THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2018
The Umarex Gauntlet

It’s looking like 2018 is shaping up to be the year of the pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) airgun. If you're new to airgunning, PCP guns are those that carry a supply of highly-compressed air ready to go. No cocking or pumping required, at least until your tank runs out. 

Why now for PCP?

First, the guns themselves are coming down in price. Way down. Several rifles are on the market this year in the sub $300 range. We’re even seeing regulated models at those price points - a feature that was only available at much higher price points not long ago. If you don't know what regulating is, hold that thought, we'll come back to it.

While it may look like a bike pump, it's heavy duty and cranks out 3,000 pounds per square inch of compressed air.

Second, the power sources to drive these air-hungry beasts are becoming more affordable by the month. Sure, you’ve been able to get a hand pump in the $100 to $200 range, plus or minus a Jackson. Hand-powered is just fine if you’re shooting smaller calibers like .177 and .22 because the number of shots per workout ratio is still pretty good. When you get into big thumper calibers like .357, .45, and even .50, the insatiable thirst for lots and lots of high-pressure air makes for a lot of work. Who needs a Planet Fitness membership anyway?

That’s where the new compressors come to save the day. Companies are finding new ways to bring the cost of compressors well below the $1,000 range. For example, AirForce has introduced the E-Pump Compressor which will hit the market at about $850. The folks over at Crosman recently announced the Benjamin Traveler. That one carries an MSRP of just $649. We’re talking about stand-alone compressors here, not boosters. We’re also talking portability. Both of these offerings can run on household AC or car / ATV 12-volt systems so you can use them just about anywhere. 

The Umarex Gauntlet is bolt-action and magazine fed.

For those who are pondering adding PCP to their airgunning, we decided to look at the new Umarex Gauntlet. Available for $299.99, it breaks the $300 barrier by a full penny, and you know what they save about “pennies saved.”

Available in both .177 and .22 calibers, the primary features between the two models are the same, except, of course, velocity and the caliber-specific magazines. With this product, Umarex threw down the proverbial glove by making available features typically only present in high-dollar offerings. 

FROM THE INDUSTRY

Newington, NH (March 5, 2018) – SIG SAUER, Inc. expands its world-class Advanced Sport Pellet (ASP) line of airguns with the introduction of the new X-Five ASP CO2-powered pistol.  Based on the popular X-Five Competition pistol, this semi-automatic .177 caliber air pistol has a single action only (SAO) trigger, ambidextrous safety and 20-round Rapid Pellet Magazine (RPM™). The X-Five also features a full-metal slide and frame with realistic blowback action and is virtually the same weight and feel as its centerfire counterpart.

GAMO, maker of Adult Precision airguns, turned the industry upside down by releasing the first of its kind ten-shot break barrel air rifle in 2017. The Gamo Swarm Maxxim, and its breakthrough technology won this year’s Reader’s Choice Award in Game & Fish for best airgun.

Daystate’s new C-Type Wolverine R. All will be revealed in Nuremberg!

Daystate is set to unveil a C-Type variant of its recently-released Wolverine R model at this year’s IWA Outdoor Classics international trade-only fair in Nuremberg, Germany. The regulated R model – differentiated from the revamped Wolverine 2 by its sidelever cocking operation and twin air gauges – was launched at January’s SHOT show in buddy-bottle B-Type guise. This new C-Type Wolverine R, with its more traditional under-barrel air cylinder, now completes a very comprehensive Wolverine pack that includes high power HP models capable of muzzle energies up to 100 ft/lbs in .303 calibre, as well as HiLite versions sporting lightweight carbon-fibre buddy bottles.

Brocock Commander HiLite (Cerakote finish, with optional tri-rail and bipod.)

An all-new multi-shot PCP air rifle will be grabbing attention at this year’s IWA Outdoor Classics trade show in Nuremberg. Christened the Brocock Commander, it’s an exciting multi-shot addition to the company’s new-look range that includes revamped versions of the successful Compatto and Bantam semi-bullpup models

The CMP Monthly Matches host both air rifle and air pistol competitions for competitors of all ages and experience levels.

The Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) Monthly Matches, featuring a series of air rifle and air pistol events for all ages and experience levels, are set to return in March for another season of safe, fun and thrilling competition. Each match will be held at the South CMP Competition Center in Anniston, Ala., and up north at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center at Camp Perry, Ohio, which both feature 80-point ranges filled with CMP’s own electronic targets.

Registration for the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) 2018 National Trophy Pistol and Rifle Matches began March 1, 2018. The annual event, held at the Camp Perry National Guard Training Base since 1907, has undergone significant changes for the July 2018 season – presenting new matches never before offered by the CMP and reclaiming traditional matches missing from the Camp Perry soil in recent years.

After months of development, the CMP has proudly brought smallbore back to the ranges of Camp Perry. Making a debut on the CMP’s smallbore schedule is a 3x40 with iron sights and an any sights match, a 3x20 team match and prone events. Scoring will be administered in collaboration with Shooters Technology, using a mobile application that will transmit target images via cell phone to the Orion scoring system and allows scores to be compiled before competitors even return from hanging targets down range.

A six-day CMP National Matches Junior Camp, Smallbore & Air Rifle, will also take place 17-22 July at Camp Perry. Camp is open to junior athletes who shoot both three-position smallbore and standing or international precision air rifle.  Participants must be between the ages of 12 to 20 and must currently be shooting in three-position smallbore competition matches and international air rifle.

