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Weihrauch HW95

Weihrauch HW95

With the classic old break barrel airgun design as popular as ever, I obviously get to review a multitude of models from a wide spectrum of manufacturers; and quality varies enormously. I have to say though, that it’s always a pleasure to reacquaint myself with the Weihrauch brand, and my test rifle here, the very latest version of their HW95, is a fine example of the art.

It’s some years since I tested one of these slick little rifles, so I was keen to see how the 2012 offering compared with those I’ve previously shot.

Compact and Bijou

The HW95K is the company’s full powered, yet light weight model, and the specification works a treat. Full power spring guns can deliver the goods, yet you often pay the price with the sheer heft of the damn thing, given their reliance on comparatively heavy spring/piston internals to generate the power. If the rifle is to be carried into the field for a full days sport, then this factor alone can be significant. Indeed models such as Weihrauch’s own HW80, can be a real handful, and don’t lend themselves to lengthy hunting trips.

The ’95 however will appeal to many who require the power output and precision of a full-on sporter, yet in an easy-to-handle package. Many, including myself, still sadly miss the Feinwerkbau Sport, which managed to be ultra compact, and super accurate, whilst still packing a punch. This much loved classic managed to price itself out the market at the time, yet with the HW95K, Weihrauch have managed to fill the void admirably. Also, considering the asking price of the HW95K at sub £350, I reckon it takes some beating for a production break barrel air rifle.

Woodwork and Finish

Quality timber is always part of the deal from this manufacturer, and this ’95 is no exception. However, that said, the chequering, whilst perfectly executed, just seemed a little bland when compared to Weihrauchs of old. Couple that with the move to a totally ambidextrous stock, with no definition to the cheek piece, and maybe this is where some cost cutting has been made. One change for the better though is that ultra slimmed down fore-end tip; and this just looks and feels right.

Where the action is concerned, the overall finish is excellent. Deep, rich chemical blueing covers all the metalwork - bar the silencer – and quite superb it is too. The barrel - barely 13inches long - is threaded to take Weihrauch’s own silencer, and with this highly effective moderator fairly widely regarded as the benchmark by which others can be judged, it’s a quality add-on. Its addition here is as much for practicality as functionality though, since silencers rarely have a dramatic effect on spring powered models, due to the nature of air delivery inherent in the design. Silencers on pneumatics of course can tame a significant crack down to a whimper; with rapidly expanding air making some PCPs very noisy indeed. Yet the majority of springers don’t produce anything like the muzzle crack of a PCP, and in the case of this HW95K, the silencer is more importantly a cocking aid for that super short barrel.

That said, tests carried out both with and without the moderator in place, did illustrate that it was indeed suppressing much of the internal mechanical twang incidentally! Reason enough for its inclusion.

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Range Time

Why Weihrauch still persist with permanently stamping safety instructions into the rear of an otherwise attractive rifle’s cylinder, I don’t know - but persist they do! Fitting a scope to the HW95K is a simple affair, given the standard Weihrauch inclusions, of a significantly long dovetail rail back to the rear of the block, and three arrestor stud holes drilled into the receiver. Given the length of the compression cylinder, there’s plenty of room to manoeuvre and position glassware too, so your options are open with this rifle.

I chose an MTC Viper scope to top off the combination, and the two seemed to sit well together. Moving to the range, I was intrigued to see just how this latest model would feel, and whether it would maintain the company’s tradition for no-nonsense quality spring power.

I chose an MTC Viper scope to top off the combination, and the two seemed to sit well together. Moving to the range, I was intrigued to see just how this latest model would feel, and whether it would maintain the company’s tradition for no-nonsense quality spring power.

type of airgun is concerned. The barrel/breech lockup is quite simply superbly designed and engineered, and whilst it feels totally solid and secure, the barrel can still be broken initially, fairly easily, which isn’t always the case these days. Cocking effort is also quite easy, due to the nicely balanced mechanism and significant leverage from the silencer. Chambering a pellet into the breech, with compatible ammo (in this case, the ubiquitous Air Arms/JSB’s) is also a pleasant task, given a subtly recessed lead-in at the breech lip.

Accuracy tests over 30yds confirmed that Weihrauch’s own barrels are still up to the job, with 3/8inch groups easily achievable, using a variety of pellets. Accuracy was relatively easy to come by too, shot from the over-arm FT stance, and the mild nature of the recoil is such that it’s easy to see just why this brand of springer has been the mainstay of custom tuning houses such as V-Mach for so long. Indeed the quality of the action is such that a fully tuned model would be a further investment in the right direction. Given the fairly standard stock configuration, this rifle still handles pretty well. The combination of that sleek fore-end, nicely shaped grip, and world renowned Rekord trigger (still one of the very best fully adjustable sporting trigger units) come together where it matters.

