Walther Terrus air rifle: Part 4

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Walther Terrus
Walther’s Terrus rifle with synthetic stock.

This report covers:

  • Open sight test
  • Different artillery hold
  • Cleaned the barrel
  • Mounted the scope
  • First shot — lost my aim point!
  • Crosman Premier pellets
  • RWS Meisterkugeln pellets
  • Overall evaluation

Today, I’m scoping the .22-caliber Walther Terrus and shooting it at 25 yards. This is an air rifle for which I have high hopes because it has many great features we have already seen, and the price is as good as it gets. If the Terrus is accurate on top of everything else, we’ll have another world-beater.

Open sight test

In part 3, we shot the Terrus with its open sights at 25 yards. I knew I wasn’t going to be as accurate with open sights, but I’d hoped the rifle would encourage me. I don’t think it did, though. My open-sight groups were close to 2 inches or more, though a couple did have some promising clusters. I wondered how much better it would get with a scope.

Different artillery hold

A couple readers advised me to slide my off hand forward instead of touching the triggerguard. I mentioned that the stock swell at the forearm was a problem, but on today’s shooting I did exactly that. This is an alternative artillery hold that sometimes yields good results. It felt odd because of the stock swell, but I was able to do it. My off hand was at the rear of the cocking slot.

Cleaned the barrel

I cleaned the barrel with J-B Non-Embedding Bore Cleaning Compound simply because several readers suggested it. When I did, I discovered that the test rifle has an extremely tight bore. Extremely tight! I used a worn brass brush and still had difficulty getting it through the barrel. But it was possible to pull the brush through several times, so that’s what I did. Then, I removed all the residue and got ready for the test.

Mounted the scope

I selected a Leapers UTG 8-32X56 AO Accushot SWAT scope with sidewheel parallax adjustment. The exact scope I used is no longer listed, but I linked to the closest scope that’s still being sold. This big scope is too much for a Terrus; but when I’m pressed for time, I go with what’s the most ready. This scope had 2-piece BKL high rings already attached, so it was quick to mount to the rifle. And I lucked out a second time when the Terrus proved to NOT droop! I set the scope to 22x which looked good.

Sight-in was a single shot at 12 feet; and then I backed up to 25 yards, where it took 6 more rounds to get on target. Just this one time, I decided to adjust the scope to strike the center of the target. There are some people who think where you are on the bull is important, and I wanted to satisfy them.

First shot — lost my aim point!

And the first shot was a near-pinwheel (center of the bull blown away)! There went my aim point! But I guesstimated where it was and shot 10 13.43-grain JSB Exact RS pellets into a 0.636-inch group. I thought I noticed a small amount of twitchiness in the hold, but it wasn’t bad.

Walther Terrus JSB group 1
At 25 yards, the Walther Terrus put 10 pellets into 0.636 inches. Not bad for shooting 9 of them without an aim point!

On the heels of the good performance from the Diana 340 N-TEC the other day, I decided to give the Terrus a try rested on the bag. This time, 10 went into 0.579 inches — making the Terrus a neutral rifle that’s not hold-sensitive! I did not discover this during the test, though. I thought the second group was slightly larger than the first, so the rest of the test was shot with the artillery hold.

Notice that this second group has shifted slightly to the left. Just the manner of the rest or hold made that difference. All targets were shot with the same scope setting.

Walther Terrus JSB group 2
At 25 yards, the bag-rested Walther Terrus put 10 pellets into 0.579 inches. This is a good pellet for this rifle!

Crosman Premier pellets

I also tried some Crosman Premiers. I stopped after just 5 shots, because the group had already grown to 1.422 inches. The Premier is obviously not suited to the Terrus.

Walther Terrus Premier group
At 25 yards, 5 Crosman Premiers went into 1.422 inches, so I stopped shooting. This isn’t the right pellet. And the pellets landed in order — at the low right, center of the bull, low left and the last 2 low right.

RWS Meisterkugeln pellets

While wadcutter pellets aren’t good for long range, they’ll sometimes do well out to 25 yards. I had an unopened tin of RWS Meisterkugelns, and the power of the Terrus seemed well-suited to their 14-grain weight, so I went for it. When the first 8 pellets landed in a tight 0.578 inch cluster I thought I was on to something; but on shot 9, I didn’t fully relax and the shot landed high. I call that one a pulled shot; but on the last shot, I did everything perfect and it went into the same hole as pellet 9. So, the Meisterkugeln pellets are slightly twitchy. Ten shots in 1.197 inches at 25 yards.

Walther Terrus Meisterkugeln group
At 25 yards the first 8 RWS Meisterkugeln pellets went into 0.578 inches. Shots 9 and 10 opened the group to 1.197 inches.

