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Weihrauch HW100 Sporter PCP Rifle

Weihrauch HW100 Sporter PCP Rifle

When I tested the HW100KT a couple of years ago, I was mightily impressed, as the rifle shined in just about every department. However, as an unashamedly competitive animal, I always keep one eye on a rifle’s potential for Hunter Field Target (HFT), or FT, and carbine length actions just don’t do it for me.

Personal taste should never be underestimated, and whilst the carbine ‘KT’ model would represent the perfect choice for many, (especially hunters who require a lighter, more manageable rifle), I always prefer full length rigs, which ideally have more weight towards the muzzle., as well as obviously an increased shot capacity.

Each to his own as they say, but with HFT shooting my main pursuit these days, I was
keen to evaluate the full-length HW100 action. Add to this the lure of Weihrauch’s stylish Sporter stock option, and it was obvious I had to arrange delivery.

A Bit On The Side

The HW100 in its many forms is basically a high quality sporting PCP, featuring a rotary magazine and side-lever action. Presentation is a great way to impress any new customers, and just opening the manufacturer’s protective carton reveals a well thought out package. Weihrauch see fit to pack these rifles with their air cylinders separate from the main action, so some basic assembly is required at the start. This is hardly IKEA though, and the simple matter of carefully passing the air cylinder through the bracket at the fore-end, then screwing it securely into its thread at the breech block, isn’t overly demanding. Weihrauch fashion their HW100 air cylinders from stainless steel, which adds slightly more weight; but as previously stated, any increase in front weight has my vote.

Hidden elsewhere in the packaging, is a very neatly presented carton, containing a brass filling adaptor, a brass bleed valve, the quick fill adaptor probe, and two rotary magazines. The manufacturers have clearly covered all bases, and with comprehensive instructions enclosed, any newcomer to the sport should be set upon the right path.

With regards to those enclosed accessories - the brass filling adaptor allows for the main cylinder to be removed and charged from a bottle, whilst the bleed valve allows for the cylinder to be removed, and then emptied of air via the screw accessed pressure valve.

In reality, these items should never see light of day, since normal procedure will be to leave the air cylinder well alone, (in situ on the rifle), and just use the ultra slick quick- fill probe, which just needs to be pushed into the air inlet at the muzzle. I suppose further down the line, a periodic inspection of the cylinder internals would be a good safety measure, and at least this design allows for that.

Once 200bar has been reached, the probe is simply pulled out, and the small nylon plug supplied is pushed into place, to protect the valving - a nice touch, sadly missing with many designs on the market.

That Sporting Look

First impressions of the woodwork is of a superior quality piece of finely figured walnut, treated to a very smart, matt finish, which would be receptive to further oiling. The configuration of the Sporter stock is very pleasing to the eye, with extensive laser-cut chequering adorning the extended fore-end and pistol grip area. Whilst Weihrauch used to be the kings of hand-cut chequering, modern production methods have inevitably taken a hold. Who can blame them though, when the finished item is still so satisfying to the touch?

Distinctive styling includes a deliberately angular cheek-piece, and a neatly accommodating fore-end; yet, whilst the hand grip is comfortable, I reckon it could do with being just slightly thinner… and I do have fairly large hands. Finish is exemplary though, with a white spacer and Rosewood grip cap, and a subtle butt pad adding the finishing touch.

Multi or Single

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When Weihrauch introduced the HW100, they set out from the start to provide a magazine fed action, and it took them a while to cater for anyone with single shot ambitions. Now however, a single-shot adaptor is available, which can be clicked into place. The single chamber just flicks out to the side to be reloaded, and gives the rifle greater appeal to a wider audience - all available as an optional extra. Indeed this option would make sense if HFT shooting is your intention, bringing added safety to any competition routine.

The side-lever cocking action on these rifles is becoming ever popular around the airgun scene, but few designs can match Weihrauch for the exquisitely precise operation achieved. A single finger can pull back the lever, against the merest of resistance, which culminates in a delightful metallic ring as the precision parts go about their business. This is music to the ears of us enthusiasts who, whilst appreciating fine engineering, I agree, really must get out more!

