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Umarex Walther Century - actually pretty impressed..

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by cloverleaf, Sep 16, 2014.

  1. cloverleaf

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    So, I had a brief fiddle with one of these earlier; along with the opportunity to test it back to back with an LGV.

    The Century will retail for around £275 (give or take) complete with a cheapo "Walther" 6x42AO 'scope.

    The Century is visually very similar to the LGV - the stock looks much like that of the LGV Master, while the barrel has a tapered aluminium weight (much like that found on the Competition Ultra, although round in section as opposed to square), that's bereft of open sights.

    The Century has the same manual barrel latch as the LGV, and (on brief, uneducated inspection) the same trigger unit.

    The biggest difference between the Century and LGV Master (aside from over a hundred quid) is in the piston arrangement. As we all know the LGV uses a TX200-type 25mm dia piston that runs on synthetic bearings inside a sleeved-down 30mm ID cylinder. Conversely, the Century reputedly (I didn't have it to bits) has a 30mm piston that runs directly inside the gun's main cylinder.

    I'm not sure if the piston has bearings; but tbh in terms of noise, vibration and harshness there's very little to tell between the Century and LGV. Likewise the cocking effort and stroke appear to be the same between the two guns too.

    What really sets the two rifles apart is their recoil - the Century's recoil seems noticeably more "solid" and (in a wholly unscientific test) firing the two off a rest and noting where each rifle came to rest after firing, the LGV travelled maybe 4-5mm total while the displacement of the Century was more like 8-9mm. That'd be the mass of the fat b*stard 30mm piston making itself felt, then..

    Massive, recoil-crazed enormo-piston notwithstanding I was actually really impressed with the rifle - it's 8/10ths of an LGV for 2/3rds the cost; build, fit and finish all seem excellent for a rifle at this price point. In a nutshell it appears to be a potential HW80 rival at HW95k money.

    Personally the sleeved piston is one of the LGV's main selling points and it's a shame this has been lost, however the Century does appear to offer a lot for the money and I definitely think Weihrauch should be worried.

    I'd also be interested to carry out some efficiency and recoil testing with Loki's accelerometer setup since these guns basically appear to be the same with exception of piston mass and bore, and hence should give a very telling comparison of the effects of these two parameters. I suspect it'll be a while before I can get my hands on an example of each that I'm allowed to pull apart, though :p
     
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    Interesting as i have one on its way to join the LGV & LGU variants.What cal was it?
    As you may know i am a HW80 fan but keep finding these standard Walther's hard to beat.I was hoping the Century piston had bearings i will have to wait & see.
     
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    Cool - the one I played with was .177; as was the LGV.

    I'm not a fan of the extensive use of light alloy castings on the Umarex products (no doubt one of the features that allows them to generally be priced so competitively) however I can see the Century drawing a lot of fans based on its finish, quality and cost. Will be interested to hear your thoughts on the Century compared to the LGV and '80 once it's arrived :)
     
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    I'm intrigued by the 30mm piston, I'm no physics expert but in my mind I have an idea that the piston could be lightened quite drastically allowing it to move quicker. Maybe a shorter but more powerful spring and shorter stroke? It should also be a contender in the FAC springer stakes.
     
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    Update,not here yet,but have been informed the piston in the Century has one bearing at the rear.
     
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    The trigger blade on the Century has one adjuster the LGV has two,it has the same screw for the trigger weight as the LGV.
    The first shot was loud & lots of smoke.The next few were better the recoil was how you described if it persists it will need a strip.
     
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    Whats going to hold the Walther Century back in the fac stakes, is the over long transfer port, but at sub 12ft lbs, I get the feeling this rifle could tune up very nicely.
     
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    What is this heresy?!!!!!!
     
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    i`ve got a LGV and really like it although it weighs a ton compaired to my HW100 or regal
     
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    ive just got the century in .177 and like it. build quality is amazing for the price, its heavy but oh well. 10/10 here.
     

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