Overall evaluation

There is no longer any doubt — the Walther Terrus is a world-beater! You get a lot of value in a very low-priced package. I would recommend getting the wood stock to avoid the swollen forearm on the synthetic model; but if money is tight, you can learn to live with it.

The trigger is nice, but I think it could be improved. I’d like the release to be a little lighter. The breech lockup cannot be improved — it’s perfect right now. The open sights are throwaways, in my opinion; and with the accuracy we see today, I think most of you will want to mount a scope.

The rifle still buzzes a little when it fires, but I’m going to see what I can do about that. I’ve decided to make the Terrus a project rifle, so I bought it yesterday from Pyramyd Air. The fun ain’t over yet!

70 thoughts on “Walther Terrus air rifle: Part 4

  1. BB:

    You mentioned how tight the bore was. Did you use your pellet gauge to determine the head size of the pellets that you tested?

    I was wondering if smaller head sizes were shooting better in the tight bore.

    Jim


  2. BB,

    I have had this air rifle with the wood stock parked in my wish list at PA since you started this review. I have been waiting to see what it would do at 25 yards. I am quite pleased with the performance and the fact that it is hold neutral. This could end up being a real winner for Walther. If I am not mistaken, this air rifle will meet most of your criteria.

    Now that you have bought it, Would you please confirm the front sights are removable and whether you could mount a front globe and rear peep on this rifle?


  3. I also have the wood stocked .22 in my wish list, and I too would prefer a globe sight instead of fiber optics. I doubt if it will be as accurate as my LGV, but it’s almost two pounds lighter, which is a big plus in my mind.


  4. I do like what this rifle and the 340 Diana have to offer. Can the sights be completely removed on both rifles? I do wish the manufacturers would put on good rugged classic sights and forget the plastic fibre optics.


  5. I think this rifle just tick about everything on your list from last week in designing a new break-barrel. Price appears reasonable, accurate, stock is ambidextrous and available in wood or synthetic, good trigger, cocking effort reasonable for power produced. The only negatives I can say are the sights which are fiber-optic, but are popular with new shooters and that it uses a traditional dovetail not a Weaver-style scope base. Ease of maintainability remains to be seen but since you bought the unit I think that is next on the list for your evaluation.


  6. Well this is great news for the shooters on a budget! I was waiting for this review and it did not disappoint! I however found that another online retailer had the Wierauch HW95 for $299 so I ordered that and it arrived yesterday. Of course it was windy and rainy , but today is sunny so I will be breaking it in with the open sights before getting the scope from Pyramyd Air . Pyramyd air has been my first choice and I am a huge fan of the people and the company , but I couldn’t pass up the good price on this gun . The Terrus may be the next purchase rifle and possibly for my wife. Thanks for all you do B.B. ! I did look up your blog on the R9 to make sure you gave it the thumbs up before committing! Thanks again Jason


    • Jason,

      Have to admit that $299 sale price on the HW95 was tempting but with 10% off And free shipping I felt the wood stock Terrus was a a better deal. I do envy you since you have your rifle already and mine is on backorder. 🙁

      David


      • I agree with you on the price with 10% and free shipping . But on the other hand a rekord trigger and non fiber optic sights with wood stock and rubber butt pad made up for it , plus like you said no waiting to be in stock .


        • I ordered my Terrus before the other guys put the HW95 on sale. As for those sights, I plan on scoping this rifle so no big deal on the glowie things. I may even pull them off if they get in the way of my scope. The trigger, well I have a Rekord trigger on my HW50s but I am just as happy with the T05 on my 460 Magnum so the Terrus’s trigger most likely will suit me just fine. If not I’ll sent the Terrus back and order my Walther LGV Master now since I plan on buying one in the near future anyway. 😉

          David


          • I also will be scoping the HW95 but I am glad it has good sights on it just in case something happens to the scope plus it serves for now breaking it in out of the box . As my collection “only” has daisy crosmans and a Benjamin NP this will be my “first ” European springer accuracy being my first concern as I will be target and small game hunting with it . The Terrus and the Diana also fit the bill . But as a regular price of $470 and the longevity of this Wierauch I felt I “had ” to go this way . The Terrus is new and it always seems new stuff gets a few glitches before perfection, that scared me a bit . With this being a major purchase for my wallet . It came down to the Diana 34 and HW95, and Rekord trigger trumps T06 based on all of my research. Hopefully this Terrus will be in my cabinet one day as I have really gotten the airgun bug ! And it has the Godfather’s blessing! He is the only one I know to truly be 100% no B.S. When it comes to reviews and knowledge! Jason