At this stage, the magazine needs to be primed. As previously mentioned, all HW100’s come supplied with two rotary magazines, which are in themselves finely produced items. What sets the Weihrauch magazine design apart from many, however, is the sheer robustness and engineering integrity of the design. Firstly, the 14 shot mags consist of a single metal casting with chambers; no plastic lids-indeed no plastic! To access the magazine when in the action, the magazine retaining clip is pushed backwards via the side button on the rifles action. This withdraws the internal ‘teeth’ which hold the mag in place. The mag can now be pulled from its recess.  Pellets are then fed into the chambers in turn, just nudging against a retentive ‘o’ ring. Once loading is complete, push the magazine into its slot, push the side button forwards, then the cocking lever can be returned. As usual, it all sounds fiddly, but in practise, it’s child’s play. Now 14 shots can be taken at your leisure before the dirty business of handling lead needs to be considered - which is pretty significant.

The down side, with this style of magazine, of course, is that there is no protective lid or casing on the mag itself, so if the extra magazine is stored in a pocket, for example,  dirt and grit can become more of an issue. Respect for the set-up however, with some type of small clean storage container, should eradicate the problem. Additional irritation comes with the fact that it is both possible to load the mag from the wrong side, then load it into the action the wrong way round! The side clip and lever will not return, but by this stage, a time-consuming emptying process needs to be undertaken. I have to admit that I did this once at the beginning of this test, and whilst no major problem, surely it can be made more… er… idiot proof? (Editor’s note: I guess that last statement depends on the idiot)  Of course familiarization is the answer, and there is a difference in the sides of the casting, but I learnt the hard way.

Shooting the HW100S

Weihrauch fit a support bracket which holds the cylinder and barrel, within ‘o’ rings. However, for those obsessed with totally free floating barrels, the bracket can be simply unscrewed, and gently pulled from the action, once the stock is removed; and a cleaner line is achieved in the process.

That screw-on silencer looks good too and comes as part of the package. Weihrauch’s design became the industry benchmark once it was introduced, and whilst some rivals may now be as effective (even better), this model still works superbly, whilst adding front weight to the muzzle. Internal baffles, which look remarkably like hair curlers, certainly tame the muzzle crack to a minimum, all helping to add a civilized air to the proceedings.

Balance of this model is really rather good, with kneeling and standing discipline shots feeling good in the aim. Superior build quality comes at a price though, and at around 8.5lbs, it’s a beefy rifle and maybe too weighty for some. Something to bear in mind with any purchase in any case.

Quality triggers are par for the course with this German manufacturer, and the HW100 comes with a nice crisp set-up. Whilst I would still prefer lighter settings, this unit is a good one, and I appreciate my near trigger obsession is shared by few. 

Expect 80-100 shots in .177 and my chrono showed a highly acceptable spread of 19fps over the first 80 before the spread slowly increased. This is an unregulated model remember, utilizing a ‘self regulating’ valve, so the figures are doubly impressive.

Accuracy was, as expected from this high class brand - excellent. Whilst my usual Daystate pellets still grouped well, RWS Superfield just edged them out on this occasion, returning 1/4inch groups at 30yds, and 1/2inch at 45yds, proving that trials are always worth undertaking.

In short, this is one of the best sporting pneumatics on the market, and as such, simply has to be high on any short list; be it for hunting or the demanding sport of Hunter Field Target.

PRICE: £750-£800 approx

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  • Model: Weihrauch HW100S
  • Type: Multi or single shot PCP
  • Stock: Sporter style walnut
  • Sights: No open sights, cylinder grooved for scope fitting
  • Weight: 8.36lbs
  • Overall Length: 41.5inches
  • Barrel Length: 16inches
  • Trigger: 2-stage adjustable
  • Fill Pressure: 200bar
  • Shot Count: 80-100 approx
  • Energy: 11.4ft/lbs (780fps) using RWS Superfield 4.51 pellets
  • Velocity spread: 19fps (775-794fps) monitored over 80 shots
  • Calibre: .177 on test (.22 available)


