I did a review of Weihrauch HW35 6 years ago. I have been approached several times just in the last few years about to have another look at this rifle. The review is too old and the extent of the test no longer corresponds to today’s extent. There is simply far too much information missing about the air rifle Made in Germany, which has been sold hundreds of thousands of times.

Since it’s one of my absolute favorite models, I was of course happy to review this rifle again and wrote this post and shot the video below.

Special features of Weihrauch HW35

Weihrauch HW35 is available as a standard version with a beech stock as well as with a beautiful walnut stock of Weihrauch HW35 E. I had both rifles sent to me for the test in order to give you a direct comparison and to make it easier for you to decide which one is your favorite.

Both models I’m showing you today are spring-piston / break-barrel air rifles with a maximum power of 7.5 joules. This is the so-called F-version, which is freely available in Germany from the age of 18. If you want to have a more powerful air rifle, then you need a hunting license or a firearm certificate.

Weihrauch HW35 is the only Weihrauch air rifle to have a wedge breechblock with a locking lever. If you push this lever towards the end of the barrel, the barrel can be pushed down to cock the rifle. After returning the barrel, the automatic safety on the left must be deactivated in order to fire the shot.

The trigger is the well-known Weihrauch match trigger Rekord. It is fully adjustable and of an excellent quality. If that’s not enough for you, you can further improve the trigger weight and trigger feel by installing an AirJoe tuning trigger in your Weihrauch HW35.

The tuning trigger isn’t the only tuning I offer in my store for Weihrauch HW35. You can also get the AirJoe tuning kit with 7.5 Joule  and the Export tuning kit from me. Both reduce the recoil, and increase the precision and feel of the shot. It’s only really recommended for competitors and perfectionists. After all, Weihrauch air rifles are already the best you can buy in the recreational sector. Not only we in Germany share this opinion, but customers from all over the world!

HW35 – one of my favorite rifles

I have a very special relationship with Weihrauch HW35. It was the first air rifle I bought for myself.

At that time, I didn’t have much knowledge about air rifles and followed the recommendation of a hunting blogger I knew. He told me at the time that, especially among hunters, HW35 is the most popular air rifle of all. Due to its length of 43.7″ (111 cm) and weight of 8.3 lbs. (3.8 kg), it is an absolutely perfect rifle.

By now, Weihrauch has manufactured hundreds of thousands of HW35s over the decades. This alone shows how good the rifle must be if it has remained on the market for more than 70 years and still sets standards today.

For me it has the perfect size, perfect dimensions, it looks beautiful. I must admit I prefer the export version with the walnut stock. The wood is of an extremely high quality and the rifle features a beautiful checkering.

I also think it’s great that you can optionally add a rifle belt to the attached swing swivels.

HW35 is a rifle that you don’t necessarily have to shoot with a scope. It is incredibly fun to shoot it with the open sights as well. You can achieve great precision with those.

What has changed compared to the old review?

I took another close look at the rating I gave 6 years ago. I’ve now tested over 100 air rifles and air pistols. Especially at the beginning, of course, I didn’t have that many comparisons, which is why it makes sense to take a closer look at the old ratings.

With today’s knowledge, I have revised the rating.

But one thing hasn’t changed since then. My enthusiasm for this air rifle!

Every shooter who values high-quality air rifles and doesn’t yet have a HW35 in their cabinet should get one. Every new recreational shooter who wants to buy quality from the start should buy a HW35 without hesitation.

When I sell a Weihrauch HW35, I always say at the end: If you take good care of this rifle, remove sweat from the browning, protect the system from rust with corrosion protection during extended storage, and rub the wood with a little stock finish two to three times a year, the rifle will outlast you. No matter how old you are!

Do you already have a Weihrauch HW35 at home or have you ever shot one?

Which is your favorite, beech or walnut?

Thank you for visiting my website!

I hope you continue to enjoy it!

Best wishes!

Yours, Andi

Technical data

  • Length: 43.7” (111 cm)
  • Barrel length: 18.5” (47 cm)
  • Weight: 8.3 lbs. (3.8 kg)
  • System: Spring-piston air rifle
  • Stock: Beech (HW 35), Walnut (HW 35 E)
  • Sight: open sight and 11 mm prism rail for scopes


My conclusion

What I like:

Iconic rifle, excellent materials

What I don’t like:

Nothing, nothing, nothing



Recommended for:

recreational shooters, plinkers


approx. 310 €


Here I test the precision at a distance of 11m while the gun sits on a gun rest. The more stars, the better the precision.


Handling is the overall rating of how the rifle can be handled by the shooter. This includes transport, cocking and loading the rifle, handling in prone, kneeling, and standing positions as well as weight and recoil.

Material / Processing:

The materials used and their processing are evaluated here.


The price is approximate and can of course vary depending on the model.

1 thought on “Weihrauch HW35 and HW35 E – My new review”

  1. TBH I’ve been shooting Weirauch for 40 years and had just about every model in the last 20 years sure the 80 n 90 where considered the King of Magnum Springers and it’s nice to have that power and efinciency in one gun .But what the 80 did was drop the 35 as we all know a 35 is best at 10 ish but it’s what it does with this it’s such a beautiful rifle that’s lasted to a legend of the air gun masses and shooters of age it has something for everyone style function reliability it really must have been the most ever thought out design and just like the 77 & 97 can’t be improved but only copied the pinnacle of research and design set this apart from most break barrels and it’s production run is a testimony to this.

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