HW30S De Luxe

Monday, September 13, 2010

It wouldn’t surprise me if one of these days, my friends and family pull an “intervention” on me. You know what an intervention is: one of those deals where they all gather in a room and tell you how concerned they are about you and how maybe you ought to be thinking about what you’ve been up to and perhaps you ought to Get Some Help. Interventions often revolve around drug abuse or alcoholism. But that’s not my difficulty. We’ll get to what my problem is in just a little bit, but I’ll give you a hint: I started thinking about it when I began testing the Weihrauch HW30S De Luxe.

The HW30S is one neat little air rifle. It measures just 38 and three-quarters inches end to end and tips the scales at just five-and-one-half pounds. At the extreme aft end of HW30S is a soft brown rubber butt pad that is attached to the hardwood stock with a black spacer. The butt stock has a slight swell for a cheek piece on the left hand side, but in all truth the stock for the HW30S is virtually ambidextrous and lefties should have no difficulty shooting it whatsoever.

Moving forward just a bit, there is checkering on either side of the pistol grip, and it is this checkering – and the checkering you’ll find on the forestock – that separates the HW30S De Luxe from the plain old HW30S. Forward of the pistol grip is a black metal trigger guard inside of which is a silver metal Rekord adjustable trigger. Forward of that, underneath the forestock, is a large screw that secures the action into the stock, and a bit further on is a slot in the forestock to provide clearance for the cocking mechanism.

Beyond the end of the forestock is the breech block and the cocking linkage, followed by the barrel. On top of the barrel, near the muzzle is a globe sight (like you would find on a a Beeman R1) that has interchangeable inserts. Moving back along the barrel, you find a micro-adjustable rear sight mounted on top of the breech block. Moving aft again, there is a dovetail for mounting a scope and a couple of holes for anti-recoil pins. At the extreme aft end of the receiver, you’ll find a push-button automatic safety that is non-resettable.

To get the HW30S ready for shooting, grab the barrel on or near the front sight and pull it down and back until it latches. This opens the breech for loading. Stuff a pellet into the breech and return the barrel to its original position. I tested the .177 version of the HW30S (it’s also available in .22), and it launches Crosman Premier 7.9 gr. pellets at average of 620 fps, generating about 6.7 foot-pounds of energy at the muzzle.

The HW30S shares the same powerplant as the Beeman R7, which is one of the most beloved breakbarrel air rifles in the world. What makes it so much fun to shoot, I think, is that the power it generates is well matched to the weight of the gun, which makes it easy to shoot well, very accurate, and just plain a lot of fun to put shot after shot down range.

The Rekord trigger acquitted itself well (as they always do). The first stage required only 1 lb 2.3 oz, and the second stage just 2 lb 11.8 oz.

Now we come to the part where I need an intervention. After shooting the HW30S De Luxe for a while, a thought (powered by my obsession with the movie Quigley Down Under) crept into my brain: How would this neat little air rifle work with a peep rear sight?

In seconds, I was in the basement, dismounting the scope and the rear sight and mounting a Gamo Super Match rear sight that had been fitted with an anti-recoil pin and a variable aperture.

Okay, I pulled one to the right . . .

A few minutes after that, I shot a neat little group at 13 yards from a sitting position using the globe front sight and peep rear sight. With its light weight and ease of cocking, the HW30S De Luxe is simply great fun to shoot, and I heartily recommend this setup to anyone who wants to shoot as simply as possible.

And that’s why I fully expect friends and family to stage an intervention on me. “Jock, you’ve simply got to stop pretending you’re Matthew Quigley and quit mounting peep sights on every airgun that comes in the door!”

But I won’t stop. No so long as there are delightful air rifles like the HW30S De Luxe that can be fitted with peep sights and shot with immense pleasure.

Til next time, aim true and shoot straight.

– Jock Elliott


  1. M. Albrecht, MD. says:

    I also have a HW 30S de luxe from AoA and I am in complete agreement with your review.Have experimented with different cal .177 pellets and found that at 10m the H&N Finale or the R10 RWS at MV’s of 678 fps.[3000 ft altitude] put 5 shots in the same hole.
    This gun is as accurate as my HW 55T.

