I’ve been shooting Beeman airguns for a long time. I have both the European guns that bear the Beeman name and also the Asian imports. They each reach out to a very different airgun demographic. I’ve wanted to do a lot more with the entry level price point Beemans for years and it looks like I’ve finally made the right contacts to see that start to happen.
What really caught my eye.
What can someone do that’s new with spring / gas ram powered airguns? I thought that all the options were exhausted until I walked by the Beeman / Marksman booth. They have a very cool new stock that’s really catching people’s eye. It’s composite and very tactical looking. It doesn’t feel like thin light plastic, but rather decent composite. They are using this new stock in many different variations. There’s a simple standard breakbarrel, their swappable barrel variant, a model with integrated suppressor, and most intriguing, a dual barrel system with selectable transfer port.Beeman Dual Barrel Airgun for 2015
Ok… let me try and explain how this is supposed to work. There are 2 barrels that are locked together. When you cock the gun, you cock both barrels in tandem. This exposes 2 breaches where you can load two individual pellets. The rifle will be offered as a .177 & .22, dual .177 and dual .22. When you close the barrel, you can select which barrel to fire via the selector on the top of the breach. You can select barrel 1, barrel 2, or both at once. The rifle is supposed to ship with a special scope that has a target turret for the vertical adjustment. In theory this is so that you can accurately adjust for caliber between shots. So far the delivery estimate is sometime in July of this year. There’s a lot to think about on this one. Frankly I can’t wait to see how they perform in real life.Yep, that’s 2 barrels and a selector knob…
The rest of the Beeman / Marksman line will still have some of the old favorites with a lot of wood and steel combined with spring and gas ram variants. Some will be offered with swappable barrels and others will have the new suppressor system. There’s a lot going on at Beeman these days that should be very exciting for airgunners in 2015.Very cool new stock with classic Beeman dual caliber swappable barrels.
And the really exciting news…
When I was meeting with the Marksman / Beeman rep I asked if they had any plans to make a PCP in the near future. He got a big grin on his face and said “funny you should ask…” He left the table and came back with an almost ready to go PCP that looked like a modified QB79. It was in fact a modified QB79 that’s not a .22 or even a .25, but rather a .40 cal that’s pushing 300+ foot pounds out of a 210 grain bullet..40 Cal Big Bore… what do you all think?
There’s nothing in stone with this potential model yet, but I can tell you that everyone I drug over to see it showed some serious interest. It’s about as simple of a design as you can get and as long as it works, then I’m not that concerned about aesthetics. What’s really cool to me is that it’s very, very lightweight. If they can bring this to market with just a few refinements, I can see this being a great entry level PCP that will allow people to get into the game with minimal out of pocket. The other interesting point was that it was running on 4000 psi and not the normal 3000 psi. Yeah, I can’t wait to get my hands on one for sure!Simple, classic, proven.. that’s what this big bore could be.
And on to the next big thing!
I’ve got two more days at SHOT and you can bet that I’ll have more to talk to everyone about. Stay tuned on the blog and on Facebook for daily posts, pictures, and up to the minute information!