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Walther Lever Action CO2 Multishot Rifle

Jules Whicker looks at Umarex CO2 Walther Lever action repeating rifle from Brocock

Walther’s Lever Action Rifle harks back to the Old West and takes its inspiration from the Winchester model 1894. It employs Umarex’s familiar alloy 8-shot rotary magazines and 12g CO2 capsules. It makes a perfect plinking rifle, having an interesting action, acceptable accuracy, and power levels that would make it suitable for informal target shooting in your garden – providing a safe back stop is used and no pellet leaves the confines of your property.

Western style

First impressions and authentic sling-ring notwithstanding, the Walther is not an exact copy of the Winchester ’94: the principal differences being a fore-end that stops abruptly at the barrel band (Winchester fore-ends either project a couple of inches beyond it or feature a steel fore-end cap); a wider stock with a corrugated butt-plate; and a couple of additional safety features in the shape of a cross-bolt hammer safety (only introduced by Winchester in 1992), and a red indicator pin that shows when a magazine is fitted.

I can’t account for the truncated fore-end, but the differences in the stock are explained when you realise that it contains the rifle’s CO2 power-pack. Unclipping a recessed lever in its rear face releases the butt-plate, and with it a carrier that holds two 12g CO2 capsules – enough gas for around 80 shots. Just remove the retaining bolt, drop a couple of capsules nose-down into the appropriate recesses, and re-tighten the bolt to piece the seals, before aligning the cutaways on the carrier with the rails inside the stock, sliding the assembly back into place and closing the locking lever.

Loaded magazines are inserted by pressing down on the loading gate. This is a dummy that releases a real gate cleverly concealed in the bulge at the front of the receiver. An axis pin in the gate centres the magazine, while a red plastic retainer holds it in place, a function that also pushes a peg on the opposite face of the retainer through a hole in the gate to indicate the presence of a magazine in the rifle. Neat. Once the magazine has been inserted, simply click the gate shut, cycle the under-lever, and you’re ready to go.

Give me a lever…

It’s the under-lever that really makes this gun, since its smooth but solid feel, accompanied by the businesslike “clock-clock” sound of its operation, and the realistic back-and-forward movement of the receiver cover, make reloading almost as enjoyable as shooting!

It’s true that – as per the original - the lever can become a bit hard on the knuckles if you don’t wear gloves, but despite a good deal of rapid shooting it never once bit my hand, and I didn’t have a single misfire or stoppage. Indeed, the only problem when you start to build up a quick-fire rhythm is that the butt tends to slip down in your shoulder. This again is a characteristic of original lever-action rifles, especially those with shotgun-style butt-plates. Clearly Walther have tried to reduce this effect by giving the butt plate a corrugated finish, but it’s not a wholly effective solution so if this were my gun I’d add a slip-on rubber butt pad for real non-slip result.

It’s worth saying something about the gun’s build and balance too. I’d expected it to feel like a toy, but the combination of a real wood stock (nicely-grained beech with a smart chestnut stain) and solid metal construction (the only plastic parts are the sights, butt-plate, barrel band, muzzle cap and magazine end cap) give it a convincing 6.5 lb heft and a centre-of-balance just ahead of the trigger guard that makes it point like as naturally as a shotgun. Indeed, given its weight and a full-sized length-of-pull of 14 3/8” the Walther is arguably more suited to mature than to junior shooters.

Despite being made of plastic, the sights give a clear picture and are fully adjustable. The buckhorn-style rear sight uses a sliding ramp for elevation, whilst the square-bladed front sight sits snugly in a transverse dovetail where it can be nudged to either side as required. Meanwhile, a clip-on sight hood protects your zero and eliminates glare.

Performance

Velocity with Walther’s 7.7-grain wadcutter pellets averaged 490 fps from the 19.25” barrel, and these printed respectable 1.5” groups at 20 yards, whilst 8.25-grain RWS Superdomes, averaging 480 fps, did even better: proving the Lever Action capable of 1” groups at this range.

The wide, smooth trigger blade is comfortable and gives good control, in spite of an average pull weight of around 5 lb, but as with the original you need to follow-through consistently to accommodate the increased lock time inherent in the Lever-Action’s mechanism. With a little practice, however, the rifle really gives the impression that if you do your part, lining up the sights and squeezing the trigger consistently, it’ll keep its side of the bargain.

