Introduction to the Hatsan Airmax

Distributed in the UK by Edgar Brother, the Hatsan Airmax is a bullpup, but at nearly five kgs unscoped, it is a substantial one. Based on Hatsan’s successful and reliable AT44 action, it is a solid and reliable performer.

About Hatsan

Located near Izmir in Turkey, the Hatsan Arms Company is one of the largest manufacturers of airguns, as well as shotguns and other firearms. Founded in 1976, it operates from its own 35,000 sq. m. facility. Its range of airguns is prodigious with many of them regarded as ‘affordable’.

Hatsan Airmax review

At 4.9 kgs unscoped and 940mm long, the Hatsan Airmax may be a bullpup in that the trigger is located forward of the breach, but it is a full-size and substantial rifle. The wooden stock is ambidextrous and features a thin, perforated butt pad which does not adjust unlike the cheek piece which can be raised at the push of a button. Although there is a little movement once elevated, the cheek piece is comfortable, enables good scope/eye alignment and does not discriminate between left and right handed shooters.

There are two cut outs in the stock. The rear is designed to save weight and add aesthetic appeal. The second provides access to the pistol grip that is contoured for your fingers but has no chequering or stippling. The trigger guard is an integrated part of the wooden stock. Forward of it, the forend cups the 400cc metal air bottle and is finished with a short picatinny accessory rail and four small cut outs. The stock also comes with a set of sling swivels. The trigger is two-stage and can only be adjusted by removing the stock. Forward of the trigger blade is the safety catch which looks like a second smaller, reversed trigger blade. It is activated automatically upon cocking and is resettable. Push it forward to make the Airmax live.

The magazine and magazine housing are the same as for the Hatsan AT44 rifle. To remove, you must pull back the cocking side lever then move a small bolt catch forward and up. The magazine itself is a 10-shot rotary design similar to that on the Weihrauch HW100 / 110 and pellets are simply pushed into the chambers. The magazine is inserted into the breach from the right side and the bolt catch must be returned followed by the side lever. The side lever itself has a biathlon style handle. Pulling it back both cocks the action and rotates the magazine. Pushing it forward probes the pellet. A raised scope rail, which can take both 22mm picatinny and 11-13mm dovetail mounts has plenty of room to enable good eye relief for a scope. It sits above a 90cc additional air cylinder which is filled along with the main bottle by inserting the supplied probe into a port just above the neck of the bottle that is revealed by first removing a short plastic stopper, which you may need to poke out with a key or screwdriver.

Hatsan doesn’t provide a shot count for the 12 ft. lbs. rifle but our field test of a .22 Airmax suggested that around 200 from a 200 bar fill is likely. A gauge on the underside of the stock will tell you when it’s time to top up. The 585mm barrel is Hatsan’s Quiet Energy design which incorporates a silencer. Although the muzzle cap looks like it can be unscrewed, it does not and there is no capacity to add an external silencer.

Hatsan Airmax Specifications

Specifications Hatsan Airmax
Length mm 940
Weight kg 4.9
Barrel mm 585
Regulated No
Action Side lever
Trigger Two stage adjustable
Safety Automatic resettable
Magazine 10-shot .177 and .22
Silencer Integrated
Fill pressure 200 bar
Claimed shot count Not specified

The Hatsan Range

Hatsan is a prolific maker of PCP and spring piston air rifles with a large number of product lines. Many of them share the same action fitted to a range of traditional sporter, bullpup and tactical stock designs.

Alternatives to the Hatsan Factor

There are very few bullpups of comparable cost to the Hatsan Airmax, the SMK Artemis Shorty being one of them. However, given the size and weight of the Airmax, other similarly proceed rifles to consider include:

-- Walther Rotex RM8 range

-- Zbroia Hortitsia

-- Gamo Coyote / GX-40 / Phox

 

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