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    08 Dec 2017 at 01:47 PM
  • I am looking for a weihrauch air rifle hw100 s 5cal pcp

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    05 Sep 2015 at 03:09 PM
  • Hi posted initial comments regarding .22 accuracy on the 24th Dec. Don't seem to be able to get the accuracy most of the readers are getting. Will try out more pellets as suggested but I've got a collection now that seem to be sitting in the cupboard not getting used. Anyone with a FAC .22 - can you recommend accurate pellets? I have Hawke 4x12 scope and a lot of years shooting, am using a bipod.
    Great reading and appreciate the feedback

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    David Sherwell
    26 Dec 2014 at 12:22 AM
  • I have had my 0.177 HW100SK a few months now. I was pleased with it when new. However, be aware that the hammer can be heavily greased and that it may settle in time. I was impatient so cleaned mine and groups became better. Unfortunately the cleaning tipped it over the 12 ft lbs limit so I had to reduce the power. I learned more than I planned but it is now performing brilliantly with JSB heavy. I have probably invalidated the warranty but I can live with that. It seem that it can take a while for these guns to give their best.

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    24 Dec 2014 at 11:43 PM
  • I'd hope for better than 10mm at 25 yards personally but it's not exactly dreadful by any means, so you may just need to try a few more pellets.

    Give Bisley Long Range Gold and RWS Superdomes or Superfields a try and see how you get on. Don't forget that the barrel needs to lead up a bit between changing pellets, or you may get a false impression of their capabilities to begin with; I'd plink a bit before doing any out and out accuracy tests. Let us know the results.

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    Troll Hunter
    24 Dec 2014 at 11:08 PM
  • Recently bought a HW100T in .22. Very happy with the gun but it is pellet fussy. Have tried mainly JSB's and H&N pellets to date with H&N Baracuda Hunters being the pick with groups of 10mm at 25m the best I can get - should I be expecting better grouping or is this about what is expected?

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    David Sherwell
    24 Dec 2014 at 10:54 PM
  • Hi Iam buying my first pcp air rifle and decided on the hw100t please could you tell me which scope you would recommend I will be shooting rabbits at no more than 30to40yard

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    11 Oct 2014 at 07:17 PM
  • http://randomsnaps.smugmug.com/Shooting/Target-shooting/i-69XhsSh/0/M/SAM_5520-M.jpg

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    Chris Pook
    06 Oct 2014 at 12:42 PM
  • I doubt you will be disappointed! In the end I put an ACOG TA11F Scope on mine. A bit overscoped maybe, but a great combination. We were shooting drawing pins stuck into cardboard at 30m.

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    Chris Pook
    06 Oct 2014 at 12:37 PM
  • I just ordered a Hw100T in .22 cal. and can hardly wait to give her a try on Californian ground squirrels. My gun will be FAC in your neck of the woods and should be perfect to send this pest to the great beyond.
    Thank you,

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    Mike Clark
    05 Oct 2014 at 04:52 AM
  • Have a look at the MTC Viper 4-16 X 50 or a Hawke 4.5-14 x42, they're both great scopes that I can personally recommend.

    Great choice in rifle by the way.

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    Troll Hunter
    30 Jul 2014 at 09:20 PM
  • This is just a great rifle. Bought one yesterday. Took it out with boy child to our local range and he was nailing everything, 1 round 1 hit. Great rifle. Significant investment, but once you have it you have it. Also bought a bottle (I am new to air rifles) which the gun shop will recharge for free for the life of the bottle. Buy cheap buy twice, as they say.

    Not sure about the scope. Any recommendations for glass? I have a SB PMII 5x25 on my TRG22 - good rifles deserve good scopes. Working on a rule of thumb I don't want to spend more than the value of the rifle on a scope - what would be right to put on it? We will use the rifle mainly for target shooting out to 50m, and a little vermin here and there. Any thoughts most welcome.

    Once again it is just a great rifle!

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    chris pook
    30 Jul 2014 at 08:58 PM
  • You will be better off using the 300 Bar cylinder, as you will have more pressure available. Withe the 232 Bar cylinder, once you have gone under 232 Bar, you will not obtain a full charge.

