This article is a cut down version of my main article on Pneumatic (PCP) Air Rifles & Bullpups which covers videos of PCP air rifles, scopes, targets, pellets and pellet preparation, cleaning air guns, rifle rests and gun safes. It also has videos on scope reticles, SF Vs. FF planes, weaver & picatinnay rails, securing rings, scope mounting on a rifle, scope zeroing and how to avoid rifle rotation.
I enjoy shooting at paper and metal targets which come in all shapes and sizes but as I predominantly shoot lead pellets, I prefer to catch the spent lead, rather than let it build up in my fields. Therefore all my targets catch the lead after it has passed through the paper or knocked down a metal figure. Although I am surrounded by all types of wildlife, I never shoot or intentionally harm any wildlife.
A New Air Rifle & Scope
Its a very difficult
task to choose an air rifle and scope as the choices are varied and
so are the prices. I like the shorter carbine versions that come with a
silencer and also the Bullpup styles.
If you intend to shoot targets rather than wildlife at 100 yards or more, the PCP air rifle has to be relatively silent,
so as not to scare away wildlife, and very accurate.
Therefore for a flatter trajectory, a target air weapon should be a .177
Having spent a great deal of time checking out the reviews and the videos, I finally settled on three .177 air rifle choices and three 30mm tube scopes. The scopes are all uncapped turret adjustable with a wide angle field of view in the 6-24x50/56 category and all sport First Focal Plane (FFP) and Parallax Adjustment reticles.
After a great deal of
deliberation, I was finally drawn to the Weihrauch brand because I
already own a Weihrauch HW80 break barrel .22 air rifle and its build
quality in combination with its handling and accuracy, is superb. I also
liked the reviews and videos of my PCP air rifle choices which gave the
Weihrauch a slight edge for handling over BSA, Air Arms,
FX, Daystate and Walther air rifles which were in similar price
brackets. However, there is absolutely no doubt that the build quality
and handling of air rifles from all of those manufacturers, is fantastic.
Out of the three guns, the Weihrauch HW110K Carbine is the lightest and sits midway between the other two for length and barrel length without any compromise on accuracy. However, it does have a 10 shot magazine compared to the others which both have 14 shot magazines, but not a deal breaker. All three sport 2 stage match triggers which are easily adjustable and have under stock/front picatinnay rails. The HW110K has a standard stock whilst both the others include a more rounded cheek rest on their stocks and also a pistol grip. Fortunately, all three are each fitted with a Weihrauch silencer - nice.
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All three scopes are probably overkill for an air rifle, but what the hell, if you are purchasing an exceptional air gun, why not spoil it with an exceptional scope. After all, it might be your last purchase of an air rifle, so best to be well content, without any regret, especially when shooting targets at 100 yards or more. I know that any of the three would prove ideal sitting on top a Weihrauch air rifle and at the end of the day, it all boils down to the overall price of the gun, the scope and a gun slip.
Weihrauch make a gun slip which is ideal for transporting any of my air rifle choices with a silencer & scope fitted - Weihrauch HW100 Carbine Gun Slip.