Timeless

Quite simply, when all the features and sheer performance are taken into consideration, the HW95K is in my opinion, the very best light weight, full powered break barrel airgun available today - suitable for hunting or Hunter Field Target shooting.

In today’s market, a plethora of cheaper alternatives exist; yet for engineering pedigree, reliability, and top class accuracy, Weihrauch’s HW95K is the real McCoy.

PRICE: £334 approx including silencer
VELOCITY: Using Air Arms Diabolo (JSB) pellets over 10 shot string Average velocity: 787fps

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  • Model: Weihrauch HW95K
  • Type: Break-barrel, spring/piston powered
  • Calibre: .177 on test (.22 avail)
  • Weight: 6.8lbs
  • Overall Length: 43.75inch
  • Barrel Length: 12.25inch
  • Stock: Beech sporter
  • Trigger: Rekord 2-stage adjustable unit
  • Variation: 6fps
  • Energy: 11.6ft/lbs

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  • My new HW95L is an excellent air rifle that has great fit and finish.  The scoped rifle weighs right at 9.2 lbs and is very accurate.  I upgraded the scope to the new Hawke AIRMAX 30 SF COMPACT 4-16x44 and my wife enjoys the IR feature which has 6 brightness settings.  I would recommend this model to anyone that is looking for a high quality springer that will last several lifetimes.

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    intoche
    09 Jun 2020 at 01:43 PM
  • wow great little gun just bought it handles great pleasure to use not that heavy a great all rounder this is a keeper

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    mark
    25 Jun 2018 at 10:22 AM
  • The Hw 95 is a lovely air rifle. Very accurate, not much recoil and nice to handle. I've had three but the latest is easily the best. Maybe its down to modern machinery or Weihrauch trying harder, I don't know but the last one I had was perfect. Even the power, usually a bit low, quickly climbed to 11.5 ft. lbs. The other day, I foolishly part exchanged it for an HW 101 KT, thinking I could manage a pump, ( I'm in my eightieth year!) but NO! I'm going to try to buy back my HW 95 next week if it hasn't been sold to some lucky person. This 95 was so good that I didn't even check the stock screws for tightness! Usually I have to strip the gun, degrease, refinish one end of the spring etc. Brilliant gun.

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    Mick George
    18 Jul 2015 at 07:14 PM
  • Just bought a 95k for hunting and found its not fussy on its diet .im using aa fields in .177 cal and it loves them just watch the silencer unscrewing when cocking the rifle!

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    Craig hart
    28 Feb 2015 at 07:31 PM
  • I have a 95k in .177 that's running at 11.6ft/lbs. It's a cracking rifle, and once you master "the hold" is capable of hitting a 1/4" bulls eye at 50 yards. Just for information, it only takes 4ft/lbs to kill a bunny!

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    Neil
    16 Jan 2015 at 11:39 PM
  • Short answer - Yes.

    Long answer - The UK legal limit (12ft/lbs) version seen here tested at 11.6ft/lbs over the chrono which is plenty of power for rabbits providing it's used at sensible distances for accurate head shots. In the UK the HW95K is a very popular rifle for rabbiting and small pest control. Note that versions of the HW95 may be higher (or lower) powered in other countries.

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    pat farey
    20 Feb 2014 at 10:24 AM
  • Does the hw95/R9 in .177 cal have the power to take down rabbits

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    Benny John
    20 Feb 2014 at 04:32 AM
  • I think there was a guy from New Zealand on an earlier review who said he had a HW95 in 17ft/lbs

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    Simon
    13 Jan 2014 at 08:02 PM
  • 930 fps, approx 12 to 13ft/lbs

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    Benny John
    06 Jan 2014 at 04:09 AM
  • Whats the power level in FAC?

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    Simon
    04 Jan 2014 at 07:26 PM
  • I bought the beeman r9 in .177 cal in FAC. Will i be able to take down rabbits with my model. The R9 is actually the HW95.

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    Benny John
    26 Dec 2013 at 09:23 AM
  • Love my HW95K 310.Smooth cocking action,fantastic accuracy,looks and feels great.Shoots well with just about any type/brand of pellet.Top quality German engineering.Whats not to like?

    With me being a featherweight the 6.8lb weight of the gun is the clincher. The HW80/90/97K are just a tad too tiring to carry about in the field.

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    Simon
    26 Feb 2013 at 08:19 PM


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