The Hatsan Gladius PCP bullpup combines Hatsans reputation for reliability with a compact bullpup package. The Gladius bullpup features a synthetic stock with all the right options that really makes this bullpup standout including adjustable comb & butt pad, onboard storage for up to 3 extra magazines (which are included), a side lever for smooth cocking action, ambidextrous thumbhole stock, scope rail and three accessory rails on forend, the excellent Quattro trigger and a fully shrouded QuietEnergy barrel to keeps things extra quiet.
The Gladius also includes a brand new feature not seen before on a Hatsan PCP air rifle, Adjustable power settings. With a dial located next to the magazine, you can select one of 6 power settings to fine tune your rifles velocity and energy output based on your situation. Raise it to full power for hunting medium game, or dial it low for backyard blinking so you don't blow through your backstop (and to increase the amount of shots per fill).
Hatsan Gladius Bullpup Long Features
- 3.5? longer barrel results in 100fps more muzzle velocity
- Detachable 10-shot magazine in .177 & ,22 cal (9-shot magazine in .25 cal)
- Sidelever bolt-action
- Extremely powerful
- Anti-double-feed mechanism prevents more than one pellet from loading when gun has been fully cocked
- Fill reservoir up to 200 bar (2,900 psi)
- Ambidextrous thumbhole synthetic stock with checkering on grip and forearm
- Integrated rail accepts Weaver* or 11mm mounts (no open sights)
- Additional three accessory rails on forearm
- 2-stage adjustable Quattro trigger
- Manual & Automatic safety
- ?EasyAdjust? Elevation Comb
- Rubber recoil pad adjusts vertically and angularly
- Stock equipped with 3 spare magazine carrying slots
- Includes 4 magaines
- Fitted sling swivels
- 255cc air reservoir volume
- Anti-knock system prevents gas waste if rifle is knocked or bounced
- QuietEnergy fully shrouded barrel and Integrated Sound Moderator
- 6 level power adjustment to adjust energy & velocity
- Up to 48 optimal shots per fill at full power(38 -48 in .177 cal / 28-38 in .22 cal / 25-35 in .25 cal)
- Up to 42 ft-lbs. of energy (27 in .177 cal / 38 in .22 cal / 42 in .25 cal)
- Ideal for hunting up to medium-size quarry
- Includes various o-rings, reservoir bleed valve, 1/8? BSPP probe with male threads, 4 rotary clips, sling, hard case, and owner's manual
*Weaver mounts are not standard. We do not recommend using them.
The rifle seems a little too heavy to carry around, but makes a great bench gun.
Iā€™ve only had this a couple weeks so Iā€™m still playing around with it, of course a rifle always starts shooting better after the barrel has been seasoned
Why would you want to buy a Gladius Long? The short answer is versatility, accuracy at a reasonable price. With the adjustable power levels, and the extensive range of pellets available in 22cal, you cover a tremendous range of energies and pellet speeds. On the high end, JSB Ultra Shocks, 25.4gr, I get 880fps, 44fpe which will compete with most 25cal guns, and you can dial it back to launch a 14gr as low as 435fps. You can even shoot alloy pellets at reasonable velocities. Basically, you have something that can marginally take down a coyote (depending on who you ask), yet do lightest plinking with the lightest pellets. In most cases, you can shoot any, quality pellet, and keep it under 900 fps, where you start to have to worry about lead fouling and launch even the heaviest ones fast enough and accurately. You can adjust most pellet weighs within a 850-900fps velocity range with a turn of the power knob, and it seems to shoot just about any quality pellet well and with a similar sight zero, at least at shorter distances before drag coefficients matter much.
The hammer spring can also be adjusted to fine tune for a specific pellet, as show in a You Tube video, ALMOST. In the video they guy cocks the hammer to do the adjustment. I tried this numerous times and turned and turned the screw without any apparent effect on the chrono. I noticed the hammer body rotating through the cocking slot and realized that the screw itself was not turning in the hammer. I decided to try again without cocking, just pulling the lever half way back. It worked like a charm, fractional rotation make measurable velocity changes.
The guns inherent accuracy seems to be .1 to .2 mRads with just about any unsorted JSBs or HN pellet, at 20 yards. That is near .1-inch radius from the aiming point. Off a tripod I am a little worse than off the sled, but it is rare that a dime wont completely cover the hole of 10 shot group at 20 yards. I use this gun a lot to dispatch pocket gophers trying to break into my wifes garden planters, and can reliably take out yellow jackets who are examining the holes in the target at that distance.
Shot strings are very consistent from 3000psi to 2000psi and drop slowly after that. You DO NOT want to buy a regulator on this gun! I made that mistake and found that I had virtually no improvement in velocity regulation and that I lost all the adjustability and most of the power that the gun is capable of. This is because of the fixed volume of the regulation chamber. Huma regulators are designed to shoot a specific pellet at a specific velocity and that is not what this gun is about. Since the performance without a regulator is so consistent, it was a complete waste of money.
