Introduction to the ATA Airborne

Despite being aimed at the affordable end of the market, the Airborne is engineered, designed and finished to a high standard. Unusually for rifles at its price point of around 400 pounds in the UK, the sidelever, magazine-fed action is fully regulated.

About ATA

Established in 1955 and based in Turkey, ATA Arms is a prolific manufacturer of shotguns and rifles, as well as equipment for the defense industry. Air rifles are a relatively new market for the company and the Airborne is currently its only product in the sector.

Our full review of the ATA Airborne

At 4.3 kgs and 1120mm including the provided silencer, the ATA Airborne is a substantial and full sized rifle. Although that has little to no bearing for those intending to shoot from a bench, hunters will want to consider fitting a sling. The finish is excellent and would not be out of place on rifles costing many times more. Despite shapely angles, especially in the butt section, and patches of chequering on the grip and forend that are in fact tiny repeats of ‘ATA Arms’, the ambidextrous stock is a little blocky but necessarily so in order to balance the large 545cc air bottle.

There is a fixed, solid rubber recoil pad and the cheek piece, whilst lacking any adjustment, provides good eye alignment for a scope mounted on the split picatinny rail. There is a large cut out to accommodate the trigger hand and the pistol grip is nicely angled to address the excellent, two stage trigger. Integrated within the trigger blade, the button safety catch is pushed to the right to make the rifle safe and to the left to fire.

The side lever is not sprung but is extremely smooth and well-engineered with nicely weighted resistance and no notchiness. It operates a 12 shot (in .22) cartridge magazine into which the first pellet must be inserted into the back skirt first.

The large 545cc air bottle is a dominant feature on the ATA Airborne and takes a 220 bar fill with bottle pressure shown on a clear gauge located on the right side of the rifle. Although official shot count figures are not available, it should be good for several hundred shots, thanks also to the fact that the action is regulated.

The 480mm floating barrel is not shrouded but is threaded to receive a provided silencer which does a good job of taming muzzle crack and making the Airborne very quiet to shoot with little to no noise from the firing mechanism either. 

 

ATA Airborne YouTube review

 

ATA Airborne Specifications

 

Weight kgs4.3
Length mm1120
Barrel mm480
TriggerTwo stage adjustable
SafetyManual resettable
ActionSidelever
Magazine12 shots .22
Air capacity545 cc
Fill pressure220 bar
Shot countNot specified
RegulatedYes
Scope railPicatinny

The ATA Range

Currently there are no other air rifles in the ATA Arms line up. Other products are shotguns and firearms.

 

Alternatives to the ATA Airborne

There are plenty of rifles priced similarly to the ATA Airborne, but few can match its quality and features. The Walther Rotex RM8 Varmint comes closest as a regulated, bottle design rifle. Others to consider include:

-- Hatsan Airmax

-- Hatsan Factor

-- Kral Puncher Pro 500

 

Air cylinder rifles to consider include:

-- Webley Raider

-- Kral NP-03

Other Air Rifle Reviews

Air Rifle Scope Reviews and Guides