Weihrauch Barakuda 54 EL.
This report covers:
- No power lost
- Prepare for the test
- JSB Exact Jumbo RS
- Cocking effort
- Trigger pull
- Firing behavior
- Discharge sound
- H&N Baracuda 15
- Air Arms 16-grain dome
Today we look at the velocity of the Weihrauch Barakuda EL 54 ether-injected breakbarrel rifle. Let’s not waste any time getting started.
No power lost
As far as I can tell the ether injector does not degrade the power of the HW 35 it’s mounted to in any way. I didn’t think it would because the hole through which the ether gas is injected is covered in the first fraction of an inch of the piston’s travel. After that it’s a conventional compression chamber.
Prepare for the test
To prepare for the test I dropped five drops of Crosman Pellgunoil down the muzzle and stood the rifle on its butt for several hours. From that I know the piston seal has been oiled! And you can see the effects of that in the first string that I will now show you.
JSB Exact Jumbo RS
The first pellet tested was the 13.43-grain JSB Exact Jumbo RS dome. Instead of giving the usual numbers I will show you the entire string. I do that because the oiling did things to the velocity of the rifle.
Looking at this string I can see that the rifle was settling down from its oiling. And where it finally settled is a judgement call. The fourth shot was a detonation that went off with a surprising bang.
I say that shot number six was the first shot in a string that I can count on, so that becomes my arbitrary starting point. If we accept that as the first shot, then the average of the ten shots after is 576 f.p.s. The low is 568 and the high is 580 f.p.s. That’s a difference of 12 f.p.s. which is pretty good for an old girl like this. At the average velocity this 13.43-grain pellet generates 9.9 foot-pounds of energy.
I have to say this rifle is a delight to cock! Once the barrel is unlocked it falls down by gravity and then cocks with only 25 pounds of effort. It cocks so butter-smooth that I guessed it was less than 20 pounds.
The two-stage trigger I installed in Part 1 pulls through stage one with 4.2 ounces and stage two breaks at 8.1 ounces. It’s a little too light for me so I will adjust it heavier for the next report.
The rifle fires with a gentle buzz that isn’t that disturbing. There is almost no recoil — just a gentle pulse.
The rifle fires with a discharge of 98.5 dB. That sounds high but to my ears it seems quiet.
H&N Baracuda 15
The second pellet I tested was the H&N Baracuda 15 that weighs 15.89 grains. Ten averaged 524 f.p.s. The low was 521 and the high was 527 f.p.s. That’s a spread of just 6 f.p.s., so my call about where the rifle settled down in the last test was spot on. The rifle has settled down. At the average velocity this pellet generates 9.69 foot-pounds of energy at the muzzle.
Air Arms 16-grain dome
The last pellet I tested was the 16-grain Air Arms dome. Ten of them averaged 524 f.p.s. with a spread from 520 to 528 f.p.s. At just 8 f.p.s. that’s another pellet with a tight spread. At the average velocity this pellet generated 9.76 foot-pounds of energy.
It was great to shoot the Barakuda again today. I had forgotten just how smooth it is. I’m looking forward to the accuracy tests. I just need to stiffen that trigger pull a little.
The HW 54 EL Baracuda is a smooth spring-piston air rifle that’s a delight to shoot. I shall have to find reasons to shoot it more in the future.