“The champ is here”
I always feel amusing every time I watch John Cena cries aloud his favorite sentence and stirs the crowd’s blood, while listening to his upbeat theme song.
And when I reviewed Hatsan 95, that famous saying echoed in my head:
The champ of spring piston air rifle.
No fancy names, no buzz around its launch date. The excellent quality makes every shooter who has touched it know that they have found the best.
And if you don’t know about this gun yet, read this full review and decide if you want to be the first among your friends to own a world-class air rifle you have longed for.
Table of Contents
Hatsan 95 is a spring-piston powered air rifle. As the name suggests, there is a coiled spring and a piston inside the chamber. When you cock the gun, you make the spring compress until the small hook of the rear of the piston engages into the sear. That hook is released when you pull the trigger, causing the spring to decompress. The spring, in turn, moves the piston forward, and put high pressure on the air in the chamber. As a result, the pellet is pushed out of the barrel due to propellant force from compressed air. Spring guns are cheap, accurate, powerful, self-contained, simple to use and easy to service. You can read more about springers’ pros and cons in this post.
Hatsan 95 comes in 3 types of calibers for you to choose: .177, .22 and .25 so you can take whatever caliber you like most. There is no difference in design between these calibers.
This gun is a single-shot pellet gun so you have one shot at a time. Single-shot rifles make you a more efficient shooter: you know you have to make your shots count because you only one chance to hit the target before reloading. Besides, you have control over the ammunition you gonna shot and you can test different type of pellets to find what works best with your gun in the shortest amount of time.
Hatsan 95 features large muzzle brake for easy cocking. Additionally, it has integrated sound moderator for reducing downrange noise.
The barrel is rifled which means that it has helical grooves inside the bore to make bullet spin. Spin stabilizes pellet, improves accuracy and enhances shooting range. Moreover, one of the key features of Hatsan 95 is they use German steel (well-known steel in the world): all the internal barrel is made of high quality metal so you get exceptional quality from the top-notch craftsmanship.
Hatsan 95 Stock
What makes Hatsan 95 stand out in the air gun market is its beautiful, genuine, Turkish walnut stock. Walnut tree is used to manufacture gun stock around the world but this Turkish walnut stock has no match in term of color and grain. This stock is made from 200-300 years old walnut trees far away from urban area. Turkish stock is hard in grain, full in figure, exact in marking, bright in color and color contrast with deep black, red, and light yellow .It offers incredible durability, rigidity and long-lasting life cycle. Moreover, it has no match when it comes to aesthetics and feel. Turkish walnut stock is a best choice for every shooter who loves air guns and wants to take special pride in their belongings.
Hatsan 95 also brings you SAS (Shockwave Absorber System). It significantly reduces felt recoil and extends the life cycle of guns, optics, and accessories. In addition, Hatsan makes this stock in ambidextrous design so left-handed shooters can share the same fun as the right handed shooters. Furthermore, the woodstock rifle has Monte Carlo stock with low comb and raised heel that gives you more accuracy (because your eyes are lined up naturally with the sight), reduces shooting vibration and allows faster follow-up shot. Also, it has nice checkering in the grip and forearm to add friction to your arm when shooting, prevent slippage from shooter’s sweat and enhance accuracy.
Since it has 3 types of calibers, Hatsan 95 has 3 types of ammo for each caliber: .177 cal uses .177 pelts, .22 uses .22 rounds and .25 uses .25 pellets. .177 pellets are lightweight, popular and very cheap so it’s cost-effective for target shooting and plinking. .22 is heavier than .177, more stable on its trajectory (the path the bullet travels toward its target), and delivers more knockdown power so .22 is a favorite caliber of field hunters and pest eliminators. .25 is even heavier than .22 but it has less velocity than .22. If you are hunting small game, there is little difference between .22 and .25 because the critters will be taken care of in 1 clean shot. But if you are shooting larger critter such and groundhogs, raccoons, coyote, there is a substantial difference in shot placement and range: .25 allows chest shot when .22 require precise headshot to get the job done and .25 permits shooters to reach out a bit further.
Now is the fun part of this air rifle: Let’s take a look at the open sight first. The front sight is red TruGlo fiber optic sight (with the diameter of 0.060”): it uses optical fiber for the dots so it gathers and channels ambient light to the rear sight in the way that it’s brighter than the dark surrounding. The rear sight is TruGlo fiber optic sight, too, with green color and diameter of 0.035”. It is fully adjustable for elevation (allow you to adjust up and down) and for windage (allow you to adjust left and right). Fiber optic sight is is the brightest and most beautiful sight in the industry. It delivers greater sight contrast under diversified shooting circumstances. As a consequence, you will have quicker sight alignment, faster target acquisition and clearer sight pictures. Fiber optic sight is the best choice for shooting in dusk, dawn or other low-light condition.