    I have a feeling that 232 bar is the maximum safe fill pressure for your rifle, not the recommended fill pressure. I would consult your instruction booklet, just to be sure.

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    Troll Hunter
    13 Jul 2014 at 11:39 PM
  • I've purchased a BSA PCP air rifle (232Bar). Can I use 232bar cylinder (12Liter) to charge my air rifle or will it be better to use a 300b cylinders to charge my air rifle. If I can use the 232bar cylinder what will be the limitation?

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    13 Jul 2014 at 03:46 PM
  • If you go to www.weihrauch-sport.de you can download the instruction manual in English. On page 37 it tells you all you need to know.

    Let us now how you get on.

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    Troll Hunter
    18 Jun 2014 at 09:00 PM
  • I bought an HW100SK yesterday so have not tried any adjustments but a manual should be with the gun. It shows the trigger adjustments. Weihrauch will send you one free, or you can download it from their web site at http://www.weihrauch-sport.de/seiten/englisch/downloads/e_downloads_bedienungsanleitungen.html
    Hope this is of some use.

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    18 Jun 2014 at 11:53 AM
  • Hi, am very happy with the HW100 I purchased recently but find the trigger is very light and I had a few miss fires until I got used to it. Can any one tell me how to adjust the strength please.I can see two holes in the trigger guard which I expect are for adjustment purposes.

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    Peter Jones
    17 Jun 2014 at 01:02 PM
  • Heavy? Dont make me laugh... try tabbing with a gpmg

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    hugh man
    14 Jun 2014 at 05:51 PM

  • Thank you for your advice and I will contact Hullcartridrige

    Will let you know the outcome

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    PJ Muller
    03 Jun 2014 at 12:03 PM
  • Hi PJ, you are probably best off contacting the UK distributors to find out the best way to obtain one. Send an email to:- sales@hullcartridge.co.uk and I'm sure they'll sort you out. You will have to get it from your local gunshop, even if you deal with Hull Cartridge, as it is a pressure bearing part, so maybe a call to them might be quicker.

    Let us know how you get on.

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    Troll Hunter
    02 Jun 2014 at 06:41 PM

  • I have recently purchased a HW 100 could anyone please advise me
    where to buy a spare air cylinder for this rifle
    Thank you

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    PJ Muller
    02 Jun 2014 at 04:14 PM
  • thanks for that th

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    13 May 2014 at 08:09 PM
  • Air is injected via the fill probe that goes into a hole in the end of the air reservoir. The probe is connected to a diver's tank full of high pressure air and a regulator governs how much pressure from the bottle is fed into the gun. High pressure pumps that are made specifically for airguns can also be used but you obviously have to put a bit of work in the generate the pressure needed.

    Dive tanks are obviously easier to use but not everyone lives near a dive sgop to get it filled from time to time. The pump makes you completely self reliant.

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    Troll Hunter
    13 May 2014 at 06:34 PM
  • hello just about to purchase one of these rifles..how is the air put into the gun ..do you have to buy specific air cannisters or can it be filled via a pump many thanks for any answers

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    13 May 2014 at 02:11 PM
  • @ Troll Hunter. To unload without having to dry fire you just pull back the cocking lever fully, remove the magazine, pull the trigger and hold whilst moving the cocking lever forward again. All done and rifle isn't cocked.

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    23 Mar 2013 at 05:44 PM
  • Thanks Troll Hunter!

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    11 Jan 2013 at 02:02 PM
  • The quick fill should be included.

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    Troll Hunter
    11 Jan 2013 at 01:12 AM
  • Does the HW100 S come with a quick-fill probe? From what i've read,you have to buy it separate?

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    10 Jan 2013 at 10:41 PM
  • Have just bought my own HW100 I am over the moon with it. You get what you pay for these days. I just have one issue, and that is 'when using one of the supplied mags' can somebody tell me if there is a method to taking the magazine back out with one or two pellets still stored inside having not been fired, without then having to fire the gun empty minus the removed magazine. I only ask, as I thought to do this on a regular basis is detremetal to the guns overall operation. I have tried gently pulling the side lever to just before the point of cocking but the enclosed magazine stills appears to sit in a locked position. Perhaps I am worrying over nothing, and indeed I cant find any other issues of concern with ownership of such a lovely airgun. Love her.

