One at a Time!

An old chum makes reap­pear­ance from the back of the cup­board

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Don’t for­get the ‘old faith­ful’. Ro­tate your gun cup­board, says Pete Evans

“You can only shoot one at a time. What’s the point in hav­ing so many?” Sage words from a wife who doesn’t un­der­stand the joy of mul­ti­ple air­gun own­er­ship. Oh well, maybe one day she will un­der­stand. How­ever, there is a grain of truth in this com­ment be­cause un­less you make a con­certed ef­fort to use all your guns reg­u­larly, the joy of shoot­ing them can be lost as you get caught up with your ev­ery­day air ri­fles.

Ev­ery gun I have has a lit­tle story be­hind it, which comes to mind ev­ery time I take it from the cab­i­net. Sad to say, I don’t get to hear some of those sto­ries of­ten enough.


It was 1994. I had got mar­ried the year be­fore, and had just qual­i­fied as a gen­eral nurse. My salary had dou­bled overnight. life was good - but I had an itch to scratch. Ever since read­ing Jim Tyler’s ar­ti­cles in Sport­ing Air Ri­fle, I yearned for a Weihrauch HW77, which I knew would take my shoot­ing to a new level. It was with my new-found wealth that I bought a HW77K, com­plete with a Sim­mons 3-9x40 scope, and the ex­pec­ta­tion was not mis­placed. The ri­fle ex­ceeded my hopes by a long chalk.


As a ri­fle, the HW77 needs lit­tle in­tro­duc­tion. Since its im­por­ta­tion in 1983 it has been a con­sis­tent favourite among the shoot­ing pub­lic be­cause it has a num­ber of at­tributes that push it ahead of the crowd – not least its abil­ity to shoot from the box in a man­ner usu­ally re­served for those spe­cial ri­fles breathed upon by the tun­ing mas­ters of the day. It gave an in­stant ad­van­tage, en­hanced fur­ther if you were will­ing to spend a lit­tle time and ef­fort with some fine-tun­ing.

The ri­fle was in­tro­duced at an op­por­tune time, just right for the bur­geon­ing field tar­get scene, whilst em­i­nently suit­able for the hunt­ing field, and all the fea­tures were there to en­sure pos­i­tive per­for­mance; fixed bar­rel pre­ci­sion, di­rect-to-bar­rel load­ing, su­perb trig­ger, and cylin­der ca­pac­ity more in tune with the UK power limit.


Over the years, Weihrauch have made sev­eral tweaks to the gun’s de­sign, which has led to en­thu­si­asts dub­bing them as Mk1-3 mod­els, a des­ig­na­tion that you won’t hear quoted by the fac­tory. As a gen­eral rule of thumb, the Mk1 has a ball catch for the un­der­lever, Mk2 a switch-like re­tainer, the Mk3 a push-but­ton­type catch.

As well as th­ese changes, there was an in­crease in cylin­der di­am­e­ter from 25mm to 26mm and this can usu­ally be as­cer­tained by se­rial num­ber. The ri­fles num­bered after 1301036 should be the 26mm size, but be aware that peo­ple do change parts be­tween guns, so it is quite pos­si­ble to find a 25mm com­pres­sion tube on a newer gun. Purists will

its good to re­dis­cover old friends, shown here in orig­i­nal clothes.

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