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Hatsan Galatian Tact Auto, Semi Auto PCP Air Rifle Review #22

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Hatsan Galatian Tact Auto, Semi Auto PCP Air Rifle

Hatsan Galatian’s newest PCP just received an update that lets it spit out a round as fast as you can pull the trigger, all with a tactical stock and new sling.

Hatsan Galatian‘s flagship PCP just had its newest makeover as a semi-automatic rifle that slings a new round as fast as you can pull the trigger, set into a new tactical stock.

Holding 14, 12, and 10 shots across its three calibers, the Hatsan Galatian Auto is built to sling lead fast and hard with maximum velocities of 1020, 950, and 870 fps respectively with 40-50 shots on a full 255cc cylinder. These high speeds equate to powerful knockdown energy–as much as 20 FPE in.177, 29 in.

These shotgun rounds travel down a fully-shrouded barrel, precision rifled and choked for accuracy.

Each airgun includes three magazines and a hard case.

Hatsan Galatian

The Hatsan Galatian Auto has a number of features that make it one of the most desirable tactical shotguns available. This PCP has tactical shotgun written all over it. With its removable rear stock and three separate accessory rails, this PCP has tactical shotgun written all over it.

The Hatsan Galatian stock is adjustable for length of pull and cheekpiece to help you find your ideal cheek weld when sighting downrange.

You can even remove the rear stock for a highly maneuverable setup that allows you to hold the Galatian like a pistol-grip shotgun, and the all-weather stock features prominent sling mounts for the included sling. 

The Galatian Auto is ideal for your AR rifle or shotgun. It comes with removable fiber optic sights that make it range ready out of the box. However, if you really want to take advantage of the Hatsan Galatian’s long range, install a scope and get zeroed in before starting shooting.

Hatsan’s Galatian Tact Auto is crafted from a tactical, semi-automatic pistol that’s built right into the vanguard of the Hatsan line.

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Hatsan Galatian QE Air Rifle Test Review .177 Cal

I was provided this rifle for testing purposes. This rifle is a well-designed and well-constructed carbine chambered in.

The Hatsan Galatian QE air rifle leads the pack in many ways. This one also has the double feed prevention, adjustable stock, and pressure gauge location. This gun does require a bit of a knack to load, but the features that it includes are very advanced.

If you are new to AR-15 rifles or to the sport of 3 Gun shooting, then you’ll find these features extremely beneficial.

Hatsan Galatian

This new airgun features excellent accuracy with all tested pellets and has good muzzle velocity. This airgun would make an excellent field target gun in.177 caliber, and in.25 caliber it would also be a good hunting air rifle.

Yes, it’s big, heavy and expensive. The trigger pull of the test gun was way too heavy. And the HAM testers couldn’t insert the clip cleanly. But overall, this is an excellent PCP air rifle and good value in its’ price range.

It’s easy to carry and has a smooth trigger, which makes it a good choice for a first hunting rifle. The Hatsan Galatian air rifle also features top-quality materials and design.

VALUE FOR MONEY

On the basis of features for the price paid, the Hatsan Galatian QE air rifle is a great value for money. Based on its features and how they are presented, Stephen Archer from HAM magazine wrote that this gun is “an airgun that includes everything but the Kitchen Sink!

This is a powerful, quiet air rifle with a high capacity clip (16 shots in.177 cal.). It has an easy side lever cocking and ambidextrous synthetic stock with adjustable cheek piece and butt plate.

The forend of the Galatian rifle is designed to have a Weaver/Picatinny rail. It’s provided with a couple of clips, a sling and a carrying case.

This is a great air gun for someone who wants a good quality air rifle for a reasonable price. There’s a range of accessories to go with it, and all of the main features are there, but it is not the most sophisticated air rifle.

SPEED AND ACCURACY

The Hatsan Galatian QE tested by HAM demonstrated outstanding accuracy with the full range of standard HAM test pellets. Accuracy was very good, even with ultra light weight alloy pellets.

