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News from the SHOT Show

January 19 2010 at 7:10 PM
Stephen Archer  (Login Steve888)
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Lots of news from the SHOT Show about Chinese Airguns. Here's a brief summary of what I have so far...

Shanghai Airguns is confirmed as the owner of the Beeman brand (as previously suggested on this Forum) - at least as far as it relates to the Chinese "Beeman" air rifles. The German "Beeman" air rifles will be handled by the existing owner of the brand but not from the same location. But there are no new Shanghai air rifles that I've seen yet.

BAM air rifles will no longer be sold in the USA - so BAM tells me. Xisico is no longer the BAM distributor and there is no replacement announced or planned. Xisico may sell off the remaining inventory (probably through their Best Airguns retail arm), but otherwise, BAM will concentrate on OEM manufacturing, such as the Benjamin springers. So, the B-40, B-50 etc sound to be history - at least for the time being in the US market. The B3-1 is dead, for sure, as a model.

Xisico is showing their new models - at least as prototypes. I was told that availability is some months away yet. The XS46U is the name for the springer - underlever cocking and with a claimed 1,000fps in .177 caliber. The CO2 gun is named the XS60C. The size and handling of the XS60C reminded me very much of the M1 carbine, while the safety lever functionality reminds me of an AK47. That safety is automatically applied as the gun is cocked. Bolt cocking seemed very heavy to me, but maybe that will change for production models.

Of non-Chinese interest is a couple of new Crosman PCP pistols - the "Silhouette" and "Marauder" pistol models. Crosman seems to be doing well...

Stephen Archer
Archer Airguns Inc.
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Glover, Walter
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No more BAM airguns????? say it ain't so! that would be about the stupidest move

January 19 2010, 8:14 PM 

and unthinkable in my mind.

Benjamin springers are USA made so not sure where you are getting your info Steven.

Hope someone kicks that story out of the arena!

Walter....

 
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Stephen Archer
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Re: No more BAM airguns???

January 19 2010, 8:46 PM 

Walter,

Don't shoot the messenger! I'm just reporting what I've been told today. (BTW, I agree with you about BAM availability).

And both Crosman (multiple people) and BAM folk confirmed that some - at least - of the Benjamin springers are manufactured by BAM.

Stephen Archer
Archer Airguns Inc.
Store -http://www.archerairguns.com
Blog -http://www.archerairguns.info
Video -http://www.youtube.com/ArcherAirguns

 
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MikeT
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BAM pulling out? Firesale be far behind?

January 19 2010, 10:34 PM 

Rubbing hands together with fiendish (and guilty) delight. Now I may be able to afford a B40 AND a B-26! HA HA HA, the world will soon be mine!! (evil laughing)

 
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joe
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might have the opposite effect nt

January 20 2010, 12:09 AM 

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Alan
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Yeh , it doesn't work like that

January 20 2010, 8:19 AM 

most of the time . Hope your a Metal fabricator too if anything breaks on one too , no more parts buddy .
As much as most people love the B-40 , it may very well make them very spendy , right quick like .
Notice a trend here , MM takes over Bam/Xsico retail , they drop the QB altogether from the line-up ( another dumb-a$$ move ) , now the company folds up shop and moves on ? WTH ?
Hmmm , something smells here and it aint me .

Alan





    
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Casey in San Diego
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How does this affect the QB line?

January 20 2010, 2:13 PM 

Forgive my ignorance but which company makes those? Are they on the endangered species list now too?

 
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joe
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QB is Industry/SAG nt

January 20 2010, 4:27 PM 

.

fwiw joe
In the meantime.....I'm cleaning my gun.

 
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