Are you regularly harassed by neighbors about using your firearms to get rid of pests or target shooting? Are you interested in a new challenge in small game hunting?

    If you answered “yes” to either of those questions, then you might be very interested in owning and using an air rifle.

    Hatsan is a manufacturer of such products which are among the top performers on the market.

    The review that follows will compare several different models, offer our opinion as to the best one, and ultimately allow you to choose the best for you.

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    OUR BEST CHOICE

    135 Vortex Gas Piston



    Hatsan Air Rifles Review

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    PROS

    • Well crafted, adjustable walnut stock
    • Noise dampening system
    • 2-stage adjustable trigger
    • Really high velocity with the 0.177 caliber option
    • Shock absorber system to minimize vibration

    CONS

    • The 0.30 caliber option is painfully slow
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       The higher magnification on the variable scope is essentially useless given the range of this rifle, which adds significantly to its price

    135 Vortex Gas Piston

    Regardless of whether you are using it for pest control, small game or target shooting the Model 135 Vortex QE is a great choice. This single shot, breaking barrel packs a powerful punch, but still minimizes downrange noise with the QuietEnergy Sound Moderator.

    It features a fully adjustable walnut stock, a 2-stage adjustable trigger, a shock absorber system to minimize vibration and a precision rifled steel barrel. Also included is a fully adjustable open sight as well as a variable magnification scope mounted on a shock absorbing rail.

    Specs:

    • Caliber: 0.177, 0.30
    • Speed: 1500 fps (0.177) and 580 fps (0.30)
    • Sight: 3-9×32 variable scope

    There are several wow factors included in this attractive, well crafted unit. Its adjustable walnut stock, noise dampening system and high velocity in the low caliber option are impressive. Its noise dampening system is second to none as is the shock absorption system which helps to eliminate vibration when you take your shot.

    The great features on this unit are found mostly in the lower caliber option rather than the higher caliber one which is a little too slow. Additionally, it makes little since to add a scope with a magnification higher than 4 to this unit which has a range of under 100 yards. Without the expensive scope attached to this unit, the value and price would be a closer match.

    95 Combo Vortex Gas


    PROS

    • Quality craftsmanship is quite obvious
    • Accuracy and noise reduction
    • Decent speed
    • Moderately priced
    • 1 year warranty

    CONS

    • Limited velocity and range is available in the higher calibers
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      The higher end magnification is not necessary given the range

    95 Combo Vortex Gas Spring

    This walnut stock Hatsan 95 is not only durable and attractive, but it packs a pretty good punch as well. Utilizing Vortex Gas Spring technology to send its projectiles downrange, this single-shot, breaking barrel mode features a rifled steel barrel, a 2-stage, adjustable trigger as well as a rubber recoil pad.

    Its Quiet Energy (QE) system is also installed on this model to reduce noise and it is fitted with both a fully adjustable open sight and a variable magnification scope.

    Specs:

    • Caliber: 0.177, 0.22, 0.25
    • Speed: 1300 fps, 1000 fps, 650 fps
    • Sight: 3-9×32 variable scope

    The craftsmanship and beauty of this walnut stock draws your eyes to it immediately. The variations of available calibers are certainly a plus for those who love the look, but require a specific caliber.

    This is well suited for small game hunting and pest control, but may not be adequate for higher end competition shooting. It is moderately priced to fit most budgets, but is a little slow in the higher caliber models. The variable magnification scope is really not necessary either.

    AT44-10 QE


    PROS

    • Quality design and durability
    • PCP allows for semi-auto firing
    • Decent velocity in all calibers
    • Noise and vibration reduction systems
    • Fully adjustable open sights

    CONS

    • Those who desire to use a scope with this rifle will have to purchase it separately and add it
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      The price on this rifle will bring you close to a heart attack

    AT44-10 QE

    Pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) cylinders are utilized in the power plant of the AT44-10 QE (Quiet Energy). The PCP and multiple round magazine of this gun allow it to be semi-automatic. This features an ambidextrous, all-weather synthetic stock with a textured grip, a rifled steel barrel, a 2-stage, adjustable trigger and a recoil pad.

    It utilizes the quiet energy system to reduce downrange noise and has anti-vibration control for shooting precision. This model includes fully adjustable open sights, but also includes Weaver and Picatinny rails for scope and accessory mounting.

    Specs:

    • Caliber: 0.177, 0.22, 0.25
    • Speed: 1300 fps, 1000 fps, 900 fps
    • Sight: open sight

    There is plenty of design quality built into this product. It is certainly a versatile and durable unit which can be used in the field, on the range or around the house. Being PCP charged allows it to be fired as a repeater, which is appealing to many and its noise and vibration reduction systems certainly help with accuracy and discrete usage.