The most accurate HAM test for the Galatian shotgun came from the H&N Baracuda Match heavies. They gave very good, almost “one hole” accuracy that is a great promise for long-range accuracy on the Galatian shotgun.

In order to get the maximum muzzle velocity, the pellets were tested using the Gamo Raptor PBA and H&N Field Target Trophy Green. This is to be expected. But what is even more interesting is the difference in muzzle velocity between the lightest and heaviest pellets tested. It’s a negligible difference!

This is most unusual. The Galatians fired ten .65 grain H&N Baracuda Match heavy pellets at .64 fps. When these were loaded into the launcher, it produced around 15 Ft/Lbs of muzzle energy. However, when they became heavier, the muzzle velocity increased to .64 fps, and this resulted in a substantial increase in muzzle energy.

The heaviest pellet available for use in this rifle is called the GameKing GameKing Heavy Steel Pellets, which are recommended for use with this gun. Their higher velocity gives them more power, so you’ll get better shot to shot results using heavier pellets than those used with the other guns tested.

TRIGGER AND COCKING EFFORT

The Hatsan Galatian QE air rifle’s two-stage Quattro trigger is consistent, and the pull weight is heavy. But, the QE has a very good adjustable trigger system, and you can adjust the pull weight for a more comfortable shot.

Hatsan has a very high quality trigger on the Quattro. The trigger weighs about 4 ounces, and a heavier pull weight would make the trigger heavier and not more responsive. The Galatian trigger was quite light for a single shot, and we found it very easy to manage.

This pistol certainly did not stop this gun from shooting very accurately. The safety is automatically, but it’s easily accessed just in front of the trigger blade and has ambidextrous operation. Cocking is pleasant and low effort, as you would expect from the side lever action.

The cocking lever moves up to the position where it’s just over halfway open. Then, when it’s pulled back to the closed position, it takes about 20 Lbs of force.

COMPARISON TO MAKERS CLAIMS

Hatsan claims a maximum muzzle velocity of 1130 fps for the Galatian with.177 caliber lead pellets. In HAM testing, the maximum achieved was 1145.81 fps with RWS Hobby light weight lead pellets. Muzzle velocity peaked at 1203 fps with both of the lightweight alloy pellets in the standard HAM test suite.

Although Hatsan claims muzzle velocity of 2225 ft/sec. and muzzle energy of 24 ft/lbs with their new match-ball size, the highest muzzle energy that can be achieved with this ball at this power setting is about 23 Ft/lbs with H&N Baracuda Match pellets.

This range is more of a general statement, but in some ways it’s clear the Galatian will achieve this range. There’s no way the Hatsan can do it without the use of a muzzle break.

Hatsan’s Quiet Energy model reduces shot noise by 32% or more compared to an unsilenced Galatian, without an anechoic chamber. To demonstrate this, HAM designed the Quiet Energy model and measured it. Since this is not possible with current technologies, we do not make any claims for the absolute efficacy of the Galatian QE over other quieting models.

CONSISTENCY

Consistency was definitely a strong suit of the Hatsan Galatian air rifle tested by HAM. This Hatsan Galatian is not pellet-picky at all; it even shoots well with the lightest alloy pellets tested – a surprise to the HAM test team.

Hatsan Galatian

The Hastsan Galatian is the best rifle in HAM’s history of testing. Its consistency of muzzle velocity – irrespective of pellet weight – was quite remarkable. It is a well balanced rifle that makes a reliable shot at a very low power setting, with no significant problems in accuracy over a wide range of pellet weights.

It’s unfortunate that it was so heavy.

NOISE LEVEL

The Hatsan Galatian QE air rifle is very quiet with all subsonic pellets. Subjectively, the HAM team considers that the Galatian is a little noisier than the Benjamin Marauder.

