Comparing the TX200 Mark III and the Walther LGU

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

My report covers:

• This test
• Introduction
• Specifications
• TX200 Mark III Evaluation
• Walther LGU Evaluation
• Summary

This test
This will be the first official comparison test report I’ve ever written! I was opposed to comparison reports until it was recently pointed out to me that we buy electronics that way. Since I’d just purchased a new digital camera using the same method, that was hard to argue.

TX200 Mark III
TX200 Mark II from Air Arms is the high-water mark for spring rifles.

Walther LGU
Walther’s new LGU challenges the TX200. Is it serious?

Introduction
I selected the TX200 Mark III and the Walther LGU for this comparison. These are two high-end spring-piston airguns that are similar in price, features and quality. When a buyer looks at these guns, he should not be distracted by other spring guns or even by other powerplants. He wants a good, solid underlever spring-piston air rifle, and these 2 are at the top of the list. read more


Walther’s new LGU: part 4

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Walther LGU right
Walther’s LGU underlever is a beautiful new spring rifle.

This report covers:

• Baracuda Match 4.53mm pellets
• Baracuda Match 4.50mm pellets
• Crosman Premier lite pellets
• And, finally — JSB 8.44-grain Exact pellets (for G&G)
• Overall evaluation

It was New Year’s Eve day, and all of you were still snug in your warm beds when I crept out to the frozen 50-yard rifle range to test the Walther LGU. I arrived when it was still dark. After a 20-minute setup, I began shooting. The morning sky was just brightening when the first shot went downrange. North Central Texas is usually a nice place any time of the year, but we had a cold snap that I believe the whole country was enjoying at the time. read more


Walther’s new LGU: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2

Walther LGU right
Walther’s LGU underlever is a beautiful new spring rifle.

This report covers:

• Scope
• Target 1 — Crosman Premier lite pellets
• Target 2 — Baracuda Match 5.53mm pellets
• Target 3 — Air Arms Falcon pellets
• Target 4 — H&N Baracuda Match 4.50mm pellets
• Shooting behavior
• Other observations

Let’s see how accurate the new Walther LGU underlever rifle is. This is a report that’s as serious as they get; because if this rifle proves to be accurate, the LGU will be a clear choice for those thinking about a TX200 Mark III. And, although I personally do not have good experience with them, there are just as many shooters who like the HW 97 just as much. Today we’l; see if the LGU fits into this top niche of spring guns. read more


Walther’s new LGU: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

Walther LGU right
Walther’s LGU underlever is a beautiful new spring rifle.

This report covers:

• Velocity with Crosman Premier lite pellets
• H&N Baracuda Match pellets
• Air Arms Falcon pellets
• Firing behavior
• Cocking effort
• Trigger-pull

Okay, sports fans, today we’ll test the new .177-caliber Walther LGU underlever rifle for velocity. And there are a couple other things we’ll look at.

Velocity with Crosman Premier lite pellets
Getting right to the task, I first shot the rifle twice to warm up the action. Then, I loaded a 7.9-grain Crosman Premier lite pellet and started the clock. The velocity started out in the 870-880 region, but on shot 7 it dropped to 842 f.p.s. The high for this string was 888, and the low was 842 f.p.s. That’s a spread of 46 f.p.s. that I think is due to the newness of the rifle. After it gets broken in I think it will settle down to a spread in the 20s or less. read more


Walther’s new LGU: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Walther LGU right
Walther’s LGU underlever is a beautiful new spring rifle.

This report covers:

• The grand opening…
• Trigger
• A special metal trigger
• Loading port
• Firing behavior
• Power
• Sights
• I have a dream!

Today, we’ll start looking at the new Walther LGU air rifle. It arrived last Saturday, and I knew that the first glance would tell me a lot — which it did. The box is large, strong and beautiful. No pictures of a gun — no freeway overpass advertising. Just a classy, subdued gray over the entire rugged box. I guessed that what was inside was something the manufacturer was proud of. read more