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Weihrauch HW100S

Discussion in 'Airgun Reviews' started by Poacher, Oct 18, 2009.

  1. Poacher

    Poacher Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Now I've had my Weihrauch HW100S for a couple of months and put around a thousand pellets through it I though it time to share the good news. First of all, why Weihrauch? after all, there are loads of rifles out there and many are a lot less than the £720 currently being asked for a HW100. Firstly, I've had a variety of Weihrauch springers over the last thirty odd years and they have never let me down. Secondly, those who have owned Weihrauch's first PCP rifle seem to rave about them. An thirdly, I tried all the others in a gunshop before settling on the HW100S in .177 format.

    My own gun is the Mk.2 version, i.e. the 'Quickfill' version whereby you just plug the probe into the hole in the cylinder to top up. There is a plastic plug to stop dirt getting into the hole when the gun is in use. The gun was bought from a Sheffield firm who deal exclusively online at a price that was £25 less then a large West Yorkshire dealer was asking for a second hand one. It came in a box, with the filling probe, assorted plumbing bits and an instruction manual. The gun also comes with a Weihrauch silencer as standard and this makes it whisper quiet.

    First impressions were of a solid, heavy, well balanced gun that was smooth in operation. The S model has a walnut sportster stock, i.e. not a thumbhole and is full length as opposed to the 'K' carbine model.

    For me, the thumbhole is ugly and does not add anything to the handling. You might think otherwise. The stock felt like satin rather than silk and so the first job was to rub it down with wire wool and apply Truoil. This was repeated until the stock fairly shone. Then I took off the gloss with wire wool to leave a sealed grain that did not feel slippy to touch.

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    There is chequering on the pistol grip and forepiece and the paintwork has a quality feel to it. The trigger is adjustable for travel and weight.

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    The gun was filled to the recommended 200 BAR, fitted with a German made Richter 3-9 x 50 scope and away we went. Obviously I zeroed the scope first using a mark at 35 yds to give optimum accuracy from less than 10 yds to just over 40 yds.

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    The HW100 comes with two 14 shot magazines in .177. These magazines are extremely well made and robust bits of equipment.

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    Once loaded and locked in by the sliding catch you cannot go wrong. If you cock the mechanism twice the magazine does not rotate and allow a second pellet to be loaded. Also, the safety is a solid affair like a lorry handbrake, not the diddly little buttons you see on other makes. This safety catch only operates when the gun is cocked. So, if you aren't sure whether it is cocked or not, just try and activate the safety. If it moves back to 'Safe' the gun is cocked. If it refuses to move the gun is not cocked and therefore 'Safe' anyway.

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    As I said before, I found the gun to be intially heavy. It's actually 7.5 lbs, but in comparison with my other two guns it is a lump. That said, it is balanced and now, after using it for two months I don't feel the weight. Putting it alongside my old Weihrauch underlever, it feels lighter. Fitting a neoprene sling helped and I am now totally at ease carrying it around.

    Over the Crombo I discovered that AA Fields in 4.52 were a little over 12 ft/lb. They averaged 12.08 so I switched to 4.51 size and the reading came to to around 11.7 ft/lb. This was almost exactly the same as with H&N FTT pellets. In a ten shot string the HW100 varied by no more than 8 fps. Given that there could be variances in the gun, pellet or chronometer I don't think that's bad.

    Like any gun, it is only as accurate as the pellets you use and finding the right pellets is crucial. To be honest, I've stuck with Superdomes for years without giving a thought to this. It all changed when a mate gave me some AA Fields to try and I discovered that they worked best in my gun. Since then I've been more open to trying new pellets. In the HW100S I put these through on a 35 yd target with gun and shooter both supported on rests.

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    I then used the last target to try AA Fields at 50 yds to test the drop off.
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    The AA Fields appear to have gone through the same holes and while their spread is more than adequate as seen by the 1/2" rings, they are outdone by Accupels who's grouping is slightly tighter and more consistent. Anyone thinking of HFT shooting would do well with this gun. It is certainly more accurate with the right pellets than I can ever be.

    All the pellets, including those at 50 yds went through a hardboard sheet and a plastic box. This indicates that the gun is more than capable of killing at 50 yds plus.

    Since I have started using this gun I have found it ideal for general hunting of squirrels, corvids, pigeons and other vermin. The handling is great and it feels solid. The side-lever action is silky smooth and never jams or fails to deliver another round smoothly into the chamber. 28 shots, loaded in two magazines and carried around in a small clasp purse is more then enough for a day's hunting and the air tank seems to hold around 90 full power shots in .177 and will do more in .22 calibre.


    Overall, I really like the gun. It has the same sort of understated quality that you see in the bigger Audi cars such as the A5 and A6. There is nothing fancy or flash, just solid, reliable engieering and a silky smooth operation. The only thing I would change is the pressure gauge dial. It is far too colourful for my liking and I have masked most of mine off with black tape. If you are target shooting it won't matter, but from a hunting point of view, it's something that might catch a pigeon's eye.

