Weihrauch HW98 is optically the most beautiful Weihrauch air rifle for me.

Thanks for reading and see you next week!

Just kidding! 😉

The review was too short? Alright, I’ll try and go into more detail about Weihrauch HW98.

That’s Weihrauch HW98

Weihrauch HW98 is a spring-piston air rifle. It is manufactured in Mellrichstadt here in Germany and is one of the highest quality spring-piston air rifles that I’m aware of. The 2020 version has been revised once again and offers the possibility to unscrew the barrel. The barrel has a 1/2” UNF thread underneath to which a silencer or compensator can be attached. There are a lot of possible adjustment options.

Besides the butt plate, which can be adjusted laterally and in height, there is also the option to adjust the height of the cheek piece. This ensures that you can still comfortably look through the scope. A scope is absolutely required, as Weihrauch HW98 doesn’t have any open sights.

Even structurally longer scopes used for Field Target, for example, can be conveniently attached to the 11mm prism rail.

Shooting Weihrauch HW98

As with all high-quality Weihrauch air rifles, Weihrauch HW98 is of course equipped with the well-proven match trigger Rekord. It is fully adjustable and perfectly preset ex works.

For those who want to have a go here, the pre-travel, trigger pull, and trigger weight can be adjusted. Personally, I have seen no reason for adjusting anything.

Once the cheek piece and butt plate of the rifle have been correctly adjusted, the rifle lies comfortably on your body.

The pellets are easy to load. The whole system works smoothly. I also didn’t hear any scratching or troubling noise when closing HW98. Everything runs smoothly and quietly.

The automatic safety, which must be deactivated before each shot, is Weihrauch typical on the left side and easily reached with the right thumb. You already know this from many other Weihrauch air rifles.

When you shoot, the rifle gives you clear feedback in the form of a medium recoil, which is transmitted to your shoulder via the rubberized butt plate.

I have a visitor

A few days after I filmed the video, Marco, a buddy of mine, came over. Of course, he also wanted to take a look at HW98 right away. We quickly mounted a scope, and he took a few shots. Well, what can I say: it would have been better if Marco had done the test for the video.

What he achieved with the rifle in terms of accuracy within a few minutes was better than anything I had been able to get out of it in the days before. It rarely happens, but every so often I get my hands on a rifle that I’m just not immediately comfortable with. I’ve experienced live that HW98 is absolutely capable of precision. But what’s the reason I couldn’t achieve that?

Does any of you here have an explanation for me?

My conclusion of Weihrauch HW98

I think HW98 is the most beautiful of all Weihrauch air rifles. There are of course many other great models, but this rifle is close to perfection.

Due to the many adjustment options, people of different statures can adjust the rifle to fit them exactly.

The wide barrel jacket is an absolute eye-catcher. I really like it. The fact that a part of the barrel can be removed, and a silencer can be attached to the 1/2” UNF thread hidden underneath, of course, tops it all off.

You can tell, I’m really excited. I won’t just accept my shooting result and will continue to practice over the next few days. I will keep it for a few more days and make use of this time.

What’s your favorite Weihrauch air rifle?

Again, thank you so much for taking the time to read my post and watch my video.

There will be another post next week.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you again!

Best wishes!

Yours, Andi

Interesting links:

HERE is an overview of all air rifles I have tested so far.

You want a rifle scope but you don’t know which one you need? I’ll advise you HERE.

Do you already know my international YouTube channel? HERE you will find videos of more powerful air rifles in English.

more pictures

Technical data

  • Total length: 43.3” (110 cm)
  • Barrel length: 12.2” (31 cm), rifled barrel
  • Weight: 8.3 lbs. (3.8 kg)
  • Caliber:  .177 (4.50 mm) pellet
  • System: Spring-piston air rifle
  • Scope mount: 11 mm prism rail
  • Trigger: Match trigger Rekord
  • Velocity: .177 (4.5 mm) – 935 fps (285 m/s); .22 (5.5 mm) – 738 fps

Video

My conclusion

What I like:

Beautiful rifle, wide barrel jacket, long Field Target scopes can be mounted

What I don’t like:

I suck at shooting the rifle

Rating:

Precision:
8/10
(8)
Material:
9/10
(9)
Handling:
8/10
(8)

Recommended for:

competitors, recreational shooters, plinkers

Price:

approx. 500 €

Precision:

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:

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.

Price:

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

6 thoughts on “Weihrauch HW98 version 2020 – My test and review”

  1. Thanks for the review!

    Weihrauch really needs to work on its website, specifically by providing clear information on what distinguishes its various models from one another (HW 80 vs 85 vs 95, for example). Obviously they believe certain models are better for certain shooters or applications; why are they so coy about spelling those out? Diana also has the same problem.

    1. Hey Janet,
      thanks a lot for your visit and your comment. Yes that´s right. The Information really could be more no a lot of websites. So we have to find the needed Informations somewhere else :/
      Wish you a great week! Hope you will come back sometimes to my website!
      Best regards!
      Andi

  2. How does Weirauch tune the gun for different regions/countries (Germany, UK, US)? is it just by changing to a low power spring or there are more complex changes like compression chamber size or atleast adjusting the shot cycle with different piston size.

    1. Hey!
      Weihrauch does a special setup for the german market. The german market is so big for Weihrauch, that it is worth the work. Lots of people are shooting competitions with Weihrauch guns. And the HW100 for example is so efficent, that it makes more than 300 shots with one fill.
      Thanks for coming to my website!
      Best regards!
      Andi

  3. Agree it’s a looker. Cost is quite high however. A 99 (or 50) would give equal accuracy for less money but, of course, doesn’t look quite so good.

    1. The HW98 looks really amazing! For me most amazing of all weihrauch airrifles. But i am not a good shooter with this… 🙁

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