Hatsan Carnivore Big Bore .35

Monday, July 18, 2016

Hatsan is a Turkish airgun company manufacturing high quality rifles and pistols for the past 40 years.  They pride themselves on the fact that 100% of each airgun is produced in their factories so they can control every aspect of the manufacture of each airgun.  Hatsan does use German steel barrel blanks for their barrels but again, does control all processing of the blanks in-house.  For their wooden stocked models, of course, Turkish walnut is used. A few years ago, Hatsan opened a U.S. operation for more direct marketing and sales to a U.S. consumer base.  While the Hatsan catalog includes everything from entry-level springers to their own line of German made lead and lead-free pellets, they are becoming known for their PCP airguns, especially in mid-bore calibers.  Enter the Carnivore PCP in .357, not to be confused with another Hatsan Carnivore introduced at the SHOT Show earlier this year.  That model was an aforementioned springer, only in .30 caliber!  A story for another blog…

Carnivor left angle

The PCP version is a synthetic stocked model utilizing a 6 round rotary magazine.  It is part of Hatsan’s BT-65 series and is a side lever bolt action version. The Carnivore is also available in a .30 version and utilizes a 7 shot rotary magazine.  It is a bit on the heavy side, weighing in at slightly over 9 pounds without optics and is almost 49 inches long with 23 inches of that being the precision rifled German steel barrel.  It runs off a removable 255cc reservoir that can be charged to 3000 psi (200 bar).  The reservoir cylinder contains a built in color coded pressure gauge.  Additional reservoirs are available should you want to order one and have an extra for quickly swapping out.  The ambidextrous stock has an elevation adjustable cheekpiece, or comb, and the rubber buttpad is adjustable for length of pull as well as elevation and fit angle for added customization to the individual shooter.  An allen wrench is included for resetting the buttpad and a coin can be used to adjust the cheekpiece height.  It comes without sights and consideration must be given to the height of the rotary magazine that extends above the chamber/barrel during normal operation when selecting scope and mounting options.

Hatsan Carnivore muzzle

Hatsan Carnivore muzzle

The rifle incorporates technology that prevents double-loading of the chamber. This worked as advertised when I inadvertently attempted to load two rounds at the same time.  Unfortunately, it was at a range session where I had also inadvertently left my one piece cleaning rod at home.  So, I was done for the day.

The trigger on the Carnivore is a two-stage adjustable match model Hatsan calls the “Quattro”.  It is adjustable for first-stage travel as well as pull weight and length of trigger travel through the access holes in the metal trigger guard. The safety is activated automatically when cocking the bolt.  The safety sliding button is mounted high on the left side of the receiver and a bit of a stretch for the right-handed shooter.

Hatsan has also been a leader when it comes to fully shrouded barrels and integrated sound moderation technology to reduce muzzle report.  This .357 Carnivore sounds more like a nail gun being fired, although I would still encourage readers to take care of their hearing and wear hearing protection, even when firing a moderated big bore.  It goes without saying that eye protection is always a must.

Hatsan believes in giving the shooter extra bang-for-the-buck by including such niceties as a second rotary magazine, gold plated metal trigger and built-in sling swivels.  Another nice touch is the inclusion of a nylon sling with the Hatsan name embroidered on it in large letters.  They also include a short section of picatinny rail under the forearm for ease of mounting a bipod or other accessory.  A brass protective cap for the valve on the removable air cylinder is included as well and doubles as a way to discharge a cylinder should the need arise.  Allen wrenches to fit all of the adjustable features on the gun as well as extra O rings for the probe filler and cylinder valve round out the kit.

The .35 caliber model I have received is rated at a velocity of 730 fps and is supposed to be able to deliver 95 ft. lbs. of energy out to an effective range of 225 yards.  –More on my impressions and results in the next blog.

Please contact www.airgunsofarizona.com  to find out about the availability of this and other fine models of Hatsan products.

6 Comments

  1. RidgeRunner says:

    I look forward to your next installment on this air rifle, most especially because I am in the market for a PCP in this caliber.

    Please be sure to show us some shot groups at 50 and 100 yards if possible.

    1. Gordon Smith says:

      Thanks for the comment RidgeRunner. I am working on doing just what you are asking so stay tuned…

  2. J.Lewis says:

    Are ny of these guns leagal in massachusetts?

    1. Gordon Smith says:

      Hi Jeff,
      Thanks for viewing the blog. Unfortunately, I would not be able to comment on that. That would be a question for the police chief in the town where you live. These are powerful air rifles and in many places in the U.S. airguns are treated the same as firearms. When/if you do speak to your local police chief or sheriff, I would ask for his opinion in writing. It is not likely they would give you anything in writing, but I would ask.

  3. Jim says:

    How loud is this gun? I know in the small bore calibers Hatsan QE rifles are relatively quiet. In a 357 cal rifle this will of course be louder than a 25 Marauder but hopefully quieter than an unsupressed 22LR. Where it fits on that sliding scale means something to me when deciding where to use it. Thanks!

    1. Gordon Smith says:

      Hey Jim,

      When it is pushing a bullet/pellet out of the barrel it reminds me of a nail gun firing. I was shooting outdoors and did not use hearing protection. That was a personal choice and I am an “older American” whose hearing is not as sharp as it used to be. You may not want to follow my lead if you are younger and want to keep as much of your hearing as you can :>)

      Dry-firing produces more of a sharp crack, however, with your sliding scale idea, the Big Bore Carnivore discharge lies between a large nail gun and much less than an unsuppressed .22 LR. Still not a backyard plinker unless your backyard is over 10 acres!

      -Gordon

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