Umarex USA has released an updated model of their Gauntlet air rifle. Termed the Gauntlet 2, this pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) will be available in both .22- and .25-caliber.
In search of more refined ergonomics, the stock of the Gauntlet 2 has been changed with both aesthetics and function in mind. Constructed from new high-strength polymer, the stock is molded in Flat Dark Earth with the adjustable cheek rest accented in black. It has also been slimmed down and trimmed in conspicuous places, which helps reduce weight. This new approach accommodates M-Lok accessories via the attachment points on three sides of the reinforced and lengthened forearm. Additionally, the Gauntlet 2 is fitted with a knurled cylindrical bolt handle that treats the shooter to a much more positive interface, p[particularly useful in inclement weather.
In terms of performance, the Gauntlet 2’s new onboard air tank has been increased to 24 cubic inches from the first generation’s 13-cubic-inch tank. This increases shot count by 17 percent in .22 caliber (to 70+ shots), and 85 percent in .25 caliber (to 50+ shots). Regulated pressure has also increased. The .22-caliber Gauntlet 2's regulated shot pressure sits at 1,900 psi, and the .25-caliber Gauntlet 2's tank is regulated at 2,100 psi. Velocities for .22- and .25-caliber pellets will hover in the 1050-fps and 980-fps range using lightweight lead pellets, and energy levels in the 33-ft.-lbs. and 51-ft.lbs. range with popular standard-weight pellets, respectively. Finally, a Picatinny rail now tops the receiver to mount optics, and additional baffling in the barrel works to reduce the noise level by 8dB in both calibers.
For more information on the Gauntlet 2, please visit umarexusa.com. MSRP: $449.99