Technical Specifications
Model Walther Lever Action (Umarex)
Calibre .177 (4.5mm) Waisted Pellets
Stock Beech
Action Lever action
Safety Manual cross-bolt
Trigger Pull 5.5 lbs
Power Supply 2 x 12g CO2 capsule
Shots per refill 70
Magazine 8-shot rotary cylinder
Overall Length 38.6”
Barrel Length 19.25”
Weight 6.5 lb (gassed & loaded)
Muzzle Velocity 490 FPS
Muzzle Energy 4.1ft/lbs (with Walther pellets)
Front Sight / Rear Sight Adjustable (windage only)
Sight Base 16.5”
Package Includes / Optional extras 2 x 8-shot magazines
Instruction booklet
/ 4x32 scope and mount

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User Comments
  • Really love the walther lever air rifle, where can I get my hands on a second hand one for plinking.

    Comment by: Martin k     Posted on: 08 Jul 2012 at 12:55 PM

  • Have a look on the Gun Mart 'Guns For Sale' section or put a wanted advert in it.

    Comment by: Troll Hunter     Posted on: 08 Jul 2012 at 02:47 PM

  • I agree with the comments but there seems to be a problem with the magazine in that the pellets do not always fire after awhile. I have had to replace it several times and even then it's rare for all 8 shots to be fired.

    It could well be that it's only mine that has this problem but I think I read awhile back that someone else had a similar concern.

    It is a nice copy and perhaps they will bring out another that is even closer
    to an original!

    Thanks. Mike

    Comment by: Mike Chilvers     Posted on: 25 Nov 2012 at 11:50 AM

  • the problem with mag,s is soft metal the teeth will not standup to fast loading and shooting ,cocking slowly and fully is the trick, warped pellts tend to missfire, even if they look ok, had same problem.,

    Comment by: a chaters     Posted on: 09 Feb 2013 at 02:01 AM

  • Would like to buy the Walther c02 lever action rifle using a VISA card and not
    having to open an account, Please give me a toll free number to place this order. (want the walther that takes TWO CO2 carthrides.

    PLEASE let me know, thanks Steve

    Comment by: Steve     Posted on: 24 Mar 2013 at 03:59 PM

  • Sorry Steve, but we do not sell anything here. We review guns and shooting related products.

    Comment by: Troll Hunter     Posted on: 24 Mar 2013 at 04:45 PM

  • There are two models of the walther lever air rifle. The one who takes two 12g capsule and other one with one 88g capsule. Are there any differences bettween these tow models?

    Comment by: koullis     Posted on: 10 May 2013 at 09:39 AM

  • somebody who knows inform me please because I don't know which one I should buy.

    Comment by: koullis     Posted on: 11 May 2013 at 07:24 AM

  • The rifles should give the same performance apart from shots per fill.

    The 88g canister is claimed to give 450 shots against about 70 shots for two X 12g capsules.

    Also take into account the price and availability of 88g cans or 12g canisters in your area.

    Comment by: Pat Farey     Posted on: 16 May 2013 at 12:38 AM

  • I have had this rifle for three years and fired it no more than 150 times. In the beginning it was very good i in all regards but now it misfires constantly.
    I will order a couple of new magazines to see if that solves the problem - otherwise into the dumpster.

    Comment by: Mark     Posted on: 14 Jun 2013 at 04:19 AM

  • My uncle has this rifle (I inherited it) and finally got chance to shoot it today (no back garden) and it misfired, both magazines have a couple of teeth damaged :( Nice looking rifle though...maybe better as a wall hanging for a Shaun of the Dead type feel lol

    What do you reckon it would be worth second hand, its in mint condition?

    Comment by: Lee     Posted on: 17 Jul 2013 at 10:09 PM

  • Great gun with new magazines, had a lot of fun shooting empty beer cans filled with water swinging from a tree on a line fixed to the ring pull, shotgun style shooting. But I am highly disappointed with the regular damage to the magazines causing misfires and jams, costly little things as well. its the same action as the Walther pistols and I don't have any problem with my CP88. does any one know if Walther are aware of this problem?

    Comment by: Walt Green     Posted on: 07 Jun 2014 at 05:26 PM

  • Love my rifle. Bought it a few years ago, great fun. Have the 88g gas can which shoots about 500-600 shots. Had to replace the magazine after 5 gas cylinders, no hardship, sold in packs of 3, about £17.00 per pack of 3.

    Comment by: Martin K     Posted on: 30 Jun 2014 at 09:25 PM

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Walther Lever Action CO2 Multishot Rifle
Walther Lever Action CO2 Multishot Rifle
Walther Lever Action CO2 Multishot Rifle
Walther Lever Action CO2 Multishot Rifle
Walther Lever Action CO2 Multishot Rifle
Walther Lever Action CO2 Multishot Rifle
Walther Lever Action CO2 Multishot Rifle
Walther Lever Action CO2 Multishot Rifle
Walther Lever Action CO2 Multishot Rifle
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