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    Simon Gildersleve
    04 Nov 2012 at 12:03 PM
  • Hi Francois, the post above has reminded me; thanks for the apology! I hope you get your problems sorted . All the best,

    Troll Hunter.

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    Troll Hunter
    20 Jul 2012 at 08:52 AM
  • Francois, There is a site called TW CHAMBERS.co.uk Where you can see the drawing of the hw 100 in tech drawing style, they even post over seas. And if you are finding it hard to find those barracuda pellets, I can reccomend crossman accupell pellets, 10.2 gr. they also go by the name of premier. TW CHAMBERS also supply spair mags for your rifle. good luck francois.

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    20 Jul 2012 at 08:46 AM
  • To: Gun Mart, Mark and Troll Hunter

    Please accept my sincere apology. I was trying to get hold of Weihrauch and they haven't yet responded to my questions about the problems.

    I was wrong to assume that you are part of Weihrauch and I am very sorry for blaming you.

    Kind regards


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    Francois Cilliers
    18 Jun 2012 at 01:27 PM
  • Hi Francois,

    I think you should calm down a little!

    Gun Mart is not Weihrauch, neither is Mark who posted 'sorry'. He quite clearly posted 'sorry' because he had miss spelt Weihrauch in his previous post and was merely saying sorry for his spelling.

    If you have an issue with your Weihrauch air rifle, I'm very sorry about that, but you should be complaining to Weihrauch and not having a go at people on a magazine's website..

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    Troll Hunter
    13 Jun 2012 at 06:37 PM
  • Re: Weihrauch Sport HW 100 Air Rifle

    Weihraugh Company (Weihrauch & Weihrauch Sport GmbH & Co.KG Industriestr. 11, 97638 Mellrichstadt. Handelsregister: HRA 8080 AG Schweinfurt. Komplementär: Weihrauch & Weihrauch Sport Verwaltungs GmbH (HRB 3366 AG Schweinfurt). Geschäftsführer: Hans-Hermann Weihrauch, Stefan Weihrauch referred me to a contact person in SA.

    What I don't understand; does Weighraugh act as a post-office for Weiraugh air rifles because they can't provide simple technical information such as:

    1) Where to get Baracuda Match Selected Airgun Pellets .177 (4.5mm), (gold tins indicated 500 extra heavy), as I have ordered it a few years ago from them? I would suspect that I will be at least referred to a supplier that can provide the same quality of pellets.

    2) Weighraugh advertises and sells air rifles with accessories such as the quick fill cylinder, rotary magazines, etc. but they can't answer my questions about it.

    I have the feeling that they didn't really read the complete comment that I sent to them.

    The only answer ("easy answer") that they could come up was:

    "Weihrauch ............sorry". (Comment by: Mark Posted on: 23 May 2012 at 12:47 PM).

    Is this an acceptable GOOD ADVERTISEMENT of their Business After Service?

    I will cut my losses and look for another company that provides after service and at least reasonable feedback other than .............”Sorry”.

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    Francois Cilliers
    13 Jun 2012 at 01:19 PM
  • Hi Francois,

    Sorry to hear you're having problems with your Weihrauch, but we test, evaluate and review shooting related products and can't supply a diagram of the working parts of your rifle or any details of O-rings specifications. We don't sell spare parts or pellets either I'm afraid.

    Have you been in contact with whoever you bought the rifle from? Maybe Stefan can help you with the email address of A Rosenthal.

