HW 50S: Part 1
This report covers:
- I bought it
- Sight inserts
- The stock
- What we have here
- What this series will not do
- Not the HW 50 of long ago
Today we begin looking at the HW 50S breakbarrel air rifle. This is more than just a look at an iconic air rifle. It’s so closely tied to the HW 30S that the reader really must take the two rifles into consideration together. I haven’t linked to the 30S series because it is still unfolding, but if you haven’t read it I’d advise you to do so.
I bought it
You readers asked me to review this rifle, and, like the HW30S, I bought it. This time I bought it from Pyramyd Air, because they do stock it. They don’t stock the 30S so I had to buy that one in the Netherlands, but the 50S is a regularly stocked item.
I bought this one because I plan to modify it, just like I did with the 30S. And, after a first very buzzy shot, I’m so glad that I will. The 30S has turned into a delightful tackdriver that I plan to test for you at 50 yards. And, after feeling the mainspring buzz of this rifle, I can’t wait to get inside! Right now I’m guessing the mainspring is bent (canted) even more than the spring in the 30SD was.
For those readers who just can’t believe that a Weihrauch can come out of the box needing some work, here’s another one. We will find out why it buzzes, though I’m suspecting a bent mainspring like we found on the 30S. This one seems to buzz a lot more, so I will be very curious to see what we find.
Speaking of what comes out of the box, the 50S has the same packet of front sight inserts hanging off the triggerguard as the 30S had. The one that’s in the rifle is a tapered post that’s probably the best all-around insert to use for sporting purposes, but when I shift to the peep sight I’ll use the one with an aperture.
The rear sight is identical to the one on the 30S, but the barrel locking detent on this 50S is a chisel style rather than the ball bearing found on the smaller rifle. It has a stiff spring holding the breech shut, so it’s necessary to slap the barrel at the muzzle to break it open.
The trigger seems almost ideal, right out of the box. I’ll measure it for you in Part 2 and if any adjustment is needed I’ll make it then. But I won’t write a special report about the trigger because this Rekord is identical to the one I reviewed for you in detail in Part 4 of the 30S report. If you want detailed information, read that report.
The stock is identical in shape to the one I showed you on the 30S. It’s just a little longer. Here are both rifles to compare.
The 50S is a larger, more powerful breakbarrel that’s also heavier. Where the 30S weighs 5 lbs. 13.2 ounces, the 50S I’m testing weighs 6 lbs. 8.3 ounces — almost a pound more. The 30S is 38-7/8-inches long, and the 50S is 40-1/2 inches overall. The 50S pull is 14-1/2-inches, compared to the 30S pull of 14-1/8-inch. Well, that’s pretty close, isn’t it? So both rifles are sized for adults and they both have barrels that are 15-1/2-inches long.
The checkering on the 50S stock appears identical to that of the 30S stock. The stock shape seems the same and the rubber butt pad seems identical. Obviously the sights are the same, and the cocking link of the 50S is a two-piece articulated arm, just like the 30S cocking link.
What we have here
What the 50S is, is a slightly larger version of a lightweight breakbarrel rifle. It’s the 30S times about 1.2. It has higher velocity, according to the specifications. We can expect up to 820 f.p.s. from it with lightweight pellets, where the 30S gave us 601 f.p.s. with Falcon domes. Of course the 30S now has a PG3 SHO tune in it and I am expecting the velocity to have been boosted by some amount. Won’t it be fun to see what the same tune can do for the 50S? I see that Pyramyd Air doesn’t carry that Vortek kit so I will have to order it direct from the manufacturer.
What this series will not do
I’m not doing this series to tell you which of these two models is better. That’s up to you, and as far as I can tell, neither one is better than the other. I’m going to tell you what they can do and let you make up your own minds on which is the best for you. Or maybe you’ll like them both — a lot of people do.
Not the HW 50 of long ago
I do own another HW 50, in the form of my HW 55 SF. It’s the only HW 55 target rifle that does not have the barrel lock and it was based on the older HW 50 rifle. This new HW 50S seems more powerful than that older rifle. I just hope I can make it smoother to shoot.
This is the start of another exciting series for the smaller HW breakbarrel rifles. By the end of it we should have a small book on how these two Weihrauch air rifles perform.