Become an AGN forum member to be included in our multi-thousand dollar Monthly Airgun Giveaways! Winning is as easy as picking a number, no strings attached! This is our way of thanking you for being a part of the worlds biggest airgun forum. Yours truly, Michael Wendt - Owner.
Join HERE

AirMaks Katran Compact Bottle .22 Remarks

Forums PCP Airguns PCP Airgun – Discussion AirMaks Katran Compact Bottle .22 Remarks

  • Views : 385
  • Link

    Frankly
    Participant
    Member
    United States
    Accuracy: +3

    As part of my correctional facility's rehabilitation requirements I'm tasked with doing a community service and these comments are those. Once I finish this post I'll go back to being a degenerate and deplorable, at least until they use those darn rectal-electrodes. 

    First off, I am, after many iterations, only a casual plinker and not a competition shooter. I like nicely things – err toys – and this piqued my interest a couple of months ago and even though I wasn't expecting it to be in stock, Utah Airguns actually had them in stock which called my bluff… so I bought it. I really do know better than to buy the first model of a newly imported, smaller less well-known brand of anything, especially something as utterly fussy as an airgun. But I did, again, and knock on wood this time everything went OK. 

    The AirMaks Katran Compact Bottle gun in .22 works perfectly and is accurate. I don't use a chronograph or shoot groups on paper, sorry. But it certainly seems plenty accurate to me. Build quality is on par with other quality airguns I've used, more of an FX feel than anything else since there is an AR-15 design element with the black anodizing and the AR-15 compatible grip. 

    The folding stock is not at all wobbly and I do not feel any movement when playing with it or preparing to make a shot. Magnets work well for holding the folded stock closed. The small bottle is, well, small but lightweight (good for two magazines plus extra plinkers). Without the Donny FL Sumo it is only 20" long and will fit into something like an Eberlestock Cherry Bomb for indiscrete (but perfect!) carry. 

    Scope is a https://www.eurooptic.com/US-Optics-3-12x52mm-Non-Illuminated-FFP-MHR-Reticle-1mrad-TS-12X-MHR.aspx and I love it long time. Mainly because it's good quality and short enough to have the rear element in FRONT of the folding stock so the scope isn't jutting out ahead of everything else. Otherwise the point of having a folding stock is lost, I don't want a scope hanging off the back of the gun when carrying it. Also it is only 18 ounces. I think these are great, supposedly there is a Chinese brand selling the same design (and manufacture?) for less so no need to remind me, I wanted the US-branded Chinese optic not the Chinese-branded one! I'm a patriot! 

    As you might have guessed, I am never going to weigh it or collect data, that's for you pros. I can say it's durn lightweight and easy to carry. Like half the weight of a Wildcat I had. Maybe not half, but really without resorting to Titanium I don't see any way to lower the weight of the gun while retaining structural integrity. Design-wise it is a masterpiece. Same with the action and trigger… less moving parts. It's a more straight forward design than most guns and I fully intend to ignore opening it up until something breaks, hopefully a long time from now. 

    I'm looking at my trigger pull gauge. Used it last night. But I'm not going to use it today and you'll just have to buy an AirMaks Katran and see for yourself. But personally I think the stock trigger and tune are dandy. 

    Complaints:

    1. There is a dust cover – gap filler on the opposite side of the side lever action, allowing it to be swapped for Leftists. However the design and material aren't ideal and it warps slightly so it doesn't look nice, like it should. I don't want to send the gun back over that and I don't see what they could do other than to redesign it using different materials, seems like a dumb mistake until a clever machinist makes a $50 aftermarket part to fix this oversight. Heck even the cheapest guns manage to do this right so I don't know what happened here? 

    2. The pressure gauge doesn't agree with my tank or other gauges. Boo hoo, boo hoo, I'm so upset!!!

    3. While Utah Airguns had the presence of mind to get some KeyMod rails in stock ($20 extra) along with the gun, what were they smoking in Prague when they specified KeyMod several years after the rest of the gun industry abandoned it? 

    4. Their AR-15 grip was fabulous and fruity, with finger grooves and this soft plastic rubber compound. This only shows you the difference in mindset between Europeans and Americans. I stuck a manly Magpul K2+ grip on there and never looked back.

    5. I'm used to AR-15 dual sided ambidextrous safeties and this safety is not at all like them. Really loose with no way to tighten it up but it works just fine, just I was looking forward to the nice crisp click and it just squishes. 

    That's it. I imagine you can extrapolate what the larger tanks and longer barrels will do from this. Right now they seem to be about 75% the cost of a similar FX gun, without the FX's power and tuning adjustability and Utah Airguns is a reasonable beehive to turn to for tech support and customer service. Be careful and don't put your eye out. 

