UMAREX USA introduces the new Gauntlet 2 PCP air rifle: available in .22 and .25 caliber, it takes over from the baseline Gauntlet model and offers a set of incredibly refined, improved features and levels of performance
The new UMAREX Gauntlet 2 high-power PCP air rifle – introduced by UMAREX USA last week for the north American market – is slated to be the heir of the highly successful UMAREX Gauntlet air rifle, first introduced at the 2017 SHOT Show; featuring a pre-compressed pneumatic (PCP) propulsion system, the new Gauntlet 2 is likewise conceived for sport shooting, training, plinking, competition, small-game hunting and pest control.
On the surface, the main feature telling the new UMAREX Gauntlet 2 apart from the baseline Gauntlet model is a redesigned, slimmer desert tan synthetic stock with M-LOK slots on the handguard – providing attachment points for accessory and bipod rails – and a precision-adjustable buttstock and cheek riser.
But that would be just the tip of a brand new spear.
The new UMAREX Gauntlet 2 feeds through the same rotary magazines used by its predecessor – offering a 10 shots capacity in .22 caliber and 8 shots capacity in .25 caliber – and can be retrofitted with a single-shot feeding tray for precision airgun shooting competitions.
Basically everything else has been modified for improved performance, starting with the propulsion system and regulator: the new UMAREX Gauntlet 2 can exceed 327 m/s / 1075 FPS of muzzle velocity in .22 caliber, whereas the baseline Gauntlet model stuck to approximately 268 m/s / 880 FPS.
The .25 caliber model can reach up to 300 m/s / 985 FPS of muzzle velocity; by contrast, the earlier UMAREX Gauntlet stuck to an (albeit impressing) level of 271 m/s / 890 FPS of muzzle velocity in the same caliber.
The overall capacity of the integrated, rechargeable air tank has likewise been improved, now reaching 393 ml x 4400 PSI (24 CI x 4400 PSI) whereas the UMAREX Gauntlet stopped at 213 ml x 3000 PSI (13 CI x 3000 PSI).
The UMAREX Gauntlet 2 also features a 1900 PSI regulator in .22 caliber and 2100 PSI regulator in .25 caliber (by contrast, the regulators found on the earlier Gauntlet model reached 1100 and 1900 PSI respectively).
This, in turn, translates into a higher shot count per single air tank fill – over 70 shots in .22 caliber and over 50 shots in .25 caliber, whereas the baseline Gauntlet model stuck to approximately 60 and 27 shots respectively. The UMAREX Gauntlet 2 is also a faster shooter, with its improved, larger, knurled bolt handle and a 15% reduction in the required cocking force if compared with its predecessor.
The UMAREX Gauntler 2 PCP air rifle is 119,3 cm / 47" long overall, weighs in at 3,85 kg / 8.5lbs approximately, and features a 71 cm / 28.¼" long, matte black metal rifled barrel with a built-in four-baffle design silencer that's vastly improved over the single-baffle design found on the baseline UMAREX Gauntlet, now offering an 8db noise signature reduction. A built-in MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny rail on the receiver provides plenty of mounting space for your choice of optical sights.
The UMAREX Gauntlet 2 high-power PCP air rifle is currently available on the U.S. market at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $449,99; as of today there is no indication concerning availability and pricing on the export markets. Be aware that, given the power factor, in some Countries the purchase and ownership of the UMAREX Gauntlet 2 may be regulated by law.