Slayer- the the cure for the big bore airgun identity crisis
Identity crisis is the best description for so many big bore airguns on the market. Are they intended for slugs or for pellets? Almost always, it’s neither. Not enough power for efficient and effective use of slugs and too much power for pellets with the exception of the heavy EunJin in some cases. Adding to this identity crisis, many bigbore air rifles leave the factory with a tune that has infamously and universally referred to as, “The Korean cliff tune”, a declining shot curve that matches no known ammunition. Adding to the crisis, the difficulty of getting good accuracy results with a gun that gives a wildly declining velocity string and these manufactures make no recommendation as to what ammo should be used. All the R&D is left to the shooter or a professional tuner.
All bigbore repeaters today, with the exception of the Slayer, have been built on small bore platforms that have been stretched (yes, some have physically stretched) beyond their limits, these small bore actions can’t provide the performance or reliability expected or desired. Also, their magazines are designed for pellets and don’t have adequate length for slugs, especially longer hollowpoint slugs. A gun that started life as a extremely powerful 17, 22, or 25 caliber can’t be expected to make a high performing 308, 35, 45 or 50 caliber; it’s just not feasible.
The Slayer is a true top down new design that shares absolutely nothing with any existing platform. What do we mean by top down? The design process started with a performance goals and a defined purpose. The performance goal was a 357 optimized for slugs that would deliver six shots at 950 fps peaking at 275 fpe with a bell curve, use a fill pressure of 3,600psi to utilize 4,500 psi carbon fiber breathing air tanks that are currently the industry standard without the use of a 6k nitrogen tank or booster, have a single lever cocking and loading system that easy to operate, be as compact as possible for field carry, have a nice balance, excellent accuracy, extreme reliability, and completely manufactured in the USA. The Slayer’s purpose is to be a highly efficient hunting tool that can be used in the field straight from the box, performing at its claimed performance level without the need for “tuners” or “tinkering”.
Maximum power, absurdly heavy projectiles below 900 fps, or Helium never entered into the equation. The Slayer’s purpose is predators and game up to deer. Take away the shot count, the Slayer can easily drive a 140gn bullet to 1050 and above even with its 24″ barrel. Again, ultimate power was not the purpose but the potential is there.
This top down design process showed the need for some new and unusual technology as well as a few innovative features not found on any other big bore airguns on the market.
- Air assisted balance valve that requires only a 30 gram hammer and 3 lb cocking force. Slayer’s one of a kind balance valve is the heart of the system, it reduces the hammer energy to incredibly low levels (less than a typical small bore pellet rifle), making the shot cycle smooth, calm and also provides a very fast locktime; all good for ease of shooting and accuracy potential.
- Super easy cocking single side lever action. Because of the low cocking effort (benefit of the balance valve) there is no need for the heavily loaded cocking cocking lever and separate bolt lever that are common on other high power big bore air guns. Combined with the Slayer’s rotary magazine, followup shots are extremely fast.
- Titanium reservoir. Titanium saves both weight and space making the Slayer the most compact and one of the lightest big bores on the market.
- Rigid, flanged, and threaded barrel connection (no grub screws). The Slayer’s properly attached barrel eliminates the possibility wandering point of impact from bumping the barrel during heavy field or truck use.
- Tensioned chromemoly barrel dramatically increases stiffness and resists resonance without adding pounds of steel.
- 25 MOA of included angle in the scope rail. This allows the scope to be optically centered when zeroed at 100 yards, leaving room to click to 200 yards with most scopes.
The Slayer is designed as a complete system; its compact nature and no nonsense design make it the perfect hunting tool for carry, blinds, tree stands or the bench.
Hi-Power Bullpup Specifications:
|Hi-Power||Parameter||308 Caliber||357 Caliber|
Max Slug Length
|Barrel||Length||26 in||24 in
|Caliber||0.308 in||0.357 in|
|Twist||1:14 in||1:26 in|
|Physical||Weight||7.2 lbs||7.2 lbs|
|Length w/ moderator||38 - 40 in||36 - 38 in|
|Length wo/ moderator||33 - 35 in||31 - 33 in|
|Lenght of Pull||13.5 - 15.5 in||13.5 - 15.5 in|
|Performance||Power||220 fpe||275 fpe|
|Trigger||Pull||< 2.0 lbs||< 2.0 lbs|
|Reservoir||Capacity||400 cc||400 cc|
|Fill Pressure||3600-3800 psi||3600-3800 psi|
** All specifications are subject to change without notice.
Hi-Power Bullpup Features:
|2||Floated, tensioned and shrouded barrel system|
|3||Quick and easy probe-less side lever action|
|4||Self indexing rotary magazine (all aluminum design)|
|5||True two stage trigger (position, fist and second stage adjustable)|
|6||Adjustable length butt plate (5 positions)|
|7||MIL-STD-1913 picatinny accessory rail (underside)|
|8||Cantilevered MIL-STD-1913 picitinny scope rail with 25 MOA included|
|9||Air assisted valve|
|10||RVA (rear velocity adjuster)|