Things I liked:I have had mine for four years now and it shoots just as well now as on day one. As with any springer I had to learn the hold (artillery hold). Until I did it was a bit frustrating.
I don't know how many tins of pellets I have put through this and it seems to really like the H&N Hollow Point pellets out to medium distances of 20 yards.
I bought a Williams FP-AG-TK aperture sight and thanks to the assortment of front sight inserts included with the rifle managed to increase my open sight accuracy.
This is however what I really like, no love, about the rifle. It looks ordinary and when I take it out to shoots then it gets disparaging glances and smirks from other people.
That is until I start shooting with it. I get tighter groupings with the open sights than others can manage with their springer air rifles with telescopic sights.
With open sights I can give a PCP with scope a good run for its money.
Watching people's jaws drop in amazement and not the looks is what you pay for.
I have never had to tighten a screw on the rifle (something another person commented on) and I have put many thousands of pellets through the gun.
It is the original from which all other magnum springers took their cue. Things I would have changed:After four years I cannot think of anything. For plinking, target shooting, exterminating vermin or bunny bashing it just does the job, no fuss, no muss. What others should know:This rifle is the same as the Beeman R1 and if it annoys you that they are not available with open sights then this is the rifle you should get.
My rifle is a bit pellet fussy and to get the best out of it I had to find the pellet that worked best at the range I wanted to shoot at. One size did not fit all.
It took me quite a while to find the hold that got the most out of the rifle.
This was quite frustrating in the beginning and I thought that perhaps I had made a mistake in buying it; however perseverance paid off and I take a kind of perverse pleasure in watching others miss when I let them shoot with it.
It has become an old friend and people are amazed that I have not done any tuning on it because of its accuracy.
How do I know it is the gun and not the shooter? When I use other people's springers I just cannot get the grouping I get with my HW80. I am not going to disparage names here, but I realise that I got my money's worth and the rifle is so inherently accurate that it has allowed me to reach my full potential.