Most potential buyers want to purchase the world's most powerful air gun, which does not need improvement and does not require any maintenance. In addition to systems with pre-pumping, the market is nothing more powerful than the air rifle "Hattsan 125". In this article, the reader will learn the leader of the arms market closer, learn technical characteristics, see photos and get acquainted with the feedback and recommendations of the owners.
The legality of the acquisition on the territory of Russia
The law of the Russian Federation "On Weapons" prohibits the sale and use of pneumatics with a shot power of more than 7.5 J. The Hatsan rifle in its factory version has a capacity of about 30 J. To circumvent the ban on imports and sales, Turkish gunsmiths install a deliberately weak spring in the pneumatics , and the workers are enclosed in the kit. In the process of purchasing a rifle on the market, the seller installs the proper kit, and the buyer receives the object of his desires.
There is no need to worry about the violation of the law "On Arms". It's still easier than it seems. To withdraw pneumatic weapons for ballistic examination, a court order is required, which is issued only when administrative or criminal proceedings are instituted. That is, everything depends on the behavior of the owner of the weapon.
Assortment in the market
Air rifles "Hatsan 125 Sniper" are available on the market in several variations. First, the division goes on the caliber - 4,5, 5,5 and 6,35 millimeters. Also differs pneumatics by modifications, which were produced at different periods of time with small modifications. In the market you can find rifles as a spring-piston mechanism, and with a gas spring. Increasingly, weapons come with a pre-installed moderator, whose goal is to reduce the volume of the shot.
Practically, regardless of the modification, the manufacturer has stated the same tactical and technical characteristics for all Hatsan Sniper rifles, which, when detailed, do not differ much from each other, judging by the photo. Such a marketing move on the part of the manufacturer imposes responsibility for the purchase of the future owner of the weapon, otherwise only one model will be in the focus of those wishing to take possession of the most powerful pneumatics.
About the goodies for the owners
The Hatsun Sniper rifle has a 500 mm rifled barrel made of steel. The total length of the weapon, regardless of the modification, is 1240 mm. The source of energy is a spring-piston system (in rare cases, a gas spring), and charging is performed by breaking the barrel. The weight of the rifle in the factory version ranges from 4 to 4.5 kilograms, depending on the modification. The manufacturer in the technical documentation stated the initial speed of the bullet 380 meters per second, and the effective range of fire - 50 meters. Distinctive features of the rifle "Hatsan Sniper" are:
- set-up butt with rubber inserts;
- rubber pad for dampening recoil and adjustable cheek;
- sighting sight and bar with fiberoptic threads;
- sASTM recoil absorption system.
The first acquaintance with the rifle
The box in which the rifle is delivered is very high quality, and if the buyer has at least a drop of doubt in his purchase, it is the packaging that can eliminate this negative. Inside of it lie: pneumatic rifle "Hatsan Sniper", instruction manual, certificate, reinforced spring, belt, buttstock extensions and legs for shooting in lying position. The manual has a full description of the disassembly and assembly of rifles with high-quality photos, but it is not recommended to completely disassemble the weapon without any need.
The manufacturer advises to trust the replacement of the spring in the weapon to specialists-gunsmiths, and not to try to solve the problem independently. When buying many sellers offer such a service to the buyer, you should not refuse. After a replacement in the presence of a gunsmith, it is recommended to shoot a couple of shots to make sure the spring is working properly. Very often, sellers provide the buyer with information on the speed of the flight of the bullet, measuring the figure with a special device.
Do you want to do everything yourself?
It's clear that a serious Turkish manufacturer has safely preserved its weapons, sending it for export to all countries, because it is not known how many air rifles "Hattsan 125" will be stored in warehouses and at what temperature. It is unambiguous that nobody regretted the oil. Therefore, before use, you can get rid of excess lubricant, which can not only flow out of the mechanisms, seeping out, but also corruptly spoil the spring rigidity. For maintenance you will need a partial disassembly of the rifle:
- Remove the five screws that hold the couch.
- Carefully separate the bed from the rifle frame.
- Unscrew the safety catch and the securing mechanism securing bolts.
- Unhook the protection spring from accidental shots.
- Remove the whisper axis, the dowel pin and the spring with the piston.
All seized mechanisms should be wiped with a dry cloth. Also it is recommended to clear the oil from the cylinder, in which was installed the spring in the rifle. Then you need to apply your own silicone grease, and then you can begin to assemble the weapons. Rifle "Hatsan" going on the scheme, the reverse of the disassembly.