    Other than that - first class gun in my opinion. :up:
     
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2009
  2. thelonesomepine

    thelonesomepine Well-Known Member

    Location:
    leicester
    Very well written informative post with excellent pics, I owned both the sporter and the thumbhole in .22 they are as good as you say, simply a joy to shoot. thanks for the update Poacher. :up:
     
  3. unclesparks

    unclesparks Well-Known Member

    What do you make of the Richter scopes. Ive got two, one on a Falcon FN19 PCP and the other in a box that was on my Theoben Evo before i sold it. Im using a BSA deerhunter scope on my S410 at the moment but im tempted to switch back to the Richter even though its nearly half the price of the BSA. I like them, what do you think?
     
  4. Sako 30-06

    Sako 30-06 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Deer Country
    HW100S

    Exellent post Clive. I remember you getting this gun because i had only bought mine a week before you. The only difference being yours is a .177 and mine is the .22 model.
    I agree totally with your review, The only thing i would add is the regulated power that gives you a consistent 11.5 from a full charge to empty helps make the gun really accurate. A lot more so than the guns without a regulator fitted. ;):up:
     
  5. Poacher

    Poacher Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Thanks. I don't have a problem with the regulated output. It seems to be bang on whenever I test it. I'm getting mostly 787 to 793 fps with H&N FTT (I trying to use them up) whether it has just been topped up to nearly in the yellow area. I'm not an amber gambler. I top up the air before then.
     
  6. Sako 30-06

    Sako 30-06 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Deer Country
    Clive i top mine up every time i go out I don't let it get low.I am referring to the regulator fitted on the HW100 that delivers the same amount of air no matter how much is in the tank. Unlike the Air Arms 410 that has a big difference from 200bar and 80 or 90bar. My 410 seemed to have its peak power at around 120bar above and below that the power was all over the place.
    This dont happen with the HW100 the power is very constant no matter how full or empty it is.:up:
     
  7. Poacher

    Poacher Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Sorry Bob. My misunderstanding. I thought you were suggesting the Weihrauch needed a regulator.

    I'm off tomorrow and intend giving those Accupels Dylan gave me some more stick before the rain sets in midweek. :)
     
  8. Sako 30-06

    Sako 30-06 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Deer Country
    Good luck mate let me know how you get on:up: I'm going to try a tin of them in .22 the next time i buy any pellets:D
     
  9. nik04

    nik04 Member

    Location:
    Mudgeeraba
    good bit of work and very easy reading poacher. This gun is high on my list along with the theoben mfr, still not sure yet will wait until i see them in the flesh :)
     
  10. firdom

    firdom Active Member

    Location:
    suffolk
    hw100s

    very good review as i'm about to order one is there a reason you went full length rather than carbine
     
  11. Poacher

    Poacher Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    I prefer the full length for two reasons; Firstly it will theoretically be slightly more accurate, and secondly, the shots per charge is slightly higher.
     
  12. firdom

    firdom Active Member

    Location:
    suffolk
    hw100s

    thanks for that info poacher i would think it might feel a bit more balanced i've not seen one to try don't see any in gun shops around here
     
  13. simply james

    simply james Banned

    Location:
    Cloud 9
    nice review mate
     
  14. Poacher

    Poacher Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Given the recent interest in consistency of output I tested the HW100S today with different pellets, each in a five shot string. All figures FPS;-

    Accupel: 815 - 810, Average 812 = 11.57 ft/lb
    AA Field: 807 - 802, Av. 805 = 11.75 ft/lb
    H&N FTT: 791 - 783, Av. 786 = 11.66 ft/lb
    Superdome: 805 - 791, Av. 798 = 11.74 ft/lb
    Hobby: 851 - 847, Av. 849 = 11.21 ft/lb

    My gun is obviously more consistent than the man behind it. :D
     
  15. Steve K

    Steve K Well-Known Member

    Nice review, they really are awesome guns, i prefer the carbines myself, but they're all top notch. ;)
     
  16. Leo

    Leo Banned

    Location:
    Tamworth
    They look really good. 11.75 with the Air Arms is great. Have you tried any heavier pellets like bisley mags
     
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2009
  17. Poacher

    Poacher Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    No. I've only used the pellets listed so far. The Accupels are the tightest grouping, closely followed by AA Fields. I'll be trying some JSB Exacts next time, but have no plans to use heavier pellets.
     
  18. firdom

    firdom Active Member

    Location:
    suffolk
    hw100s

    found one yesterday to have alook at bought it straight away i will try and post some pictures later its got a lovely dark stock
     
  19. stefan

    stefan Well-Known Member

    Location:
    South east
    my hw100 is antitamper but with a certain pellet i get readings of 13 pound a shot work that out ?
     
  20. Sako 30-06

    Sako 30-06 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Deer Country
    Is that with heavier pellets stefan?
     

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