First Look: Hatsan PileDriver .50-Caliber PCP Air Rifle

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Hatsan PileDriver

Living up to its name, the Hatsan PileDriver is gassed up to deliver a deadly blow.

How The PileDriver PCP Is Ready For The Hunt:

  • Kicks a .45 slug at 700-plus fps and a .50-caliber at 800-plus fps.
  • Bullpup configuration keeps the 33-inch barrel rifle manageable in the field.
  • Gas-piston system makes it easier and smoother to cock.
  • 480cc carbon fiber bottle fills to 4350 PSI and will provide up to 6 high-powered shots.

Move over Red Rider, there’s a new sheriff in town—the pre-charged pneumatic (PCP). Revolutionizing the entire air gun industry, the newish technology has taken the gaseous guns from backyard toys to deadly serious shooters. That especially goes for the big-bore brutes, which at the appropriate range are fully capable of taking down tough medium-sized game. Check out Brad Fenson's bear hunt with Umarex Hammer .50-caliber PCP if you have doubts.

Hatsan has jumped into this deadly-serious corner of the market recently, releasing a potent PCP that has the potential to turn air-gun enthusiasts heads. The aptly named PileDriver comes in both .45- and .50-caliber, in either case is able to open a can of air-powered whoop-ass. Whether it lives up to its “powerful production PCP” is a matter of debate, nevertheless kicking a .45 slug at 700-plus fps and a .50-caliber at 800-plus fps at the muzzle is nothing to turn your nose up at.

The PileDriver is an odd duck in looks, partly due to its bullpup configuration. There’s a method in the Turkish concerns madness, given the rifle utilizes a 33-inch barrel, long by any standards. Opting bullpup allows the gunmaker to keep the PileDriver a manageable 4 pounds–much saner in the field.

As is the case with any gun that pushes the limits, there’s a hefty price tag on the PileDriver. Hatsan has a $1,199.99 MSRP on the firebreather. But for dedicated air-gun hunters that should prove no barrier.

More From Hatsan:

Bentonville, AR – Hatsan proudly announces the introduction of its first .50 caliber air rifle, and the market's most powerful production PCP rifle. The PileDriver is designed exclusively for high-powered hunting applications. Capable of producing over 800 ft-lbs. of energy in .50 cal, it is also available in a 700+ FPE-generating .45 caliber model. Although this rifle utilizes a 33-inch barrel, its bullpup design keeps the maximum length under 4 ft. The side lever cocking mechanism is easy to reach and operate. A 480cc carbon fiber bottle fills to 4350 PSI and will provide up to 6 high-powered shots on a single fill. The PileDriver's unique, patented hammer design eliminates traditional steel coil springs in favor of a smoother, easier-to-cock, gas piston mechanism. This top-loading single-shot rifle also features an extra-large loading port that will accommodate ammo up to 34mm in length.

The all-weather synthetic bullpup stock features an ergonomic pistol grip with textured grip surfaces for enhanced feel and control. The soft rubber buttpad is both elevation and angle adjustable to ensure controlled recoil and a comfortable fit. An elevation adjustable cheek rest ensures proper sight alignment with any optic. The rifle's 14-inch-long scope rail is cut to accept both Picatinny and 11mm Dovetail mounts, offering plenty of real estate for a wide variety of optics. Three Picatinny accessory rails are attached around the air bottle for added customization. The high-strength steel barrel is precision rifled for long-range accuracy, and the absence of a shroud allows for the use of sabot rounds, further expanding one's ammunition options.

PileDriver Features:
·Genuine bullpup design, manual loading high-powered PCP air rifle
·Available in .45 and .50 caliber
·Long cocking lever for easy cocking action
·Precision rifled steel barrel for long-range accuracy
·480cc carbon fiber air bottle with 300 BAR (4350 PSI) fill pressure provides up to 6 high-powered shots
·Ergonomic synthetic thumbhole bullpup stock
·Locking elevation adjustable cheek rest
·Elevation and fit angle adjustable soft cushioned butt pad
·Combo Picatinny and 11mm Dovetail optics rail
·3 Picatinny accessory rails mounted on air bottle
·Includes quick-fill nozzle
·MSRP: $1,199.99

PileDriver Specifications:
·.45 Caliber
·Max Energy: 700+ Ft-lb
·Number of Shots: 4-6
·.50 Caliber
·Max Energy: 800+ Ft-lb
·Number of Shots: 3-5
·Air Cylinder Volume: 480cc
·Fill Pressure: 300 BAR (4350 PSI)
·Tactical synthetic pistol grip stock with adjustable cheek rest and butt pad
·Overall Length: 46.5″
·Barrel Length: 33″
·Weight: 10.4 lbs

For more information on the Hatsan PileDriver, please visit hatsanusa.com.


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