Hatsan is pretty special when it comes to the airgun industry. They are one of the few companies that publishes velocities with lead pellets, not those super-light alloy pellets. The pellets you're probably going to use - lead pellets - are the same ones they use to test their guns and provide velocities and muzzle energy. Hatsan uses lead pellets to determine their velocities. These are going to be by far more accurate than alloy or synthetic pellets and are probably the type of pellet you'll be using.
Hatsan AT44S-10 QE Air Rifle Features
- Integral silencer reduces report by about 50%
- Anti-double-feed system prevents more than one pellet loading into barrel
- Ambidextrous synthetic stock with textured grip
- Removable air reservoir has built-in manometer (air pressure gauge)
- 2-stage adjustable Quattro trigger with gold-plated trigger blade
It may be a tad overpowered for light pellets but you can adjust the hammer spring tension during a tuning process and that may help. I may regulate it, however, I can get 20 really good shots unregulated.
Mounted a scope and headed to a friends house to do some testing.. Within 10 shots I was zero at 30 yards then we moved out to 50 yards. I was happy to discover that several different pellets flew well. JSB 13.43 were punching one holes (1/2 inch), tried some Newboy 15.8 and got the same results (1/2 inch groups).
I chrono'd the Newboy 15.8, from 200 bar to 100 bar I got 50 shots.
Newboy 15.8 grain 905 FPS and 28 FPE... Min 770 FPS and 20 FPE.
Crosman 7.4 grain, 1160 FPS and 22 FPE,
Crosman 10.5 grain, 1024 FPS and 24 FPE.
This is one mean .177 cal.
At 100 yards, 15.8 grain, yields 11 FPE.
My goal is a tennis ball at 150 yards.
The gun is accurate, powerful, and a joy to shoot. JSB Kings 25.39 grain and Air Arms 25.4 grain pellets where the most accurate, with H&N FTT 19.91 grains a close second. It shoots so well, ground squirrels at 50 yards in the head is no problem.
The side lever cocking is smooth and positive. The trigger is adjustable. Tuning from the factory needed not further tweaking. I use a Barksa AO mil dot scope and love this rifle. It is pellet picky. It does weigh more than a Marauder. It is quieter than the Marauder. The triggers can be made equal in pull and the quality is about equal, but the AT costs less, and for a day of plinking or testing, carrying extra air reservoirs is much easier than carrying a tank around.
Have a Tech Force 4X AO scope on this thing and it'll blow walnuts out of a tree at 25 yds with reliability. I feed it from a nitrogen bottle from the welding store. Not to hard to kit up. A master cylinder adapter will go from the Hatsan Probe to 1/4" pipe thread easy enough. So from there the sky is the limit for filling options...
I topped it off with a Hawke 3-9x50 scope and set up a target at 25 yards. Once I had it on paper I ran 10 different pellets through it in 5 shot groups.
My rifle loved the HN Barracuda Hunters, which shot a 3/8" group. At 50 yards it is at 1/2".
Felt a bit front heavy compared to the break barrel I normally shoot, but I expected that.
Ignore the goof-balls who complain about the synthetic stock. The stock is smooth and well finished and fits the rifle perfectly. Why does anyone order a rifle with a synthetic stock and then complain that they would prefer wood? Go drop $1600 on a Daystate if you just have to have wood. This is a perfectly serviceable stock and the adjustable butt plate is a great feature. I'm 6' and had to adjust the plate down quite a bit but the end result is that the rifle shoulders smoothly and seats with no effort.
I added a bi-pod and the Hawke 4-12x50 scope and started shooting. The trigger is just plain great. First stage is light with a very positive stop and the release is butter smooth and consistent. I've only been able to shoot it at 18 yards (inside a warehouse) so far but with Jumbo Exacts and and Jumbo Heavies I am consistently getting virtually one hole groups. And that is with a new rifle that has not had any significant break-in time. Not that I don't get the occasional what-did-I-just-do flyers, but if you hold on target the pellet will go where you pointed it. Almost too easy at this short range. I am real anxious to get it out to a range where I can push it out to 50-75 yards.
Did I mention that it hits like a hammer. No lack of power for shooters with pest problems. And by far the quietest gun I've encountered. Even with a padded trap the sound of the pellet hitting the trap is way louder than the report from the rifle.
What about charging this weapon? Well, no one is kidding when they say that the last few pumps to get back to the max 3000 lb fill takes a bit of strength. But I have never taken more than 5 minutes to get up from about 1600 to that 3000 lb max and only the last few hundred pounds are really challenging with the hand pump. She shoots so smooth and consistent in the lower pressure range (2500 down to about 1800) that if you don't mind hooking up the pump a bit more often you can just charge up to about 2500. I believe even a relatively small shooter could achieve that without much real effort and if you're on a slightly tight budget the hand pump will get you in the game without the hassle of having to run to the local dive shop or the expense of a tank and adapter.
Unlike some of the other reviews I read, I have had no issues at all with the rotary magazines. They pop in easily and so far they function flawlessly. I added index marks on mine so that if I lose track I can determine how many pellets I have remaining. Also makes it possible to test a lot of pellets with 5 shot cards by making a second index mark and loading a mixed magazine.
Bottom line; at this price point I don't think you can possibly get a better rifle. Accuracy is spot on, the machining is clean and precise and it is just an all around great rifle for the bucks. (almost forgot; clean it as soon as you get it. The barrel was filthy on mine. A dozen pulls through with a bore snake and she was sweet; but definitely comes dirty)
The bad: it's a little heavy, biased toward the front. Stock is cheap plastic (which is why is front heavy). Sling is crap. Safety is located on back of rifle so took easy to be bumped off when carried (yes, it auto turns on when cocked, but if varmint moves and you don't shoot then you're left with a loaded rifle with suspect safety.
The wishes: wish it has magazine holders on the rifle for the 2 magazines and wish it had a single shot tray. found both on ebay but still would be nice to have included.
Only thing I do not like is the synthetic stock. If this was offered in a nice wooden stock they could not keep ahead of the orders.
0.22Caliber 0.22 CalVelocity 970 fpsLoudness 2-Low-MediumMag Capacity 10
0.25Caliber 0.25 CalVelocity 870 fpsLoudness 2-Low-MediumMag Capacity 9
0.177Caliber 0.177 CalVelocity 1070 fpsLoudness 2-Low-MediumMag Capacity 10