Semi-Automatic BullMaster Air Rifle

HatsanUSA Announces Semi-Automatic BullMaster Air Rifle

HatsanUSA is launching its first-ever semi-automatic air rifle.

The airgun, named the BullMaster, is a new semi-auto Pre-Charged Pneumatic (PCP) air rifle with a bullpup design. It will be available in .177 and .22 calibers.

“Our customers have been asking us to release a semi-auto bullpup for quite some time and with the BullMaster, HatsanUSA is delivering in a big way,” said Blaine Manifold, President of HatsanUSA. “For us, the key feature is that the semi-auto action is gas operated, as opposed to electrical. This delivers greater reliability and longevity.”

The BullMaster features a detachable, rotary magazine (14-shot capacity for the .177, 12-shot capacity for .22) and each rifle ships with three magazines. Carrying slots have been built into the stock for storing spare magazines. A 500cc volume air bottle is mounted to the forearm of the rifle, and two air cylinders are included. The barrel is full shrouded, precision rifled and choked for optimal shot count.

The entire package ships with an MSRP of $1,399.99.

Features include:

• Genuine bullpup design, Semi-auto action pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) air rifle
• Available in .177 (4.5 mm), .22 (5.5 mm) caliber
• Max Muzzle Velocity for .22 caliber is 970 fps
• Max Muzzle Velocity for .177 caliber is 1050 fps
• Detachable 14-shot magazine in .177 (4.5mm) and 12-shot magazine in .22 (5.5mm)
• Fully shrouded, precision rifled and choked barrel for accuracy
• 500cc volume air bottle mounted in the forearm
• Includes 3 magazines
• Includes quick-fill nozzle
• Tactical style ambidextrous stock with thumbhole
• 2 spare magazine carrying slots in the stock
• Accessory Weaver-style rail beneath the forearm
• “EasyAdjust” Elevation Comb Stock
• Ventilated rubber butt pad
• Built-in pressure gauge to monitor the cylinder pressure
• Weaver-style rail for both 11 mm and 22 mm scope mounts
• Overall blued finish, black anodized receiver
• Patented anti-knock system prevents discharge when rifle is knocked or bounced
• Manual safety
• Black metal trigger
• Fitted sling swivels

For more information, go to HatsanUSA.com.

4 Reasons To Add a Pellet Air Gun To Your Survival Gun Arsenal

You read the heading correct – I said Pellet Gun. Yes, the kind powered by air – just 1 step above a BB gun. I own many guns of many calibers and styles for many different purposes. Among these is a good quality Pellet Air Gun and it’s not just because I still have it from when I was a kid. I INTENTIONALLY have added this gun to my survival rifle options for very specific reasons…which I have detailed below.  If you’ve never considered a Pellet Gun as a survival rifle option, you might change your mind after reading this post.

Next to my 12 Gauge Mossberg and my Ruger 10-22 sits a very cool and collected Benjamin Sheridan 392 .22 caliber Multi-Pump Pellet Gun and I treat it with the same respect as it is a very specialized soldier in my arsenal.

As a student and instructor of survival living, I take my gun choices very seriously and only add one to my cabinet if it deserves to be there.  Below are 4 reasons (in no particular order) why a Pellet Gun deserves to be including in your Survival Rifle selection:

Survival Reason # 1: Excellent Small Game Hunter

A pellet gun, especially .22 caliber, is an excellent weapon to take down small game.  While people have taken larger game such as wild boars with air guns, they are best suited for small game.  Hunting small game is perfect for any survivalist.  Rabbit, squirrel, dove, quail, duck and the like are excellent food sources and are readily available in most of the country.  With practice, hunting small game with a pellet gun is absolutely no problem.

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I have taken many small game animals with my .22 cal pellet gun.  It requires better stalking skills, but that is a good skill to learn anyway.  It requires better shooting skills, but that is also a good skill to hone in on.  Hunting with a pellet gun will force you to be a BETTER hunter and it will also put dinner on the table.

