Watch out P-Rod… There is a new quiet force to be reckoned with
On Saturday, part of Team AirgunsARP.com was given the opportunity to get some range time with a few of the gorgeous new offerings from Hatsan USA. The one that my wife, Lisa@AirgunsARP, was most excited about was the Hatsan AT-P2 TACT QE in .177. In the picture above, she is looking downrange via the prototype of a new lightweight 4-16x scope which Trenier Outdoors will hopefully be announcing soon.
Details on the AT-P2 TACT QE
- Calibers: .177, .22, or .25
- Advertised FPS
- 870 @ .177
- 780 @ .22
- 710 @ .25
- Tactical Telescopic Stock with Contoured pistol grip
- Magazine capacity
- 10 shots @ .177 & .22
- 9 shots @ .25
- Weight 6.6 lbs
- Barrel Length: 10.4″
- Overall Length: 32″ to 36″
- Fill Pressure: 200-bar
- Air Cylinder: 50cc
- Sights: No factory “iron sights”
Like the AT-44 TACT, this airgun has a removable “Tactical Telescopic Stock”. For those of us with an abnormal length of pull, this is a great feature to have in an airgun. Lisa@AirgunsARP and I were able to swap the rifle between each other, adjust the stock accordingly for a ‘perfect’ fit via a side push button. The adjustable cheek riser was a great addition, however I felt it would have benefited by having an extra half-inch to an inch of adjustment, something easily remedied with the addition of some foam or other material.
With the stock attached, I found that I was having problems when it came to placement of my left hand. I personally would have liked to see the stock extend a little further forward, possibly far enough to include a bottom accessory rail. If there was enough room, one of the various 45-degree foregrips would have been nice to have as an option for this compact rifle.
That said, the rifle was very well balanced. Reloading it via the left side lever still allowed me to keep my sight on target, and the action on the side lever was, for the most part, crisp. We did, however, run into a few problems.
Not everything was rosy
We had some minor issues out of the box on both rifles we tested in .177 and .22. The side lever seemed to require a bit of effort on the tail end of the action. This ‘tail end’ was responsible for actually cocking the hammer back, and as a result, we had to remove the magazine in order to prevent a double feed, even though according to Hatsan this should not be possible. Thankfully, the action did seem to settle down after a few hundred rounds; however it still required a very deliberate motion in order to work the action.
The “Tactical Telescopic Stock” had a slight amount of wobble in it. It was not enough to be a game changer, but it was noticeable to all who were present. This has been my biggest gripe about the entire TACT line from Hatsan, so we were somewhat expecting to run into this problem.
Finally, out of the box, this airgun did better with a 190-bar fill than with the recommended 200-bar fill.
Shot Strings and Chrony numbers
.177 speed results
Out of the box, I tossed in some 10.5g Crosman Ultra Mags for testing. As the image below shows, the AT-P2 QE was not liking the 200-bar fill. At 643 fps, the first shot was 179 fps slower that the fastest shot in the middle of the string at 822 fps. With an extreme spread of 179 fps and an ES of nearly 22%, which may seem concerning but remember this is only a 50cc air cylinder.
Next, I refilled, switching the maximum fill pressure to 175-bar, and was able to get the following 12 good shots, bringing the ES down to 69 fps for an Extreme Spread Percentage of 8.48%:
Now that I had a nice looking curve, I decided to see how the AT-P2 TACT QE would fare with some lighter pellets. I opted for the JSB Match Exact Express Diabolo at 7.87g. I had mixed hopes for this pellet, but was not expecting to be this disappointed.
.22 Speed Results
Due to rapidly diminishing daylight, I was only able to get one shot string off a partial 175-bar fill on the .22 AT-P2 TACT QE. The ES was close to 100 fps off of a 175-bar fill, with an average FPS of 775. If this were my own personal rifle, and I wanted to maximize shot count, I’d probably end up adjusting the hammer preload, and try to setup the rifle for a 185-bar fill.
Accuracy and Precision
With a 10.4″ barrel and a tiny 50cc air cylinder, the Hatsan AT-P2 TACT QE is not meant to hold groups at anything other than shorter ranges. At 25 yards out, it was easy to keep a full magazine of 10 shots in a little over a half-inch group. After 35 yards the groups opened up a bit, and by 50 yards two-inch and larger groups proving to be the norm.
The QE version of the Hatsan AT-P2 TACT has many of the same features and faults as the original. The 50cc air cylinder makes it difficult to compare to the much larger 65cc of the Benjamin Marauder Pistol, however the telescoping stock, range, and caliber choices do help to level out the playing field.
The Hatsan AT-P2 TACT QE is, in my opinion, a great choice as a small game PCP. With a quick release removable stock, it can be used as either a carbine style rifle or as a pistol. The .177 and .22 both truly live up to the QE name, as this is by far one of the quietest airguns I’ve ever shot.
Out of the box, the .177 has the potential to produce 17 usable hunting shots, though I would recommend sticking with just one magazine worth of shots per 175-bar fill.
The .22 we tested out of the box seemed to be shooting a little hotter than it ‘should’. Were that my rifle, I would adjust the hammer preload a bit, thereby lowering the power a tad and hopefully smoothing out that shot curve some (and hopefully bringing the ES down below 9% and potentially gaining an extra couple shots in the process).
Lisa@AirgunsARP ended up deciding that while she loved this little rifle, she wanted something with a little more rifle look and feel to it. She ended up falling in love with the Hatsan AT-44 TACT QE .177, and we will put together a review on it later this month.