One at a Time!
An old chum makes reappearance from the back of the cupboard
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.
VOICE FROM THE PAST
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.