Mr. M, does the D54 AK come only in red laminate?I am partial to BLUE and FOREST CAMO Gracias, Senor!
Quote from: Rick67 on March 24, 2021, 01:05:06 PMMr. M, does the D54 AK come only in red laminate?I am partial to BLUE and FOREST CAMO Gracias, Senor!Forest Camo would be nice to have.
Quote from: byhsu on March 24, 2021, 04:48:06 PMQuote from: Rick67 on March 24, 2021, 01:05:06 PMMr. M, does the D54 AK come only in red laminate?I am partial to BLUE and FOREST CAMO Gracias, Senor!Forest Camo would be nice to have.At least we have an excuse for not getting one
Thanks, guys!General replies:The 340 and 350 NTec have been dropped, BUT NOT THE PARTS. Especially the NTec units (3 parts in the unit) will still be available as a spare part and as an upgrade/change part for the EMS system in the case of the short NTec gas spring.Please understand that once we have the "Premium" stock for the 34 EMS, there will be almost no aesthetic difference with the past 340 Premium, and the technical and practical advantages will go to the 34 EMS.The 54 Laminate stock for the time being is only available in red, Perhaps in the future we can offer more variety. DIANA water-based/eco-friendly finish is perfectly "dippable", so any company that does aftermarket camo-ing can get the stock done to the customers' wishes and desires, so no, it is not an excuse to not get one, LOL!In our market research and focus groups, the red one received the best ratings, then a black/grey variation (tactical), and then an olive / brown / light orange combination (autumn forest) came in third. The 54 is, worldwide, perceived more as a target gun than a hunting gun, so I guess that "colored" (pun intended) the choices and election results.The beech stock is really nice and the design is a great offhand/field design. The shape of the forearm will, from now on, be an "identifier" of a DIANA airgun.We're still WAY BEHIND on the 0.177" cal 54's, so the secondary stock color choices will POSSIBLY happen (IF they happen) next year, and BTW, Blue will possibly never happen, LOL! ;-)YES, the Performance line is made in Germany, the Action line is made in China. DIANA has had "boots on the ground" with SnowPeakAirguns for the last 5 years, and I THINK, they are starting to understand. It has been a long, and sometimes frustrating, process. I would imagine the former statement is true for BOTH parties, LOL! BUT I do think there is good will to continue with the "partnership" and that bodes well for specialty items like the Stormrider that is in a class of its own as far as weight/bulk-power combination. It also opens avenues to explore, like the LP-5 that should be a fun platform on which to build nice carbines. We'll see.In the end, those that want quality for shooting and hunting can get it under DIANA brand, and those that want toys to tinker with can also get them under the DIANA brand.We are working hard on the PCP's side, but following 130 years of tradition, we want the PCP's to be an innovative extension of existing models. They should "FEEL LIKE A DIANA" and they should "WORK AS A DIANA". So, we are taking our time to test and test and re-test the concepts and the HMI (Human-Machine-Interfase), so that when we hit the market, people will recognize them for what they are: a DIANA.Hopefully, next year's catalogue, after IWA 2022 will start bearing the good news.The 48 is probably the "workhorse" of the Performance line. It ticks many of the boxes that airgunners worldwide look for and it is an incredibly versatile platform. It is also, somewhat inexpensive, given that it is a 100% European gun.So, yes the 48 will still be there. And yes, it is a great gun.Parts for the 280 and other dropped model will still be available. We are still supporting guns that are more than 50 years old so don't worry. Also, the fact that MOST parts interchange with other models and; that we have designed the EMS to incorporate some parts directly without major modifications to the guns, means that, even if the gun is not "collection grade/historically complete" it can still be made to work and provide enjoyment.Just as a specific example: IF a 280 were to fail 4 years from now, and, for whatever reason, there were no parts to service the T06 trigger, a simple change of piston, trigger block, and steel-spring guide to EMS specs and you're back in business!Thanks for your comments, thanks for looking!Keep well and shoot straight!HM
OK, some more answers:There is one 4.4 mm's repeater in the catalogue, and yes, that will still be available, that one is made in China by SPA and, while it has had some "teething" problems, it is so much fun and has a dedicated following that it was kept. For the Germans it is the equivalent of the Red Ryder.There was TALK of making a special BB (0.172") version under the Air Venturi brand for the US, but AFAIK, it never did come to a reality, so NO, even if the catalogue says "BB" it means the 4.4 mm's ndKugeln"Ru"Ammo si not complicated to source, and if you go to the accessories sections (page 33) you will see the ammo, as well as the "targets" that traditionally are ceramic stars.Again, if you are interested in this write to your favorite purveyor.OUTSIDE the catalogue, DIANA STILL manufactures the "Modell 30" or "Kirmesse" gun, but with modern materials, methods and procedures to make the guns last into the tens of millions of rounds the price is around €900-00So, you are either a stand operator in Germany that goes from town to town earning a living, or a VERY dedicated collector. ;-)Thanks for the continued interest!HM