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By TomL from USA on 2010-02-21 11:30:00Things I liked:Just about everything. High quality construction all around, no wobbly parts anywhere. I am confident this gun would last decades of regular use with only basic maintenance. Lots of power for an air pistol and excellent accuracy once you get used to the gun. In any case it shoots more accurately than I ever will and if any shot misses the mark it's my fault. Balance is surprisingly good and the cocking isn't too hard - at least not for an adult male. It might be somewhat harder for a youngster but then again, the HW 45 is not really suitable for kids anyway. Has the feel of a real firearm. Kicks quite hard for an air gun - approaching a .22LR pistol in terms of recoil. Hence a lot more demanding to shoot than a PCP or CO2 air gun. Yet it's exactly the steeper learning curve that makes the HW 45 that much more interesting. Seems to handle pretty much any .177 pellet well. Not finnicky about the ammunition.
Things I would have changed:Hard to think of a single really negative thing... Well, the original grip scales are good looking and old fashioned but not necessarily the most comfortable. I bought a Colt 1911 replacement rubber grip (monoblock design by Hogue), which fits like a glove. Much better now. It doesn't abrade my fingertips and I can control the pistol better (my hands are medium sized). Also, my HW 45 is the older model with ordinary iron sights (the new model comes with fiber glass sights). Effective and bombproof but as any plain open sights, not very good against a dark background. I have painted the front sight with bright orange nail polish and it works perfectly.
What others should know:Loading is simple but pay attention! Early on I've had the pellet slip out of the barrel when I closed the slide (I haven't pushed the pellet all the way in), resulting in an accidental dry fire about two or three times before I figured out what was going on. Very unpleasant but fortunately the HW 45 is built like a tank and tolerates dry firing much better than most springers. That said, it's still a bad thing to dry fire an HW 45! A challenging air pistol to master - hold sensitive! For consistent hits you absolutely need a consistent grip. Once you zero the sights do not change your grip! If you do, you will need to zero again. I use a two-handed grip (isosceles) all the time now and can achieve pretty tight groups but one-handed the gun will shoot about 4" high at 10m (requiring a new zero). Same thing for full versus half-power cocking. My HW is .177 caliber and I always shoot in full power mode. On a lower power setting the gun will shoot about 4" high @ 10m. All in all, not ideal for kids or total beginners but a perfect choice for an intermediate air gunner. It is not a match gun but it has plenty of accuracy and power. Also very heavy duty - well made. After two months of daily practice and over 3000 shots I still can't seem to get bored with my HW 45. I think that about sums up... :-)
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By hoppie from USA on 2007-08-27 18:55:31Things I liked:Solid construction, built like a tank. Can put Colt 1911 aftermarket grips on it. Very precise trigger. Excellent hunting gun.
Things I would have changed:Recoil. Very accurate if bench fired. If you plan to shoot free standing, you have to sight in to account for the recoil. Sights are not very precise, had to put scope on it.
What others should know:Takes a lot of practice to be accurate with it.