Reply To: First thing I noticed on the Hatsan Galation QE 22 caliber
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I have attached moderators to Hatsan barrels that have/have not been rethreaded, then rolled the barrel over a level table and watched the moderator’s (which itself is hanging over the edge of the table) movement against a black mark on the wall. I have found that you can have a moderator fixed to an (outwardly) perfectly straight barrel and yet the bore is so off-centre that you need to have an exit hole of around 10mm/.40 inch (the universal Hatsan size of moderator exit hole) exit hole to NORMALLY avoid clipping with a .25 cal.
Obviously, such is not satisfactory.
Because the gunsmith a use to cut moderator threads will not, unsurprisingly, cut in line with a off-centre bore ……and because most people with Hatsans do not want to spend a lot of money on them…..I have found the cheapest option is to either bend a moderator to fit that rifle alone or ……make the face/ring (against which the moderator would be pressured against) wonky in order that the moderator would sit in line with the wonky bore.
I am in the UK, have not seen any QE rifles, but most Hatsan problems have been due to poor workmanship, carelessness and poor design. Some of them can be wrapped up with the title of Quality Control Issues. I wouldn’t recommend a Hatsan to an inexperienced person, but I would to someone who likes to work/improve/tinker with air rifles.