by B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

Okay, today we’re back with the new RWS Diana Schutze youth model breakbarrel. I’ve been watching the forums and see that shooters are already discussing this rifle. One person has made up his mind that the trigger is too heavy (it’s 6 lbs. right now) and others are comparing the published velocity of the Schutze with velocities they get with their RWS Diana model 24s. As you recall, the Schutze is an updated model 24, now called the model 240.

We’ll look at velocity today. I lubricated the piston seal because the test rifle was squeaking when it was cocked. That’s the sound of a dry piston seal, so it got three drops of Whiscombe Honey, which until now I have reserved for lubing pellets, only. I used it because I am out of silicone chamber oil, and I wanted to see if this might be a viable substitute. There was a lot of dieseling and velocity fluctuation in the first 100 shots. The gun really stunk up the house with the smoke it produced. Then, it settled down and started performing right.

The seal is greatly improved from before. However, on the basis of the initial dieseling, I’d have to say Whiscombe Honey is not a good chamber lube.

The trigger is now almost free from creep. On many shots there’s no creep whatsoever, but then there will be some on a shot or two. I think that after 1,000-2,000 shots, it’ll be entirely creep-free.

The trigger-pull is getting lighter but not yet consistently lighter. That’s another area where several thousand shots will make a difference. In that respect, this trigger is no different than the trigger on a Beeman C1 or most older Gamos.

Velocity – RWS Hobbys
RWS Hobbys averaged 584 f.p.s., with a spread from 579 to 591. That’s a velocity spread of 12 f.p.s. and a muzzle energy of 5.3 foot-pounds.

Velocity – RWS Superdomes
RWS Superdomes averaged 516 f.p.s., with a spread from 507 f.p.s. to 521 f.p.s. That’s a velocity spread of 14 f.p.s. and a muzzle energy of 4.91 foot-pounds.

Velocity – Crosman Premier 7.9-grain pellets
Crosman Premier 7.9-grain pellets averaged 537 f.p.s. with a spread from 531 to 544. That a total spread of 13 f.p.s. and a muzzle energy of 5.06 foot-pounds. Of all the pellets tested, Premiers fit the bore the tightest and seemed to have the smoothest firing characteristics.

Velocity – Gamo Raptors
Send in the clowns! Gamo Raptors delivered an average of 645 f.p.s. with a spread from 610 to 680. That’s a total spread of 70 f.p.s. and a muzzle energy of 4.62 foot-pounds.

Velocity – Crosman Silver Eagle hollowpoints
More trick pellets. Crosman Silver Eagle hollowpoints are the new velocity champs of all pellets made from some kind of metal. In the Schutze, they averaged 760 f.p.s., with a velocity spread from 751 to 770. That’s a 19 f.p.s. total spread and a muzzle energy of 6.16 foot-pounds. That’s a pretty tight spread for a trick pellet, so perhaps these will show some accuracy.

The Schutze is right on the spec for velocity, and the test rifle exhibits signs of breaking in the way most better-quality spring guns do. I’m surprised no one has remarked yet that this rifle is priced slightly higher than the much more powerful RWS Diana 34 Panther – as though we buy our airguns on the basis of feet-per-second. Oh, wait! Many people still do! If you’re among them, the Schutze isn’t for you. But, if you’re a parent looking for a quality youth air rifle for less money than a Beeman R7 or an HW 30, you might want to consider this one. We have to test accuracy next, so all the votes are not yet counted. Stay tuned!