Gun Trade News presents the first part of a round up of the latest product releases, from the British Shooting Show and further afield.
Pro Eco Wad
Eley Hawk has launched a fully biodegradable and dissolvable wad for steel cartridges that will leave no trace in the environment.
Made from hydro-soluble ingredients that break down in water within 24 hours, it leaves no plastic residues and degrades into biomass that will have a positive composting effect on the soil it breaks down into.
The revolutionary wad will be placed in steel shot cartridges at first – 32-gram for game and 28-gram for clay.
32 Gram Game SRP: £330-350 per 1000
28 Gram Clay SRP: £280-295 per 1000
Brocock Bantam Patagonia
British airgunmaker Brocock has unveiled two high-power variants of its popular semi-bullpup Bantam 2 PCP, including the Patagonia, which features power levels up to 46ft/lb in .22 calibre or a whopping 55ft/lb in .25.
With a highly efficient, HUMA AIR regulated action that eliminates the usual ‘power curve’ associated with many PCPs, the Patagonia is designed with a sidebolt action, auto-indexing 10-shot magazine with single-shot loading tray option, integral power adjuster, 480cc carbonfibre or 500cc alloy buddy bottle, Picatinny mounting rails, two-stage trigger and a polygon Lothar Walther barrel with full-length shroud that incorporates a ½in UNF muzzle thread.
The Patagonia has been developed in conjunction with Claudio Flores of Patagonia Airguns following his recent victory in the 2018 World Extreme Benchrest Championships while using a modified Brocock Bantam Sniper HR.
Tweed clothing brand Maude & Fox have launched the Peat Men’s Shooting Gilet in a peaty brown British herringbone design. Picking up on spring layering trends, the beautifully crafted gilet is designed for adding warmth over a shirt or under a jacket.
The Peat is all about comfort, quality and practicality as well as style, featuring suede shoulder pads for shooting comfort and suede trims to pockets, hem and collar for durability. Large pockets have been designed with a bottom gusset to create extra space for cartridges.
The Peat also dips at the back and has a high collar to protect against the elements. Further protection comes from two layers of fleece and a strong two-way zip.
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The Thermion thermal imaging riflescope features some groundbreaking thermal technology. Designed by Pulsar and packaged in a familiar dayscope format that mounts using standard 30mm scope rings, the Thermion XM30, XM38 and XM50 are fitted with a new 320x240um thermal sensors.
The XP38 and XP50 feature 640x480um thermal sensors. With a detection range of up to 2300m (depending on the model) all models are fully waterproof and have digital zoom capabilities and full-colour HD 1024×768 AMOLED display.
The Thermion series also have built in video and still image, as well as 16GB of internal storage and live streaming capabilities.
The Pulsar Axion series of thermal imaging monoculars consists of three new models, including the XM30, XM38 and Axion Key XM30.
One of the smallest thermal imagers to be designed by Pulsar, the Axion is ultra-compact and robust with a magnesium alloy body shell. All models feature 12um thermal sensor with 320×240 pixel resolution.
The XM30 and Key XM30 have detection ranges up to 1200m, while the XM38 can spot up to 1700m. The XM30 and XM38 models also include built-in video recorder and benefit from a WiFi module and Stream Vision compatibility.
Streamlight Siege X
This two-in-one lantern/torch combo provides 360 degrees of light and the d-ring on the bottom makes it easy to hang for large area lighting.
The Siege X lantern features three lighting modes and multiple lighting levels for maximum versatility. The brightest white light lantern mode provides 325 lumens and can run for up to 4.5 hours. Multiple white LEDs provide smooth lantern lighting, three red LEDs are used to preserve night vision, and a C4 power LED gives a flashlight mode.
Aztec FFP Scope
Aztec Optics’ new FFP scope comes built onto their 5.5-25×50 scope and, alongside the FFP feature, includes an illuminated reticle in green or red, with various levels of brightness to be set by the shooter.
The First Focal Plane keeps the spacing between aim points on the reticle constant through the magnification range. The spec includes MOA resettable zero turrets, side focus parallax correction and all scopes are shock, fog and waterproof.
Each unit includes a large side wheel, sun shade, lens cloth, battery, fitted box and a Limited Lifetime Warranty.
Sightmark’s new digital riflescope, the Wraith, was introduced to the European market at the British Shooting Show. The 4-32x50mm digital scope features a 1920×1080 HD sensor providing full colour display in daytime, and can be easily switched to might mode – with classic green or black and white viewing options.
The Wraith comes with a removable 850nm IR illuminator to provide enhanced nighttime image quality and accurate target acquisition up to 200yds (180m) at night. Customise your riflescope with 10 reticle options and 9 colour choices, 4.5 hours of battery life with AA batteries and an external Micro USB for added power.
Wraiths also allow recording and video export to capture hunt footage.
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The new Blaser R8 Ultimate sets a high standards in terms of functionality and design. The Ultimate’s two-piece ergonomically thumbhole stock ensures a relaxed shooting position and optimal control of the rifle while firing.
With newly developed stock options the R8 Ultimate is tailored to your needs. Featuring adjustable comb, recoil pad and a recoil absorption system, the R8 Ultimate is available with black elastomer or impregnated leather inlays.
The R8 Ultimate Silence also includes an integrated moderator.
Turkish gunmakers, ATA Arms, have established themselves in the UK as a well-known shotgun manufacturer; here they branch into PCP airguns with the ATA Airborne. Available in both .22 and .177 calibres, this air rifle boasts a distinctive stock built from high-grade Turkish walnut with laser etched detailed grip, designed with contemporary geometry and carefully planned ergonomics.
Features on the action include a picatinny rail, external pressure gauge and side-lever cocking mechanism, while the Airborne comes with two ten-shot rotary magazines.
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