Survival Reason # 2: The AMMO

The Pellet Gun’s AMMO is one of the more convincing reasons to have one on hand.  Pellets, no matter the caliber, are very cheap.

You can buy 100s of pellets for just a few bucks.  Spend $50 and you’ve got enough to last a lifetime of small game hunting.  If all hell breaks loose, traditional ammunition will become increasingly difficult to get your hands on.  Not to mention that it will be ridiculously expensive.  If the world we live in ever gets this way, why waste your traditional ammo on hunting squirrel or other small game?  That would be wasteful and careless if there was a smarter way.  There is – PELLETS.

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Not only are pellets DIRT CHEAP, they are very small.  You can carry 1000s and not even know they are there.  You can store 10s of 1000s in just 1 shoe box.  To top it off, pellets have a shelf life of pretty much FOREVER!  Traditional ammunition can go bad over time.  Especially with the talks of giving ammunition an expiration date, stocking a few 1000 pellets isn’t a bad idea.

Worse case scenario you could use all these extra pellets to reload your shot-gun shells.

Survival Reason # 3: Silent Shooter

Forget the earplugs.  These guns are silent.  In many survival scenarios, a silent weapon is a good thing.  Not only can you hunt without drawing attention to yourself or your family, but shooting a silent weapon often means you can get off more than 1 shot if there are multiple targets.  Both of these are positive.  People pay 1000s of $$$ to make their guns silent.  No extra charge for the pellet gun.

Survival Reason # 4: Powered By Air

You don’t have to buy air.  And, it’s never going to be out of stock.  For this reason, I prefer either a MULTI-PUMP or BREAK-BARREL Pellet Air Gun.  I have opted NOT to purchase a CO2 or pneumatic powered air gun.  Needing to refill canisters or tanks doesn’t make any sense in a survival situation.  You want to keep it as old fashioned as possible.  It’s hand pump all the way for this survivalist.

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There are tons of options when it comes to Hand Pump or Break Barrel guns.  They both come in .177 and .22 calibers.  The fps varies depending on the gun.  My Multi-Pump Sheridan shoots 850 fps but there are models out there that shoot upwards of 1250 fps which rivals some rim-fire cartridges.  Like anything, the details are personal choices.  However, I definitely suggest a PUMP or BREAK-BARREL so that you can manually charge your air chamber rather than being dependent on other air supply products.

So there you have it, 4 solid reasons why I keep a Pellet Gun in my survival arsenal. Check out some of the air guns and ammo we have.

The Most Unsuspecting Rifle you NEED in your Survival Preps

Bigger doesn’t always mean better in survival and this rifle is a perfect demonstration of that concept.  No, I’m not talking about owning a 22 caliber rifle – although those are excellent as well.  What I’m talking about is something even simpler, cheaper and more effective!

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Bigger doesn’t always mean better in survival and this rifle is a perfect demonstration of that concept.  No, I’m not talking about owning a 22 caliber rifle – although those are excellent as well.  What I’m talking about is something even simpler, cheaper and more effective!

An Air Rifle – The Perfect Survival Tool

When you think about preppers and survivalists, I would argue AR-15s and AK47s come to mind in the firearm/security arena.  While these are great for battle files, they are not very practical for other aspects of survival – mostly hunting.

Many of the downsides to having a hunting or battle rifle are:

  • The rifle is heavy
  • Rifles are expensive
  • The shot is very loud
  • Ammo is expensive and sometimes difficult to find.  This is especially true with 22 caliber rounds today.
  • Ammo is heavy and takes up room
  • You normally don’t have frequent opportunities to catch big game.

