Things I liked: I'm sure most buy one the 46S for aesthetic reasons. Aside from the clunky plastic sight arrangement, the appearance of the gun is good. The stock is not, however, a gloss finish as the photos suggest. An application of Tru-Oil is wanted, here.
Things I would have changed: The entire front sight/handle retainer/stock mount system is....abysmally terrible. The sight blade is way too wide, and there is no provision for a hood. This is relevant, as this style of gun is apt to be retrofit with a peep, which in turns benefits from a hood up front. . The cocking handle will pop out of the so-called retainer at EVERY shot - a very, very poor 'design' (charitable use), with no way to adjust tension engineered in. The steel screws that supposedly secure the front of the stock have about 1/4 of an inch of PLASTIC THREAD to anchor into. It strips immediately. What was Diana thinking? This is an incredibly pitiful arrangement. This gun needs this entire plastic sight part trashed and replaced with a correctly engineered steel part. The breech 'seals' weren't close to doing what the name implied. When the breech was closed, the front one was not even contacting the barrel port. I made and intalled a metal shim; fixed. Buyers should NOT have to do this! Another sloppy item Diana should be embarrassed about. Weihrauch would have been.
What others should know: If you have to have a Stutzen springer - this is your option. But for the money (even discounted), there are far better guns out there.
Things I liked: The stock fit is great. The typical American straight pull, a la the Winchester 70, can not hold a candle to the ergos of a euro hogback. The walnut is decent, not spectacular, but some BLO really brings out what's there. The inletting and butt plate fit are excellent. Minelli does great work. Firing behavior is typical gas ram -- quick, snappy. If you like rams, you'll like this. Once you get it adjusted, the N-Tec adapted T06 is a fine trigger. After a tear down, deburr, and rebuild, the cocking cycle was very nice. Again, typical gas ram. The sights are metal, front accepts inserts. Power is good -- running in the mid 14 foot pound range with medium weight pellets. Average was 1,194 fps with lead free 4.7 grainer, so it exceeds the 1,090 marketing claim -- nominally.
Things I would have changed: I had to replace the stock 1st stage screw with a longer one to get to a crisp 2nd stage break. The cocking cycle quickly developed a very, very bad grind. I tore it down and found finely powdered metal everywhere. The cocking slot was the culprit; very rough and sharp -- it had cut up the piston seal edge, too, which I replaced. Diana needs to pay some attention, here. The innards were incredibly dry; no lubricant. I'm not clear on the thought behind that. The cocking arm rattles some. Not a huge deal, but engineering it out would not be a huge deal, either.
What others should know: I can work on my own guns, so none of the above was a show stopper -- for me. And I may just have gotten the one klunker; the Diana 34, which is the basis for this gun, has a good rep. But -- be prepared -- you may have the same issues, and, if you can't do the work, you're in for a return. Overall -- believe it or not -- I'm pleased. Now that it's all fixed up -- nice piece. Great looking, smooth cocking, comfortable fit, nice shot cycle, powerful without being overly so. I do wish Diana would up the QC, initiate a de-burring step -- and buy some grease!