Way back in January this year, we wandered by the Hatsan USA booth at SHOT 2020 to check in with Blaine Manifold, its jovial owner, and airgun guru. We came away with a smirk on our faces. We’ve always been suckers for high-powered airguns, as they’re a fun way for gun owners to thumb our collective noses at idiotic regulations. Hatsan’s newest addition to their lineup was very much a continuation of this theme.
According to Manifold, the company was about to import a model equipped with a happy switch, so we signed up to put it through its paces.
YOU’LL SHOOT YOUR EYE OUT
The new Blitz is available in .22, .25, and .30 calibers, and naturally, we opted for the biggest of the three. In terms of efficiency, the middle one is probably the wisest choice, but the opportunity to brag about shooting a 7.62 full auto in the backyard was too much to pass up, even if we did have to skip over the bit about it being air, rather than powder, powered.
It duly arrived in the back of a big brown truck of joy, with no background check, waiting period, or mother-may-I permission slip needed. The only thing left to do was charge up the 580cc carbon-fiber air tank, stuff magazines with 43-grain pellets, and mount up a scope.
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