Things I liked: Awesome, but not perfect . . . I have been saving my pennies for what would be my ultimate air gun purchase. Torn between the Air Arms TX200 and the Weihrauch HW97K, the thumbhole stock of the HW97K was the deciding factor. I own four other air guns, but none compare to this engineering marvel. Ordered from PyramydAir and paid through Amazon, my rifle arrived within the 2 day delivery advertised by PyramydAir. Knowing that I would mount a Hawke Sidewinder TAC 30 6.5-20X42 Mildot Riflescope, I also ordered a set of 30mm BKL Double Strap dovetail rings. After mounting the scope and cleaning the barrel, it was off to my backyard range to site in the scope. Sighted in with three shots using Crosman Premier Domed .177 Caliber 10.5 Grain Pellets. The fourth shot nailed a squirrel at 25 yards. The fifth shot nailed a crow in a tall oak at 40 yards using hold-over. Groups are one ragged, dime size hole. The rifle’s documentation claims accuracy will increase after shooting x-number of pellets. I don’t see how, this rifle is spot on. Cocking is effortless and is as smooth as silk. The two stage trigger is a work of art, for me a bit heavy, but a small counter clockwise tweak solved the problem. Using a Birchwood Casey Presto Gun Blue Pen, purchased from Academy Sports, the barrel’s bluing flaw was repaired. I wasn’t in love with the stock’s satin finish and gave it a hand finished treatment using TurtleWax Polishing Compound and the Platinum Series Ultra Gloss automotive paste wax.
Things I would have changed: My initial inspection revealed imperfections in the finish of the stock and a bluing flaw on the top of the barrel near the muzzle break. The rifle was shipped in a box within a box encased in a plastic bag. The stock’s finish was marred from what appeared to be water droplets. I don’t know the origin of the droplets. Possibilities include the wood or finish not being thoroughly dried, and/or condensation during storage or shipment. The satin finish of the stock only highlighted the issue. The plastic bag appears to have contributed negatively with regard to protection of the HW97K.
What others should know: After applying the TurtleWax treatment the rifle really pops. For me, the jury is still out on the forearm and grip stippling. I would have preferred the ornate fish scale of the Air Arms TX200. The stippling is a magnet for a cotton cloth. Hopefully, this magnetism will abate with time and wear, and the stippling will grow on me. Overall, I am extremely pleased with my purchase . . . Urban Squirrel Hunter – New Orleans Reference accompanying photograph . . .