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HATSANUSA SPEEDFIRE MAGNUM 1250

The SpeedFire Magnum 1250 truly earns its magnum designation by having the power to launch .177 cal- iber lead pellets at 1250 FPS and .22 pellets at 1000 FPS from its 14-inch precision rifled steel barrel, yielding approximately 24 and 28 FPE, respec- tively. If using lead-free pellets, the SpeedFire Magnum 1250 will throw .177 calibers down range at an as- tonishing 1340 FPS and .22 calibers at 1250 FPS. This air rifle sets a new level for others to try and follow.

The SpeedFire line gets its name from the increased rate of fire not seen with regular break barrel air rifles. Typically, break barrels are sin- gle-shot, and the SpeedFires are fed by a rotary Rapid Performance Magazine (RPM), two of which are included with the air rifle. Once loaded with a full RPM (12 rounds in .177 and ten rounds in .22) and with the EZ Load Action System, each cocking stroke of the rifle automatically loads a pellet. This eliminates the tedious task of fiddling with individual pellets and makes follow-up shots extremely fast. A green fiber optic rear sight is also incorporated into the EZ Load Action System and is micro-adjustable for windage and elevation. A front red fiber optic sight flips down when not needed.

Housed in a black polymer, ambidextrous, thumbhole stock with Monte Carlo style cheek rest, it resembles a modern precision rifle design. A thick, ventilated rubber butt pad helps to reduce felt recoil. Situated on top of the blued steel receiver is a 7-inch- long optics riser rail. Built into this rail are dampeners that help to reduce the dual recoil impulse inherent in break barrel rifles. This rail will accommo- date both 11mm dovetail and Picatinny mounting options, plus it has a metal scope stop, which comes in handy as the SpeedFire Magnum 1250 comes with a 3-9x40mm Optima scope and rings.

The new SpeedFire Magnum 1250 also incorporates the Shock Absorber System (SAS), which is designed to reduce vibration and felt recoil. Next is Hatsan’s two-stage Quattro Match Trigger, which is adjustable for pull and travel. Its Vortex Gas Piston powerplant eliminates the use of a main- spring which tended to vibrate heavily and was prone to taking a “set” after a while; plus, it supplies the magnum power level. With that extra power comes a loud report, so the Speed-Fires are equipped with a QuietEnergy (QE) barrel and an integrated sound moderator to reduce the report. This longer muzzle provides a longer grip- ping surface to aid in cocking the rifle.

Last but not least is the automatic safety/anti-bear trap feature. This feature sets the manual safety to “on” each time the barrel is broken to start the cocking stroke. Once set, it cannot be taken off “safe” while the barrel is out of battery.

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