A handsome gun no matter what caliber you prefer, though I dare you to resist owning the world's first big bore break barrel. We were able to obtain 30 ft lbs of energy using the .30 caliber beast. And you shouldn?t have to worry about it chewing up scopes as long as you have a decent air gun rated scope on top. We were surprised that the double recoil was much less than other high power magnum power break barrels!
Hatsan 135 Vortex QE Air Rifle Features
- Vortex gas-piston
- QuietEnergy barrel technology Quattro 2-stage adjustable match trigger (adj. for trigger-pull weight- first stage- second stage & length of travel)
- 11mm and Weaver optics rail with scope stop
- Fixed red TruGlo® fiber optic front sight
- Fully adjustable green TruGlo® fiber optic rear sight
- Anti-beartrap mechanism
- Automatic safety
- Right-hand Turkish walnut Monte Carlo stock with adjustable cheek piece
- Checkered pistol grip and forearm
- Rubber recoil pad with SAS (Shock Absorber System) that reduces vibration 9.60 lbs.
Here are the benefits of a Vortex gas-piston powerplant over a coiled metal mainspring
- Smoother cocking
- Smoother shooting
- No spring torque
- No spring fatigue- even if you leave it cocked for hours
- Functions perfectly in cold weather
- Lasts longer than a metal spring
My QE 135 came in already pre-sighted in with it's adjustable iron sights and ready to shoot. I was smiling from ear to ear after seeing how much power this thing can deliver. The 50.15 grains JSB Match Diablo pellets goes right through the heavy gauge fruit cans with a 1/2' diameter hole on exit, wow
I intend to shoot freehand with open sights for hunting so I'm happy to find out this rifle is easy to hold on balance and its very stable due to it's weight. My rifle doesn't seem to be artillery hold sensitive at sub 20 yard shots. I'm very pleased with my Hatsan's finish quality and gorgeous Walnut stock. I'm looking forward to seeing how she does at 50 yards with open sights to see if I can get by without having to buys a scope. Please keep in mind the QE 135 is meant to be used as a self reliant hunting rifle for those multi day back packing trips in the woods without having to carry any additional air supplies. Don't be discouraged by the heavy cocking effort of this rifle, Albeit that it was extremely hard with the first dozen tries at first until the Vortex piston wears in a bit. The cocking effort is very smooth and very manageable as I develop muscle strength and technique with my mere 150lb. soaking wet body ,mass. I use one of my thigh and both arms with hands as far down to the barrel (to avoid over-loading the suppressor), while cocking the Hatsan to avoid from tiring out. Thank you for your time and good luck
No bueno. No pressure. Apparently, the vortex cylinder in mine has leaked and gun is unusable. Also well outside warranty.
Was a solid rifle when first received, but reliability leaves much to be desired.
but for those of us that don't let that get in the way of enjoying real power, this Rifle is a great purchase!
It is pretty darn accurate open sights if you hold on to it.
I'll be putting the scope on it as soon as my sighting bench arrives.
When you hit small game, it knocks them over!
Very happy I purchased this Rifle!
out of box shot 2 inches right at 30 yards
Very solidly built air rifle. Beautiful turkish walnut stock, Trigger pull is fairly nice,
shot average 503 fps w/JSB 50.15gr. pellets 533.00 fps w/Poly Mag 44.75gr. pellets, 534.35fps w/vortex 44.75gr. pellets.
This air rifle scope mount system is not to bad, mounted a 4x16x40 w/AO Center Point Scope 1-1/2"-2" groups @45-50 meters.
If you want to hunt with a break barrel, work you way up to this big girl, because it hits less like a rifle and more like a hand-held pneumatic cannon. This gun can do it all.
This rifle is NOT for children or 77 yr old men. However, I am a 77 yr old man and I knew what I was getting into.
I also have a Weihrauch HW90 .22 which is known to be hard to cock. Let me tell you, the Weihrauch is a "piece of cake" to clock compared to this .30 cal.