  7. BB I have noticed with walther rifles that somehow the barrels love JSB pellets. I do not know if the barrel making process somehow contributes to this. and what else I noticed with my LGU and an LGV is they defy the laws of physics and dom not act like a springer therefore artillery hold ruins groups. everyone I saw shot off bags like a 22 LR


    • Weihrauch develop their barrels using H&N product (and sell the pellets under their own brand), Diana use the RWS pellets, Crosman their own and Walther use JSB, so, though by no means the best pellet for your rifle, it’s often a good base line to start testing from…..I’m pretty sure BSA used to test with H&N too, though the PCP’s seem to like all sorts



  8. B.B,
    To achieve good results when shooting for accuracy off a rest using the artillery hold; i always take off my wedding band. One day, after a shooting session while breaking in my springer, I noticed small indentations in the wooden stock in the location where I normally place my open palm. I figured that the weight of the rifle, on the odd occasion , was resting on the ring causing the dents when the rifle recoiled. Once the ring was removed the group’s began to shrink.

    Pete




      • RR and Pete
        I guess I have it better than I realized as I have never worn a wedding ring in both my past marriage and the present one. My excuse if that’s what we are calling it is being a mechanic and working with hand and power tools for a living I have seen guys lose a finger or get it just about torn off due to the wedding band getting caught in a power tools spinning sockets and or extensions as well as caught on engine parts while it is running or snagged on a hot manifold when reaching to remove spark plugs from an engine that has just come in the shop after running for 1 or 2 hours and the customer is waiting on it so there is no time to let the engine cool down.

        But the worst and prime reason I do not wear one is when I first started as a mechanic many years ago the shop I was working in had an older mechanic that did wear his wedding band and he had accidently dropped a pair of pliers that just happened to fall across the positive and negative battery terminals at the same time as he went to grab them and when his hand got hold of them they had already made contact with both battery terminals and as the plier began to glow red hot from the 500 plus amp flowing thru them his wedding band finger with his hand contacted the pliers also and when he was able to get his hand off the now red hot pair of pliers the gold wedding band had melted all the way to the bone on his left hands finger and it was not coming off without surgery to cut the burned flesh from around the melted and deformed gold. So from that day forward I have never worn a wedding band.

        If the only thing that band on my finger is for is to remind me that I am married then I am doomed to fail in my marriage before it ever starts and if my wife cannot live with me not having a wedding band on my finger then she has no trust in me from the start and our marriage is doomed to fail so the band is only a symbol and nothing more and has nothing to do with two people loving each other and willing to spend their lives together.

        BD


        • BD,

          I fully understand. When I was in the Navy, I did not wear rings either.

          I was just inserting a bit of marital humor there. I do not wear a ring to remind me that I am married, I had a very wide band custom made so as to tell the world that I am married.


          • RR
            Sometimes I get a little over zealous in my reaction and interpretation of the comments that are posted here and just get carried away in my thoughts and comments I post as well.

            So I was not trying to make any one mad but I just feel to much emphasis or symbolism is placed on thing that are only trivial items that really don’t serve to truly represent the way a person or people feel about or towards other people or groups of people and was just pointing out that in some case wearing ring is more dangerous or costly than not wearing them as I never wear any necklaces to work as well because I have also witnessed accident from those getting caught in moving parts and pulling the people face into those moving parts.

            I have hair down to my waist when braided and have always worn it inside my shirt at work so that I cannot get it caught in anything and pull my hair and face into moving part of the engine or belts. I have seen far to many accidents from people being careless to take any chances myself that I can prevent by thinking ahead and being safety minded as long as it has nothing to do with going fast on a bike or in a car and living on the edge as that is what truly makes you feel alive.

            BD



  9. BB or anyone else,

    Would a weihrauch hw 85/r11 or a hw95/r9, fitted with a 7.5 joules spring, have the same firing and shooting characteristics as a hw30?


  10. Pete and RR–When I got married I refused the male wedding band . My wife was not upset because she knew that my main hobby was target shooting, and I did not want to scratch my guns. Ed


  11. This is great news – two breakbarrels with superb accuracy and acceptable pricing – Walther and N-Tec. Tough choice on which to acquire next – new bicycle computer (broken sensor holder now glued together), new bicycle tires (too many flats with mounted ones), new air rifle, another scope, more C02 cartridges (use for tire inflation as well as Bullseye Practice in the basement – quieter than shooting 22LR 🙂 ) or both air rifles.

