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Beeman HW30 Review

Discussion in 'Airgun Reviews' started by Vulcanator, May 22, 2008.

  1. Vulcanator

    Vulcanator Engaging Member

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    Well well well, after a short delay from being on back order I finally have my grubby mitts on my new .177cal HW30. So without further ado here's the review. My motivation to buy this rifle was spurred by the purchase of a Slavia 618 for my son. Getting such pleasure from shooting the Slav which led me to decree the need for an adult size rifle for plinking/informal target shooting.

    The Box: The rifle arrived packed in a nondescript brown cardboard box, there were some cursory markings pertaining to Beeman. Inside the gun is restrained by a couple of cardboard blocks, I find this inadequate due to my previous experience with the Webley Patriot that I had received damaged. All manufacturers should pack their guns in preformed expanded polystyrene to protect the gun. Also enclosed is the generic Beeman manual, service plan information, shooting tips information, sticker and product services brochure.

    Initial Impressions: Taking the gun out of the box reveals a compact, lightweight rifle that appears very well made. Fortunately this one arrived intact so a closer look was performed.

    The Woodwork: Aaaagh, I thought the HW30 had escaped the re-design by Beeman of the extended fore-end, not so lucky. Although this is a cosmetic issue the fore-end appears to be blended better that the R1,7&9, it'll just have to grow on me! The stock is finished in a medium brown color, the stain is uniformly applied and the finish is satin matte, there is no checkering. The butt has a brown rubber butt plate interspersed with a black spacer which is screwed to the stock. the stock has a shallow comb and a mild cheek piece as a concession to the right handed shooter but to all extents this is a ambidextrous stock. The fit to the metalwork is excellent.

    The Metalwork: The cylinder and barrel are polished to a high standard, the bluing is dark and uniform in application, the metalwork has a definite luster and oozes quality. All identification marks are stamped into the metal are clearly legible and represent a refreshing change from the trend of laser etching. The cylinder has machined grooves for a scope and has the usual Weihrauch pre drilled holes in the top of the cylinder to accommodate a scope stop. The only issue I do have is the policy of Weihrauch to use slotted screws for its hardware, to minimize chewing the screw heads and possibly slipping off the head and gouging the stock an Allen type head should be adopted.

    The Sights: Weihrauch's all metal open sights are delightful the model fitted here being the same as fitted on the R1,7&9 rifles, the foresight which is a globe type attached to the barrel via a dovetail-very positive indeed. The rearsight has a ball bearing click adjustable feature which is positive in operation. It also features four different apertures to change the sight picture, I found the one selected by the factory gives a good sight picture of proper proportions.

    The Trigger: The HW30 has Weihrauch's Perfekt trigger unit, a two stage non adjustable unit that is protected by a metal trigger guard that is checkered and appears to be finished in a black epoxy type coating. The trigger blade is of smooth metal construction and is hollowed out to its rear, a shame as I think Weihrauch could have put in the Rekord trigger blade instead but there's a reason the HW30 is cheaper than its stablemates. The trigger weight appears to be about 3lbs and my initial impressions of it are favorable.

    Handling: The HW30 a compact rifle at just under 39" long and weighing in at 5.5lbs is light and easy to handle. Cocking the gun requires a sharp slap to unlatch the ball bearing detent that secures the barrel, then you have about 18lbs of cocking effort to overcome. Pulling the barrel to engage the sear revealed my gun to be very smooth unlike some offerings that can seem quite "crunchy" - especially when new. When the sear engages so does the auto-safety, unlike the R series guns which use a cylinder type safety that move perpendicular to the cylinder this one is a metal tab that extends from the rear thus being truly ambidextrous in operation-a plus point for left handers, also you can flick the safety off and decock this gun which is very useful.

    Shooting: Loading a pellet require a push to insert them in the breech, close the barrel, bring the rifle up to aim, flip off the safety which requires an upward motion and you're ready to shoot. The firing cycle is quite smooth with just a little bit of twang from the spring, the report from the gun is low so this makes it ideal for use in areas where there are neighbors. Recoil is barely discernible from this gun and it's a pleasure to shoot.

    Shooting the gun for group took me less than 20 shots to sight in at 25yds where I was already getting a 3/4" group with 5 shots using the open sights-holy moly! The trigger albeit being non adjustable has a smooth initial take up and the second stage has no creep to speak of and feels quite light, I can see this gun is going to perform after the breaking in period has occurred.

    I was able to chrono the rifle. Beeman Laser pellets (6.5gr) over 10 shots gave me 650fps average for 6.1ft/lbs. Beeman FTS (9.2gr) averaged 578fps for 6.8ft/lbs. There was a spread of about 50fps but the gun still diesels slightly but with use will diminish and the velocity spread will narrow. This is well within Beeman's velocity claims and I expect a slight increase as the gun breaks in.

    Summary: The HW30 lives in the shadow of its much vaunted brother the R7 but is none the worse for it, here we have a rifle that gives the same performance as an R7 for just over 50% of the cost! This rifle is well suited for plinking, informal target shooting and small pest control up to about 30yds (bloodied the gun with a squirrel no less!). Pyramydair are selling these for $215! an absolute bargain for what you get, a Weihrauch with the German build quality that ranks among the best. At current prices it could be argued that you get your cake and eat it too-highly recommended.
     
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    I'd like a Weihrauch HW30 (same thing) for plinking, I like the lack of chequering (checkering? what's it called) anyway, good review, nice one :up:
     
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    yep thats what they call it cog:rolleyes:

    good review, should have you testing guns for the mags.
    at least theyd be honest:up:
     
  4. Vulcanator

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    Thanks guys, honesty will not get me a job at the airgun rags testing guns!:D

    In regards to Chequering, my spelling of it merely reflects where I live. The Queens English is my preferred tongue!
     
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    you can call it the 'rough bit' if you need to:D
     
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    I just wasn't sure how it was spelt, maybe I should've asked you a1 :rolleyes:
     
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    how about i spell it in welsh:p

    that'll confuse you:D
    if you think french or german looked wierd then stick to your side of the border:D
     
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    I've seen Welsh, it's horrible, with all these double Ls at the start of words ... anyway back to the topic, nice review Vulcanator, we could do with more like it in this world of airgun mags feeding us lies :up:
     

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