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Hatsan 60S

Good break-barrel air rifles will never go out of style, as Mark Camoccio finds with the Hatsan Model 60S

Turkish manufacturer, Hatsan, has steadily eased themselves into the UK airgun market, gaining an ever greater foothold as opportunities have arisen. Production runs for Webley saw the company gain widespread acknowledgement in the industry, and subsequent marketing re-alignment has now seen them emerge as a competent force in their own right.

Edgar Brothers now deal with Hatsan’s distribution in the UK, and as a result, the company seems to be gaining in popularity on a daily basis. New products and variations have been arriving thick and fast, but it’s one of their more traditional offerings that I have under the spotlight here - the Hatsan Model 60S.

Conventional

Whilst the Model 60S is a fairly conventional spring-piston powered, break barrel design, it does happen to possess, on paper at least, some intriguing features which certainly warrant closer inspection.

Configuration wise, it’s a full sized adult rifle, producing near legal limit velocities in .22 calibre. The sporter style stock is fashioned from Turkish Walnut, and whilst the test sample was a little bland, with regards to grain pattern, I have seen some extremely striking examples indeed. As always, being a natural product, stocks will vary enormously, and personal taste also plays a part where aesthetics are concerned. Timber profile is standard sporter, and reminiscent of my old friend, the Webley Vulcan. Curiously, the stock is near ambidextrous in design, save for one shallow scallop denoting right hand use. In practise, it’s purely academic, and as such, should be usable by all.

Grip is enhanced by those extensive panels of chequering, and the stock is set off nicely by the addition of the English style red rubber butt pad.

Fibre optics

Fibre optic open sights add another dimension, and allow for any novice shot to ease themselves in gently, with some good old fashioned elementary lessons in marksmanship. This style of sight makes use of any available ambient light, and the notch and blade in use here, affords a good sight picture. Once the novelty wares off, the fitting of glassware is made simple with the provision of arrestor holes and even an arrestor block, set into the extensive scope rails.

An automatic safety catch sits at the rear of the compression cylinder, and highly reminiscent of the Webley Omega. The chunky push-button design is excellent, and whilst I am no fan of automatic catches, they don’t get better than this.

SAS

Cocking the Model 60S requires some effort; namely just breaking the breech open in the first place. In use, the mechanism should ease up a little, but the rigidity of the breech set-up should be acknowledged as a plus point, given that Hatsan’s attention to detail has even included a breech tightening bolt complete with retention screw. The break barrel design obviously allows for pellets to be fed directly into the barrel, and this in turn gives the shooter information as to whether a pellet is too tight or too slack in the breech. As an observation, pellets seemed fairly slack in general with my test model, although this could be due to a slight lead-in at the breech applied at the factory.

Drawing the barrel down during the cocking stroke, reveals an unusually curved cocking linkage, and one glance at the ‘SaS’ gold lettering on the rifle’s cylinder confirms that this is part of the proud boast concerning a ‘shock absorber system’.

This intriguing arrangement involves a metal leaf ‘spring’ held beneath the action, which supposedly absorbs much of the felt recoil. Hatsan deserve credit for trying to address a time-honoured problem, and according to the manufacturers, this system eliminates the need for a Dampa style mount to protect any onboard glassware; but in use to be honest, I was left of the opinion that I would have never have been aware of any such feature, had I not been informed. The action doesn’t seem overly harsh, granted, but does it feel significantly dampened…err, not really.

Quattro

Elsewhere though, I’m pleased to report that the other main technical feature included, namely that of the Quattro trigger, is a resounding success. The relatively new, fully adjustable, multi sear design, is a huge improvement on previous offerings, and with its set back blade and 2-stage mechanism, it really is a delight to use. Trigger load, first and second stage position, and length of travel, can all be adjusted, although, understandably, Hatsan only advise on adjusting the length of travel via the accompanying instruction book. Experience would suggest that this is probably a wise move on Hatsan’s part, yet a multitude of settings and adjustments await the more adventurous and technically competent enthusiast. The flat surface and shaping of the blade itself makes for one of the most comfortable triggers in use, that I have encountered in a good while.

