Hatsan Air Pump
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- Last updated: 15/12/2016
There’s been a glut of ‘hand pumps’ recently and I reckon it’s because airgunners who shied away from PCPs due to the required air tank are now being swayed by these more efficient and self-contained designs. The original types left you with arms like Popeye and that was before you’d filled your air rifle’s air reservoir. In the past I’ve only used certain types for ‘topping up’ never for filling from empty. Which is how I gauge a pump’s effectiveness, along with build quality and value for money.
Hatsan are surprising a lot of shooters with the rifles they’re producing, including a PCP, so little wonder they would design a pump for those who are beginning to like the ‘brand.’ The Hatsan Hand Pump comes broken down into its three major sections; handle, pump assembly and base - four if you include the hose. It comes with easy to follow instructions on assembly, use and general maintenance. One of the most easy to assemble the handle screws onto the top and is tightened by hand.
The handle and pump assembly fit onto a base plate and is secured by a large cross pin. This allows a bit of angle movement and pivot to give an optimum pumping angle. Many are put off by the strain some can impart on the back whereas with this model you can tilt it slightly rearward while standing on the base and use your arms more than your back muscles.
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The hose, which is supplied, screws into the outlet hole at the bottom and you’re ready to attach the correct fill probe for your air rifle.
The pump has a maximum 230-bar fill pressure, an ergonomic designed handle with synthetic cover. Plus there’s an essential and very useful, built-in moisture trap and particle filter in the handle protecting the pump’s and equally importantly your air rifle’s innards!
There’s an additional compartment in the opposite side of the handle, handy for small parts and other fill probes. Once assembled you begin to realize this is a clever unit and a well built one too.
The pressure gauge is easily visible from the pumping position and is sensibly recessed into the cast casing that surrounds it for extra protection. There’s a very simple but effective locking system at the base which makes carrying it an easy task. The pumping action is smooth and efficient; you appreciate the tilting facility as it does help lessen back strain. Using it to top up my Air Arms S410K at the required ‘time to charge mark’ took little effort and was done in approximately 5-mins.