THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2018

Well here we are – the second issue of the Airgun Wire. As they say in my neck of the woods, now we’re cookin’ with gas! We couldn’t have launched at a better time because we just got back from the land of airgun sensory overload.

What was it? Let’s try a quiz. I’ll provide some hints and you come up with the correct answer to win the Final Jeopardy round. Don’t get too excited, the grand prize is only bragging rights…

  1. It’s as big as the New Orleans Superdome.
  2. To say “Hey!” to everyone there while awkwardly pretending you remember their name, you’ll have to walk at least 12.5 miles – all indoors.
  3. Attendees consume enough Advil daily to fill 19.7 Olympic swimming pools. OK, maybe I estimated that one a bit, but it’s a lot. Trust me. I’m pretty sure Pfizer has direct rail access to this particular event.
  4. You share it with 70,000 of your closest friends.
  5. Probably as a result of the previous data point, it has a signature illness called the _____ _____ Crud.
  6. It’s takes up the same amount of space as the Great Pyramid of Giza. Who knew that the Superdome and that gauze guy’s tomb were the same size? I wonder if he played football too?
  7. Friendly people who wanted to sell stuff brought seven million pounds of gear with them in 550 trucks. That’s eight hundred thousand pounds heavier than the Saturn V rocket that lobbed a car and two drivers to the moon.

Know what it is? If not, this annual boondoggle is called the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoors Trade (SHOT) Show. Sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, it’s where the entire industry goes to do business. It’s not open to the public, just retailers, wholesalers, law enforcement agencies, and military teams from around the world. It’s also open to media members (like us) who are supposed to report on all the industry happenings while ogling the wares.

There was no shortage of exciting new products in the airgun world and we’ll be covering many of them in depth in future issues. For now, here are just a couple of highlights from the 2018 SHOT Show

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FROM THE INDUSTRY

Umarex USA has officially announced the introduction of the Umarex Hammer™, the American-made .50 caliber air rifle that has become the most powerful production airgun on the planet.

The Hammer has been conceived, designed and engineered in America and is being made in the U.S.A. Its assembly will take place in Fort Smith, Arkansas within the facility of Umarex USA. Adam Blalock, CEO of Umarex USA, Inc. said, "We continually look for products that we can make right here in the USA and more specifically, within the walls of our building in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The Hammer represents powerful innovation in air rifles and I couldn't be more excited that we're equipped to build it right here."

SIG SAUER is pleased to introduce its new high-performance, ASP20 break barrel air rifle.  Available in .177 and .22 calibers, this suppressed single-shot, Advanced Sport Pellet (ASP) air rifle delivers down-range power and accuracy with the lightest cocking effort in its class, making it ideal for hunting small game. 

This SIG break barrel air rifle also features the airgun industry's most advanced trigger system - the smooth, crisp and adjustable ASP MatchLite® trigger.  SIG SAUER engineers designed this completely new, two-stage adjustable match-grade trigger system to perform better than traditional airgun triggers on the market today.  The ASP MatchLite trigger is ultra-smooth in its operation and can be adjusted to break at one of eight different pull rates - from 2.5 to 4 pounds - allowing users to select the break that's most comfortable for them.  The trigger breaks at 4mm, regardless of the pull rate selected.

Crosman Corporation announces the launch of the Benjamin® Fortitude™, the latest generation of pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) air rifles for hunters and shooters, in .177 and .22 calibers. The Fortitude is packed with the most highly desired features and technologies that demanding airgunners will appreciate, including a regulator that deliver up to 90 shots per fill at a stunning 950 fps in .177Caliber/800 fps in .22 caliber with consistent velocities from the first trigger pull to the last.

Stoeger Airguns introduces a pair of airguns hat deliver performance and value for shooters of all levels. Whether they use airguns as an affordable option for keeping their shooting skills sharp or whether they enjoy the challenge and excitement of hunting small game, these airguns are long on features for an enjoyable day on the range or in the field.

The new Stoeger Airguns F40 rifle is a fixed-barrel rifle with underlever cocking, available as a rifle only or as part of a rifle/optics combo. Airgun shooters know that underlever airguns offer many advantages over break-barrel airguns, including mechanical consistency of shots. With perfect rigidity between barrel and receiver, the design enhances the rifle's accuracy. Plus, there is considerably less wear to the airgun's most important areas - where the barrel meets the receiver and at the hinge pin. And with the extra weight of the cocking lever ideally located beneath the barrel, the rifle is steadier and inherently more accurate.

Last year GAMO Adult Precision Airguns turned the airgun industry on its ear with the world's first 10-shot break barrel air rifle, the Swarm Maxxim. For 2018 the company propels the technology even farther with the new Swarm Magnum, a 10-shot .22 caliber air rifle that achieves tremendous velocities.

The Swarm Magnum achieves speeds of 1,300 feet per second via the IGT Mach 1 technology. IGT Mach 1 replaces the standard spring powerplant with an Inert Gas Cylinder. The Mach 1's cylinder measures a whopping 33mm to deliver top-flight velocity that results in more terminal impact downrange.