Rifle Power: Myths and Reality
The initial speed of the bullet, which can produce a Hatsan air rifle, is 380 meters per second and this is a serious argument for most buyers, but not everything is as rosy as it seems at first glance. The meaning of such a statement of the manufacturer for many connoisseurs is lost for one simple reason - the bullet weight and its rigidity are not indicated. It turns out that the manufacturer has measured the air velocity at the exit from the trunk?
Experienced by the arrows set the range of optimal weight of pellets, with which you can achieve the best results in the power of the shot: 0.50-0.8 grams. Moreover, many note the fact that the power of the shot increases with increasing softness of lead. And if the issue of choice of pellets has become an edge, then preference is best given to Beeman Kodiaks, weighing 0.69 grams or Crosman Premier with a weight of 0.51 grams. But the bullets Baracuda Magnum, whose weight is more than one gram, is recommended to bypass, since they are clearly not intended for such rifles as "Hatsan".
Advantages of gas springs
Having fired in plenty, the owner will quickly come to the conclusion that the Hatsan 125 Sniper rifle has too high a return, which not only causes physical inconvenience, but can also have a detrimental effect on the optics. After all, optics are mostly represented in the market for firearms, respectively, all the glasses in the sights have a recoil compensator on one side only. But pneumatics gives a double return: the impact of the piston when the spring is released sets the movement of the rifle forward, and the outreach of the bullet creates a natural recoil.
There are not many options for solving the problem here. The best is the installation of a gas spring, which, in addition to eliminating double returns, will add a little power to the weapon. The cost of modernization is very low and freely blocked by the purchase of optics - there is no need to purchase expensive instruments with double compensators. There are recommendations for installing a pre-pumping system on the Hatsan Sniper, but many experts claim that this is a rash decision for weapons weighing 4 kg.
Optics selection for spring-piston mechanism
To the choice of an optical device each buyer suits his own way. Focusing on the price of the device, the number and size of the glass. All this is true, but only applicable with less powerful weapons. The Hatsan rifle is not compatible with the usual approaches of the owners to purchase an optical device. Here, the strength of the device must be the priority. And in an inexpensive segment with this is just a huge problem for buyers.
Many sellers in the store, having learned that the owner of the most powerful rifle in the world is looking for optics, recommend looking at the inexpensive sight "VOMZ Pilad P4x32 LS" of the domestic manufacturer. In the photo it looks inexpressive, but very practical when shooting. If you need a foreigner in the same category, you can get acquainted with MakSnipe 3-9x40. These two targets are included in the TOP sales in Russia and have only positive reviews among the owners. However, any professional will be disappointed that the diameter of the glass is 40 millimeters, this is clearly not enough for convenient shooting at great distances.
Without finishing it is not enough
The rifle "Hattsan 125", regardless of the modifications, has one clearly expressed problem - this is the mechanism of locking the trunk. When a platoon is very often felt, as the piston rubs against the compressor. Over time, if nothing is done, there may be a backlash of the entire trunk with a fracture. The problem is solved by disassembling and lapping both contact parts - first with a file, then with sandpaper.
There are problems with the cuff in the shock-trigger mechanism. It is recommended to simply change it after every thousand shots, since it has the property of wearing out. The shelf life is also helped by the abundant lubrication, so when caring for the gun, do not fill the cuff with oil.
Attention is also recommended to the trigger mechanism, which constantly strives to weaken, then to pull up. In the latest modifications, the problem is solved by changing the braking system, but the old versions of the weapon very often produced a self-shot, even with a broken trunk, catching the fear of an unprepared shooter.
New player in the PCP market
Very low margin of safety of the reservoir, which is easily deformed in case of accidental pumping, causes a huge negative because the safety of such systems needs to be in the first place. Yes, and the container can be disconnected only if complete disassembly of the weapon. There are problems with the mechanism of the platoon, which is in constant need of repair. These factors are enough to draw your own conclusions before buying.
Unequivocally, the Hatsan Sniper rifle is the sales leader and is recognized as the most powerful airgun on the domestic market. If you need a tool for hunting and sports-entertainment shooting, the buyer will never regret his choice. But you need to face the facts - if you want the rifle to serve well for more than one year, then you need to contribute by doing a small job of upgrading the weapon. But wishing to acquire a legend with a system of pre-pumping is recommended to wait for a modified version, otherwise you can get a big disappointment from such a famous brand.