Pardini Armi offers a brand new rifle for the 50 meter events. A cousin of the air GPR1 rifle, FR22 offers new and original features that give an advantage to the competitor during every stage of the match, especially when time makes a true difference.
The key that has been driving over 40 years of Pardini Armi activity is innovation. A company well known for the production of sport pistols, in 2013 Pardini presented the brand new GPR1 compressed air rifle, which soon won the World Championship with Petra Zublasing in 2014 and was brought by Niccolò Campriani to the medal gold at the Rio Olympic games in 2016. To complete its collection for all ISSF shooting activities, Pardini presents the FR22 rifle for 50 meter events.
The prototype of the FR22 was built in 2016. Four more years of development allowed the project to be refined with the assistance of a group of shooters who fired tens of thousands of shots with the new rifle. “The FR22 has three main features: an excellent barrel, a great trigger mechanism, and a customizable modular stock that represents a real progress compared to what we have seen so far. At Pardini Armi we have always been committed to giving something new to the sport of target shooting and we do it with original and innovative ideas”, says Giampiero Pardini.
The barrel (only 620 mm) is made internally by the company and capable of excellent groupings; the trigger mechanism is characterized by a very wide range of adjustments; the modular stock allows the shooter to better customize the rifle and save precious time in the difficult transition between one shooting position and the next in the 50m rifle 3 positions event. The stock is completely replaceable at the rear and, by simply unscrewing a knob, it allows the removal of the butt pad, cheek piece and grip. The usual attachment system of the sights facilitates the replacement of the rear and front sights. A top shooter like Petra Zublasing is able to replace all the components for switching between different positions in about 30 seconds, compared to the three and a half minutes needed with the rifle she has used so far. This savings is extremely useful in the final event, where time is very limited and any savings turn into an advantage for the shooter. By using three different rear stocks specifically dedicated to each different position, the athlete can rely on specific materials and settings for the proper shooting condition. Avoiding any compromise and thus being able to focus on performance.
Although the stock is so innovative, it retains the family feeling with that of the compressed air GPR1 rifle, sharing part of the accessories and a common philosophy in the arrangement of the adjustment controls. As for the barrel, the particular construction method has made it possible to reduce its length by bringing the center of gravity closer to the shooter's shoulder. The particular barrel mounting also reduces the perception of recoil.
Like all Pardini Armi models, the FR22 focuses on simplification, on the best materials available and on production techniques that use the latest generation of CN centers. The possibilities for customizing the weapon are almost infinite so as to adapt to the requests of every enthusiast, man or woman. The FR22 is supplied in two versions with black or champagne colored ergal stock, with blued barrel and components in natural stainless steel. The firearm is available in a set-up that provides for the supply of all three stocks.