The year 2019 has been a year for new products. At shooting shows all over the world, dozens of exciting new airguns and firearms have been showcased, along with the latest releases of ammunition, optics, and bush-craft tools. So let’s narrow it down a bit, and take a look at five of the best PCP air rifles that were launched in 2019.
AGT Uragan Compact
Uragan is the Romanian word for ‘hurricane’, and this smooth, sprightly rifle certainly lives up to its name. The Uragan Compact is AGT’s shortest rifle to date, with the 36cm barrel economically positioned right back in the stock, in the true bullpup style.
Thanks partly to its small, carbon cylinder, which has a capacity of 210 cubic cm, the Uragan Compact weighs just 2.9kg without attachments. However, this rifle’s top-class PCP system has a working pressure of 300 BAR, and you’ll get an impressive 140 shots per fill.
The Uragan’s synthetic stock is easily adapted for both left- and right-handed shooters. Without a need for tools, the side lever can be positioned on either the left or right, making AGT’s nifty newbie a totally ambidextrous rifle.
Since 1985, the BSA brand has been owned by Spanish manufacturer Gamo, a giant in the shooting trade.
The new GX-40 PCP air rifle, available in .177 and .22 calibres, is manufactured in the UK. With its light and responsive two-stage trigger, 10-shot magazine system, and on-board pressure gauge, this rifle is ideal for both target-shooting and hunting. The lightweight, polymer stock is adjustable for top-notch comfort and ergonomics.
The GX-40 has a strengthened steel air cylinder and mechanical opening valve – a combination that delivers high power and precision.
The new R10 model from BSA was launched in the spring of 2019. It has a customer-configurable shroud with enhanced silencer capabilities, adjustable soft-touch cheek piece, and adjustable butt pad. The rifle comes with a 280cc buddy bottle and two magazines.
The ‘TH’ in the name refers to the thumbhole design of the gorgeous, ambidextrous walnut stock. However, there’s an additional significance to the ‘TH’. The launch of this model coincides with the tenth anniversary of mass production of BSA’s flagship air rifle, the R10.
“We like to think of the new model’s name as R10th,” says Jon Hatton, UK Sales & Marketing Director for BSA.
When it comes to shot count, the R10TH has gone up a gear from its predecessors, with an increased shot count of 340 (.22 calibre) or 280 (.177 calibre).
UMAREX Walther Reign
Carl Walther GmbH Sportwaffen (or simply, Walther) was acquired by Umarex Sportwaffen GmbH & Co. KG (Umarex) in 1993. For the last quarter of a century, Umarex has continued to produce rifles bearing this well-known and trusted brand name.
The new Walther Reign – the first bullpup rifle developed and built by Umarex in Germany – was released in the spring of 2019. With a good grip texture and a cocking lever that’s very easy to operate without losing sight of your target, the Walther Reign is ideal for pest control and small-game hunting. This ambidextrous rifle – 687mm long and weighing 2.5kg – has a magazine capacity of 11 in .177 calibre, or 10 in .22 calibre.
WEIHRAUCH HW100 BP
A new release for Weihrauch, in spring this year, was the HW100 bullpup, available in .22 and .177 calibre. This rifle has so many great features:
- soft-touch wood stock
- adjustable butt pad
- picatinny rail
- 14-shot magazine
- high-efficiency silencer
- adjustable, two-stage trigger
- choice of 410mm or 600mm barrel with air-stripper (moderator available as alternative)
Tested by Pellpax’s own airgun experts, the HW100 came up trumps.
This is what our testers said about the rifle:
“Comfortable in the hands.”
“Ideal for competitive target shooting.”
For more information about PCP rifles, or to talk to a member of our knowledgeable sales team about any of the products on the Pellpax website, give us a call on 01263 731 585.