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    Troll Hunter
    29 May 2012 at 07:15 PM
  • Dear Sir, I have a Weihrauch Sport HW 100 Air Rifle that uses a Quick Fill Air Cylinder that can be filled without taking off the cylinder. It has the dust protector below the pressure gauge that fits into the air filling chamber. The cylinder can be filled to 200 bar and shows in red up to 300 bar (indicates too high pressure). A while ago the cylinder starts to leak air and the pressure dropped to 0 bar. I removed the cylinder and fit a new O-ring to the copper base where the cylinder pressed on to release air when tightened. But I could still hear a soft air leakage coming from the base of the cylinder after it is replaced. I only load the cylinder to 200 bar to avoid damages, so I am very sure that no pressure damages are the cause of the air leakage. I have a second cylinder for the air gun and swap it after being filled with air, but it still leaks air. Do you have technical drawings that show all the seals of the rifle and how the parts and components fit together? (Like a technical sketch that shows all the parts when it is dissembled and also showing where it should be mounted). I am in South Africa and would like to dissemble the rifle in order to replace the seals. I am an engineer and I am sure that I will be able to perform the dissembling and assembling of the parts as technical drawings are not difficult to interpret. Do you have the specifications of the seals (O-rings or other seals used) in order for me to replace all the seals with new ones while the rifle is dissembled? Can I order it from you and what is the cost and code of each seal? I have the Weihrauch rifle now for a few years and assume that the seals have perished over time. I would like to determine where the leakage is coming from in order to only replace the necessary seals and not disassemble the complete rifle again. I also want to know if you still sell the Baracuda Match Selected Airgun Pellets .177 (4.5mm), (gold tins indicated 500 extra heavy). I have a serial number of the previous batch that I ordered i.e. S/N 73089. Bar code: 047058002149. The weight of the bullet is about 10.2 grain. If a too light weight is used, the silencer doesn’t soften the sound when fired. It sounds like a .22 rifle. That is why I am using a heavier pellet. Can you recommend other brands that I am maybe not familiar with? My average shooting distance is between 20 metres and 40 metres and the pellets are shot in a grouping that has a diameter of 5mm. Accuracy is very important to me and I don’t want the grouping to be larger. What does a tin of pellets cost and how can I order a few tins of the 500 pellets/tin? I also want to order 3 additional rotary magazines. Can you provide the cost per magazine and how I can order it? The following Weihraugh Company (Weihrauch & Weihrauch Sport GmbH & Co.KG Industriestr. 11, 97638 Mellrichstadt. Handelsregister: HRA 8080 AG Schweinfurt. Komplementär: Weihrauch & Weihrauch Sport Verwaltungs GmbH (HRB 3366 AG Schweinfurt). Geschäftsführer: Hans-Hermann Weihrauch, Stefan Weihrauch referred me to A. Rosenthal (Cape) (Pty) Ltd., 13 Loop Street, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa, during my previous correspondence a while ago (That was for ordering the Quick fill air cylinders). But I haven’t received a contact telephone number or e-mail to make contact with them. Can you please advise me regarding all my questions, costs of parts, pellets, and contact details of A Rosenthal in Cape Town SA in order to work through them to speed up the process as they are part of your company if I am correct? Kind regards, Francois Cilliers, Cell: +27823310589

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    Francois Cilliers
    29 May 2012 at 06:22 PM
  • Weihrauch ............sorry.

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    23 May 2012 at 02:47 PM
  • Weirauch Rifles are some of the best rifles I have owned in over 25 years of shooting they are great pieces of engineering Accurate, well built, precision engineering. They are heavy to handle but I only do FT so it's comfortable.
    As for maintenance I use Ballistol a little bit on a cloth then wipe the rifle down after every use simple as that.
    Ballistol can be used on the stock and metal parts so no messing with different oils. As for barrel cleaning don't bother unless you see the accuracy going off then only use a pull through and not a rod I use napier barrel cloth and little drop of 3 in 1 oil on first 2 or 3 pulls (change cloth each pull) then dry pull throughs (change cloth each pull) until they pull through clear. REMEMBER FROM BREECH to MUZZLE.

