Today I will test Weihrauch HW57 for you.
I once promised myself to shoot all air rifles available in Germany at least once. I continue to work on that, but it’s not going to be easy.
Weihrauch HW57 is a rifle that has been on the market for many years. So, it was time for me to take a closer look at Weihrauch’s smallest underlever cocking rifle. By the end of this review and after watching my video, you will probably know if the rifle is suitable for you.
Technical specifications of Weihrauch HW57
My first thought when I took the air rifle out of the box was: “Wow, it’s really compact and handy”. The relatively short overall length and light weight make Weihrauch HW57 incredibly easy to operate.
Quickly, I put the rifle in a shooting position. Then the second thought crossed my mind: “It feels like one of the western rifles I’ve held”. I immediately wanted to set up a few cans and shoot them off a shooting gallery with HW57.
HW57 is equipped with open sights consisting of rear sight and front sight. The rear sight block is attached to the 11mm prism rail and has to be removed when mounting a scope. In my test, I used a Hawke Airmax 3-12×40 Compact, which I mounted with a Sportsmatch TO35C mount.
Of course, HW57 has the usual Weihrauch precision! At 10 yards (10 m), every shot with my AirGhandi’s Finest went virtually into the same hole. But you don’t even need to mention that with Weihrauch rifles.
The way you load the rifle is also special. When you cock the underlever, the loading gate in the front part of the system pops up and the pellet can be inserted. Once the lever has been returned to its initial position parallel to the barrel, the loading gate can be pushed back in.
Like many other air rifles, it has an automatic safety. In other words, it activates when the rifle is cocked and has to be deactivated before the shot is fired.
Shooting with Weihrauch HW57
As mentioned, HW57 can easily be hold in a shooting position and cocking is practically effortless. Once the cocking lever has been returned and the automatic safety deactivated, the perfectly adjusted match trigger Rekord can be pulled to fire the shot.
The pre-travel, trigger pull, and trigger weight can be adjusted. If I’m honest, I don’t recall receiving a Weihrauch air rifle from the factory that required me to readjust the trigger. They were so excellently adjusted every time that I could start right away.
My conclusion of Weihrauch HW57
I have loved the little rifle from the first second! Very often my test air rifles are similar and differ only in minor details. However, in my opinion, Weihrauch’s HW57 is completely different from most of the rifles I’ve tested. The overall concept is simply right. The performance fits the weight perfectly, the recoil is moderate and HW57 is easy to use by the whole family thanks to these features.
The precision is, as you would expect, beyond any doubt.
I can imagine that the small Weihrauch will find its way into the gun safe of many shooters. I haven’t been able to test the suitability for competitions yet. I suppose, however, that the loading gate popping out at the top makes it difficult to attach a long scope for Field Target, for example. On the other hand, I can easily imagine the rifle being used for Hunter Field Target. Here, the scopes are more compact, and the excellent handling of the small rifle certainly plays to its strengths, especially when shooting from a prone position.
I’m looking forward to 2022, when I’m out competing again, to see if I find one or two HW57 then.
I wouldn’t be surprised.
I hope you enjoyed my video and my review.
I’m always happy to read your feedback in the comments.
See you next week!
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