If you’re looking for a powerful airgun that fires light and lead-free pellets silently and accurately, you’ll love the Hatsan Galatian QE. It’s perfect for target shooting at close range, where noise is less of an issue, but if you want to try a heavier pellet that you might use on the range, you can load it with.35 oz.

Hatsan Galatian

In HAM testing, the two PBA pellets – and also the RWS Hobby pellets – all gave very loud reports. That’s of course an issue with most other air rifles too, but it shows the difference in performance with these 2 pellets. The more quiet PBA pellets gave much less muzzle velocity.

SIGHTS AND SCOPE

There are many options for installing scope mounting features in PCP rifles, and these include a range of scope-specific rails and dovetails that mount directly to the receiver, and more generic dovetail mounts that attach the rails via rings. Many PCP rifles also offer a scope rail that accepts scope mounts with Weaver/Picatinny and standard airgun dovetails.

This eliminates any issues over scope ring fittings. All of them fit the Galatian! For the HAM tests, we fitted a Leapers 4-16 x 40AO scope. The Hatsan Galatian QE felt fine and balanced well with this scope. HAM scoring for this section is based on our standardized rating structure.

It’s obvious that I’m a fan of the Hatsan Galatian QE air rifles and I want to invest in the very best one possible. So, I’d expect to pay $890.00 for this air rifle and the scope fitted to it.

SHOOTABILITY

A great advantage of this particular model is its ability to avoid double-feeding and reduce the chances of damaging your pellets.

The best benefit for the Galatian is its ability to load the entire clip with pellets while the gun remains loaded. You won’t have to worry about running out of ammunition and will get through an entire box of pellets without worrying about empty slots in the clip. 

I think it’s a great proof that Hatsan Galatian designers have been encouraged to come up with a completely different approach to design of the air rifle. But it has to be said that there is a “knack” to loading the clip into the Galatian.

Hatsan Galatian

A great gunsmith and reloading equipment innovator, Stephen Archer is a HAM Tester who likes to put his name on a few of the better side-lever actions that he designs, but the fact is, the gun that has a name that has a name on it is just as good as the one without the name. It might be a little more costly, but that extra bit of effort is usually well worth the cost.

The main disadvantage of the Hatsan Galatian QE is the lack of a shot counter on the clip. Although the gun weighs only 12 Lbs, it is heavier than most other.22 air rifles. The heavy weight means that you will want to use a bipod when shooting the air rifle, and if the inherent accuracy of this air rifle is to be obtained in practice, you will need to rest the gun on a rest.

Because the Galatian’s Double Feed Prevention System is good, it prevents double feeding and shooting blanks. There’s no indication of the number of pellets remaining in the clip, which means that it will shoot blanks if you aren’t really careful.

Almost all other PCPs incorporate a counter of this type. Its omission from the Hatsan Galatian QE is a little disappointing. It’s one of the best multi-shot PCPs around. It also offers interchangeable HPA tubes, together with a degassing capability.

I think this idea would be great, and it would be even better if the Galatian’s instructions manual explained how to operate it. In fact, a pressurized tube can be removed from the Galatian simply by unscrewing it from the gun. There’s no drama, hissing, or fuss and no need to bleed air first – even if the tube is under full operating pressure.

A replacement tube can then be screwed into place and the gun fired. This behavior indicates that the Galatian’s valve must be located in the replaceable tube, rather than in the body of the gun itself. This is confirmed by the operation of the degassing capability.

There’s an internal cap that allows the needle to be removed, and a detent that prevents the cap from accidentally sliding off and exposing the needle.

Easy and convenient to use!

APPEARANCE AND FINISH

The Appearance and finish of the Hatsan Galatian QE Air Rifle will impress anyone, regardless of their shooting experience. We found the HAM test crew were pretty much split on this one, they liked the wood stock version (which is traditional) but preferred the APPEARANCE and FINISH of the HAM model.