Twenty-three USA Shooting athletes will ring in the 2018 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) competition season south of the border when the World Cup for Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun kicks off tomorrow in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Also winning their slots to attend this match are a pair of young guns who will make their international Open Division debuts: 16-year-olds Grayson Davey (Anchorage, Alaska) and Katelyn Abeln (Douglasville, Georgia).

Abeln edged out two Olympians to win the top spot in Women’s Sport Pistol at her Fall Selection match. In addition to Sport Pistol, she will also compete in Air Pistol and the newly-minted Olympic event, Mixed Air Pistol Team.

ISSF World Cup Rifle / Pistol / Shotgun · Guadalajara, MEX

The Hungarian 21-year-old, current leader of the World Ranking in this event, chased Austria’s Alexander Schmirl for most of the match, then overtaking him with a great 10.6 on his 24th and final shot.

It went down to the last shot, and finally, it crowned the world number 1: the men’s 10m Air Rifle final lived up to the expectations, giving an exciting show to the crowd that filled CODE Paradero in Guadalajara (MEX), where the first stage of the 2018 ISSF World Cup Series is currently underway.

In his 24th shot, indeed, Hungary’s 21-year-old Istvan Peni fired a great 10.6, overtaking Austria’s 28-year-old Alexander Schmirl and securing the first World Cup gold of his career in this event with 249.5 points

ISSF World Cup Rifle / Pistol / Shotgun · Guadalajara, MEX

The 16-year-old World Cup debutant shocked the world and marked her international debut with the gold in the women’s 10m Air Pistol final, also taking India’s tally to five total medals in Guadalajara.

India keeps stunning at the ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara (MEX), as 16-year-old Pistol shooter Manu Bhaker pocketed her country’s second gold medal in two days and prevailed over hometown favorite Alejandra Zavala Vazquez of Mexico in the women’s 10m Air Pistol final

The Romanian 24-year-old won her second World Cup gold in this event, besting first-time participant Xu Hong of the People’s Republic of China and Mehuli Ghosh of India, who respectively took silver and bronze.

The second final contested at the ISSF World Cup Stage 1 in Guadalajara (MEX) went down to the very last shot.

The tight duel involving Romania’s Laura-Georgeta Coman and People’s Republic of China’s Xu Hong finally crowned the 24-year-old born in Bucarest, who secured the second Air rifle gold of her World Cup career

The Indian 23-year-old Pistol shooter led the table for most of the final, finishing with 242.3 points and preceding Germany’s Christian Reitz and his teammate Jitu Rai.

The 2018 ISSF Season kicked off in great style, as India’s Shahzar Rizvi claimed the 10m Air Pistol Men gold in Guadalajara (MEX), where the first stage of the ISSF World Cup Series has started today

The slots were allocated in four events: men’s and women’s 10m Air Rifle, and men’s and women’s 10m Air Pistol. The third edition of the Youth Olympic Games will take place in Buenos Aires (ARG) next October.

Twelve more quotas for the upcoming Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games were awarded at the European Championship 10m in Gyor (HUN). The competition took place at the Audi Arena from February 16th to February 26th.

Four separate events were conducted with the specific purpose of allocating the YOG slots: a total of 176 athletes competed in these four events, representing 36 NOCs

10m Air Rifle Mixed Team

An incredible performance signed by People’s Republic of China’s Xu Hong and Chen Keduo marked the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team final, the event that opened the third competition day at the ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara (MEX).

The two Chinese athletes grabbed the lead at the end of the very first series, scoring 105.2 points and maintaining the top position all along the match. Furthermore, they kept nailing amazing scores, eventually besting the World Record set at last month’s European Championship in Gyor (HUN): Xu and Chen, in fact, finished with 502.0 points, 3.7 points more than the previous mark.

USA Shooting announced today a series of staffing changes within the National Office in Colorado Springs.

Pete Carson has been promoted to Director of Operations for USA Shooting. Carson transitions to even more of a leadership role from his previous position as High Performance Director for Logistics. As such, Carson will oversee Events, High Performance, Coaches and Youth Programs for the organization. Carson joined the USA Shooting staff as an Events Coordinator in 2011.

Penny Miller has also been hired as Financial Controller for USA Shooting. Miller has served as Chief Financial Officer for SRM USA and USA Field Hockey, as well as held several accountant positions. As Controller for USA Shooting, Miller’s job duties include overseeing all financial and accounting activities of the organization.

Miller replaces Karie Wright, who has worked for USA Shooting for 17 years.

CALENDAR
February 15 - April 2
American Legion Postal Match

Indianapolis, IN

Contact: sabrahams@legion.org

March 6-10
Granbury High School 3-position Match

Granbury, TX

Contact: scott.casey@granburyisd.org

March 10
CMP April Monthly Match, Camp Perry

Port Clinton, OH

Contact: LSherman@thecmp.org

Arkansas Junior Olympic 3PAR State Championship

North Little Rock, AR

Contact: stephanie5772@hotmail.com

CMP April Monthly Match, Anniston

Anniston, AL

Contact: mcarroll@thecmp.org

March 24
Beloit Rifle Club Gun Show

March 26 - April 4
Rifle/Pistol Spring Selection

Ft. Benning, GA
USA Shooting

April 1-30
April Airgun Monthly Bench League

Port Clinton, OH

Contact: cgreen@thecmp.org

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 21
CMP April Monthly Match, Anniston

Anniston, AL

Contact: mcarroll@thecmp.org

CMP April Monthly Match, Camp Perry

Port Clinton, OH

Contact: LSherman@thecmp.org

April 27-28
Arkansas Airgun Show

Malvern, AR
For More Information email seth.rowland@att.net

May 7-15
ISSF World Cup USA Rifle & Pistol

Ft. Benning, GA
USA Shooting

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