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Airguns with a Turkish origin

Turkish airguns are a constantly evolving phenomenon that never cease to surprise with new technical solutions and creative design elements. Everything started with the pioneer company Hatsan, but now the new and innovative brands like Effecto and Reximex are stepping up.

THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT OF THE TURKISH SUCCESS

There were tons of Turkish airguns on display at this year's gun shows, whether at Europe's largest gun show, the IWA in Nuremberg, or the wonderful Shot Show in Las Vegas. This trend is not a coincidence, as it can be observed in every sector of the firearms industry. However, not that long ago, at the turn of the century, Turkey was mostly an importer of military and special services equipment, but over time, through careful planning and, more importantly, well thought out purchases of technologies, it has become the leading producer of weapons in the world, including airguns.

The Turkish trend is also confirmed by the numbers, which show that in 2018, for the first time in history, Turkish companies in the arms sector made a record profit of USD 2.035 billion. In addition, two Turkish companies - TAI and Aselsan - also appeared in the annual ranking of the 100 largest arms companies in the world. Between 2009 and 2013, Turkey exported 170% more military products. And so we could go on and on.

Currently, the Turkish government is investing heavily in the development of new technologies, which includes the creation of specialised workplaces and development centres. Despite difficult political relations with the Saudis and Egypt and strong competition from Israel, Turkey has managed to establish itself in the Middle East market, where it has partnered with Qatar and Oman. The situation is very similar in Europe, where superpowers such as Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and France are among the major customers.

Recently, Turkey has experienced even further growth, mainly due to events in Ukraine, Oman and African countries. All of this fuels further weaponisation and the search for new contractors, especially in the sector of drones and unmanned aerial vehicles. It was exactly those for which Turkey has recently gained recognition in Ukraine, where the highly praised Bayraktar TB2 received a lot of credit for its effective elimination of Russian armoured vehicles. There was even written a song of the same name in its honour in 2022.

NEW TURKISH AIRGUN BRANDS

But let's go back to airguns, as the Turks are really good at making those too. The first pioneer in the Turkish airgun industry was the company Hatsan. It was mostly famous for its classic low-cost spring piston rifles. However, other, less known Turkish brands, such as Reximex, Kral Arms and Effecto, drew a lot of attention at this year's gun shows. All of them are prominent Turkish manufacturers with a long history of making competition and hunting shotguns. Their products are known all over the world, although they have yet to fully break through in the USA. However, this was to change at this year's SHOT Show in 2023 in Las Vegas.

Another interesting fact is that all three of these Turkish companies are based in the same city - Konya, located in the south of Turkey. Moreover, the owners of Kral Arms and Reximex are literally related by family. Both companies offer a wide range of PCP airguns - Kral Arms especially stands out with their Turkish walnut rifle stocks. The Effecto brand has its own origins, as a part of the large Huglu company, which has been making shotguns for more than a century.

TURKISH ACCENT AT THIS YEAR's SHOWS

At this year's exhibitions (SHOT Show and IWA), Turkish companies presented several new products. One of them was the second generation of the PCP airgun Reximex Throne, labeled "Gen 2", available in .177, .22 and .25 caliber. It is available in two types of cartridges - classic aluminum with a capacity of 425 cc or special carbon cylinder with a capacity of 480 cc - and in 6 colors: black, FDE, G1 camo, safari, skull camo and bronze. Following the trend, this airgun also has the option of caliber conversion.

Reximex also added a Zone and Meta bullpup model. The Meta attracts a lot of attention with its tactical design and especially with the aluminium buttstock adjustable in 3 segments and with a built-in monopod.

Reximex Throne GEN2 Camo 5,5mm

This is the second generation of the successful bullpup PCP air rifle from Turkish manufacturer Reximex. It comes with a number of improvements and new features.

2 pcs in stock, estimated delivery: May 29 - 31.

€ 796.0

Reximex Zone S 6,35mm PCP Air Rifle

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The Reximex Zone Turkish bullpup is a great choice for all shooters who want a quality PCP air rifle with a regulator at an affordable price.

8 pcs in stock, estimated delivery: May 29 - 31.