I have to place the stock on the ground and and lean into the barrel using both hands and my back and body weight in a fast push with ALL my strength to cock it.
It gives me great satisfaction when I hear the click that locks the barrel open.
Does all that effort deter me? NO, I'm glad I bought this rifle. I'm going to need a scope to get the full accuracy this rifle can deliver.
Overall, I LOVE this rifle! Thank you Hatsan and AirGun Depot for making it available!
Sighted in at approx. 10 yards(My purchase is for dispatching caught live trap animals) using the supplied open sights. Standing free hand, almost pellet on pellet.
Lets now talk power. Using a 10" long PT 4x4 as a target and using the face(4x4 end) placed on top of plastic container(64 oz.yogurt). After each shot, the 4x4 was pushed off the container. Not leaning. Off!! I'm using 44.75 gr.
I have a 25 cal PCP and it only pushes the same target about an inch, not 7". .
The factory setting on the trigger is just fine with me(I have custom 300 win mag. A 1025 yard gun). I won't be making any changes to the trigger.
I've heard talk about slings not fitting. Unscrew and buy new! To rate this rifle on sling attachment, in my mind carries no Merritt.
This rifle is a real steal. But what do I know? 52 years old. Shooting for 46 years.
Man, this thing is a monster to shoot! The breaking force is slightly difficult for a reasonably healthy man like myself, but after developing a technique, it all seemed to work out. No scope, bare sights at 15-20 yards this thing shoots high. Same but at 30-35 yards and it is bang on the money!
Unfortunately, I began to experience issues with the cocking mechanism where the cocking arm seems to bind and not allow the user to cycle the cocking mechanism. Needless to say, AGD has been incredibly helpful with this issue. We are in the works of sending it back to worked on. Hopefully I can get my beast back in time for bird season on Sep 1st.
Thanks to AGD for the awesome customer service.
PS: I will edit to 5 stars when issue is resolved.
This rifle took some getting used to. This is my first big bore air rifle. Using jab Diablo pellets going to try some different wieghts see what it like the best
After mounting we took it out to the range I have on my property. First 3 shots had a group of about 1 1/2"
After that we started to dial it in. We put about 40 round through the rifle. After the 40 or so rounds had 1" grouping. This all at 25 yards.
Small breezes seem to have very little effect on the .30 cal pellet. I bought a cheap scope from Walmart as an after thought because my eyesite is not great. Now I wish I had purchased a better scope from airgun depot (It is worthy of a decent scope and mounts).
With the scope, I am putting pellets into a 6 inch circle at 60 yards. They easily penetrate into an empty Folgers 5 pound coffee tin and sometimes go through it at that range. Occasionally a missed shot goes into the trunk of a maple tree behind it (and I do mean into). I got a paper clip and discovered that the missed shots are completely buried in the trunk of the maple tree about 1/2 to 3/4 inches beyond the skirt (44.75 grain Diablo Exacts). It is my hope that manufacturers soon make more .30 Cal pellets. I believe that a 41 Grain would be ideal. My hat is off to Hatsan's engineering team for making this fine air rifle.
The gun sounds loud when I am shooting it as I would expect with my cheek anchored to the stock, but standing about 10 feet away, it is not loud at all according to my wife. However, if you shoot at a hard target such as a coffee can or old iron skillet as I can attest, the impact is noisy and may draw unwanted attention from neighbors.
Despite unseasonal July rain here in the Pacific Northwest, I took it out on my porch and started shooting my targets about 30 feet away. The target was the kind with the four spinning metal tabs and a slightly bigger swing tab at the top which when hit resets the other four below.
Out of the box, with no scope, artillery hold on my hand rail from a seated position, the first shot nicked the first tab. The next 4 shots all hit and made the target spin around so fast, it went right past the top tab and sent it spinning as well. The tabs never went into the 'shot' position but spun fully around once or twice and came to rest in original 'non-shot' position. That's what I call powerful.
