IWA 2016 – Pardini Armi, Italian manufacturer of top competition Olympic shooting guns, has presented the new GPR1 EVO competition air rifle. One rifle, four models, born from the direct experience of Olympic champions
The Pardini GPR1 EVO air rifle is the result of a collaboration between Giampiero Pardini and Niccolo' Campriani, the Olympic Champion and two Olympic Records holder from London, 2012. “The beating heart” of the GPR1 – as Mr. Pardini likes to call it – is the evolution of mechanical innovations that have already been adopted by the Pardini’s air pistols.
The Pardini GPR1 EVO air rifle has a “cryodesmodromic” trigger made from cryogenically treated steel components and an efficient recoil reducer (Absorber). The highlights of the GPR1 project is the modular stock, made of lightweight 7075 alloy (Ergal) and the ergonomic design.
All of the accessories allow numerous adjustments on the three axes and are available in kits for right-handed or left-handed shooters. The stock, grip, hand rest, barrel and butt plate have screw-fitted counterweights.
2016 brings new look for the GPR1. The new EVO model is placed between the two already in the catalog (TOP and PRO), sharing the same mechanical settings. Numerous changes were made:
- a true pass-through eyelets that make the GPR1 lighter and the profile unmistakable
- a new finish for the barrel, now stainless steel
- an innovative hand-rest, which carries the best of both accessories supplied so far: a wooden body, particularly pleasant for the shooter's hand, and an aluminum peak, allowing the application of front counterweights as well as those contained inside. This accessory has been developed on the specific demands of the Pardini Team shooters, especially Petra Zublasing, who had expressed a desire to see implemented all the wooden parts in contact between the body and the rifle.
Pardini EVO model components
EVO features a polished stainless steel barrel finish, black air cylinder and black front sight holder. Equipped with Centra Pro 57 rear sight, Centra Score M22 tunnel, raiser blocks sight elevating system, MEC Contact III butt plate, wood/ergal hand-rest with internal and external weight set (10), set of 3 weights for the slim cheek piece (left or right) and the front sight holder (10).
The grip is available in 3 different sizes (S-M-L) for right-handed shooters and 1 size for left-handed shooters.