Reviews Air Guns
Here you will find a comprehensive overview of all air rifles and air pistols that I have tested for you so far. I’ve rated them based on precision, material, workmanship as well as handling. You can see how much the air guns and air pistols cost and find a list of advantages and disadvantages. In the course of time, this overview will of course continue to grow. I’ve sorted the air rifles and air pistols alphabetically. Just scroll down to your favorite brand and see if you can find the model you are looking for.
The model presented today is a classic break-barrel air pistol with a ball lock. This is a proven system that enjoys great popularity. You hold the HW70 by the grip and push the barrel down at the front until it locks into place. Then you load a caliber .177 (4.5 mm) pellet into the barrel and close it.
There are two different versions of the air pistol. I’m testing Weihrauch HW70 Black Arrow today. It doesn’t have open sights and needs to be shot with a scope. You can choose between a pistol scope or a reflex sight, for example. In addition, the pistol has a muzzle brake at the barrel end.
I must confess, I have never been interested in ultra-compact versions of air rifles before. For me, the look of the rifle plays an important role. When I take a gun out of my gun safe, I want to enjoy the sight of it. Many air rifles simply look truncated when built extra short. It’s different with FX Dreamline Compact. It totally meets my taste.
FX Dreamline Compact Lite obviously differs from the already known FX Dreamline Lite by its shorter design. Both the barrel and the cartridge are shorter than the well-known Dreamline Lite model. Two questions in particular will be interesting for us: Is Dreamline Compact just as precise as the long model? And what about the capacity of the cartridge? I did the test for you and took a closer look at FX Dreamline Compact.
Like its predecessor, AirKing Pro is also equipped with the familiar recoil system. This is the special feature of this air rifle. If you pull the side lever all the way back, the retrograde brake system keeps the lever from snapping back and putting the shooter in danger. When shooting the more powerful version with the stronger spring, it is a great advantage that the detents of the retrograde brake system provide a possibility to pause the cocking process every few inches in order to recharge your batteries or to change hands and grab the lever in a different way.
The new shape of the stock and especially the red and black laminated wood stock are a real eye-catcher. For those who don’t like that, there is also the possibility to buy the air rifle with a classic beech wood stock. It is a bit lighter and also cheaper. However, I really like this fancy color.
The small HW 30 S is a manageable air rifle with excellent handling. It is light, compact, slim, and thus can be easily operated well by younger or weaker shooters. Often you hear that it is a youth rifle. But I disagree with that. I’m 42 years old now and far from youthful. Nevertheless, I have a lot of fun with the small HW 30.
I think the new stock of the 2020 version is very well done. The new shape of the buttstock makes the rifle look sportier. I really like the stippling on the forend and grip.
Today I have something really unusual for you: Unusual because I don’t normally test air rifles and pistols with steel BBs. My specialty tends to be pistols and rifles that shoot pellets. However, every now and then I look outside the box and discover products that I simply want to test. That’s now the case.
Frequent readers of my website have already noticed that I have been testing products from Crosman lately. That’s simply because many of them offer an added value and a lot of fun for shooters. Let’s see if Crosman R1 offers the same.