RWS 92 – Part 3
by B.B. Pelletier
Well, this is a very poignant report. Because the day I posted Part 2 was the first day I spent in the hospital, back in March of this year. The plan at the time was to finish the report in another week or so, but things got in the way until now.
You can re-read Parts 1 and 2 and learn what I already discovered about the RWS 92. Vince, who gave me the rifle, had apparently tuned it with a general deburring and some moly lube. I commented that the rifle seemed like a 7/8-sized FWB 124 in many design ways.
Today, I tested accuracy, and this is a big deal. I think it’s the first accuracy testing I’ve done since getting sick. I know I was certainly thankful for the 20 lbs. of cocking effort, because I’ve lost a lot of upper body strength over the past several months. And one flaw I see in the rifle is the lack of a rubber buttpad, because the plastic buttpad tried to slip off my leg as I broke the barrel down.
I shot it at 10 meters indoors, and I used those fiberoptic open sights. They were designed for a center hold, but I wanted all the precision possible, so I lit the target and made the sights appear dark. Even so, the rear sights have a scooped-out semi-buckhorn shape that makes precise aiming difficult.
The lightweight RWS Hobby pellet turned in a pretty good target. Ten shots at 10 meters fell mostly into the same hole. The outliers were in close orbit of the six in the center. They fit the breech tight…but well.
The firing impulse is quick and a bit harsh, but there’s no vibration afterward. The trigger has one bit of creep in the second stage, but it’s repeatable and I knew when it was going to fire.
Crosman Premier lites
The 7.9-grain Crosman Premier lite pellet showed a tendency to shoot to the same place but look at the one on the lower right. That was not a called flier. It just happened. So, I think the solution is to do some serious pellet sorting if ultimate accuracy is desired. This is another pellet that fit the breech tight but well.
JSB Exact 8.4 grains
The JSB Exact 8.4-grain pellet fit the breech loosely and delivered a group potentially as good as the Hobbys. The one high shot was a called flier.
The bottom line
I have to say I wasn’t expecting this much quality or accuracy from the RWS 92. It’s a delightful little air rifle. And I hope you all realize that I could scope the rifle and probably get groups like these out at 25 yards. These open sporting fiberoptic sights offer very little aiming precision. Take a look at Part 1 to see what I had to deal with.
I wish more little spring guns like this were made today. This is why I like the Bronco so much. The 92 is another version of that same idea. A little rifle you can shoot all day long.