     

     

    • This topic was modified 1 month ago by Frankly.
    Link

    Bander124
    Participant
    Member
    United States
    Accuracy: +5

    I have one from the early runs. I happy to see they fixed the shroud end so it doesn’t expand and actually looks nice with a moderator now. I get the fx vibe too. I thought dreamline 

    Link

    Ranchibi
    Participant
    Member
    United States
    Accuracy: +11

    Very nice write up and photo montage of a nice compact shooter! They look awesome and I like the ability to change out grips with the ar platform.

    Link

    Blackpaw
    Participant
    Member
    United States
    Accuracy: +22

    @frankly thanks for the detailed review and of all the Katrans the compact interests me the most.  What kind of shot count are you getting with the bottle version?

    Also, how much pop do you get with the Sumo on there? Hi 

    If you are looking for some numbers data at all here is a post from the Airgun Warriors forum: https://airgunwarriors.com/community/airgun-talk/airmaks-arms-katran-compact-first-impression/

    The other poster felt the new stock design is a big upgrade.

    Link

    Frankly
    Participant
    Member
    United States
    Accuracy: +3

    The pop is minimal, much lower than the steel target impact. Of course I'm not my neighbor but they say they don't hear anything but the loudest steel targets (I have an old shovel head that's LOUD) 

    I've only shot about 200 pellets but I am comfortable shooting 36, three mags per fill. I suspect the last few are falling off the reg but at my distances (rarely over 40 yards) just a smidge

    • This reply was modified 1 month ago by Frankly.
    Link

    Blackpaw
    Participant
    Member
    United States
    Accuracy: +22

    Wow only 36 shots with the bottle? I was expecting more like at least 50.  I wonder what the cylinder version gets then? ๐Ÿคจ

    • This reply was modified 1 month ago by Blackpaw.
    Link

    Frankly
    Participant
    Member
    United States
    Accuracy: +3

    I need to play with it more to see where it drops off (wish I had that LabRadar again but I was trying to simplify my life) but I fear it's a pretty small bottle and I bet there are some inefficiencies in the system. 

    Still I love the size, I just bring a small tank along. Not that I'm a big hunter or have anywhere to walk around shooting randomly but 36 should be enough to keep the zombies at bay. 

    As you can see the moderator limits the size of adding a larger bottle with this set up (and as far as I know bottle swapping is not on their list of features).

    Bottom line? It's a good $1200 gun, not a $1800 gun, I think it's priced correctly and I bet the V.2 will be even better. But I'm glad I took a chance because it fits for casual fun shooting, nothing is outside its limits since most people can't do a 100+ yard range on their home property.

    That said I should, I know, take to the firearms range and see how it does when there is a calm day….

    • This reply was modified 1 month ago by Frankly.
    Link

    Blackpaw
    Participant
    Member
    United States
    Accuracy: +22

    Hey I totally agree that for the money the Katran especially is a great gun. Definitely not cheap but for the price range a good value for money. 
     

    Just based off what I’m seeing is that if I eventually get one is go for the cylinder version not the bottle. I have one of these little buddy bottles from Best Fitting in the UK. I bought when I was still living in the Netherlands. The bottle is 1.1 L or approximately 18 cf and weighs around 2 pounds or so, filled i assume a bit more. A couple of ppl on here use this same bottle and speak highly of it. Just not dot rated. However Best Fitting Uk doesn’t sell crap so you can trust their stuff.  
     

    My buddy watching my airgun stuff will be really sad to see it go when I reclaim it ๐Ÿ˜‚. 

     

    • This reply was modified 1 month ago by Blackpaw.
    Link

    Frankly
    Participant
    Member
    United States
    Accuracy: +3

    Yes I think the 18cf buddy bottles run around $400 in the States, nice size for hours of shooting without lugging 100cf awkward and heavy tank

    I'm going to see how hard it is to hand pump, I end up sweating one way or the other everyday so 8 sets of one minute are fine. 40 sets IDK lol 

    Link

    Blackpaw
    Participant
    Member
    United States
    Accuracy: +22

    @frankly yeah the cylinder version of the Katran Compact you could pump.  The cylinder the Katran C is about the same size as it was on my old Brocock Compatto, and I initially hand-pumped that until I got my 6.8 L air bottle.

     

    Link

    mcoulter
    Participant
    Member
    United States
    Accuracy: +34

    A+ write up and review!

    ๐Ÿ™‚

Viewing 11 posts - 1 through 11 (of 11 total)

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.