name brands, but the Velocity Outdoor Company includes several great airguns. Check out the video below for more information.
Remington 1100 – this youth style shotgun has a single pump and holds 1,000 BBs for all-day plinking opportunities.
Fortitude (Gen 2) – this lighter and newer option has some flexibility with an adjustable hammer, depending on how you use the gun.
DPMSSBR – this newer (CO2-powered) airgun is a fully automatic BB gun. It comes with a red dot sight, and adjustable AR-compatible buffer tube and grip.
MagFire Mission – this is another new repeater airgun for 2019. Also in this group is the Nomad with a wood stock and an Ultra option.
Triple Threat – this awesome air handgun can shoot BBs or pellets and comes with three different barrels (3”, 6”, and 8”) to customize your shooting style.
While at the SHOT Show, Rossi, of course, had to stop by to chat about Gamo airguns to see what is in store for 2019.
Swarm Whisper – with a good price point and a 10-pellet rotating magazine, the Fusion is an entry-level break-barrel airgun in .177 caliber.
Swarm Bone Collector – using the Whisper Fusion sound suppression technology, this .22 caliber air rifle comes with a beech wood stock and an adjustable stage trigger.
Swarm Fusion 10X Gen 2 – this new air rifle has a horizontal 10-shot magazine alignment, and so the rifle can support iron sights or a scope. It also comes with the adjustable stage trigger and sound suppression technology.
While at the 2019 SHOT Show, Rossi also stopped by the AirForce Airguns booth to catch up on what’s going on this year.
RAW HM1000X – this is a long-range air rifle, best for target shooting. With a flat bottom, it can fit into bench rests very steadily.
LSS – this prototype built off of the Texan model is impressive-looking and silent shooting.
Hawke Optics and Airmax
Without good optics, it is tough to truly extend your shooting and hunting opportunities. Rossi stopped by the booth to chat about the options for airgun optics.
Airmax Compact – this 3-12x scope has a parallax adjustment and illumination options, but it is smaller in size to fit smaller airguns.
Frontier – this is a top-of-the-line scope built with stronger (but lighter) aluminum and crown glass for maximum clarity. The turrets are larger and tactical, and it features a Zero Stop feature, which allows you to always return to your zero point. With a throw lever on the magnification, you can quickly adjust it in the field even with gloves. This also comes in a 1” tube.
Sidewinder 8-40x – this is a slightly smaller option from the 10-50x, but it has a lot of the other great features of the Sidewinder.
In addition, Hawke Optics offers binoculars, rangefinders, and spotting scopes, which have all of the same great benefits of the scopes above.
Air Arms is a company from the UK that manufactures many different types of air rifles. They place a very high priority on quality products.
TDR Tactical Rifle – this silent air rifle comes in .177 and .22 caliber, with a side cocking mechanism and a 10-round magazine.
S510XS Ultimate Sporter – this air rifle is extremely adjustable and comes in a more traditional-looking wood stock model. It is a great hunting rifle and comes with swivels to attach accessories.
MTC Airgun Optics
The MTC Optics Company is known primarily for airguns, with a large presence in the UK as well. Check out the video below for more information.
Cobra F1 – this scope features a first focal plane for extremely accurate shooting, and it has easily-adjustable turrets. The scope also has a glass reticle.
Mamba Ultralight – this is a 1” tube, very lightweight scope. It is illuminated and brand new.
Viper Pro – this scope features a totally customizable turret where you can set your own yardage for easy and quick adjustments in the fields.
This is another British company that has some amazing airgun products.
Brocock Commander – this airgun is extremely tactical looking. Anyone who likes ARs will love it because it can interchange with AR parts to customize just about everything on it.
Pulsar Saxon – this is a digital airgun, which has three different programming levels of low, medium, and high power.
Brocock Sniper – this is similar to the Commander but features a different stock and is very lightweight.
Red Wolf – this model comes with a walnut stock instead of the traditional red laminate stock. This gun is capable of producing half-inch groups at 100 yards!
SIG Sauer Airsoft Guns and Airguns
Everyone’s familiar with this brand, and their booth at SHOT Show 2019 was huge! They have a great high-end line of Proforce airsoft guns, but we were really interested in the airguns.
.365 – this BB gun is a fun handgun option, which can be used to train for concealed carry applications.
Virtus – modeled on the MCX firearm platform, this airgun can use a lot of the same firearm accessories. This PCP (pre-charged pneumatic) .22 caliber comes with 30 rounds.
Last, in the live video updates from SHOT Show 2019, Rossi stopped by the Air Venturi booth to see what’s new. You’re likely familiar with the air bolts already, but they have some exciting new products.
Springfield – this replica BB gun is CO2-powered, semi-automatic, and has a 15 shot magazine with full blowback action as you shoot. This is the first Springfield replica airgun produced.
Springfield XTM Handgun – this handgun comes in both airsoft and airgun options, and has a holster with push button release.
Seneca Aspen – coming in .177, .22, and .25 caliber, this PCP/pump airgun is dual-purpose so you can fill it and then continue pumping a couple times after each shot to keep it at full power.
Nomad 2 Compressor – this compressor can be charged via wall outlets or car batteries. This compressor goes up to 4,500 PSI and can fill your airgun in 5 to 10 minutes.
Bada-Bang – this new target prototype connects to your phone via Bluetooth, which offers different games with four targets.