Although the full-function fiber optic sight is more than enough to achieve desired accuracy, Hatsan carefully put the 3-9×32 Optima scope in it to lend more accuracy for every shot. 32 is the diameter of the front lens and 3-9 is the magnification of the scope: it means that you can adjust the scope to magnify the picture 3 to 9 times than the image you see without it. This variable power scope gives you and more dead-on accuracy and more confidence in long- range shooting.
Cocking and loading
Cocking the gun: Hold the pistol grip with one hand, place the stock on your hip, and break the barrel all the way down to its limit
Loading the pellet: With the breech opened after you cock the gun, put a pellet into the chamber (with pellet’s nose lying forward), pull the gun up to its original position and you are ready to shoot.
This gun produces very little noise: It has hundreds of customer reviews without a single complain about noise. You can definitely shoot it in urban area and not worry about drawing attention for yourself
Shooting range and intended use
The effective shooting range for the Hatsan 95 is up to 50 yards. You can use this gun for target shooting, plinking, pest control and small game hunting.
Hatsan 95 requires hardly any care for it: Just remember to oil your gun every 250 shots and clean the barrel with cleaning rod every 500 shots to make your rifle as good as new.
The trigger is Hatsan’s unique features: It’s the Quattro trigger which is advanced gold plated two-stage match trigger only available from Hatsan. The remarkable thing about it is you can adjust the “trigger travel” and “trigger pull” to fit your custom needs.No more worry or disappointing over the traditional factory trigger like other guns in the market.
Safety: a drop safety interlock device has been incorporated to eliminate the possibility of the air gun accidentally firing if it’s dropped (whether or not the safety is on) so you can give this gun to your son knowing that the maximum level of safety is guaranteed.
Trigger Safety: Every time you cock the rifle, the safety will be engaged, you push it forward to fire. It’s very intuitive once you cock it, you comeback to aim, take your thumb and push it into place. Another plus point for this rifle.
Velocity, Accuracy and Power
The velocity of Hatsan 95 is 1000 FPS, 800 FPS and 650 FPS with .177, .22 and .25 calibers respectively. Even though FPS rates may look the same from brand to brand, they may not always be the case. Unlike most competitors who use lightweight alloy pellet to flatter the velocity, Hatsan tends to be conservative with their velocity figures. They use lead pellet for all their velocity tests so your air rifle will deliver more takedown power than an alloy-tested air gun with the same FPS rating.
Chrony tests have given us the results as follows: With .177 cal, Hatsan 95 produce 995 FPS and 15.4 FPE with 7 gr Hobby pellet, and 1014 FPS with Rocket pellet.. With .22 cal, this gun gives you 806 FPS with 14.3 gr lead pellet, 807 FPS with 14.3 Crosman Premiere Hollow Point, 734 FPS and 17.11 FPE with Crosman Premiere, 801 FPS and 16.96 FPE with RWS Hobby, 646 FPS and 20.02 FPE with Beeman Kodiak Dome, 782.6 FPS and 19.94 FPE with H&N Field Target Trophy 14.66 gr. With .25 cal., Hatsan 95 generates 604 FPS with 26 gr Predator Polymag, 605 FPS with JSB Exact 25 gr, 696 FPS with Gamo Rocket 20.8 gr, 570 FPS with JSB Exact King 25.4 gr,and 538 FPS with Benjamin dome 28 gr. Generally speaking, the velocity is so close to the advertised numbers, some velocities even surpass the Hatsan’s stated figures- that’s how lead-tested air gun performs.
