This is one HW spring rifle that I have not previously had the pleasure of trying out, the HW55 target rifle:
It is a break barrel rifle with a locking breech - the locking lever can be seen on the left side just before the tip of the fore-end. Rotate it forward to unlock the barrel ready for cocking. It is way better than the HW35 barrel lock, I do think it is a pity HW didn't carry this barrel lock design onto some of their other break barrel rifles.
There are several variants of the HW55 depending on stock style, this version is the CM so I am told. I have also seen the Tyrolean stock and the MM as well as a the beech stocked basic model.
The rifle is a reduced power variant of the HW50, this particular example is currently giving 540fps with JSB's, but the spring is looking a bit tired and the general information I have found on this model of rifle suggest a healthy example should be yielding 600fps or just over.
A new spring has been ordered and will be fitted shortly.
The stock has had its original varnish removed as it was fairly scratched and scruffy looking, it is seen here with the first coat of oil rubbed in.
dale, is the internals the same? ie: can one splap this spring into a 50s and have a 600fps 50s? Should almost eliminate recoil. May be great for BR
First bear in mind this rifle was made circa 1978.
To the best of my knowledge the piston is the same as in an HW50 of the same vintage, and I would guess the body tube is common for both, with the 55 featuring some extra machining for the barrel lock.
I would say you wouldn't need to fit the spring from one of these into a 50, just shorten a 50 spring and refinish the end - should give you the equivalent result.
Originally Posted by Johan Mk1
Dale that must be very accurate.
It only arrived on Tuesday, so have not gone out to the range yet, but trying at 6 yards at home, it was giving indications of being very capable.
If the weather holds out over the weekend, I will give it a try at 10 and 15 yards to see how good it can be.
Originally Posted by JTK
That said I will make a heavy target stock for the 50s still which should counter a lot.
Don't be fooled by appearance - the stock on the 55 is not as heavy as it looks.
This model was apparently Herr Weihrauch Sr's all time favourite and always the one he picked up first. Do you intend moving it to the "Airgun related items for sale/wanted" forum any time soon, Dale? if you do, remember I enquired first, please.