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Hammerli 490 Express

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Hammerli 490 Express.

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Front Sight

Front Sight, Angle 1

Front Sight, Angle 2

Rear Sight

Rear Sight, angled



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The Hammerli 490 Express is the ideal break barrel air rifle if you're looking for accuracy, value, and reliability. Features include: automatic safety, semi-Monte Carlo hardwood stock, cheek piece, soft recoil pad, blued finish, low cocking effort, adjustable rear sight, hooded front sight, scope grooves with scope stop.

Check out the AMMO link for recommended pellets. Remember to click on the ACCESSORIES link to select appropriate scopes, mounts and other shooting gear.
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Caliber0.177" (4.5mm)
Max Velocity495 fps
Barrel Length18.87"
Overall Length42.75"
Shot Capacity1
Cocking Effort19 lbs
Front SightPost
Rear SightAdjustable for windage & elevation
Scopeable11mm dovetail
TriggerTwo-stage non-adjustable
Suggested forPlinking & target practice
Trigger Pull6.8 lbs
ActionBreak barrel
Weight6.0 lbs
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By Pete from USA on 2010-04-11
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Things I liked: Nicely shaped and good looking stock; reasonably priced. Easy cocking action, although if you have the gun inclined after loading a pellet, the pellet will sometimes fall out of the breech while closing the action.

Things I would have changed: The trigger is lousy - a better trigger would dramatically improve the accuracy and overall experience of this rifle. The automatic safety is a pain in the neck, gritty and stiff - you need to release it using your left hand. Once the safety is released, it cannot be re-engaged. Pretty anemic power: I wasn't looking for 1,000 fpm, but this gun is definitely on the wimpy side. The scope mounting rail is 11mm or 3/8", so if you have a scope with a Weaver style dovetail, you'll need to buy new mounting rings. Reasonably accurate, but not up to the standards of even another inexpensive rifle like the Gamo Big Cat.

What others should know: This could be quite a good value IF you could replace the trigger with a GRT trigger like you can do with the Gamo guns and variants. The action on the 490 is completely enclosed and basically cannot be worked on without significant disassembly. With a better trigger (or at least the ability to modify or easily tune the trigger) and a little more power, this would be a terrific bargain at the price. As it is, it's an OK buy, but not much more than that.


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By Ryan from USA on 2010-02-22
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Things I liked: I love the color and finish of the wood. The sights are also very good. Unfortunately, I cannot tell if the accuracy is spot on since I just got into spring-piston rifles and need to improve my hold. From how well I can shoot, it seems to do very well, hitting anything I throw at it (meaning household objects). The cocking effort is virtually nonexistent for someone teen-sized or larger. The power on mine isn't great, but because cocking effort it's not a problem.

Things I would have changed: The bluing on the metal isn't great, but it's not too bad. There is a flaw in the wood, but again, not an issue. The trigger is fairly stiff though, breaking at around the advertised 6 lb.

What others should know: For $90 you'd be hard pressed to find a better plinking/target practice air rifle.


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By Peter from USA on 2009-07-18
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Things I liked: Absolutely thre best looking rifle in any category in cosmetic beauty. OMG, it looks just like my Beeman S-1 ( made in Spain) Superb quality material appearing, fit and finish. You will not believe this at this price point. Nice heavy quality Hammerli carton for storage.No, I never cocked it. It was too beautiful to even use. Tom is right, it is beautiful quality, so I packed itr up, and returned it. Some people do interesting things.

Things I would have changed: Nothing. Super Pyramyd Air packing, attention to customer details, great communications.

What others should know: If you do not care how you use your air guns, and just bang them around, this maybe is not for you. It is simply too beautiful.Get a Polymere stock rifle like my GAMO Big Cat 1200, which will not show any marks from rough handling. Yes, the cocking effort is higher.


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    Item Description

    HA-2241013 [PY-1320-2354]
    Hammerli 490 Express
    Caliber0.177" (4.5mm)
    Max Velocity495 fps