    On a “proof-reader” note, there is a typo in the “Mounted the Scope” paragraph, 2nd line – “closet” should be corrected to “closest”. Just for posterity, you understand 🙂

    Fred DPRoNJ


  12. Cool… Seems this rifle isn’t bad at all.

    Seems there are many interesting options in the low to medium price range.

    Here in Germany, the HW50S, HW35, Diana 34 and the Walther Terrus are priced similarly.

    At the moment, the Diana seems to be the most accurate, at least according to the tests BB has done. I guess the others aren’t half bad either.

    Which one do you guys consider the best buy now?

    I think I’d go with one of the Weihrauchs (best open sights and great trigger) or the Diana (great trigger and perhaps the best accuracy).
    The Walther is probably very good, but the front sight looks pretty fragile.

    It’s interesting that the HWs are significantly more expensive in the USA. That probably makes the others a better value.

    Stephan


  13. Are even the best groups of about .5 inches at 25 yards worldbeaters? I seem to remember those numbers coming up regularly with other rifles, and the this one displays some pellet sensitivity.

    So, how many times should you use a brass brush? I was wondering why mine was going through barrels so easily. I thought I had the wrong size until I put in a new one and felt a lot more resistance.

    Matt61


  14. I think the 34P put 10 shots in less than 0.5″ at 35 yards, right?

    Maybe the results could be slightly different on another day with another pellet… It’s hard to say I guess.

    Since the Diana isn’t significantly more expensive, I’d say it directly competes with the Terrus. Maybe it comes down to which stock and trigger one likes better.


  15. BTW, some prices in case you Americans are interested:

    (taken from Sportwaffen Schneider; good shop with good prices)

    HW50S: € 215
    HW35 Standard: € 240
    Diana 31P: € 229 (same thing as your 34P)
    Terrus (synthetic stock): € 216

    I guess at those prices, the Weihrauchs are very strong contenders…


  16. CptKlotz,

    My money goes to the HW35 hands down, no contest, based on what I have read and seen. I’ve only shot the HW35 but it wins the accuracy tests.

    G&G


  17. I’m looking forward to BB’s scoped test of the HW35.

    I own a Diana 31P T06 and a 1973 FWB300S. I have “permanently borrowed” a 1980 HW35.

    Being a newbie shooter with a 9,5 meter home range, I am not good enough to discern differences in accuracy between the three even when shooting from a rest.

    My offhand scores are very slowly improving, though 🙂


  18. Well, we’re getting spoilt for choice in the mid price springer stakes, BSA Supersport and Lightning, Weihrauch HW50, Diana 34 and now these Walthers…..it’s nice to see Europe having a fight back against the oriental onslaught, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend any one of those to a new shooter, I can’t say that for any Wang Po product, simply because 5 might be fine and number 6 a complete dog.
    As an aside, my “as new” Diana 38 arrived today, I put the RWS 4-12x40AO off of my HW77 on it……zeroed at 20 yards, and quite low at that, my 77 doesn’t have any tangible droop…..so, an RWS Diana 38…of similar power (12fpe) as my 77, with an RWS scope and mounts….aimed at the same target I was zeroed with the 77 on…..and, as if to fly in the face of conventional wisdom, point of impact is 5 inches…higher! than the same optics, calibre, pellets and target on my Weihrauch….you’d think they would be, at least, similar……and as for the infamous Diana droop, if anything this is shooting high!, the 38 is a tiny bit less powerful too (11.4fpe as opposed to 11.7)
    I would have put money on a break barrel shooting slightly lower, especially a 34 based rifle!


  19. I was exhausted after work, but at 20 yards from an unsupported standing position I got a few one inch groups, however the majority were clustering in half inch, so the potential is there, I’ll experiment with pellets, and shoot from a supported position over the weekend, it feels accurate if you know what I mean.


  20. well done Mr Pelletier… as we left off last installment i was positive about the expected improvement in group sizes while scoped… Also i see your wheels and cogs spinning, and i would have expected to buy that gun if the results were satisfying… this could be a contender to shoot against a HW50 (even cheaper)… like a revamped FWB127 almost… i dont doubt that with a mild tuning and lubing this will make a great “what rifle should i buy on a budget?” I cant wait to see the results of your tuning Sir…Maybe by then my Terrus will be here. By the way, .22 is the way to go. And maybe the open sights would be appreciated more to shoot short distance (ratting) or pigeons in rafters… If not there is always the LGV…


  21. I got my wood stocked .17 Terrus yesterday. So far I’m impressed. The build quality is excellent. I hate the open sights, wish they were all metal. The trigger is acceptable, wish it broke a little lighter. The stock is the plainest wood I’ve ever seen with a light matt finish. I will put at least a tin through it before I look for the best pellet. Initial accuracy has been encouraging. The shot cycle is remarkably smooth. It’s a keeper.


