Things I liked:Overall high quality. Deep, smooth finish on steel; quiet, smooth discharge; sharp, easy to adjust sights; cast, checkered trigger guard; easy cocking; best
spring gun in $200 price range. Adjusted sights and quickly mowed down my targets in my backyard range. Waited for an errant starling, but none showed up. Nothing beats HW German quality. Things I would have changed:Had to think a long time since this rifle offer very high value for the money.
Wouldn't change anything. What others should know:My HW30 looks like a Beeman R7. The stock extends past the cocking
hinges. This rifle is simple and fun to shoot. No harsh vibration. This
neat little rifle shows how much fun a moderately powered, highly accurate
air rifle can be. Bob Law of Air Rifle Headquarters called the HW30 'Little
Miss Dynamite." I see why.
Things I liked:Superb German quality. Finish on steel parts is smooth. Bluing is deep and dark. No burrs or file marks. Wood finish is even and smooth as glass. Evokes pride of ownership. Right from box, rifle grouped five shots within 1/4" from 25 yards with aperture sight. Exudes quality. Smooth, fast discharge. Precise construction. You can shoot this rifle for hours and not get tired of cocking it or carrying it. Fills niche between low-powered guns and heavy, magnum air rifles. No plastic parts. Things I would have changed:Nothing. Weihrauch has been making high quality air rifles for over a hundred
years. They got it right. What others should know:In 1979, now defunct Air Rifle Headquarters sold an HW 50 D-X for $278.50.
I paid $352.00 at Pyarmyd Air for my HW50S with the aperture sight. This is a
fantastic deal! My HW50S with last for years and the price will become insignificant with each shot and I won't have that feeling of having settled for
less. Nothing beats Weihrauch quality in this price range. My HW50S is my
ninth HW rifle.
I wish I could buy a new HW35L in .22 and .177.
Things I liked:My review is for the blue laminate HW97KL bought at Pyramyd Air.
Compact size; typical superb Weihrauch quality--deep, even bluing; no burrs,
roughness, or tool marks on steel; No plastic parts; Rekord trigger one of the best; ; smooth discharge, no vibration, no buzzing. Stock finish is smooth, no sanding marks, no roughness anywhere on stock. Trigger guard is cast and checkered; aluminum trigger; rifle is easy to tune. No looking for defects; no
feeling of having settled for less. Inherent accuracy allows me to enjoy my favorite air rifle activity: Long range (40-80 yards) shooting at Gamo field
targets, water balloons, Daisy ShatterBlasts, and clay pigeons. Things I would have changed:Change slot screws to hex screws as found on the new Browning T-bolt .22;
add studs for attaching sling and swivels, gun is heavy. What others should know:I own many springers--TX200, HW 77, RWS 46, Webley Eclipse, so I know what I like--accuracy, reliability, high quality, durability, value, and high performance. My HW97KL has all these qualities. Length is 40.5 inches. Shot water balloons at 50 yards. Too easy. 60 yards, ho-hum. 70 yards, still popping 'em. Every shot with this beauty is like finding a $20 bill in a jacket pocket when you're down to you last buck. In the long run, my HW97KL is a much better value than less expensive guns. Weihrauch guns retain their value well. My like new HW35L is worth more now than what I paid for it in 1982. The power plant in my HW97KL is the same as the HW97s sold by
Pyramyd Air. Only the stock is different. My rifle loves RWS Superdomes.
Things I liked:Light weight, sharp sight picture, smooth, precision rifled barrel. High quality,
well finished, no rough edges. No recoil allows me to see pellet path in bright
sunshine. Lots of value for money when compared to other air pistols in this
price range. Made in Germany. Things I would have changed:Make grip a little wide and a bit longer. Add a little more power. Takes two
direct hits on paddle to knock down a field target from 30 feet. What others should know:Serial number 656027 Beeman import. With about 1,000 through my P3, I've had no mechanical problems. Don't have a chronograph so I can't quote velocities. However gun is consistent and shoots with about same velocity as my Diana 6M, but not as hard as my BSA 240 in .177. The Weihrauch HW40CPA was not readily available when I bought my P3. I have found only cosmetic differences between a pure Weihrauch and a Beeman branded Weihrauch. A Beeman branded import is usually costlier. I shoot RWS
Miesterkuglen pistol pellets exclusively in my P3 with excellent results.