    The fully adjustable open sights are certainly adequate for its range and use, but those who insist on a scope might not be happy that they will have to purchase and mount one separately, especially after they get a gander at the price of this unit.

    Edge


    PROS

    • Quality material and design
    • Vortex gas piston technology reduces wear and increases accuracy
    • This rifle is priced to fit any budget
    • Higher caliber for small game hunting use

    CONS

    • Low velocity, which suggests that it is underpowered
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      The 3-9x32 variable magnification scope is overkill

    Edge Vortex Piston

    Another single shot, breaking-barrel product featuring Vortex Gas Piston technology, which provides for smoother cocking, reduced spring torque and fatigue, is the Edge gun.

    This features a rifled steel barrel, which comes in either 0.22 or 0.25 calibers, an open concept, all-weather, synthetic, thumb-hole stock, and includes a recoil pad to boot.

    In addition to fully adjustable open sights, this also features a variable magnification scope.

    Specs:

    • Caliber: 0.22 or 0.25
    • Speed: 800 fps (0.22) and 650 fps (0.25)
    • Sight: 3-9×32 variable scope

    Mod 125


    PROS

    • All-weather, ambidextrous, synthetic stock with adjustable cheek piece
    • Vortex gas piston power plant
    • Noise reduction system
    • Decent velocity for a 0.25 caliber air rifle

    CONS

    • Usage is limited to small game hunting
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      Higher magnification scope is certainly not necessary given the range of this rifle
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      Pretty pricey

    Mod 125 Vortex Sniper

    This Mod 125 Vortex Sniper has features which attract the attention of nearly every air gun enthusiast.

    To begin with, the durability and accuracy provided by the Vortex Piston power plant is certainly a draw to those who wish to reduce vibration and spring wear, and this is very quiet due to its sound moderator. 

    It features a rifled steel barrel, an all-weather, ambidextrous, synthetic stock with an adjustable cheek piece, and both open sights and a variable magnification scope.

    Specs:

    • Caliber: 0.25
    • Speed: 1000 fps
    • Sight: 3-9×32 variable scope

    This is also an attractive, well-built product. It has all of the right features to make it a top performer as a small game hunting unit.

    It is accurate and quiet and packs decent velocity and punch considering that it is higher caliber. 

    The biggest issues with this model are its limited usage, its completely unnecessary 3-9×32 variable scope and a price that might give you heartburn.

    Combo Camo Stock


    PROS

    • Quality design and materials in an all-weather, ambidextrous, synthetic stock
    • Has shock absorption system to reduce vibration
    • Is useful for hunting small game

    CONS

    • Features and benefits don’t quite add up to its price
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      Given that this rifle’s range is well under 100 yards, a high magnification scope is unnecessary and only adds to the cost
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      Older generation gas piston technology

    125TH Combo Camo Stock

    Decked out in camo paint, Hatsan 125TH gas spring-piston comes in a caliber that is best suited for hunting small game where camo paint is necessary.

    This is a breakbarrel, single-shot unit with a rifled steel barrel. It features a 2-stage adjustable trigger, has an all-weather, thumb-hole, synthetic stock with twin raised cheek pieces for either left or right handed shooters. 

    It utilizes a shock absorber system to reduce vibration when cocking or shooting and comes with both a fully adjustable open sight and a variable magnification scope.

    Specs:

    • Caliber: 0.25
    • Speed: 750 fps
    • Sight: 3-9×32 variable scope

    This is the older brother to the model reviewed above. It is a decent unit in a lot of ways, but it just doesn’t quite have the gusto of the newer generation Vortex gas piston system.

    There are a lot of quality features included in this model, but they just don’t add up to the price at which it is being offered.


    Conclusion

    Best Hatsan Air Rifle for the Money

    135 Vortex Gas Piston

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    Making use of a Hatsan airgun in order to be a little more discrete about tending to pests and varmints around the house or for bagging small game is a viable option to consider. Among the top that we reviewed, the Model 135 Vortex Gas Piston Quiet Energy is the one which gives you the best value for your money.

    The Model 135 Gas Vortex Piston Quiet Energy utilizes the newer technology of the Vortex gas piston for its power plant. It is quiet, had reduced vibration for both cocking and firing and carries pretty solid velocity and punch in its 0.177 caliber option.

    Its 0.30 caliber option is a little bit slow and is not as highly recommended as the lower caliber option. You are going to pay a little bit more for this product than others on the market, but the craftsmanship and quality are at a level which match the price.

    Choosing the right one to fit your needs is subjective and dependent upon how you use it, what features you prefer and your budget. Our recommendation might not fit your preferences, but you can be more discrete and/or step into the challenge of hunting small game with a Hatsan air gun.