Accuracy over 30yds resulted in groups of around 1.25inches, which I obtained using Webley Xtreme pellets, and whilst being slightly disappointed with results, this type of action should improve with use, as the mechanics bed in. Unusually JSB’s in the form of Air Arms, didn’t suit the barrel at all, and the Xtreme’s topped the test after several leading brands were evaluated. As always, it should be noted that airguns can be fickle things, warranting full experimentation with an ever wider list of pellet varieties.

Solid Performer

Consistency over the chronograph was excellent, with Air Arms Diabolo Field (JSBs) pellets recording a ten shot string with just 7fps variation. Webley Xtreme’s were still respectable, on 18fps.

In the Model 60S then, Hatsan have a hard hitting, consistent rifle, for anyone after a solid spring-powered workhorse, that should give years of service.

Technical Specifications
Model Model 60S
Manufacturer: Hatsan Arms Company
Country of Origin: Turkey
Type: Break-barrel (spring)
Calibre: .22
Weight 6.6lbs
Overall Length 44.5inches
Barrel Length: 17.5inches
Stock: Turkish Walnut sporter
Trigger: Quattro 2-stage adjustable unit
Average velocity: 580fps with Air Arms Diabolo Field and Webley-Venom Xtreme pellets
Average spread: 7fps with Air Arms Diabolo Field and 18fps with Webley-Venom Xtreme pellets
Average energy: 11.9ft/lbs with Air Arms Diabolo Field and 11.3ft/lbs with Webley-Venom Xtreme pellets
RRP: £126
Options: GS Gas-ram version £229 approx.

All Prices Are Guides Due to the Changes in US & European Exchange Rates

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User Comments
  • Appalling, this is supposed to be a review of the 60GS, instead it turns out to be a review of the 60S. There is a problem with this.

    The 60S is a rifle powered by a normal spring.

    The 60GS has a Gas Spring. Notice the extra word? Gas! It has a Gas Strut, not a spring, hence the handling will be different. Please relabel this review to 60S!

    Comment by: Mike Carter     Posted on: 23 Feb 2012 at 12:04 PM

  • Thanks for pointing out the extra 'G' in the title, it is an honest mistake and we will get it rectified. However, throughout the whole of the review including the Tech Spec the rifle is refered to as a 60S - there is also a reference to the GS gas-ram version being available. We also state quite clearly that... "the Model 60S is a fairly conventional spring-piston powered, break barrel design."

    Nevertheless, we sincerely apologise for making you feel so appalled.

    Comment by: pat farey     Posted on: 23 Feb 2012 at 02:31 PM

  • Hi, i recently bought this hatsan 60s and i was impressed, im a first time shooter and was woundering what is decent scope to use on it which isnt greatly priced?? and the best pellets you have used for this rifle?

    thanks

    Comment by: matty c     Posted on: 12 Apr 2012 at 09:12 PM

  • Thanks for that, otherwise people may have got confused. I note the 60S TG GR review is up, lovely weapon that I have one!

    Matty C, any of the Hawke HD range will be man enough for the job, the 40 or 50mm ones will also be very good for low light levels. I have an HD 50mm with MAP reticle on my 60S TG GR!

    Pellets, what works in one gun will not necessarily work in another, it is weird but a well known problem with air guns. I personally use Crosman Premier Ultra Magnums in mine, I get the traditional three quarter inch group at 25 yards.

    I have actually not had a gun these seemingly magic pellets will not work in. I have shot them through a Hatsan AT44 in ,177, Daystate X2 in .177 and a BSA Super 10 in .177, a BSA Super 10 in .22, a BSA Ultra in .22, an HW100 T rifle and an HW100 T carbine. Superb groupings through every rifle...

    Comment by: Mike Carter     Posted on: 21 Apr 2012 at 09:41 AM

  • As Mike says above, all air rifles are different and even some rifles from the same batch can prefer different pellets. It's usually the case that you'll have to try various brands to determine what is best in a rifle.

    Testing pellets can be a bit of a pain, but generally speaking you only have to try a few before you find out which one is best. I usually try Crosman Premier/ Accupell, H&N FTTs RWS Superdomes and any of the JSB s.

    Comment by: Troll Hunter     Posted on: 21 Apr 2012 at 10:26 AM

  • can this model have a silencer does anyone know ?