Should you buy the Chinese clone or the German original? I derived no
pleasure from owning inferior products, so I sold all my Chinese air guns.
I save a bit longer and buy the high quality guns, strictly my preference. The
Chinese guns are serviceable.
Things I liked:High quality. Clean design. Easy loading. Long scope rail. Easy-to-adjust
rear sight. Excellent backing by manufacturer. Fast discharge, no twanging, no
buzzing. Squeezing trigger doesn't disturb sight picture, allows for proper
follow through. Things I would have changed:Replace plastic trigger with an aluminum trigger like the one found on
Weihrauch rifles. Other plastics parts equate a four star rating. What others should know:My Model 46 is serial number 01248074. I also own the Stutzen model and a M46 in .177. With about 200 rounds through my M46/.22, I still have many more pellets to fire before my gun settles down. Right now, I have no problem grouping 3/4" at 20 yards with stock sights. This is large, heavy rifle, so I don't carry it around much. If you want to hunt small game and pests, let the critters come to you. I've ambushed a few pest starlings as they come to raid song bird nests. My M46 Stutzen and M46 in .177 have proved to be accurate and trouble free. I expect the same from my M46 in .22. I use my air rifles as alternatives to shooting my rim fire rifles--top quality pellets are much cheaper than 500 rounds of .17M2. I've set up a challenging course on my property consisting of Gamo field targets, ShatterBlast disks, water balloons, and on hot days, shaken cans of generic beer. My Model 46 in .22 provided lots on fun on my course, especially on the long distance targets. In summary, you can't go wrong a Diana air rifle. Wish the carbine version was available in the US. My 2001 Model 46 shoots smoother than my Model 46 made in 1996.
Things I liked:Compact size; variable power; been in production for a long time; reliable design leads to good value; walnut stock (bought my rifles before introduction of walnut finished hardwood stock).
Things I would have changed:Your trigger finger muscles will grow, grow, grow. Trigger pull is probably off the
scale. I needed lots of practice with the heavy trigger pull to extract the innate
accuracy of my 392/397 rifles. Reduce trigger pull to 3-4 pounds; return to formed
steel trigger guard. What others should know:I've been acquiring all types of air rifles for 40 years. I own versions of this rifle
ranging from original St. Louis Benjamin 310/ 312/317/342/347 models to the latest Benjamin-Sheridan renditions. The original Benjamin rifles have much lighter triggers. If you truly like air rifles, you have to own this classic American air rifle. The quality and reliability remain high. They are fun to shoot until you tire of pumping. Replace the rear sight with the factory aperture sight. Shoot this gun until you realize how accurate it is. I like my Benjamin rifles.
Things I liked:Finish, good quality and value. Things I would have changed:Lengthen stock to same size as Daisy Red Ryder. What others should know:I bought this Chinese made air rifle out of curiosity. It is a kid's rifle. The short
stock says so. The light colored wood stock and forearm are smooth and
well finished. The black finish on the metal is also smooth and appears deep.
The rear sight is elevated via steps. Allen head screws hold the gun together.
I shoot this little around at tin cans set 20 feet away. The rifle has enough
power to produce an audible 'clink' when the BB hits the can. At night, I
pick off large water bugs as they scurry along the ground. Overall, this
rifle is a short distance fun gun. The discharge sound is low and it is not
hard to cock.
I parked the little BB gun next to my Marlin 39s and 1894. Wish this rifle was
made in the U.S.A.
Things I liked:Overall appearance, even finish, lightweight Things I would have changed:Improve strength of threaded metal because three screws failed to tighten on threads. What others should know:Follow tightening sequence detailed in instructions. Do not over tighten.
Things I liked:Four colors, material composition, lightweight. Things I would have changed:Add more per package for same price; include smaller sizes for more challenging shots; add other shapes such as airplanes, trucks, zombies, monsters. What others should know:I set these out at 40-70 yards and had lots of fun blasting them with my HW50, HW97K, and FWB300U. Shattering these targets with a direct hit evokes joy and laughter. Since .22LR ammo is now scarce and expensive, shooting these Champion VisiChalk targets provides all the fun of firearm plinking at a far lower price.
I'm going to try 80-100 yard shots at these VisiChalks with my .177 Diana TH 56 and JSB heavies.