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    23 May 2012 at 02:41 PM
  • regarding comments about cleaning guns, be carefull about using oil and
    letting this enter the enternals of the barrel, first thing this can damage the gun and cause dieseling, in which the diesel ignites during the compression
    cycle in the barrel, l do not not understand why anyone wants to service a
    brand new gun, they don't need need to be touched for several thousand
    rounds, secondly I have had an air arms from new it is now several years
    old, and works as good as the day it came out of the box, to much oil attracts grid and particles, these find the way into mechanisims causing a
    need for further cleaning, l never clean barrels with a rod or putting or pulling something through, if you look at the engineers drawrings you will
    see there are seals in the barrel, it has not been unknown for these to become dislodged resulting in expensive strip, l think best to follow the instructions with the gun, oil lightly where indicated, generally keep the gun
    clean and dry, best advice l think, my grandfather was a spitfire armourer he
    always keep the guns firing ok.

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    karl Fenn
    13 May 2012 at 03:17 PM
  • The HW100 is a fantastic air rifle and you'll really enjoy your purchase.

    Many people never clean the barrel of their air rifles, but it's always good practice to make sure your rifle is as accurate as it can be. Some barrels, especially when new, can be comparatively rough internally and may need several thousand pellets down the bore to smooth out these tiny imperfections. Other barrels shoot well straight out of the box, it's just the luck of the draw! Generally though, airgun barrels are good to go from day one.

    The best way to clean the barrel on a pre charged pneumatic is to use a pull through, always clean in the direction the pellet travels and make sure whatever you use does not damage the barrel's crown. You don't need to use any aggressive chemicals as would be necessary when cleaning a heavily fouled full bore rifle. There's obviously no power burnt in an air rifle and no copper to remove, so a light oil will work well on a patch.

    If you don't fancy using a pull through, you can buy felt barrel cleaning pellets and you simply fire these down the barrel, although it's best to fire a pellet behind them to get them to work well.

    As far as the rest of the rifle is concerned, abide by any instructions that come with the rifle and give the metal work a wipe over with a light oil such as 3 In 1.

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    Troll Hunter
    13 May 2012 at 12:12 PM
  • Just bought a new HW100S, and love it already. As well all else mentioned here, it feels great to shoot.

    Can somone please tell me how to clean/maintain it ? And also how frequently. Be a great help.

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    Nadeem Batt
    13 May 2012 at 11:32 AM
  • Your right it is currently at 20, plus a handerling charge, there appear to be
    two divisions in customs now, one private and one govermental, a lot of the
    money goes on pensions in the uk, one reason vat is so high, the govern-
    ment have been trying to ban airguns and tighten the law, but the one most
    important factor they have overlooked is just how much tax they get from
    the sale and import of airgun related items, if you order something for say
    £400.11 the government get £93.00 in tax and fee charge, if they ban air-
    guns they will lose billions in revenue, it will leave a big hole in the hull of
    the treasury, they appear unable to work things out when it comes to simple
    maths, today's buget proved that. I'm glad you liked my little article, I hope
    it helped people when thinking about buying a gun, they are now becoming
    a very expensive investment, when I was eight my mother bought me a complete shooting range and airgun for under 20 pounds, 1968, just shows
    how things have gone up, in the 70's £30.00 for a good 22, BSA.

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    Karl Fenn
    22 Mar 2012 at 01:07 AM
  • UK tax? Tell me about it... I think the US 'VAT' is about 8% compared to 20% in the UK.

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    Pat Farey
    21 Mar 2012 at 01:08 PM
  • I think you are right about the weight, I had an HW80 in the late 80's the gun
    was very heavy, I used to take it on a relatives field for target shooting, the
    gun loaded with scope was a bit to heavy, it was difficult to hold for a few
    seconds on target and could shake due to the weight, it is heay, a friend
    of mine had a deativated M16 the gun felt lighter, the air arms 410 is much
    lighter in the karbine and better to shoot, you can take the shots quicker
    with a light gun, in saying that the build quality of the german gun is hard
    to beat, and the person I sold the HW80 to is still using it on his estate, for
    pests, the older guns appear to be more powerfull and are faultless if used
    on a bipod, the karbines are just as accurate as full lenght, and a little
    lighter, the price is to much, in the us you can buy a serious FAC gun for
    this sort of money, there is a lot of uk tax on the imports in the uk.

