Fol­low-up Test

The edi­tor feels the ben­e­fit of the newly-ab­bre­vi­ated Weihrauch HW110 K

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The Edi­tor finds his first im­pres­sions of the Weihrauch HW 100K sus­tained

This month’s fol­low-up test is quite pos­si­bly the eas­i­est I’ll ever write. For once, noth­ing sub­stan­tial has changed about the test ri­fle over the past month, apart from it im­press­ing me, and oth­ers, more in the same ways it did when I first tested it. It’s a rare event, in­deed, when first im­pres­sions round up a ri­fle’s pos­i­tive fea­tures, but that’s ex­actly what’s hap­pened with the Weihrauch HW110 K.

SMALL CHANGE – BIG DIF­FER­ENCE

For those who weren’t glued to the edi­tor’s test last month, I man­aged to get first of­fi­cial go of Weihrauch’s lat­est, Kar­bine ver­sion of its su­per-suc­cess­ful HW110 PCP. The HW110 K car­ries ev­ery­thing its slightly longer sta­ble­mate has, apart from 4 inches be­ing lopped off the bar­rel, and the fore end and air reser­voir be­ing cut down to 9.5 and 9 inches re­spec­tively.

Th­ese changes still al­low the 110 K to pro­duce over 60 per­fect shots in .177 and a re­ported 80-plus in .22 from each 200-bar charge, for a muz­zle en­ergy of 11.3 from the .177 test ri­fle. Plenty of out­put, then, all su­perbly sup­pressed by the sup­plied Weihrauch si­lencer, with the launch of ev­ery pel­let au­tho­rised per­fectly by the ri­fle’s truly ex­cel­lent trig­ger. Add a fin­ish up­grade on the now-black safety catch and mag­a­zine re­lease lever, and you have a se­lec­tion of small changes com­bin­ing to make a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence. Let’s see how that dif­fer­ence works out in the real world.

MY CHOICE

As stated in last month’s test, I’m a huge fan of the orig­i­nal HW110. I’ve used one reg­u­larly since its launch and it’s helped me put count­less head of ver­min in the bag, in all weath­ers, and ap­pli­ca­tions, from hideshoot­ing, to stalk­ing, through lamp­ing ses­sions and a hun­dred en­joy­able mooch-arounds, just see­ing what’s about on my shoots. I had that ri­fle ser­viced ear­lier this year and it hasn’t missed a beat. Yet, if I had the choice be­tween the stan­dard HW110 and the K, I’d go for the Kar­bine, and here’s why.

MORE HANDY

In sim­ple terms, the new HW110 K is more handy. To me and my shoot­ing, that trans­lates as be­ing eas­ier to use from a ve­hi­cle, in a hide, in a barn, in dense cover, and in any sit­u­a­tion where space is at a pre­mium. Now, be­fore the tra­di­tion­al­ists start snarling at me for mak­ing way too big a deal out of a slightly shorter ri­fle, please al­low me to qual­ify my pref­er­ence.

I can’t think of any hunt­ing sit­u­a­tion in which the 110 K won’t shine.

It does ev­ery­thing you need in the hunt­ing field – and it’s eas­ier to use in con­fined sit­u­a­tions.

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