This report covers:
- The R7
- My good fortune
- The test
Today we start looking at the Beeman R7. This one will be read by many!
Is the Beeman R7 a Weihrauch HW 30S with a different stock? Yes, it is. And there is even more to it.
The Beeman R1 first came out in 1981. It was the first of the R-series air rifles. Beeman and Weihrauch agreed that Weihrauch could also build that rifle and call it their HW 80. That was a business negotiation that helped Beeman with the price of each rifle and Weihrauch with the cost of development. Weihrauch had originally planned to make a larger more powerful HW 77 that had the power of the R1, but the prototype rifle they were working on weighed more than 11 pounds and still didn’t quite have the power they wanted.
So, the R1 and HW 80 hit the streets in ’81 and, because the wood stock of the R1 was a little longer and caused sourcing issues for the longer stock blanks, the HW 80 came to market first. All of this was told to me by Dr. Beeman years ago.
I also met the engineer who modeled the R1’s powerplant, making it the first spring-piston airgun to be designed on a computer. That engineer and I met at the Little Rock airgun show sometime in the 1990s, which is when I learned about that.
The HW 30 and HW 50 came out much earlier. The 30 dates back to at least 1955 and the 50 eaven earlier, to 1950. That one (1950) was before the Rekord trigger became available. That early 50 was the older rifle with a 25mm piston — not the one with the 26mm piston we have today.
The year after the R1 came out the Beeman R7 and R8 hit the market. They were Beeman versions of the HW 30S and 50S, respectively.
It’s obvious now and even back then that Dr. Beeman wanted to make his versions of the Weihrauch rifles stand apart. This was done by making the forearms of many of the Beeman models longer than those of the Weihrauch rifles. Originally the R7 stock was longer, as can be seen in the catalog picture (the base block that the barrel fits in is covered completely) but it was shortened many years ago, I believe when Marksman bought the Beeman company. And since then Weihrauch has lengthened the forearm on the HW 30/30S. More recently they revised the stock into what we see on both the 30 and 50 today.
The Beeman R7 stock did not keep pace with the Weihrauch upgrade. Now, since Air Venturi manages the Beeman R-series airguns, we can thank them for that. Therefore, a current R7 stock is styled in the older style and shouldn’t cause any problems with using the open sights.
My good fortune
You know what I see when it comes to the R7? I see that the people who have one prize it and people who let one get away regret doing so. That’s why I’m writing this report. I am responding to what reader thedavemeister said, “I originally had an R7, but sold it…HUGE mistake!”
The rifle I have became available recently and I acquired it. I already have an HW 30S, so I didn’t need another identical air rifle, but I will now tell you why this one is different.
I took this air rifle from the box and shot several pellets with it already. Cocking is very light and smooth. The firing cycle is smooth. And the trigger is adjusted the way I like it. This is an air rifle I don’t need to tune, or to buy a different stock for. This one is ready to go right out of the box.
Do I need to test this new/old R7 of mine when I’ve already tested the HW 30S 14 times? I believe I do. Let me tell you why.
This rifle has been tuned by somebody. I can see that both by the feel of the shot cycle and also by looking through the cocking slot. Whoever did the job knew what they were doing.
So whatever it turns out to be, this is the way I will leave it and this is what I will test for you.
We are now looking at one of the most iconic air rifles to ever come along. What a joy it will be to test it for you!