Is this the perfect plinker? The HW25L

Monday, June 28, 2010
Weihrauch HW25L Rifle

The HW25L is light, handy, and lots of fun.

The other day I was running some errands when I saw one of those miniscule “Smart” cars. They are about half the length of a normal car, and every time I seen one, I can’t resist the urge to look underneath to see if there are feet pushing it – Fred Flintstone style – down the roadway.

When I got behind the Smart car, I found the owner had taken his or her visual statement to the max: the vanity plate said “2KYOOT.” Get it – too cute.

Well, I’ve gotta say my initial reaction to the Weihrauch HW25L was the same: 2KYOOT. I looked at the tiny air rifle inside the Weihrauch box and thought: “You’re kidding, right?” After all, I had been conditioned by years of cracking open HW boxes. Out of them come manly, stalwart air rifles, and here was this diminutive version of one. It was as if someone had gone to the Weihrauch factory and said I like everything about your air rifles, but I want one smaller and lighter, and the Weihrauch folks said, Okay, we’ll do it.

The result is a very nice small air rifle. The HW25 stretches just 37 inches from end to end, weighs only 4.4 lbs, and the length of pull is 13 inches.

The HW25 has a completely unadorned hardwood stock. At the aft end, you’ll find no butt pad, just a butt plate formed by the end of the wooden stock. There is the slight swell of a cheek piece for righthanded shooters, but lefties ought to be able to shoot this rifle equally well. The comb of the stock is very low, so even guys with wide cheek bones (like me) can get themselves in position behind the sights.

The pistol grip has no checkering, and ahead of that is the wide black trigger guard, inside of which you’ll find a rolled black sheet metal trigger. Moving forward, there is a screw under the forestock that helps to hold the action in place. At the end of the forestock is a short slot that allows room for the cocking linkage.

Moving forward again, you’ll find the breech and the 15.5 inch .177 caliber barrel. At the end of the barrel is the front sight, which houses a red fiber optic rod. Moving back along the barrel, you’ll find the breech block, on top of which sits the micro-adjustable rear sight, which is fitted with green fiber optics.

On top of the receiver, toward the back end, there is a dovetail for fitting a scope, but there are no holes for anti-recoil pins. At the very aft end of the receiver is a push-pull resettable safety.

To get the HW25L ready for shooting, grab the barrel near the muzzle and pull it down and back until it latches (I estimate this requires about 20 lbs of effort, and you hear a tiny bit of spring noise when cocking), insert a .177 pellet into the breech, and return the barrel to its original position. Take aim (put the red dot between the two green dots and put the sight picture on the target), push the safety forward to click it off, and squeeze the trigger. It takes about 1 lb of effort to pull the first stage out of the trigger, and at about 5.5 lbs, the shot goes down range.

Despite its small size, the HW25 doesn’t skimp on velocity. It will launch very light pellets at nearly 600 fps and 7.9 grain Crosman premiers at 487 fps average. I did not test the HW25 for ultimate accuracy, because I feared that, lacking anti-recoil holes in the receiver, a scope would slide backward off the dovetail and ruin the finish on this loaner rifle. I did try shooting at some silhouette targets (pigs, rams, turkeys, etc.) scaled for 10 yards, and found that I could hit what I was aiming at most of the time. I suspect the accuracy will prove to be comparable to the HW30S.

In the end, my “you’re kidding, right?” attitude toward the HW25L changed to one of solid admiration. It seems to be the nearly perfect rifle for an afternoon of plinking in the back yard. It’s light, easy to cock, and won’t wear you down in a day of shooting. Yet it has the power and the accuracy to defend the birdfeeder and eliminate pests in the garden at modest ranges. Best of all, it has Weihrauch quality built right into it.

Til next time, aim true and shoot straight.

– Jock Elliott

11 Comments

  1. Bob Todrick says:

    I love rifles like this.
    I have a Slavia 630 with nearly identical specs. No, it won’t take a rabbit or crow ‘out yonder’, but I can set up a bunch of targets in my backyard, ranging from 10 to 35 yards and shoot all afternoon and my arm is no worse for wear.

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Bob,

      Exactly right!

  2. tom says:

    what is a review without accuracy testing?? at that low fps, im sure there would be NO scope creep. and how would you know? you didnt even test it! you could have at least tried it with open sights to get an idea how it shoots.

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Well, I did try it with open sights on silhouette targets and it worked fine. As to your assertion that scope creep would not happen, I’m not so sure you’re right, and I was the guy “On the hook” if I damaged the finish. Bear in mind, that I once damaged a very nice muzzle break by trying an experiment in which I was “positive” that recoil would not cause the temporary sight to move.

      Based some owners of the HW25L can chime in with their accuracy results.

      1. tom says:

        i can see why you didnt want to scratch the finnish. the one piece bkl mounts have about 6 lockdown grubs on them. thats an option

      2. Jock Elliott says:

        Tom,

        You’re right: the BKLs are good mounts. Unfortunately, I didn’t haven any on hand.

        Thanks for the comment.

  3. Slinging Lead says:

    Jock

    Your post gave me a new appreciation of being an airgun tester. I thought it was all rainbows and unicorns, but you are guys are held financially responsible for normal cosmetic damages? In my case, I would have to be a wealthy philanthropist, as your job would cost me thousands of dollars a year.

    I would like to try out one of these, but my wife says I have too many guns already. Also if I am going to buy an HW it dang well better have the Rekord trigger. Regardless, I would really like to try the 25 out I must admit. The word Magnum is worthless to me, if it wont put a pellet through the same hole as the last one. That is what matters after all.

    Thanks for the great post.

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Slinging Lead,

      Thanks for the kind words. The fact is that I feel responsible for returning guns in the condition in which they arrived.

      As to HW guns, stay tuned for my upcoming blog on the HW50S Stainless.

  4. Pete Hallock says:

    This is my kind of fun gun. I have three Gamo Delta .177 which are just a joy to shoot for just plinking around. Same velocity, well, 525 fps, 4 plus pounds, 21 pounds cocking effort and being a poly stock, no dents or worries. I think I’ll pop for the HW25 or maybe step up to a HW30..HW are very desireable as is AoA for your dealer source…great guys.
    Pete Hallock
    Santa Maria, Californai

  5. Tom says:

    My HW25L is very accurate, easy to shoot and all-around wonderful. At 65 Ilike the idea that a “youth” gun is just right fot me!

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Tom,

      You’re right. Easy to cock and easy to shoot is good. You can shoot an air rifle like that all day.

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