Now, let’s look at an Air Rifle for hunting:

  • Some are heavy, but comparably less weight to a real rifle.
  • Some models accept 22 caliber pellets and can shoot as fast as a 22 rifle (feet per second).
  • Although some cost as much as a real rifle, the majority cost significantly less (hundreds of dollars less)!
  • The shot is not nearly as loud as a rifle
  • Ammo is incredibly cheap!!  1000 rounds cost a mere $15 at some retailers!
  • Ammo is plentiful!!  I can’t imagine people bum-rushing the store for air pellets if another democrat president takes office.
  • The ammo  is very small.  A handful of pellets can equal several magazines for a rifle.
  • Since it’s not classified as a “real gun” making a homemade silencer for the air gun is legal.  However, please check with ATF regulations.  There are some instances of where a jury convicted a person who made a homemade air gun silencer simply because it “could have” easily attached and been used as a silencer for a real firearm.
  • Small game is everywhere in a survival situation.  Birds perched on branches, squirrels, rabbits, possums and more can easily be taken down with a pellet rifle.
  • It’s a great way to teach kids firearm safety prior to progressing to a 22 rifle or higher caliber.

So, you see…a pellet rifle is an amazing tool for acquiring food for the table in a SHTF event, or even a long drawn out depressionary phase.  I own one myself, and would most likely find myself using it and conibear traps to put the majority of the food on the table.

A popular model of airgun selling on amazon is the GAMO 0.177 Caliber Hornet rifle that shoots at 1200 FPS. It has a single break-barrel cocking system which I really enjoy.  Personally, I think that’s the only type you should look at.  You do not want to be pumping a lever 20-40 times, nor rely on Co2 cartridges for your propellant.

Gamo also makes a very popular air rifle with built in suppressor that reduces the noise by 50% Gamo also makes a very popular air rifle with built in suppressor that reduces the noise by 50% And, as I stated before, pellets like this 1250 count of 0.177 caliber crossman pack are only $15. And, as I stated before, pellets like this 1250 count of 0.177 caliber crossman pack are only $15.

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The above setup costs  a mere $115.  However, as always with any sport, there are much more durable and high performing air rifles available at higher prices.  Vendors like MidwayUSA or AirGun Depot have a very broad selection of air rifles.

Lastly,  must make mention that you should not look into “Airsoft Rifles”.  These rifles typically operate at much lower velocities and require springs, gas or electricity to propel the bb’s.  When researching, make sure you are going for a “air pellet rifle” and not a “bb gun” or “Airsoft” rifle.

Summary

I honestly think all preppers should have an air rifle because of how useful they can be, and how cheap and readily available they are.  As I discussed in my article “Prepping for a slow collapse vs. a BIG event”, a slow depression might be the way our country crumbles.  By having an airsoft rifle, snares, and conibear traps, you can easily help feed your family with small game.

Air Rifle May Be A Better Option For Bugging Out.

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Benjamin Rogue .357 Air Rifle  One of the most powerful air rifles on the market.

The oldest existing mechanical air gun, a bellows air gun dating back to about 1580, is in the Livrustkammaren Museum in Stockholm. This is the time most historians recognize as the beginning of the modern air gun.

Air rifles have come a long way in recent years.  Modern air rifles come in a variety of calibers and types or propellant.

The most common air gun calibers are

  • .177 (4.5 mm): the most common caliber. All official shooting organizations mandate .177 caliber for both pistol and rifle competition. Used in ISSF shooting events at the Olympic Games. It has the flattest trajectory of all the calibers for a given energy level, making accuracy simpler. At suitable energy levels it can be used effectively for hunting.
  • .22 (5.5 mm & 5.6 mm): for hunting and general use.

Other less common traditional calibers include:

  • .20 (5 mm): initially proprietary to the Sheridan multi-pump pneumatic air rifle, later more widely used.
  • .25 (6.35 mm): the largest commonly available caliber for most of the 20th century.

Larger caliber air rifles suitable for hunting large animals are offered by major manufacturers. These are usually PCP guns. The major calibers available are:

  • .357
  • .45 (11.43 mm)
  • .50 (12.7 mm)
  • .58 (14.5 mm)

Custom air guns are available in even larger calibers such as 20 mm (0.79″) or .87 (22.1 mm).

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Some .50 Caliber Air Rifles produce more energy than .357 magnum  Size comparison from .22 caliber pellet and .50 caliber pellets

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In recent years we have seen a perceived shortage of some caliber ammunition.  Many believe that hoarders are purchasing large quantities of 22LR ammunition and artificially creating a shortage and driving the cost of what typically is a low cost ammunition.

