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Old 07-05-2016, 02:58 PM   #1
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A little summer air gun work

One way I get to beat the summertime heat is the same way I beat the wintertime cold and that is by shooting air guns, indoors. This last week managed to squeeze in just a little indoor shooting with one of my favorite air rifles, the classic Weihrauch HW35E.


The HW35E has been in continuous production for over 50 years and holds the record for the air gun that's been in production the longest. The 35 is basically Weihrauch's way of honoring the company's long history of making fine air guns, but the gun really does use the same design as the original that came out in 1951. It's not a modern design dressed up to look like the original.

For instance, instead of the ball detent lockup used on all break barrel spring piston airguns, these days, including all other HW break barrel models, the 35E uses a latch system. Push the spring loaded latch forward to open the barrel, load the pellet and close the barrel. Simple, easy and very effective as far as consistency of lockup, but also more expensive to make.


The HW35E is also the only HW break barrel model made with a hand checkered walnut stock. All other models use beech.


This is a long, fairly trim rifle balanced, perfectly, for offhand work. You can scope the 35, but, to me, a scope ruins the fine balance n this rifle, much the way a scope does on a lever gun. Besides with that long barrel, you get a very long sight radius of iron sight work. Peep sight is a Williams.


So how did I do this week, with the 35E? Well, since I've been notified by some of my friends, here, that they've been bragging me up on their other forum, thought I better shoot a nice target. Not my best score with this gun, but one of the smallest 10 shot, offhand groups I've shot with this gun.


Doesn't get more classic in the spring piston air gun world than this one. Love my HW35E.
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Old 07-05-2016, 04:31 PM   #2
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Very nice review and your satisfaction with this gun is very evident. Beautiful gun and great shooting. What is the effective range with this gun on a squirrel?
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Old 07-05-2016, 05:25 PM   #3
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Thanks.

This is not a powerful gun by today's standards, but it was pretty hot in its day at 700 to 800 fps in 177. Have taken many squirrels out to 25 yards with a less powerful gun, using either head shots or double lung shots. I'd say out to 30 yards would be reasonable. Beyond that distance, trajectory gets to be a headache and perfect shot placement is a must for hunting with these guns.

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Thanks again for sharing your beautiful air rifle with us. A you certainly have given me reason to talk about you again.
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Old 10-08-2016, 04:11 PM   #5
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I need help from north country gal

I need to ask for info on peep sights from north country gal.
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Old 10-09-2016, 02:24 PM   #6
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Message received and answer sent, Bert. Welcome to the forum.
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I've recently acquired a Beeman R9 that has put my Sheridan Bluestreak to the back burner.
They are both .20 caliber but the Beeman wears a Nighteater scope by Nikko-Stirling and has a trigger that is softer than my contender.
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Old 11-01-2019, 01:51 PM   #8
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Oh, yeah, hard to beat the trigger on Beeman/HWs. All my HWs have superb triggers. Definitely worth paying to get, compared to the lousy triggers on cheap piston guns.
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