    1. Jock Elliott says:


      I’m glad you agree. the HW30S de luxe is one sweetheart of an air rifle

  2. Joel says:

    Hi, Jock. How hard is it to operate your safety with the Gamo aperture sight attached?

    1. Jock Elliott says:


      I didn’t find it any problem at all. You just reach under the sight and click off the safety. The only real issue with the Gamo sight is that you have to drill it so you can drop in some sort of bolt or screw as an anti-recoil pin. Otherwise, I don’t think you can get the sight tight enough to keep it from walking off the back of the air rifle.

  3. Alistair says:

    That is a beautiful little HW30. For some benighted reason the only HW30 that is officially imported into the UK is the HW30II, the one with the plain stock, nasty safety and the less than cool Perfekt trigger. I have a HW30S, but it has the ordinary stock and one day I am going to change it for one of the splendid R7 custom types that are sold in the US.

    You don’t know how lucky you are! Germany is our biggest trading partner and we can’t get our hands on an HW30S Delux – it’s delux with bells on!

  4. kenny burns says:

    1.Alistair,I recently sold on my HW30s which came in via the British importers Hull Cartridge,you will get one if you ask!and preparedto wait,Hull told me that they could source anything in the Weihrauch line but you could have a wait whilst it was brought over.
    2. As for you Jock my friend; you`ve made me want to sell my Cometa Fusion springer and get another HW30s!! (Damn you!!)

    Anyway,keep the great reviews coming (what about the Brocock Enigma?)

    Kindest regards


    West Lothian,

    1. Jock Elliott says:


      Thanks for the kind words. Always great to hear from someone on the other side of the pond, particularly north of the border.

      I’m a ham radio operator and I was chatting with another ham in Scotland, and of course I mentioned my ancestry.

      He said, “The Elliotts . . . oh, yes, they’re the ones with the sheepdogs that didn’t bark.” (The Elliotts are a border clan.)

      “Whadya mean?” I said.

      He replied, “Well, when you go across the border to steal the English sheep, you don’t want your dog to bark, do you?”

      “Good point,” I said.

      1. kenny burns says:

        Aye ,Jock your ancestors the scottish border folk were a fiece independant bunch,it`s really true that back in the 16th and 17th centuries the Border Reivers were a worry to both English and Scots alike.It was akin to having a seperate country between the Scots and the English Nations, my father hailed from Dumfries and Galloway and my family name comes from the family Burness ,who were spread across extreme Northern England and Southern Scotland!

        Regards and shoot safe


        (PS I`d still like to see the Brocock independant reviewed!! cos A of A still list it on their web-site…………please!!.)

  5. kenny burns says:

    Sorry I meant Brocock ENIGMA!!!!

  6. don bruner says:

    i will contact you soon; icollect air guns and want to add the hws delux to my collection.i assume you have these in yor inventory? adios, don bruner

    1. Jock Elliott says:


      Please contact http://www.airgunsofarizona.com to find out about their inventory.

  7. chris says:

    I had one of these and an R7 and returned them both because they have too much barrel droop which requires the back of the scope to be shimmed which is unacceptable on a $350.00 gun.

    1. Jock Elliott says:


      That’s strange. I have owned two R7s and tested several more and never had a barrel droop problem. What scope and mounts were you using?

      1. Chris says:

        The droop was obvious when looking down the gun from buttstock to barrel.
        The gun comes with mounts and shimming the scope on a $350.00 gun is unacceptable to me. I the side view photos of these guns on the internet one can even see the droop. I may try again at a later date but for now I am enjoying my CZ 200S PCP 🙂

        I don’t have the droop problem on my Slavia 634 in fact I have a few for sale to those who know what they are.

  8. carlos says:

    hey one of my dads friends gave my this he said its 30 years old he said there might be a problem with the spring if i Change it what spring should i get for it and do i even have to change it

    1. Jock Elliott says:


      I suggest posting your question here: http://www.network54.com/Forum/79537/

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