Hatsan 135 QE Vortex Review

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hatsan 135 qe vortex air rifle

The Beast has arrived!

The elephant of break barrels – Hatsan 135 Vortex, even the Godfather of air guns, Tom Gaylord, is intrigued by its jaw-dropping caliber!

There are only a few ways to describe this airgun, from its amazing ratings to the new impressive .30 big bore, this gun is certainly here to stay and is surely going to give all other air guns a run for their money.

Gun Type

The Hatsan 135 QE Vortex is a gas piston-powered gun. A gas-powered gun works the same as a spring-powered; however; in this case, the coiled spring in the chamber is replaced with a gas strut. The air in the strut is already compressed and when the gun is cocked, more pressure is applied to it. The pressurized air is kept under tension until the trigger is pulled. When the gun is fired, the pellet is propelled downrange in the barrel due to the propellant force from the compressed air. A gas piston rifle has no spring fatigue or spring torque, even if left cocked for hours. It provides you with smoother cocking and smoother shooting with less recoil. It also functions perfectly in low temperature than in the case of the spring that can get affected by harsh weather conditions and lasts longer than the metal spring. Want to know more about differences between gas piston, spring piston and other types of air gun like PCP or CO2? Click here!

hatsan 135 qe vortex air rifle

Hatsan 135 QE Vortex air rifle has a caliber (the internal diameter of the bore) of .177(4.5 millimeters), .22(5.5 millimeters), .25(6.35 millimetre) and.30 (7.62 millimeters). Besides, Hatsan 135 QE Vortex is a break barrel gun, to cock it, you need to pull the barrel downwards while holding the gun upwards; insert the pellet and swing it back to its natural position. The first few times may seem difficult but after a couple, you’ll be able to work it perfectly. Break barrel guns give you unlimited shooting capacity. You can shoot thousands of rounds without worrying about running out of gun powder. Also, the Hatsan 135 QE is a single shotgun, this means you can only shoot one pellet at a time, after which you’ll have to manually cock it and insert another pellet. Single-shot action gives you control over what type of pellet you want to shoot, and how you want to shoot it. It also improves your shooting skills because you’ll always want your first shot to count.


Stock

The stock on the Hatsan 135 QE is made of beautiful Turkish Walnut and the test rifle has some good figure in places. It has a beautiful, evened matte finish all over. Both sides of the forearm and pistol grip are generously checkered with fine diamonds that give some good grip. The comb is adjustable for height and the rubber butt SAS (shock absorber system) plate adjusts up and down, this rifle offers an impressively wide range of ergonomic adaptations for fit. The forearm is square-sectioned; this allows it to be thin enough for a good hold while also being deep enough for great strength.

Hatsan 135 QE Vortex air rifle stock

The stock is 99 per cent ambidextrous; this allows it to favor both rights and left-handed folks to use it comfortably. The automatic safety button is located at the center of the spring tube end cap. However, the forward sling swivel favors the right-handed a bit because it comes from the factory on the left side of the stock. Furthermore, it appears that it could be switched to the right side easily enough. The rear sling swivel is centered at the bottom rear of the butt. Still, though, this rifle should be equally comfortable for both left and right-handed shooters.

Ammo

Hatsan 135 QE Vortex air rifle pellet

Since it has 4 types of calibers, Hatsan 135 QE Vortex has 4 types of ammo for each caliber: 177 cal uses .177 pellets, .22 cal uses .22 pellets, and .25 cal uses .25 pellets.30 cal uses.30 pellets. .177 pellets are lightweight, popular and very cheap; this makes them cost-effective and suitable for plinking, and target shooting. .22 pellets are heavier than .177 pellets, they produce more downrange knockdown power and have a more stable trajectory (its path towards its target); this makes them suitable for field hunting and pest control. The .25 pellets are heavier than .22 but produce less velocity than .22, if you’re hunting small game, the .25 will surely take down critters with a single shot, there isn’t much difference with the .22. However; if you’re larger critters like raccoons, there is a substantial difference in placement and range because .22 requires precise headshot while .25 can do the job with a chest shot. The .30 pellets are the heaviest and slowest of the pack, they produce greater knockdown power than the .22 and .25; provided the shooter is within the required range of the target.