    Comment by: andy pearson     Posted on: 29 Apr 2012 at 08:39 PM

  • Yes you can either have the front side removed and use a slip on adapter or have the barrel end UNF threaded.

    Some are supplied with the barrel screw cut! Depends how lucky you are!

    I am having the front sight on my 60 removed and I am buying a slip on adaptor as with a silencer this will be a quiet weapon!

    Comment by: Mike Carter     Posted on: 29 Apr 2012 at 09:35 PM

  • Hi,
    Thanks for such an quality review, having read it I decided to take the plunge and purchase one. I was very impressed its a very rare case of getting more for your money not less. Yes its a bit stiff to cock at first but its starting to ease off with use. Regarding the SAS damping system its hard to say without trying one without it (dont think they make one) but in use its seems fine and just as good as my tx200 and hw35e. Good power right on the legal limit.
    Your right about the stocks varying I have good one with great figuring and most are pretty good, and there walnut (a premium optional extra on most rifles) All in all would be good gun at twice the price, cracking value. Many thanks.

    Comment by: brian     Posted on: 17 Jul 2012 at 06:43 PM

  • Hi, Can anyone tell me how to remove the Front Site on my Hatsan 60S to enable me to fit a suitable Silencer, or is it job for a proffessional gunsmith?
    Thanks Barry

    Comment by: Barry Turner     Posted on: 25 Oct 2012 at 10:04 AM

  • I'd be tempted to get a gunsmith to look at it, as it appears to be bonded on. I may be wrong but from the photos at least it looks like it's not meant to come off easily.

    Comment by: Troll Hunter     Posted on: 25 Oct 2012 at 10:12 AM

  • Hi, Thanks for the comment, I think you are probably right that the Sight may be indeed be bonded on and is a job for a Gunsmith. I will check out this route and post the results.
    Thanks Barry

    Comment by: Barry Turner     Posted on: 28 Oct 2012 at 09:54 AM

  • it is bonded on, a gunsmith should be able to remove it easily in 5 minutes! Make sure you save the front sight though, could be useful!

    Comment by: Mike Carter     Posted on: 29 Oct 2012 at 09:05 AM

  • Is this gun better in 177 or 22? i am thinking of getting one, its looks amazing

    Comment by: ben     Posted on: 23 May 2013 at 08:57 PM

  • The 60 is only available in .22, the .177 version is the 55!

    They not only look amazing, they are accurate and make 11.3 ft lb energy with a 14.3 grain pellet!

    I like the .22, never having owned a Hatsan 55 I cannot comment n how good they are to fire, but the build quality will be as good as the 60 (which on all of mine has been very good)!

    Comment by: Mike Cater     Posted on: 23 May 2013 at 09:04 PM

  • Several months on from purchase and a fair bit of use, the 60s just keeps impressing, sure have heard on the web of odd ones having problems but compared to how many are sold you would be unlucky indeed to get a "duff un" (usuallly well sorted by hatsan when rare faults occur) definatly takes a bit of bedding in and its a big heavy beast. Love it. Best pellets either superdomes or suprisingly SMK Spitfires work well once you get past there cheap price.

    Comment by: brian     Posted on: 24 May 2013 at 12:05 PM

  • It's rifles like this that get people into air rifle shooting without having to spend a lot of money. The build quality should ensure they'll give many years service if looked after properly.

    Comment by: Troll Hunter     Posted on: 24 May 2013 at 12:37 PM

  • Hi, I recently asked about removing the front sight on my Hatsan 60S to fit a silencer,no joy with this so I decided to shorten the barrel (I have a fair knowledge of service and tuning of springers) I removed 41/4 inches from the barrel and re crowned the end and fitted a good quality silencer-cost about £60. The results were quite staggering, much better balance and handling with a slight increase in power; accuracy was vastly improved giving at 20 yards 10 shots all inside a 10 penny piece. The action is still very noisy so will have to have a look at that next. If anyone has any suggestions re tuning/springs etc any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Barry.

    Comment by: Barry Turner     Posted on: 25 May 2013 at 10:59 AM

  • Hi Barry,

    I'm glad you got it sorted in the end and you've been pleased with the result.

