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Another 1980 HW35e

Discussion in 'Gun Gallery' started by cloverleaf, May 9, 2015.

  1. cloverleaf

    cloverleaf Super Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    A while ago I sold a slightly tatty 1980 HW35e in .22. My reasoning was that I couldn't be faffed with sorting it out; despite my best intentions to start with.

    Now I find myself in possession of another slightly tatty 1980 HW35e in .22 :eek:

    It has a leather piston seal and is doing around 10.4ftlb with Falcons. I doubt it had ever been to bits before I removed the trigger block to get some oil to the sticky safety.

    It's all in one piece but the bluing is thin on the barrel and cylinder (I think where light corrosion has been removed in the past), plus there are a few small spots on the cylinder yet to be dealt with. The stock has numerous dings (the worst of which are on the underside of the fore-end) but is in one piece.

    I put some standing shots through it at 20yd with the irons and actually managed to get 5 or so shots into maybe a 1p sized group. The firing manners are pretty good too - no spring noise and it doesn't jump about too much considering the fat 30mm piston.

    Anyway, not sure what to do with it yet.. :p


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  2. uncleboob

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    Looks like an ace project, tbh looking at the pics it looks in better condition than most of my guns! I'm still looking for a nice 35 so if you get bored, let me know!
     
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    Looks a decent example really,i have seen & have a lot worse.:)
     
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    I'm now wondering how old my 35E .22 must be as it doesn't have the screw in the butt pad nor any white lines. I still haven't found the serial number either....must strip it down again and get all the black paint off!
    Then again why should I worry, it is doing 5p groups at approx 20 yds and in windy conditions yesterday I was hitting half inch circles at 30 yds. Lovely rifle, and now has Tinbum guides and barrel shroud.
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  5. reaper6

    reaper6 Banned

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    Always loved the hw35.....classic airgun
     
  6. Meteor62

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    Always loved the look of the 35 but that's as far as it goes. Always found them hard work to get decent power and not a fan of the way they shoot. It's competition at the time was the Fwb 124/127 that kicked it's ass in all respects apart from the trigger and was much smaller in comparison. To break into the U.S. Market required a whole new gun to be designed in the form of the hw80 but again a big beast.
     
  7. landymick

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    Dag,your stock is a late stock & appears to be a 35s.
     
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    Thanks for that info, how late is late? What was different about an 35S compared with a 35E?
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    The difference is the stock & on early versions there was a barrel size option,you could also get a HW35s with 22" barrel.I would think early nineties to present for your style with the flat pistol grip.You should have the 2 sided safety catch & 3 arrestor holes.
     
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    Thanks guys :)


    Agree with all of that tbh. I just like to think of it as a collectable and useable design classic; if not being the last word in refinement. It must also be remembered that the '35 pre-dates the FWB by around 30yrs too; and I'd consider the HW80 to be a better all-round proposition than the FWB.

    While undoubtedly a good rifle (especially when considered against contemporary offerings) tbh have never been a big fan of the FWB due to it's crude (and breakage-prone) trigger and safety assy..


    Interesting stuff - was thinking that it didn't look a whole lot like an "e". Wasn't aware of the "s" variant, though :)
     
  11. landymick

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    I like the 35 range for the wide variety of little differences with in the models & are plentiful .I also like the Sport but agree on the weak spots the Rekord of the HW has to be the best standard trigger ever to go in an air rifle.
    As for the 80 it may not be the best rifle out there but deserves the King of springers for its huge power plant diverse use & will rarely let you down.
    HW almost cracked it with the HW85K in 1986 but should have gone with the dove tail instead of the raised scope rail like BSF did.
     
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    Very nice project there, I've never shot a 35 but they look a great little rifle :up:
     
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    Tatty??? I have seen a lot worse,or is it your expert camera skills?????
     
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    Looks a half decent rifle looked others have said a later 35e stock ,but how does it shoot the all important question.I find the 35 a rifle that you can do something with,
     
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    Hi Robin

    The 35 is anything but a 'Little' rifle! ;)

    They're big, bulky and Long!! Even the standard non Export versions seem long to me!! :cool::cool:



    John :)
     
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    Pics sorted.

    This rifle's pretty much right at the pointy end of the "maybe I should sell it" queue, however every time I look at / handle / shoot it I question how I ever could as it's such a nice old thing.. :facepalm:
     
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  17. Wofty

    Wofty 'This is the way'

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    Don't sell it!
    I have the same, a 1980 Export with the super barrel.
    For me it's the quintessential essence of classics springers. Pick it up and plink away with opens. Everything is mechanically pleasing and organically fitting.
    It's just a pleasure to have.
     
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    I reckon 1979/1980 must have been bumper years for the '35e as half those for sale seem to date from this period. I also have a minty example of the same age in .177; however the stock's more bland and its fine condition somehow detracts from its charm.

    I agree about the 35's appeal; to me it looks like the epitome of the break-barrel spring air rifle.. what everyone who knows nothing about airguns imagines when you say "air rifle". This one's seeming all the more honest and legit for its worn finish, light dings and occasional light patch of corrosion. It's not terrible to fire either; although being left-handed the barrel latch gets on my tits somewhat..
     
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    You've got to love a 35 and that's a beauty... :up:
     
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