Sight

Hatsan 135 QE Vortex air rifle sight

The Hatsan 135 QE Vortex has a very cool open sight technology: the sights are fiber optic front and rear. The front sight is red TruGlo fiber optic sight: it uses optical fiber for the dots; this channels the ambient light to the rear sight in a way that makes your target brighter than the dark surrounding. The rear sight is green TruGlo fiber optic sight, it is fully adjustable for wind age (adjust it left and right) and for elevation (adjust it up and down). Fiber optic sights are the brightest sights in the air gun industry. It provides greater sight contrast under diversified shooting circumstances. This gives you quicker sight alignment, faster target acquisition and clearer view of targets, fiber optic sight is great for shooting in low light conditions, and also great for hunting as this gun is built more for hunting than not.

Hatsan 135 QE Vortex air rifle barrel

Although the fiber optic sight is more than enough for the desired accuracy, Hatsan has included a 3-9×32 Variable scope to provide more accuracy for every shot. The diameter of the front lens is 32 and the magnification of the scope is 3-9. This means that the image on the scope can be magnified 3-9 times than the image you see without it. The variable scope gives you more accuracy and more confidence in long-range shooting. 

Hatsan 135 QE Vortex air rifle review

Scope Base: Hatsan has had a reputation for wonderful scope base for many years. The base on the Hatsan 135 accepts both 11mm airgun scope rings and Weaver rings because of its two-tiered design.

Hatsan 135 Trigger

This is the wonderful bit; here goes. The trigger in the Hatsan 135 is the Quattro trigger which is advanced gold plated two-stage match trigger exclusive to Hatsan products. This amazing trigger allows you to adjust for pull weight of the first and second stage travel. It also allows you to adjust the weight of the first stage pulls to fit your custom needs.

Hatsan 135 QE Vortex air rifle accessories

Safety: a drop safety interlock device has been added to prevent the possibility of your air rifle firing when dropped whether the safety is on or not. 

Trigger Safety: a trigger safety device has also been incorporated to prevent accidents that occur through accidental discharge of the pellets. This ensures that the rifle is only fired when intended to. The trigger safety engages immediately the gun is cocked back into place.

Cocking and Loading

To cock the gun, place the bottom of the stock on your lap and slap the barrel, pulling it down until it reaches its limit; to load, while the breach is open, put a pellet into the chamber, swing it back into its original position and you’re ready to shoot.  

Velocity, Accuracy and Power

The velocity of the Hatsan 135 is 1250 FPS with .177 caliber pellets, 1000 FPS with .22 caliber pellets and 750 FPS with .25 caliber pellets. Many competitors use lightweight alloy pellets to improve their velocity ratings. Hatsan, however, tends to be conservative with their velocity figures. They, therefore, use lead pellets to avoid misleading information, so you can be sure your rifle will deliver the ratings as shown on paper. 

Hatsan 135 QE Vortex air rifle price

Chrony tests have given us the results as follows:

 With .25 Caliber Pellets

    PelletWeight In Grains     Low     FPS   High    FPS Average    FPSExtreme SpreadStandard DeviationMuzzle           EnergyIn foot-pounds
H&N Hornet23.16749.2751.4750.82.281.0029.00
H&N Silver Point24.38678.8708.5698.729.7212.2426.43
H&N Crow Magnum26.23683.6698.7690.715.045.3826.43
H&N Barracuda Hunter27.47671.6681.7675.510.333.7427.84
Benjamin27.8645.9666.6660.720.748.6026.95
H&N Hunter Extreme28.4652.8661.9659.19.063.7427.40
H&N Barracuda31.02628.2642.1636.913.935.5627.95
JSB Exact King MKII33.95592.3600.4597.98.083.3126.96
JSB Exact King33.95590.8603.2595.712.364.7926.75

 With .177 Caliber Pellets

Pellet Name       Weight In GrainsDistance In FPS
JSB Round10.34975
Hollow Point Crow Magnum9.571004
JSB Exact8.801054
RWS Hobby 7.001344
H&N Field Target Trophy5.561515

In one of the tests; a Gamo 5.7 grain alloy pellet punched a hole right through a quarter. 

