So a new rifle has been announced by Umarex USA, the Gauntlet. Whilst I keep abreast of the new arrivals on the air gun scene, I’m often thinking to myself of the modding possibilities. With that thought process comes cost and parts availability.
The first thing that struck me about this new rifle was the cost. In the US it’s looking to retail for around $300. I’ve dealt with Umarex in a previous life, selling paintball related equipment, so that price would translate roughly directly to around £300, this was corroborated by BAR on their facebook page of a circa £300 price tag. Prime territory for modding possibilities.
I’d love to believe that Umarex have upped their quality control substantially since the first Walther P99 licenced .43 calibre paintball pistol I bought, made by Umarex, or at least a sub-contracting factory in China. Frankly out of the box it was horrendous, but with a bit of fettling it was a seriously nice piece of kit.
So taking a £300 price tag for a PCP, with removable air tank. I’ll be very interested in how this one turns out. Anyways, on with the show, here’s the official blurb from Umarex USA.
The Umarex Gauntlet represents a breakthrough in regulated Pre-Charged Pneumatic (PCP) air rifles. It offers the performance of PCP that could cost you over $1,000 for an MSRP of just $300.00.
With 70 incredibly consistent shots at 1000 Feet Per Second (FPS) in .177 caliber, or 60 shots at 900 FPS in .22 caliber, the Gauntlet is truly in a class of its own. No longer do you need to worry about variations in FPS due to changing tank pressure as you shoot. As long as the built-in pressure gauge remains in the green, the Gauntlet provides a velocity with very little variation from shot-to-shot.
The Gauntlet achieves these huge numbers of consistent, powerful shots from just one fill of its high capacity 13-cu. in. regulated tank. The built-in regulator delivers minimal FPS variation from shot-to-shot for long, flat shot strings—this translates directly into outstanding accuracy for hunting, Field Target competition and just-for-fun plinking.
This multi-shot repeater with an adjustable trigger uses easily loaded interchangeable 10-shot magazines for rapid bolt-action firing. One mag is supplied with the Gauntlet and additional magazines are available as accessories.
The Gauntlet’s 3,000 psi air tank is easily filled using the built-in, standard Foster quick connect fitting. For extended shooting sessions, a simple pressure release key (included) allows the compact regulated tank to be unscrewed when pressure is low. It can be replaced with another, fully charged PCP tank for extended shooting periods, without the need to carry bulky HPA tanks or a hand pump.
Its fully moderated design means the Gauntlet is incredibly quiet. Both stealthy backyard plinkers and serious hunters benefit from its ability to provide rapid, near-silent, full-power follow-up shots on demand.
To maximize its accuracy capability, the Gauntlet is well-balanced and has integral standard dovetails for scope mounting. The easily adjustable stock comb is adjusted by the turn of a knob and locks into position for the ideal cheek weld, whatever your physique or optic choice. Target shooters will appreciate the included single shot tray for the ultimate in precision shooting.
At 8.5 lbs, the Gauntlet is a comfortable air rifle both at the range or in the field. The stock’s integral studs allow a sling to be fitted for easy carrying on a hunt.
Everything about this air rifle has been optimized to set the new standard in PCP performance. We’ve thrown down the gauntlet. Accept the challenge and sign up for notification of its arrival today. This is the PCP air rifle every shooter will want!
Sounds good, no? I hope it’s as good as it reads. One point to note, obviously the power levels they state will be for the US market, in other words unregulated. For the UK market it’ll no doubt be throttled down to our power levels, although I would assume that an FAC version would be available.
Before I give you videos and pictures… the discussion is here on the forum
They even made a cheesy video for your own very enjoyment 😁😀
Here’s all the photo’s I could get hold of to date, should give you a decent idea about it’s possibilities. I’m thinking a tactical stock, maybe wood… and get rid of that daft bottle shroud thing!!