Reviewing the Hatsan AT44-10 TACT Rifle Package from Trenier Outdoors
Earlier this year, I purchased my first .25 PCP air rifle, a .25 Hatsan QE Long from Trenier Outdoors. While there, owner Jeff and I started talking about airguns in general, and what types of setups I’d personally be interested in. A few weeks later when visiting his range to setup a different rifle for HFT (Hunter Field Target), Jeff surprised me with the very setup he and I had been talking about — a .22 Hatsan AT44-10 TACT with a Optisan Viper fixed power scope and a UTG Recon Bipod along with a mounted flashlight and remote pressure switch.
Setup as Tested:
- .22 Hatsan AT44-10 TACT
- UTG Heavy Duty Recon 360 Bipod
- Optisan Viper 10×44 fixed power with Side Focus
- T.O. Series 480 Lumen 2 stage White Flashlight w/ remote switch
When I first talked about this setup with Jeff, it was me recounting a .22LR setup I’d previously used quite a bit prior to the recent .22LR ammo scare. It was my all around rifle. With the bipod, it was perfect for plinking or target shooting, and the addition of the flashlight helped stretch a few more dusk shots out when walking the woods small game hunting.
The Hatsan AT44-10 TACT at a glance
Built upon the solid AT44 platform, the AT44-10 TACT adds three short front accessory rails, storage for an additional two magazines, and an adjustable rear stock. For shooters such as myself who find themselves having a shorter than average length of pull, being able to adjust both the cheek riser and the length of the stock on the AT44-10 TACT is a welcome feature.
As with other rifles in the AT44 line, the TACT has an automatic safety, anti-double pellet feat mechanism, right side cocking lever, 10-round detachable magazines, and swappable 180cc air cylinders come standard. Out of the box, the rifle features adjustable TrueGlo fiber-optic sights and a total of three detachable magazines.
Hatsan claims that the .22 will achieve speeds of up to 970FPS and a power level of 31FPE with lead ammo, and in the brief testing I was able to do due to storms, I found their claims are quite justified, as you’ll see shortly.
UTG Heavy Duty Recon 360 Bipod
The UTG Recon 360 bipod adjusts from roughly 7″ to 9″, and attaches directly to the rifle via the bottom accessory rail. It includes a swivel stud mount as well to allow you to attach it to pretty much any rifle currently on the market. With adjustable tension and the ability to pan and tilt over a 360 range, it is by far one of the easiest to use bipods I’ve ever had the pleasure to use. Look for a detailed review of this bipod from me in the next few weeks.
T.O. Series 480 Lumen 2 stage White Flashlight
The flashlight had a solid feel and construction. Unlike some of the lower end ‘Ultrafire’ branded lights which are available on Amazon, I found the T.O. series to have a slightly thicker tube, as well having less of the blemishes that come with some of the lower quality lights. This light was mounted to the right side accessory rail, and had a remote switch attached to it. The pressure switch was placed on the left side of the pistol grip, and was very easy to operate with a slight shift of the thumb.
Optisan Viper 10×44 fixed power with Side Focus – With a surprise!
The clarity on the Optisan line of scopes continues to impress me. This fixed-power Optisan Viper 10×44 scope is no exception. Having a fixed-power scope is a matter of personal preference. I feel both variable and fixed have their place on a rifle. I’ve observed that fixed power tends to have a slightly brighter field of view, plus it is one less thing to worry about having to adjust.
This brings me to the next part of the Optisan line which I am a fan of, and that is their SBC reticle. Personally, most of the pesting and small game hunting I do is at 50- to 65-yard ranges, and that extra +0.75 mil hash mark happens to usually line up right with my holdover at either 50 or 55 yards.
And the surprise!
By using extra-tall see through rings, Trenier has set this rifle up so that the iron sights are still usable! This may not seem like a huge deal to some, but it makes a huge difference in practice when trying to line up a quick shot at under 10 yards.
Shooting the rifle
The day I was able to test this rifle was horrible weather wise. We had on and off thunderstorms all day, and the wind was strong and gusting. Due to this, I wasn’t able to get the best of readings on the chronograph, nor were 5 shot groups all that stellar. That said, the rifle did live up to Hatsan’s claims for power. Ten-shot groups were made off the bipod, and started at 185 BAR. I did notice that halfway through the 3rd magazine, POI began to drop. Even so, I still managed roughly 22 good shots from this rifle before starting to lose power.
Final Observations and Conclusion
As with all new rifles, the barrel on this one needed a good cleaning before firing. In addition, the side lever action was on the rough side for the first dozen magazines or so. I believe that with good weather conditions, this rifle would be fully capable of sub-0.5″ groups at 50 yards. After testing this rifle, I was informed Hatsan now offers this in a QE version in addition to the standard one reviewed here. I am curious as to whether the added length will be a detriment to what is already a great rifle. Were this my own personal rifle, I would address the POI dropoff by adjusting the power settings or adding a drop-in regulator to the air cylinder. An aftermarket LDC is an option for some as well, however I don’t know that the extra weight and change in balance is worth it in this case.
Overall, this is a solid and comfortable rifle, especially for those of us with below average length of pulls.