Purchased the Hatsan 55s this morning so here is my honest review so far.
Rifle Hatsan (Edgar Brothers) Model 55s break barrel
Weight 7.5 LBS
Stock Turkish Walnut
Trigger Quattro 2 stage adjustable
Other features SAS (shock absorber system), fitted open sights.
On opening the box.
You are presented with the rifle in a plastic sleeve and a piece of polystyrene at either end of the gun. The box is not very well packaged at all in the centre and would be prone to being marked IMO during transportation. There is an instruction manual and an allen key to adjust the trigger.
Was pleasantly surprised by the quality finish on the Turkish walnut stock. Lovely grain and the chequering around the pistol grip and along the side of the forend is quite good. Easily on a par with a Weihrauch or Air Arms 3 times the price.
The metalwork finish on the 55s leaves a lot to be desired and reflects in its cost unfortunately. Those of you expecting to have metalwork on a par with Weihrauch or such, you can forget that. The finish is really rough along the barrel and cylinder, it has not been polished or buffed to nothing near a nice finish but it wouldn't take long for someone to spend an hour or two rectifying this then of course a re-blue.
Seems a shame for a company to make a great job of the stock then leave the metalwork in a bit of a mess. The engineering of the metal is fine, not too many sharp edges and it is generally speaking well engineered.
First of all I want to talk about the trigger. Great trigger indeed is the Quattro, fully adjustable in every way, first stage travel adjustable, first stage stiffness adjustable and second stage pull weight adjustable. After setting the trigger where I liked it which is about 1kg of pull I shot a few Bisley mags through.
Cocking the rifle is quite easy with the large barrel providing plenty of leverage, but in this particular model you could feel quite a bit of discomfort within the gun when doing so. This was coming from the breech shims and the cocking arm along the cylinder and piston. The safety catch is located at the end of the cylinder and just takes a gentle push of the thumb, it is an auto safety every time you cock the rifle. After firing and fully expecting a large twang from the internals I was not left disappointed to be greeted with one. Stock was off shortly afterwards to reveal a dry mainspring, dry cocking shoe and dry everything basically. Got my grease shryinge out with the rubber tube extention on and molyed inside the piston, all along the spring and guide, the cocking shoe and anywhere else that needed it. Used my 3in1 oil on the breech and got that going smooth and a tad on the trigger. All done without a stripdown by the way.
All back together now and shooting very similar to a HW80 out of the box. Just a quick short retort but no more spring twang and trying to eat itself on loading. It's producing a very nice 11.2fpe.
I will provide some accuracy figures at a later date due to Hurricane Katrina being outside my front door at the moment.
Had a play with the open sights before I took them off, easy to use and illuminated orange and green, foresight is not removeable but rear sight is which sits just on top of the breech via allen grub screws.
Just a word about the SAS shock absorber system, doesn't seem to be any less kick than a Weihrauch HW80 or HW95 or Diana. Not saying it doesn't work - just that it doesn't seem so effective that you would make a note of it.
There is a plate screwed on top of the cylinder towards the rear to stop scope creep which is screwed into the gap between the scope rails. You then butt one of your mounts up against it but the downside is its too far towards the breech which means you have to have one of your mounts very close to the turrets to mount a scope. This is a bad design feature, it needs to be nearer the rear of the gun nearer to the safety catch.
There are good points and bad points, some of the bad points need addressing out of the box such as lack of grease and lubes. Poor metalwork will need addressing if you're not prepared to live with it. The stock, trigger and firing cycle are all good points and in my opinion are worth the £110 on their own.
This gun will make a good hunter and occasional plinker type of affair on the same kind of level as a HW80 but not quite up as high as the 80, probably about 75% as good as an HW80 once it's been greased and lubed up. Accuracy compared to an HW80 has yet to be determined though. Its weight is 7.5Lbs unscoped so is just a tad heavier than the HW95, therefore well usable for hunting.
I've mounted a Leapers 4-16x50AO on her and will do some testing with the Bisley mags shortly.