by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier
Walther’s LGV Challenger breakbarrel was a short-run success in 2013.
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I have been thinking about doing this report for several years. The Walther LGV Challenger is an air rifle that went extinct just after I reported on it in 2013. There was an entire range of modern LGVs. Many had wood stocks and upgraded features and they are all gone now, but it was the Challenger in its black synthetic stock that caught my eye at the 2013 SHOT Show.
The one I am reporting today retailed for $566.10 in 2013. Others in the line went up into the $600s.
The first LGVs
There was an old LGV, of course. Several of them, in fact. They represented Walther’s high-water mark in the 1970s with breakbarrel recoiling spring-piston target rifles, coming at the end of a long line of developments in that field. They were contemporary with the LGR Universal I tested for you last month.