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    Karl Fenn
    21 Mar 2012 at 12:59 PM
  • They look like Sportsmatch two-piece low mounts

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    Pat Farey
    11 Jan 2012 at 02:47 PM
  • hi there, i was just curious as to the mounts used for this review as i have a Weihrauch HW100 and a MTC MAMBA scope but cant find any rings to lower the scope as much as (above) thanks

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    10 Jan 2012 at 11:14 PM
  • i was buy hw 100,is very accurate,elegant ,low price,the best material made, so hw 100 the best airgun in the word

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    andi pratama
    11 Nov 2011 at 12:41 PM
  • We really need to know what you going to use the rifle for mainly; close/medium range pest control, long range varminting, FT, HFT or a combination of these uses? If hunting, do you need a low light scope? Do you prefer an illuminated scope, etc.

    Have a think about and send some more details and preferences.

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    pat farey
    19 Oct 2011 at 04:03 PM
  • Sir,

    I have a Weirauch 100T air Riffle. Would like your advise as to what Scope specs from Bushnell will go with the riffle model

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    19 Oct 2011 at 03:17 PM
  • Had my 100T for 3 years now and cannot fault it ! Incredibly accurate,Like neville,I have the 80 and 77 rifles so am used to the weight. The 100 is sculpted to perfection and easy on the eyes.Mine has a stippled grip rather than chequering which i feel gives a firmer grip should there be damp conditions.But i think it would have been nice if HW could have stippled the forend as well.I feed it a diet of .177 superdomes that group within 20 mm at 55 yards,More than i had hoped for. So thanks HW for getting your 1st and only pcp so incredibly right. cheers.

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    28 Jul 2011 at 04:26 PM
  • "However, for those obsessed with totally free floating barrels....."
    From the photo I take it Mark is one of those obsessives!!!!. Nice review. Will buy one when budget permits.
    Conor McC.

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    Conor McC
    22 Jun 2011 at 12:55 PM
  • Geez I thought my Air Arms was heavy.

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    20 Feb 2011 at 11:02 AM
  • The HW100 weighs between 8.3lbs and 8.4lbs while the Air Arms S410-SL Extra FAC weighs around 7lbs

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    Pat Farey
    02 Feb 2011 at 12:13 AM
  • Is this gun heavier than the Air Arms S410-SL Extra FAC?

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    01 Feb 2011 at 06:21 AM
  • Weihrauch's are never short on quality - glad you like your HW100!

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    pat farey
    08 Nov 2010 at 02:40 PM
  • I buy Gun Mart because of these brilliant reviews. For years I have searched for good quality usable guns, but the reviews in the other mags paint wonderful pictures of everything, to please the manufacturers I expect, so I have often wasted large sums on thing woefully not for me.

    I wholeheartedly agree on the quality and robustness of HW's as my 30year old faultless HW80, used every single day without fail, can testify.

    With some trepidation, based on previous mistakes, I purchased the HW100. Your review is so accurate that it was like da ja vu handling the rifle while re-reading your review. And I got it SH out of the Mart (£550 with everything) and it was really 'preloved'.

    Heavy is definitely the word though, but quality like this is heavy, and the HW80, which is also 'very heavy' has built my strength and stamina up to suit.

    Because of the weight this rifle needs some training with but is well worth the effort.

    Thank's Gun Mart.

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    Neville Carter
    07 Nov 2010 at 12:32 PM
  • Does the bottle leak pressure if you fill it but leave it off the gun for a few hours? If it does, then it is a fault with the bottle, if it doesn't then the problem is almost certainly a seal leak where the bottle joins the rifle. In either case take it to a local Weihrauch dealer who should be able to remedy the problem.

    More recent models of the HW100 have a bottle that can be filled 'on rifle' which is much easier. It may be worth considering a conversion if there is a fault with your bottle.

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    Pat Farey
    14 Oct 2010 at 10:52 AM
  • when i charge my hw100 2 full preasure and put the bottle back onto the gun and come back to it a few hours later and find the bottle is empty any ideas what it could be many thanks

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    john laing
    14 Oct 2010 at 01:50 AM

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