Unfortunately, I only made a total of 5 shots due to the rain and the strength needed to cock this canon which is missing in my 63 year old, out-of-shape body.
I normally wouldn't write a review until I've had the weapon for a couple of weeks and fired at least a hundred pellets. But since this rifle made a perfect first impression and I have been shooting pellets for four years and centerfire guns for over 50 years I feel qualified to provide such a review. Compared to the 3 pellet pistols and 10 Pellet rifles I have I would put this in second following my favorite, namely the Air Arms TX 200. I also have a .177 Hatsan MOD 95 springer and a Hatsan .22 MOD 95 Vortex, a Hatsan Mod 25 Pistol, Diana RWS 34, several Crosman, Gamo and Baikal.
In my opinion, for under $300, this is the finest pellet rifle you can buy.
The gun is also the heaviest and has it's own personality. I shoot most in the field off a monopod and Dimes at 25 yrds. It is remarkable that a Break Barrel has this much power.
I bought mine on lightning deal as I recall, it was the last one when I got the gun, it was super easy to cock and when I C-graphed it was only pulling 500 fps so called Rick E. and he said just call Hatsan you got a bad seal or piston. I did and sent it in and it came back an absolute freaking beast. Thanks Hatsan tech guys, awesome service. I also own a BT65QE in .25 after my experience with these guns and company I can honestly say they make the best guns on the planet for the dough. So if you are looking for the most powerful Break Barrel and are a stud and enjoy the Magnum experience then this gun is worth a look.
Since I have the 135 Vortex not the QE and can not comment on noise factor but my 135 Vortex is not very loud as is. The QE will make it an even better hunting rifle.
WOW, this is an exceptional gun. It shipped very quickly, and after opening the box, and just trying ten shots in the gun, it was zeroed in perfectly from the factory, with no need for adjustment. I put a Hawke 4x32AO scope on it because I had it as an extra, and to my surprise, it worked out very well. The weight of the gun is substantial, and to break the barrel requires about 50 to 60 lbs. of cocking effort, although as I've been shooting the gun, that seems to slowly be reducing. The trigger is totally adjustable, although I didn't adjust it yet because I want the gut to fully break in first, and for now it's about 3.5 to 4 lbs. trigger pull, very predictable, and crisp. The butt pad is also adjustable, as well as the cheek pad. The recoil, to my surprise seems to be about that of a .22 cal. not hard at all, and the gun is extremely quiet to have 30 foot pounds of energy coming out of it. I have a Hatsan 155 Torpedo in .25 cal. and this .30 cal. shoots better than the .25 cal. I only do some Turkey hunting on occasion, no pest or any of that, and my neighbors would complain if I were to shoot in my backyard, so I mainly soot in my indoor range in my basement that I set up which is a little over 10 meters, and works fine for me. The only kinda con for the gun is that the ammo is very expensive, $15, for the 44gr. and $16. for the 55gr. but that's ok with me, and both types of ammo shoot the same from the gun, the point of contact on the target is exactly the same for either gr. pellet, which is great.This gun is a real tack driver. Bottom line is this is a magnificent gun, and if you are into break barrel guns as I am I would suggest you get this gun, the price is really good, and the power in just what you want. Everyone wants to go PCP, but I really dont, the equipment, the constant refilling of air after so few shots, I just cant go there. But I do have a Hammerli 850 magnum, which I just love, and also a QB78 Repeater, which is as much fun for fewer shots. But this Hatsan 135 .30 cal. Break barrel is the gun to get.
0.177Caliber 0.177 CalVelocity 1250 fpsLoudness 3-Medium
0.22Caliber 0.22 CalVelocity 1000 fpsLoudness 3-Medium
0.25Caliber 0.25 CalVelocity 750 fpsLoudness 3-Medium
0.30Caliber 0.30 CalVelocity 550 fpsLoudness 3-Medium