The Bullpup design means I need about 3 inches, barrel to optics on the scope. Sighting in at 20 means it is zeroed again at 60 yards with JSB 18s at 890fps and not too much rise in between. A closer barrel to bore arrangement would be simpler to learn and require less attention to hold over but this is what you get with a bullpup. The adjustable cheek riser is nice, but in practice I have it nearly bottomed. Also I shoot lefty, and the mechanism bulges to the left and would mean I'd need more than the 3 inches if I were shooting right handed, so you will probably find the adjustment of limited value.
I really like the magazine arrangement. It is simple, fool-proof and almost indestructible. Most of all, it is fast and easy to load. Get a pinch of pellets, set the disk flat face down in the tin. Drop the pellets onto the back of it and agitate a little. With classic diabolo pellets, usually 7 to 9 of them with fall nose down into the holes due to the shape of the back face. Then knock off the excess, insert the missing one or 2, and just press them into the holes. I can load a magazine easily in less than 30 seconds. If I get something fancy, like an FX or a Daystate, I know I am going to be annoyed every time I reload, pissed when they break. Lastly, it comes with 4 of them total. It has holders for 3 built in, so you have 40 pellets on the gun and ready to go. If you don't know what you are going to find to shoot. You can load different pellets in different cassettes. Grab the one you need set the power dial and your good to go.
There is anti-double feed, but because the cassette has no moving parts, it is built into the cocking mechanism. It is less than foolproof, since partial cocking can advance cassette but not latch the hammer. Pro tip: If you mis-cock, unlatch the cassette retaining pin, and then re-cock it. Slide the bolt forward and re-latch the cassette. This will prevent the cassette from indexing allow you to get the gun properly cocked without a double feed. This also allows you to uncock without double feeding.
Being a PCP, you dont need a pellet gun scope. The scope rail with accept pretty much any scope, picatinny, weaver or dovetail. I am using a FFP mildot 4-14X that I highly recommend. The FFP means the holdover is the same on the reticle regardless of the mag. The 4X though a little high, is okay for rapid target acquisition, while the 14 is great for precise work which the gun is capable of. Point is, there is basically not a problem to put any optic you want on the gun, and that FFP scopes rule.
The gun comes with a strap and swivels, but they are not very useable. I replaced it with an STI 2 point sling, and standard 1.25-inch swivels. I moved the front swivel to the back of the lower rail so strap is not in the way of a tripod. I think Hatsan should do the same. I also put an extra set of swivel posts, one on the side, front rail and the other near the top of the butt sock so that it was easy to carry across the body and shouldered quickly. Very satisfied with the arrangement.
I had problems with several things on the gun. These were mostly due to poor manufacturing process. If you get one of these, I would recommend the following be done right away. First, unscrew the moderator cap and the shroud and apply some molly or Teflon grease to the thread. You will want to pull the barrel from time to time to clean this gun when accuracy drops. The length of the barrel, and the moderator, combined with the short breach makes most assembled cleaning methods suspect to impossible. On mine, I could not unscrew the shroud and had to send it to the factory and this is better found out before the warrantee is up. I have also seen other people have trouble with the moderator cap on Hatsan QEs.
Next, use the de-airing tool to drain the cylinder. Remove both the valve and regulator and use silicone or Teflon grease to coat the o-rings and the threads. Screw them back in but leave a small gap. Do not tighten them. The seal is radial so it does not care, and the air pressure will absolutely keep the threads form moving. This will ensure that you can repair a worn valve seal or replace a damaged valve. You can also disassemble it to remove moisture and crud that will inevitably build up in the cylinder. The lube will keep bi-metallic corrosion from seizing the threads. You can also use the gap to adjust the probe port angle to work with your inflation method.
The Gladius is an excellent, functional gun. It looks very tactical, but it is a work of cost engineering in a good way. Cost are so far as I can tell, kept to a minimum without sacrificing performance or reliability. They strictly follow the KISS rule (keep it simple stupid). It is a working gun, not a high tech, elaborate, polished work of art. Still today I do not see anything as versatile anywhere near the price, and other than a big bore, it pretty much covers anything I need to do. Then, throw into the mix the 4 cassettes, the fitted hard case, the tools, and the spare seals, and you have a serious deal. I did a lot of research going in, and being my first PCP, it has been a better choice than I expected. I do not see anything under 2x the price that I would consider even now, and once have the ability to shoot nearly any type well with a turn of a knob everything else seems limited.
1: 10 Shot groups, various JSB and H&N Pellets, no sorting, each group different pellet. 20 yards on tripod.
2: Case, tools some of the spare seals, Monstrum 4-14 FFP scope, STI sling with relocated swivels
3: At my private range :)
0.177Caliber 0.177 CalVelocity 1170 fpsLoudness 2-Low-MediumMag Capacity 10
0.22Caliber 0.22 CalVelocity 1070 fpsLoudness 2-Low-MediumMag Capacity 10
0.25Caliber 0.25 CalVelocity 970 fpsLoudness 2-Low-MediumMag Capacity 9