With .30 Caliber Pellets

Pellet NameWeight In GrainsLow FPSAverage FPSHigh FPSMuzzleEnergyIn foot-pounds
Predator Polymag31.2628.2636.9642.127.95
H&N Baracuda 44.75553.6554.2556.130.5
JSB Exact 50.15533.1534.1537.131.75

With .22 Caliber Pellets

Pellet Name Weight In GrainVelocity in FPS
Barracuda Green Lead-Free Pellet6.60928
Super H-Point Pellet6.90900
Meisterkuglen Pistol Pellet7.00850
H&N Match Pellet7.10830

Noise

This rifle has a great reputation on noise, the silencer included has done a great job in minimizing the sound, there are lots of customer reviews without a single complain on noise. It’s certainly suitable for backyard usage without disturbing the neighbors and in urban areas.

Maintenance

 The Hatsan 135 QE hardly requires lots of care; however you can take these precautions to make sure your air gun remains as good as new:

  • Maintain your bluing: the outer metalwork of your air gun has a finish known as the bluing, make sure to always keep your rifle dry as this can rust not just by contact with water but even damp atmosphere. Clean the dry surfaces with an oily rag you can use WD40 or 3-in-1.
  •  Get a rifle rest: Buy or make a combined toolbox and rifle stand to make working on your gun easier. By having your support, both of your hands are free to work well with, this makes it easier to work and prevents possibility your rifle falling due to fatigue. 
  • Preserve your gun: keep your guns away safely, you can get a gun cabinet for that, however always make sure your cabinet and gun are dry to avoid rust and condensation before storing them.
  • Love your stock: your gunstock is probably the best bit of your air gun. Oil finished stocks should be oiled regularly to keep their appearance. The wood needs to be dry and the stock oil should be applied by hand; the heat from your hand warms the oil helping it to penetrate the grain. Lacquered stock can be protected using furniture wax or beeswax.

Shooting Range and Intended Use

The effective shooting range of the Hatsan 135 QE is up to 50 yards. Many customer reviews have acknowledged the power it produces within the range. This gun is suitable for small game hunting, pest elimination and target practice,

Warranty

As of this date, the Hatsan 135 QE has a 1-year limited warranty.

Hatsan 135 QE specifications

  • Caliber: .177/.22/.25/.30
  • Max Velocity: 1250 FPS
  • Loudness: 3-Medium
  • Barrel length: 10.6 inches
  • Overall length: 47.2 inches
  • Cocking effort: 50 lbs.
  • Barrel: Rifled
  • Front Sight: Fiber optic
  • Rear Sight:  Fully adjustable Fiber optic
  • Scopable: Weaver & 11mm dovetail
  • Trigger: Quattro Two-stage adjustable
  • Butt plate: rubber
  • Suitable for: Small game hunting/target practice
  • Action: Break barrel
  • Safety: Automatic
  • Power plant: Gas Piston
  • Function: Single shot
  • Body type: Rifle
  • Fixed/adjustable power: Fixed
  • Weight: 9.9 lbs.
  • Shrouded: Yes

Customer Reviews

hatsan 135 qe vortex air rifle

If you look at customer reviews for the Hatsan 135 QE on YouTube or Pyramydair you’ll see very interesting positive reviews. They don’t just give 5 stars and one lined comments like “it’s a nice gun”, No they go completely insane about it, many customers have acknowledged that it’s an absolute joy to own such a beast and that it is worth every single penny. Lots of customers have talked about the splitting power this rifle produces, along with great accuracy and consistent shots. However; some negative reviews complain about the weight and cocking effort of this rifle. These though are minor issues that you’ll soon get used to as you use this rifle.

Pros

  • Gorgeous looking all round finish.
  • Fabulous walnut stock.
  • Mind-blowing power.
  • Great accuracy.
  • Wonderful shock absorber system.
  • Excellent Monte Carlo stock.
  • Fantastic trigger.
  • Impressive fiber optic sight.
  • Durable German steel barrel.
  • It delivers on accuracy as advertised.
  • Outstanding safety mechanism.
  • Made in Turkey

Cons

  • Gun is a bit heavy.
  • Cocking takes a bit of doing.

Hatsan 135 QE Price

hatsan 135 qe vortex air rifle

The price for the Hatsan 135 QE Vortex is just about $300, that’s really cheap for the quality and workmanship that went into making this beast. These prices are however subjected to change. It is available on Amazon, PyramydAir and most of online shopping sites.

Conclusion

The Hatsan 135 QE is one of the best air guns in the $300 range on the market right now. With the numbers it provides in velocity and power and the amazing technology it boasts of, it’s probably one of the best air rifles on the market today.

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