WHY BUY AN ADULT PRECISION AIRGUN?

Target Shooting: It is not surprising that target shooting with airguns is so popular around the world. The top-grade precision airguns are now considered to be the world’s most accurate guns, bar none. In many countries such as Germany and England, target shooting at the local clubhouse is mixed with good fellowship and, after the contest, good beer! Americans also target shoot in clubs, albeit in a bit drier surroundings than their European counterparts. While Americans often think of airgun shooting as primarily a youth program leading to adult firearm events, they are now recognizing that serious airgun competition is an end in itself and something in which members of all ages can participate.

Airgun shooting in America is actively promoted by the National Rifle Association. In fact, airgun shooting is one of only three competitive shooting events that have grown in the U.S. during the last decade (combat pistol and silhouette are the other two). The NRA has established 15 levels of marksmanship awards in their 25-ft airgun shooting programs, awards which you can obtain by shooting right in your own home. Target shooters can also compete with each other via postal matches, and in-person at hundreds of airgun matches at the local, state, national and international levels. Airgun competition is also an official Olympic event for both men and women.

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Benjamin Marauder Synthetic Stock .25-Caliber Pellet Air Rifle

In addition to target shooting, many U.S. shooting clubs have started hunting style metallic silhouette and “field target” programs for air rifles and pistols.

Pest Control: With a proper high-powered airgun you ran reduce harmful pests in areas where a firearm would be unsafe or not permitted (please be sure to select an airgun with sufficient power to do the job humanely). Suburbanites, farmers and gardeners appreciate the adult use of airguns in the selective control of crop predators such as woodchucks, opossum and even raccoons. Airguns may he used to control destructive rodents and birds such as Norway rats, English sparrows, Crows, European starlings, and feral Old World Pigeons.

Hunting: Shooters enjoy adding to the larder using the new breed of “magnum” hunting air rifles with 40 to 50+ yard range. Hunting for food is especially popular for such delicate game as pigeon, squirrel and rabbit. And, believe it or not, even eating crow can be quite delicious if it’s not too old. Many suburban airgunners are able to hunt on local farms where firearms simply can’t be used!

The more proficient you become with adult precision airguns, whether to plink, pot pests, or punch paper targets, the more you will appreciate how exquisitely these elegant rifles and pistols are scaled to human sensibilities. Airguns are fairly quiet, modestly powered and extraordinarily accurate mechanical works of art. Learning to master the discipline of superior marksmanship, and training yourself to approach the performance of which these tools are capable can be an enduringly satisfying avocation. One which you might gladly spend a lifetime attempting to master.

Cost of Operation:  You can safely and economically fire thousands of rounds a year from an airgun right in your own home. A suitable range can be set up in minutes in a basement, garage, or even in the living room of small apartment.

Make Your Own Ammo: Since you only need lead and no gun powder, brass, or primers, one can easily cast their own lead air rifle ammunition just about anywhere you can build a fire.

Shooting Skill Improvement: All skill sports require frequent practice. The benign airgun can be used to teach the elements of marksmanship which carry over nearly perfectly to firearms shooing. The safe, sheer handiness of airguns means practice can be impromptu, informal and frequent.

Airgun Regulations: Airguns are not subject to the U.S. Gun Control Act of 1968 and many other firearm laws. There are little or no purchase or ownership problems in most areas. However. some cities and communities treat airguns as firearms. It’s always a good idea to check with your police department for the local regulations. Normally, you can ship, mail and take target airguns across state and even international borders when traveling and vacationing, although magnum hunting air rifles above 12 ft-lbs. of muzzle energy may he treated as firearms in some countries.

*Outdoor shooting may not be permitted in some localities. Check with police for outdoor shooting regulations.

Sources: Wikipedia, Crossman Website, http://www.pyramydair.com/, and http://www.extremebigboreairrifles.com/