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