    • Hello Everette, I have 2 RWS 34T06’s in .177 am trying to decide on the Terrus or another 34 in.22, how is the accuracy on yours? Also can you give a full description on the trigger pull and adjustments for the Terrus.
      Thanks in advance, RP.


      • Hi Rudy: The trigger pull is smooth, the let off is predictable. It could be a little lighter. I haven’t adjusted anything yet. Accuracy is to be determined after I get a tin through it, mount a scope and work on pellet preference. For the price it is excellent.


        • Everett thank you for your prompt response. I watched a video review on you-tube and along with yours and BB’s remarks I am really leaning towards the Terrus. Thank you again, Rudy P.


  22. I purchased a Terrus and I love it. It is very accurate. Is there anything I can use to darken the wood? I just don’t like the light colored wood but I don’t want to void the warranty.


  23. My 22 Terrus is pretty much hold sensitive … My LGU is a lazer beam compared to the Terrus . 2 pounds heavier stock and all the science that goes into the LG series makes a difference. The trigger on the Terrus is the only thing I like to help with or maybe it will breakin with time.
    The artillery hold is a most for consistent poi. But a trigger with lighter break would be a god send. The LGU is easy to mod with m3 bolt … The plastic trigger is beautiful with it! Hope that will be coming to mod Terrus.
    Thank you all. Cc



  24. Tom,

    I’ve read your reviews of the new Walther Terrus as well as the Diana 34P. Given I can get the 34P for about $25 more than the Terrus and the 34P has the slimmer fore end and was more accurate in your testing, is there any reason I should not spend a little more and get the 34P???

    Mitch



  25. I know that this review is a tad older, (like all of us), but I am curious to know if you did a tune on the Terrus, and if “yes”, what did you do?
    I have a lower powered .177 version (767fps using H&N Match pellets), and would not wish for a better rifle. Up to 25m she competes very nicely with the other higher priced German branded rifles. Many thanks. Rick.


  26. I received a Walther Terrus today in .22 cal with synthetic stock.
    I caught them on sale for $189.99 delivered to my doorstep. I ordered the .22 cal and the next day ordered the same configuration in .177 which will arrive tomorrow. I have already put over 150 rounds through the rifle and I am very pleased thus far. First and foremost, it seems to like the Crosman Premier hunting pellets available at Walmart for $6.47 per 500. This in itself was a great plus. The rifle came in a box unopened from the factory. Unlike the HW95 I recently purchased thru A.G.O.A. it was not test fired prior to delivery. The bore was heavily coated in cosmoline or what ever product used by Walther and needed a thorough cleaning prior to firing the rifle. So far all rounds fired have been at 10M in my garage using just open sights. I shot consistently dime size 5 shot groups time after time using the Crosman Premier hunting pellets. I later tried some H&N FTT’s which shot approximately the same group sizes. In my opinion for the crazy price of $189.99 delivered, this gun can’t be beat. It is well made, with an acceptable trigger. Not fantastic by any means but seems consistent. Is it as good as my HW95, not even close, but the HW set me back another $140 dollars and that was also a great price at the time. Is it as good as my RWS 34, not quite, but I don’t know of antone offing a model 34 delivered to my doorstep for $189.99. It is easy to sit back and say for another $60-75 I could get the RWS 34 instead. Or for another $140-150 if they are still on sale I could get the HW95. $60-150 can buy a lifetime’s worth of pellets for a lot of shooters. In closing, the Walther Terrus is a very nice rifle for the money and it has a good warranty to back it up. Compared to the Chinese stuff offered at the big box stores this is a no-brainer. I will let you know how the Terrus .177 I am receiving tomorrow performs in the near future. I’ve got my fingers crossed hoping it too likes the Crosman Premier hunting pellets.


  27. I purchased a .177 Terrus and feel it is quite good. I don’t have much experience with piston air rifles. I’ve shot my son’s Crosman Nitro Venom maybe 30 or 40 times but felt the accuracy falls off after 40-50 yards (5″ targets). I have shot many 100s of.177 through my Hammerli 850; wonderful, accurate rifle!

    I have “book learning” (YouTube) on how to hold and shoot a springer; artillery hold, etc.

    The first day with the Terrus, I shot a 2″ group at 65 yards with H&N Field Target Trophy Green 5.56 grain pellets. I think this is a good sign for the Terrus considering my relative inexperience with springers! I’m almost 67 and the smooth cocking Terrus action does not seem to be too hard. All shooting rested on a small bean bag on a deck rail with the palm artillery hold at the balance point.


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