So my brother had one of these little beauties delivered yesterday and walked it over to my place next door, where we went out on the back deck to chaw up various pieces of leftover wood. Results? Impressive.
As my friend Don is working this bad machine, note the chunks of wood flying off the target plywood. Said plywood is being propped up by a length of 4×4 behind, which my brother then proceeded to split in half, right down the center, with only a few well-placed rounds. Very little noise, same-same for felt recoil, pellets are el cheapo, completely street-legal and unregulated, since it’s not classified as a firearm, because…well, because it isn’t a firearm, actually—I ask you, what’s not to like here?
Yep, I envision deriving mucho backyard-shooting range enjoyment from the Blitz in the days to come. The muzzle, and therefore effective range, drops slightly as the air-tank is depleted, but refilling it is a total breeze, and can be done quite easily by hand if you don’t own a compressor.
The Hatsan Blitz airgun comes in various flavors, including .22, .30, and .50 (!!!) versions. Full auto, natch; as I’ve long insisted, you haven’t really flown until you’ve flown an open-cockpit biplane, you haven’t really ridden until you’ve ridden a Harley, and you haven’t really shot until you’ve shot full auto. Jeff got two 16-round magazines with it, but there are also 30-rounders available. Lots of vids of fun and destruction on YewToob, too.
I have an air gun, very powerful, powerful enough to kill the squirrels raiding my bird feeders. But it’s bitch to cock*. It does have a 10 shot magazine so you get 10 rounds before having to reload.
I think I’m going to up that game a bit and go full auto…
*I’m ok with it but the grandchildren struggle.
That’s some serious pressure and an expensive electric pump to refill the tank.
Saw a vid on YT with a guy using a fancy special-purpose hand pump, which I then looked up; they go for about 50-60 bucks and up, and it only took the guy like 5 or 6 pumps to charge it. I think there’s an adaptor you have to get for it, too. There’s a guy lives close by us that took a deer last year with a single shot, from around 200 yards. He’s a serious hunter, and is all about the HB airguns.
I saw the hand pump on the Hatsun website. It was reasonable at $150, but I figured with the size of the charging cylinder to get enough mechanical leverage to create 3600 psi it would require a lot of pumping. I’ll have to check it all out.
That must have been a heck of a shot since it’s hard to bring a deer down with a 22mag unless you get a perfect shot. My Gamo Swarm Magnum (22) makes quick work of a squirrel.
You want REAL fun? Go full auto from an open cockpit biplane or a Harley!
Well heck, single shot, or no shot and the biplane or Harley would still be fun.
Which reminds me, I’ve never flown in an open biplane. I need to add that to my to do list before I leave this place.
Not a Harley, but open biplane rides:
HAAA! I bet I know that guy. Or used to, if it’s the same folks I’m thinking of; the original owner, Fred, died in a crash near Myrtle Beach some years back. Trashed the Waco I flew in, don’t know if they rebuilt or not, or if they even could.
His old partner is still carrying on far as I know. They used to have the Waco, plus two Pitts SP2s for Fred’s aerobatics stuff–that as his specialty, and he was damned good at it too. In addition to the tour business, they did the airshow circuit. That’s where I got to know ’em.
Dang, I’m jealous. Was that one of the old Waco’s or one of the new ones (picture is a new one)?
Those planes are beautiful.
Looks pretty good. Next time I get to Florida I might give that a whirl. Or find one closer. Pretty rare to see the old ones around here.
I’ve flown the Cessna 152 Aeorbat and that was a ball. Alas, it’s really just a bit short in the leg room for me or I might consider one to fly just for fun. Picture is of a random Aerobat with the N number blocked out. 6G’s positive and 3G’s negative rating.