Walther Lever Action - Part 2
by B.B. Pelletier
I'm doing part 2 of the Walther Lever Action report because the wind has been too strong to shoot outdoors. As soon as it lets up I'll get on to some other things. Let's look at velocity, shot count, noise and some details I left out of the first report.
The CO2 mechanism
I didn't mention last time that the CO2 mechanism can be removed from the rifle fully charged. It contains a valve that seals the moment the mechanism is removed from the butt of the gun. There will be a loss of gas approximately equal to one shot or a little more, because there's a probe in the butt that opens the valve in the mechanism. It exhausts when the mechanism is removed.
Michael in Florida wrote about a small brass power adjustment screw on the front of the CO2 mechanism, but I was unable to find one on mine. I've photographed the front so Michael can look and see if I've made a mistake. As far as I know, there's no way to adjust power on the gun.
This rifle is about as loud as other CO2 rifles, which is to say loud enough to be noticed in close quarters. It's about as loud as a Blue Streak on 5-6 pumps of air. Yes, I have the carbine, but I doubt the rifle is appreciably quieter.
With RWS Hobby pellets, the rifle averaged 615 f.p.s., with a spread from 604 to a high of 636. The first shot was the high one, which was with a fresh CO2 cartridge, as is always the case. Shot 2 was 622 and shot 3 was 612, which is close to where the rest of the shots stayed.
With Gamo Raptors, the average was 661 f.p.s., with a spread from 644 to 673. They were shot when the cartridges were well broken-in, so no comments about the high and low, other than they happened.
Crosman Premier 7.9-grain pellets fit very tight and averaged 570 f.p.s. They ranged from a low of 562 to a high of 585.
How many shots per fill?
A funny thing happened during testing. With the first two CO2 cartridges, one did not puncture and I got about 30 good shots on just one cartridge. When I discovered it, I used the unpunctured cartridge again and got 60 good shots. The power starts dropping somewhere above shot 50, but Hobbys are still going 515 f.p.s. by shot 60. Over the next 8 shots, however, the velocity drops off to 400 f.p.s. even. So 60 shots it is.
I confirmed velocities with two more fresh cartridges, so the unpunctured one really was full when I used it the second time. I checked it after the second use and it was very clearly punctured. The puncturing mechanism uses a steel flange to press down on both cartridges for puncturing. I think it just didn't press the one quite far enough, so I made extra effort to puncture it the next time. I've never see this before with this rifle, but if you own one it bears watching.
Sights are one thing I didn't cover in the first report. The rear sight on the Walther is adjustable for elevation but not windage. The front can be adjusted for windage by drifting it in either direction. When I tested the rifle for Airgun Illustrated, it was right on for windage, so let's see where we are now.
Another thing I didn't mention is the saddle ring. All variations of the rifle have it, and it looks authentic.
Many of you have commented on how realistic this rifle is, and a few have mentioned the accuracy. I'll get to that next.