But we all agreed that the Galatian is a distinctive looking air rifle that combines a stylish appearance with practicality and the black tactical look that’s so popular right now. Its finish on the HAM test gun was fantastic.

This receiver was built by a very talented gunsmith, and the finish is exquisite. The steel parts are beautifully blued, and the finish is strong and sharp.

Hatsan Galatian

This stock is unlike that of most other air rifles. The texture is pleasant to the touch and it encourages you to maintain a good grip. There are molded checkering just the right places to provide even more grip.

I’m impressed with the appearance of this Hatsan Galatian QE air rifle, but it does look somewhat flashy. You know, there are many air rifles that look stylish and give the appearance of high quality.

BUYING AND OWNING

HATSAN GALATIAN QE is an excellent electric guitar that’s easy to build with many great features and some less-than-stellar ones. It’s great for the price, and if you have the skills to upgrade it, you can take advantage of many great options.

Thanks for the review. That’s a very good idea. I would appreciate if you can tell me where to get this sling.

Hatsan Galatian

All manufacturers should offer this! And providing interchangeable high pressure air (HPA) tubes could be a big advantage for many shooters. This is a relatively light and compact way to carry more air with you when shooting, without the need for a large HPA tank, fittings, or pump.

For the most part, using the Hatsan Galatian SE is very simple. There are a couple of different ways to fill it, however. First, you’ll want to use the pump to get the maximum fill pressure.

It’s important to us that customers use HAM safety equipment and they feel comfortable doing so. Therefore, we’d prefer the quick disconnect system over the probe system.

Hatsan Galatian

There is no adapter needed to connect this probe to your HPA tank. This product uses the Galatian’s pressure gauge which is calibrated in Bar, the International Standard measurement system for pressure.

This isn’t something you’ll encounter often in the US, but the needles are different in the UK and other countries. Just stop filling when the needle just barely touches the red line on the gauge.

While this is an obvious danger, it’s not necessarily a safety hazard since there are plenty of safety precautions you can take to avoid this problem.

Be very sure that the Hatsan Galatian is not cocked or loaded and that the safety is engaged before checking the pressure. It’s also important that the user does not become accustomed to having to pull the trigger and have the weapon pointed at their target.

Hatsan Galatian

Hatsan spare parts for the Hatsan Galatian QE are available at the online Customer Service Form process. The owner’s manual for the Hatsan Galatian QE is a big area for future improvement.

The book covers everything you need to know about the Galatian, but the author missed something critical, which is how to remove the interchangeable HPA tubes. Also, the book doesn’t explain how the degassing feature works.

The manual for the Quattro trigger shows the screw positions as well as the location for the safety switches. The screw positions are not exactly the same as those on the gun, so you should use this manual to make sure that you have the proper screw configurations.

Hatsan Galatian Tact Auto, Semi-Auto PCP Air Rifle Spec

Hatsan Galatian
  • Precharged Pneumatic Air Rifle
  • Semi-Auto Action
  • Precision Rifled, Fully-Shrouded, and Chocked Barrel
  • 14rds in .177 cal., 12 in .22 cal., 10 in .25 cal.
  • Black anodized aircraft aluminum alloy receiver
  • Adjustable Length of Pull up to 4”
  • Overall Length 38.1” to 42.3”
  • Adjustable Cheekpiece
  • Removable Rear Stock for use with the Pistol grip
  • 3 Weaver Accessory Rails
  • Detachable aluminum air cylinder tube (255cc)
  • 200 BAR / 2900 PSI Fill Pressure
  • Built-In Pressure Gauge
  • Rotating Air Port Dust Cover
  • Patented Anti-Knock System
  • Removable Fiber-Optic Sights (Rear Adjustable)
  • 11mm Dovetail/Weaver Combo Rail
  • Black metal trigger (non-adjustable)
  • Fitted sling swivels
  • Includes 3 Magazines, Sling, and Hard Case

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