Crosman Corporation is introducing the new Benjamin MAG-Fire break barrel. The MAG-Fire features a 10-shot magazine that enables you to take quicker and more convenient follow-up shots. Powered by the next-generation Nitro Piston Elite, the rifle delivers speeds of up to 1400 fps for the .177 caliber and up to 1100 fps for the .22 caliber. 

There's a new badass big bore rifle in town. In fact, there are two. The new Gamo TC35 (.35 caliber) and TC45 (.45 caliber) air rifles have the looks and performance to overtake the market. These new tactical/hunting guns produce tremendous velocities and the accuracy needed to hunt predators and deer.

Both of these black PCP guns share the same top-of-the-line features: a 480CC Carbon fiber air cylinder fillable to 250 bar, an adjustable 2-stage trigger, in-line valve system, integrated suppressor and a Weaver Rail System for mounting optics.

SIG SAUER is pleased to introduce the 1911 We The People BB Pistol - its newest semi-automatic, CO2-powered airgun and first air pistol with a functional takedown lever for field stripping.   Modeled after the exceptionally popular 1911 We The People full-size centerfire pistol, which is inspired by a rich, patriotic history, the BB pistol version of this uniquely-American handgun features the same custom grips adorned with 50 stars (25 per side) that represent each state of the Union.  A distressed finish on the stainless-steel slide and frame includes patriotic engravings, such as 13 stars atop the slide and "WE THE PEOPLE" and "1776" on the slide flats.

Air Venturi, a leading manufacturer and importer of airguns and airsoft guns is proud to announce it has secured exclusive worldwide rights to offer officially-licensed replicas from the iconic firearm manufacturer Springfield Armory®.

Two years ago at the 2016 SHOT Show, Crosman announced the acquisition of the Remington license for airguns. Now, in 2018, Crosman features an expansive lineup of Remington products, including one of the most powerful break barrels on the market, the all-new Remington Model 725 VTR .25 caliber air rifle.

Air Venturi, the leading manufacturer and importer of airgun, airsoft, and ammunition brands, is proud to announce the release of the revolutionary Dust Devil BBs, the world's first frangible .177 caliber BB.  Dust Devils are 10% faster than traditional steel BBs and shatter on impact with hardened targets for reducing ricochets and providing an overall safer shooting experience.

Daisy Outdoor Products, America's oldest and leading maker of BB guns, air rifles and pistols, air rifle ammo and accessories sends their inflatable BB gun ranges across the nation to promote safe and fun shooting.

Daisy Outdoor Products offers a unique inflatable BB gun range for instructors to teach proper shooting education nationwide. Ranges are scheduled in advance to ship for retail and hunting conservation events where seasoned instructors will work with young people, teaching them gun safety rules and shooting techniques. 

Crosman Corporation is introducing a ground-breaking new portable compressor to fill your PCP gun at home or in the field. The light weight Benjamin Traveler brings a whole new level of convenience and ease to filling your PCP gun. No longer do PCP owners have to manually pump their guns or visit scuba shops to refill tanks – they can fill their guns in just minutes, whenever and wherever they need to.

As part of its ongoing effort of innovation, and to facilitate the sport of airgunning for beginners and enthusiasts, HatsanUSA is proud to announce its Lightning Compressor as the first product in its new TactAir Systems line of airgun fill products. 

The Lightning Compressor was specifically designed with the PCP airgun enthusiast in mind - providing up to 310 BAR (4500 PSI) - and as its name indicates, ultra-fast. In fact, the Lightning Compressor can refill a 6.8L carbon fiber tank to maximum capacity in under one hour. But what sets this air compressor apart from others on the market is the electronic operating system within.

Crosman Corporation once again was privileged to sponsor the Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA). HAVA celebrated its 10thAnniversary at their flagship HAVA/SAPD National Family Day event at the 700-acre San Antonio Police Academy on Saturday, October 21st. The event was attended by over 400 disabled veterans, veteran families and volunteers who enjoyed a full day of shooting, youth events, good food, gifts, prizes and camaraderie. Returning to the city where the first HAVA family day event was held in 2008, the day was highlighted with exhibitions by World Champion shooter Max Michel and exhibition shotgun shooter Micah McMillan, 10 teams shooting pistol, rifle and Airbow™ stages.

CALENDAR
February 12-19
The Robert Mitchell Rifle Championship

Colorado Springs, CO
USA Shooting

March 24
Beloit Rifle Club Gun Show

March 26 - April 4
Rifle/Pistol Spring Selection

Ft. Benning, GA
USA Shooting

April 6-27
Rifle/Pistol National Junior Olympic Championships

Colorado Springs, CO
USA Shooting

April 14
13th Annual Flag City Toys that Shoot Airgun Show

April 27-28
Arkansas Airgun Show

Malvern, AR
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