by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier
This report covers:
- What’s new?
- Why .22?
- The rifle
- Open sights
- Scope rail
- Adjustable trigger
- One last feature
- What is this?
Well, well. What do we have here? A breakbarrel spring-piston air rifle in .22 caliber that is supposed to send alloy pellets out the spout at 1,000 f.p.s. Does that mean that it could possibly shoot a normal lead pellet at 750-800 f.p.s.? If so, this is a breakbarrel air rifle with the power of the venerated Beeman R1 at half the cost.
I have been wanting to test the new Walther Parrus since seeing it at the 2016 SHOT Show. It is a more powerful version of the Terrus that I liked enough to buy, But is it different enough from the Terrus to call it a new airgun?
I tested the Walther Terrus in .22 and liked it so much I bought it. I have been wanting to tear into it and tune it for you, but other things got in the way. It’s still on the back burner though.
The Parrus is much more powerful (supposedly 22 foot pounds, compared to 14 foot-pounds), which is why I wanted to test it. In fact the power is so high that .177 seemed like the wrong caliber. They advertise .177 alloy pellets going out at 1300 f.p.s., which is way faster than I want to shoot. Twenty-two seemed ideal for this one.
The Parrus I am testing (serial number PG002158) comes with a blonde beechwood stock that has a schnabel at the end of the forearm. The stock is thicker through the forearm than I prefer, making the rifle feel large and bulky. The stock is checkered on the pistol grip and forearm, but the diamonds are shallow and slick. They do nothing to improve the grip.
The half-inch thick butt pad is black and solid. The rubber is soft and grippy, so the rifle won’t slip on your shoulder or when you stand it in the corner.
The stock is 100 percent ambidextrous. The safety is located at the top of the pistol grip and comes on automatically when the rifle is cocked. It can be released and the rifle can then be uncocked manually by squeezing the trigger and holding the barrel as you close it slowly. That’s a feature not found on many spring rifles these days.
All metal parts are finished satin black. Most of the action is metal except for the trigger, triggerguard and the enlarged muzzle brake that the front sight sits on.
The weight is listed as 8.8 lbs. and my test rifle weighs 8 lbs. 13 oz, which is spot on. Overall length of the rifle is 47-3/4-inches, and 19-1/2 inches of that is the barrel. The pull is 14-3/8-inches, so the Parrus is a large air rifle.
The Parrus has open sights that are fully adjustable in both directions. The rear sight adjusts with crisp click detents, though I must observe that the horizontal adjustment knob is too small for easy use.
The rear sight has no fiberoptics, but the front sight has a red dot. An open hood protects the plastic fiberoptic tube. Sight replacement will not be an easy task, but both sights on the rifle look very useable.
The Parrus also comes with an 11mm dovetail cut direectly into the top of the spring tube. A hole at the rear of the dovetail provides a place to anchor the rear scope mount. While five years ago this type of scope base was normal, I am seeing so many Weaver/Picatinny bases on spring guns these days that I’m expecting it. This is an area Walther needs to look at in the future.
The trigger adjusts for the length of first stage pull. The adjustment is a screw located behind the trigger blade, and that one screw is all there is when the rifle is in the stock. I have tried adjusting it already and it works.
The trigger release is light. I feel some creep, but the rifle is brand new. Let’s wait until we get some shots on it before we criticize.
One last feature
The muzzle has a knurled cap that comes off to reveal 1/2-inch UNF threads for a silencer. Now, silencing the muzzle report of a spring rifle is like putting a quieter clock inside a hot rod. That’s not where most of the sound the comes from. Any silencer you buy that fits those threads will have to be registered with the BATF&E, through a process that takes upwards of a year the first time you do it. No doubt this feature is for European buyers who don’t face the same regulations we do.
What is this?
The Parrus is a Walther breakbarrel with power. We have already looked at a Terrus, which I liked enough to buy. We also looked at an LGV Challenger I also liked enough to buy, but which Umarex gave to me before I could. And we looked at an Walther LGV Master Ultra.
What is common to those three Walthers? They are all extremely accurate. Now we have a powerful Walther breakbarrel that is also low cost. If it’s accurate and has nice handling characteristics as well, we may just have a world-beater on our hands!