When a customer comes into our salon who has had a windbreaker in the past, we can be 99 percent sure that it was one of three models – Chinese Bazaar, Slavia, or “Turkish”. And while it has many names (Hatsan, Hasan, Hajatsan), we know it is the classic Hatsan 90 model.
This post returns to the theme of classic air rifles, this time spring-loaded. One of the longest available on our market, tunable and virtually unbreakable. Please read my thoughts on Hatsan air rifles.
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I have not been able to determine when the first models of windcheaters from the Turkish manufacturer appeared on our market, but it was definitely well over twenty or even twenty-five years ago. One of the most common models at that time was twin Hatsans 55 and 90, with the same powerful mechanisms set in different lodges. The 55 was decorated with a wooden butt, often varnished, while the 90 was one of the first windcheaters on our market to have a black plastic butt.
Hatsan windcheaters were popular because of their very high discharge speed. Compared to the quiet Slavia, the Turkish models were very jerky when shooting. It was because of this jerkiness when shooting that they became known as scope destroyers.
Of course, the availability of optics in those years was quite heavy, and so were the mounts. Most scopes were cheap and of poor quality, while the shelf above was typical hunting models with crosshairs, which were not suitable for sport shooting.
It is worth mentioning that already those models would have had a trigger with adjustable hardness and automatic safety, which, when the spring was pulled, locked the airgun and prevented it from firing an uncontrolled shot. A few years ago, these old Hatsan models came into our service. After many years of operation and several thousand shots, the most common problem plaguing them was worn-out barrel lugs, which did not hold the barrel tightly enough and caused it to drop. This was a considerable disadvantage that prevented the accurate shooting. A considerable plus, on the other hand, was the trigger mechanism. Even after installing a custom-reinforced spring, it worked reliably and for a very long time.
Currently, our market is saturated with a whole range of models from the Hatsan stable. There are enough of them for those willing to take up collecting them.
In its offer, the manufacturer has Hatsan 25 and Super Charger spring guns, long models, for beginners Striker and Airtact, through the aforementioned Hatsan 55 and 90 classics, large 125, 135 rifles, as well as bottom-loading versions, 105x Torpedo and 155.
The manufacturer also offers PCP compressed air carbines, the well-known and well-liked AT44 and BT65.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are many more models in each of these categories. And some of them have different variations and, of course, calibers.
Hatsan produces carbines in all available calibers. From the standard 4.5 and 5.5mm to 6.35, 7.62, and even 9mm!
Of course, this is due to the totally different energy limits that apply in Turkey and the gigantic susceptibility to tuning.
It is on this that the popularity of the Hatsan brand in Poland is built. Due to their reinforced design and reduced discharge velocity when exported to other countries, the wind guns can withstand even very strong tuning.
It is enough to replace it with one of the tuning springs offered by sellers and we can enjoy a strengthened carbine. Of course, such a tuned carbine should be registered with the police.
SAS, Quattro Trigger, QE and Vortex systems
Hatsan has incorporated a number of systems in its products that should theoretically assist the shooter.
One of the most popular and fitted to most spring-loaded carbines is the Shock Absorber System (SAS).
It works on the principle of a rubber element built into the butt, which partially absorbs and dampens the jerking effect during firing.
Another very useful system is the Quattro Trigger mechanism. This is a fully mechanized and adjustable trigger system.
Its design allows us to adjust the stroke and pressure of the trigger tongue. Thanks to these settings, we are not doomed to what the factory gave us, but can quite easily configure the trigger action to our preferences. Cheaper beginner models do not have this system.
QE is simply a sound suppressor integrated at the end of the barrel. It lowers the volume of the shot and changes its sound a bit. A very useful thing when shooting indoors. The rumble does not tire the hearing as much.
Vortex – this is a gas spring system, which replaces the usual wire springs. The modification involves removing the wire spring along with the guide and replacing these components with a gas actuator. It is a closed circuit that does not require pumping before shooting. Thanks to the Vortex system, the tension is smoother, and the shot causes less vibration.
The power change itself is also quite simple. Using a PCP pump and a suitable adapter, we can inflate the cylinder. Thus, we amplify the energy of the carbine. As in the case of replacing the spring with an amplified one, wind guns with an inflated spring must be registered with the police.