    If you want to dampen spring noise, the best way is to fit a fairly tight spring guide that takes the twang out of the spring during firing. Do you have access to a lathe or know someone who has? Delrin type plastic or alloy is suitable for a spring guide.

    Comment by: Troll Hunter     Posted on: 25 May 2013 at 11:26 AM

  • cheers guys, am going to get the 55. all my existing pellets are in this calibre so it makes sense.

    Comment by: ben     Posted on: 25 May 2013 at 12:40 PM

  • Hi Troll, Thanks for the comments and info on dampening the spring twang etc, I will post results when I get round to working on it; could be a while though,we have grand daughter for half term and then away on holiday. Hey it's great being retired - never have any time to do things!!!!!
    Best Regards
    Barry.

    Comment by: Barry Turner     Posted on: 25 May 2013 at 02:38 PM

  • would you recommend this or the webley valuemax? the webley is slightly more expensive but lighter with a synthetic stock. the power and accuracy are roughly the same.

    Comment by: ben     Posted on: 27 May 2013 at 08:05 PM

  • Hi Ben
    Depends what you are going to use it for, if you are going hunting on a regular basis then weight becomes a factor, its suprising how much small diferences in this can effect you. But for general shooting its really down to personal choice ie which would you prefer. Handle them both at your local gun shop see which one you prefer. I know what I would choose i,d walk out the shop with both of um lol !

    Comment by: brian     Posted on: 28 May 2013 at 03:52 PM

  • cheers, i will see what my local shops have in them,

    Comment by: ben     Posted on: 30 May 2013 at 09:25 AM

  • what would you guys recommend for this rifle for close range plinking and some pigeons shooting? a hawk eye red sight
    http://www.airrifleshop.co.uk/Graphics/Scopes/Scope_Hawke_RedDot_30mm.gif

    or a scope hawk sport hd mil dot 9x40
    http://www.airrifleshop.co.uk/Graphics/Scopes/Scope_Hawke_SportHD_web.gif

    Comment by: ben     Posted on: 04 Jun 2013 at 04:37 PM

  • would a hammerli 550 or this be better for hunting small game ( airgun quarry no bigger than a rabbit) ?

    Comment by: keithlemon     Posted on: 11 Jun 2013 at 05:18 PM

  • If a rifle is accurate and up to the legal power limit you'll take rabbits at reasonable ranges, as long as your shooting is up to scratch of course.

    I've not shot the 550 myself but Hammerli is a respected make, so I'm sure if it has the power you'll be fine with either rifle.

    Comment by: Troll Hunter     Posted on: 11 Jun 2013 at 11:14 PM

  • I've had one of these prior to the trigger improvements that were 7/10ths of the guns problems, the other being a snappy unpleasant recoil, and a barrel really only suited to plinking, If you've ever fitted an OX mainspring to a Webley Vulcan and then done the barrel jaws up too tightly you'll know what you are getting (and it's not good lol).....however, with the new trigger, who knows, maybe a decent tin can buster for the strong of arm....no use for hunting or targets, but cheap as hell and a lot of metal for the money, Webley are now firmly in bed with this lot......I'll not buy another Webley then

    Comment by: Dom Rivers     Posted on: 08 Feb 2014 at 07:11 PM

  • Just bought one of these. For the money its a good piece. A little on the heavy side but that's a high power springer for you, feels quality and looks even better. Choices were BSA lightning, HATSAN, SMK's. Kept being drawn to the quality/feel and shooting response. Have set it up now and its got real power, looking forward to getting some shooting done.

    Comment by: glenn     Posted on: 18 Mar 2014 at 06:11 PM

  • I have owned this rifle for half a year.
    After bedding in and servicing the rifle I have found that the rifle is a bit of a let down.
    The Quattro trigger is adjustable but be careful as it can cause the safety to malfunction and can actually discharge the rifle when switching the safety off also I have also had the anti bear trap fail on me.
    I have never had consistent groupings when target shooting, granted it could be down to me but after half a year im still not comfortable with it.
    My advice, dont buy one, save your pennies for another month and buy a better rifle.

    Comment by: Tristan     Posted on: 26 Aug 2014 at 09:16 PM

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