€ 599.6

Reximex Meta 5,5mm air rifle

Reximex Meta is an air rifle in bullpup configuration, which at first sight impresses with its well-crafted and completely made of aluminium components construction. A distinctive feature of the air rifle is the widely adjustable boot.

8 pcs in stock, estimated delivery: May 29 - 31.

€ 636.0

Compared to its two rivals, Kral Arms company has a stronger position, especially because it has been in the airgun industry for much longer. Its classic BigMax, BigHorn, Shadow or Reborn models are part of the iconic Puncher series of PCP airguns. Most of them come in several calibers, finishes and configurations. Some models, such as the BigMax and Bighorn, are even available in .30 and .35 calibers.

Kral Arms Bigmax Wood 4,5mm

Double air tanks ensure sufficent amount of shots even in high power mode. Air tanks can store up to 850cc of air. Bipod, 2 magazines and one-shot reduction are included.

5 pcs in stock, estimated delivery: May 29 - 31.

€ 667.6

Kral Arms Bighorn W 6,35mm PCP Air Rifle

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The Bighorn air rifle is one of the most powerful air rifles offered by the well-known Turkish manufacturer Kral Arms. With this model – in 6,35 mm calibre, we can enjoy shooting with a power of up to 70 J. Each air rifle comes with two magazines for ten .25 caliber (6,35 mm) pellets.

> 20 pcs in stock, estimated delivery: May 29 - 31.

€ 599.6

Kral Arms Puncher Shadow 5,5mm PCP Air Rifle

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Turkish manufacturer Kral Arms introduces a new tactical PCP air rifle – the Shadow. Some of the notable features include pressure regulator, 500 cc air cylinder and a folding buttstock with an adjustable cheekpiece.

Temporarily Unavailable

€ 599.6

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The Effecto brand is the youngest Turkish representative on the airgun market, hence the more humble range of models, which also includes the Bullpup version in the form of the Zeon series or the more classic configuration in the form of the PX-5 series available in PRO and Sport variants.

The Zeon Bullpup brings an innovative approach and design. The choice of materials and excellent craftsmanship are truly a pleasure to look at. The barrel from the well-known company Lothar Walther only adds to the overall prestige. Matching the preferences of shooters, the charging handle is moved more forward, which makes shooting more comfortable considering the bullpup configuration. They are available in three calibers - .177, .22, .25 and three styles - bronze, grey, and khaki.

Effecto Zeon 6,35mm Black

Zeon is a brand-new bullpup PCP air rifle from Turkish manufacturer Effecto. This model, just like any other bullpup, offers compact size and a full-sized 46 cm Lothar Walther barrel with 6-groove bore.

15 pcs in stock, estimated delivery: May 29 - 31.

€ 700.0

Effecto PX-5 PRO 6,35mm Wood PCP Air Rifle

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The PX5 PRO is a well-made PCP air rifle with a Turkish walnut stock. The stock was designed to be as practical and comfortable as possible while still giving you the best options for long range shooting.

Temporarily Unavailable

€ 676.0

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Effecto PX-5 Sport 5.5mm Laminate Green

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The PX-5 Sport is the top of the PX-5 PCP air rifles line from Effecto. Compared to other variants, the Sport line features several upgrades. The stock is topped with an adjustable rubber boot, and the cheek rest is just also variable. On the frame you will find a classic 11 mm rail for mounting optics; on the forestock and stock are additional 22 mm rails. The rifle has a bolt action mechanism, which also serves as a secondary safety.

Temporarily Unavailable

€ 919.6

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The wooden stock Effecto PX-5 model charmed every visitor of the exhibition with its simple, traditional design, yet modern features in the form of a pressure regulator, an adjustable cheekpiece, or a manual safety. Everything is adapted to the shooter who enjoys more traditional design.

SOME FINAL WORDS

The new Turkish brands clearly prove that the term "Turkish airgun" does not have to be only Hatsan. They also show that Turkey does not have to be just a cheap assembly line, but a place to develop modern and globally respected airguns. We already can't wait to see what the Turkish companies will come up with next year.

MORE TURKISH AIRGUNS IN OUR OFFER

Reximex Accura 5,5mm

11 pcs in stock, estimated delivery: May 29 - 31.

€ 599.6

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