For Hatsan 95, plenty of shooting tests have been conducted by various shooters with positive results. The common shooting are: 0.304” at 10 yards, dime size at 35 yards with Crosman Premiere 15.6 gr Hollow point, dime size at 30-40 yards, 1/2″ at 20 yards, 1/4″ at 50 feet, 1/4″ at 50 yards, zero in 100 feet (with the Premiere Ultra Magnum 10.5 gr domed, 10.65 gr Beeman Kodiak dome and 8.3 gr RWS superdome), 1/4″ at 100 feet, 0.75” at 30 yards, 1/4″ at 14 yards, 1/2″ at 35 yards, 1/2″ at 25 yards with 18.21 gr Beeman Crow Magnum,same hole at 30 yards, 1” at 42 yards, nickel size at 35 yards, 2” at 40 yards, 1.073” at 10 meters with Beeman Kodiak, 0.648” at 10 meters with JSB 15.9 gr dome Exact Jumbo, 1.548” at 10 meters with Predator, 1.218” at 25 yards, with Beeman Kodiak, 1.208” at 25 yards with JSB Exact dome 15.9 gr, dime size at 20 yards, 1/4″ at 40 to 45 feet, dime size 20 yards, 1” at 40 yards, nickel size at 15 yards, quarter size at 25 yards, 1/4″ at 18 yards, 1/4″ at 14 yards with Crosman Premiere Hollow Point, 1/2″ at 14 yards with Gamo Pro Magnum, 1/2″at 14 yards with Stoeger X field, 1/2″ at 14 yards with Stoeger X Power, 1/2″ at 14 yards with JSB Exact Diabolo, and 1” at 32 yards. Furthermore, Hatsan 95 can hit a target at 45meters, hit 500ml bottle at 95 meters, kill coon at 45 yards, hit water bottle at 100 yards with RWS Superfield 10.3 gr, kill squirrel at 50 feet, blow right through 3/4″ plywood with Crosman 14.3 gr, go through 270 page text book, hit blue jay at 20 meters, go through 1/2″ plywood at 30 yards, shoot through 3/4″ plywood at 25 yards, pierce through 0.5” solid board at 50 feet, penetrate 3/4″ pine board at 10 meters with JSB Match Diabolo Exact King 25.4 gr, and knock the squirrel from the tree at 65 yards.
As of this date, Hatsan 95 has 1 year limited warranty from the date of purchase
Hatsan 95 Specifications
- Caliber: Available in .177, .22 and .25
- Velocity: 1000 FPS with .177/800 FPS with .22/ 650 FPS with .25
- Loudness: 3- Medium
- Barrel Length: 17.7”
- Overall Length: 44.3”
- Shot Capacity: 1
- Barrel: Rifled
- Front Sight: Fiber Optic
- Rear Sight: Fiber Optic/ Fully adjustable
- Scope: 11mm dovetail
- Trigger: Two-stage adjustable
- Buttplate: Rubber
- Suggested for: Target shooting/Plinking/Small game hunting/Pest control
- Action: Break barrel
- Safety: Automatic
- Powerplant: Spring-piston
- Function: Single-shot
- Body Type: Rifle
- Weight: 7.8 lbs
If you look at the customer reviews on YouTube or Amazon, you’ll see an interesting phenomenon: For positive reviews, they don’t just give 5 stars and 2 lines of comment about this rifle, they RAVE about it because they find it joy to own and shoot such a top-quality gun with handsome look, eye-opening power, hair-splitting accuracy, crisp trigger, great sight, and little noise. Most of positive reviews have a consensus that this is one of the best rifles you could find under $200. On the other hand, there are some negative reviews about this gun. They said its barrel is too dirty, and the scope doesn’t meet their expectation. These are minor issue though: you can clean the barrel before shoot the first shot, and use the open sight or replace the scope if you demand more sophisticated scope for shooting.
- Gorgeous looking
- Fabulous walnut stock
- Beautiful crafted
- Durable German steel barrel
- Excellent Monte Carlo Stock
- Wonderful Shockwave Absorber System
- Mind-blowing power
- Jaw-dropping accuracy
- Actual velocity meets advertised velocity
- Outstanding safety mechanism
- Awesome fiber optic sight
- Fantastic trigger
- Made in Turkey
- A little bit heavy for small shooters
Hatsan 95 Price
The price for Hatsan 95 is only about 140 dollars. What? Even the walnut stock and German steel barrel alone are enough for costing $300. And considering attractive appearance, amazing accuracy , superb power , hefty stock and lots of bonus features, I dare to say that this rifle is one of the best (if not the best) air guns in the $100-200 price range.
There are a couple of different listings online with different prices but the listing I found with the lowest price is the cheapest price among online e-commercial sites like Amazon, PyramydAir, Walmart,etc.
The Hatsan 95 is the best value air rifle you can find under 200$. Its exceptional quality may surpass some guns with $300 and $400 price tag. This gun hits with serious authority and is built like a tank. After buying this gun, you don’t need to buy other guns to shoot like a pro.