The RWS 460, available in .177 and .22, is a long, slender, underlever spring-piston air rifle. It measures 45.5 inches from the tip of the muzzle to butt pad, yet it weighs just 8.3 pounds. At the extreme aft end, you’ll find a ventilated rubber recoil pad. Moving forward, the righthand hardwood stock has a modest cheek piece on the left side. The pistol grip is checkered on each side, and forward of that, there is a black trigger guard which houses a black plastic 2-stage trigger.
The forestock, checkered on either side, tapers gently from the trigger guard to the end. Underneath is a long slot that provides clearance of the underlever when the gun is being cocked. Ahead of the forestock is the underlever which snaps into a fitting mounted on the barrel. The same fitting incorporates the front blade sight.
At the aft end of the barrel, you’ll find the receiver with the rear notch sight on top. To the right of the rear sight is the anti-beartrap release tab, and behind the rear sight is the silver breech block. The breech opening is cut more deeply on the right side to favor loading pellets from that direction.
About six inches behind the breech block is a scope rail with a couple of dimples for anti-recoil pins. Finally, at the end of the receiver is a plastic push-pull safety that can be reset.
If you plan on shooting the 460 with a scope, I can highly recommend the RWS one-piece lock down mount, which is available in both 30mm and 1 inch. It has dual recoil pins, a clamping bar which is sized to the scope rail on the RWS 460, and .025 inches of elevation built in to deal with the barrel “deflection” (or droop) that is usually found in RWS air rifles. The mount worked exactly as advertised, and I had no trouble with it whatsoever. I mounted a 4-12×50 RWS scope (30 mm tube). Although the scope has a minimum focusing distance of around 13 yards at full power, by turning down the magnification I was able to see well enough to make closer shots.
Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while know of my predilection to shoot “Quigley style” with non-glass sights. I mounted Gamo supermatch rear peep sight that had been drilled for an anti-recoil pin, and it worked just fine. The only downside to this setup is the width of the front sight blade, which obscures small targets at longer ranges. All in all, I really liked this rig, which weighs barely more than the naked rifle.
I also tried the rear sight that comes mounted on the 460. If you find the rear notch to be too narrow, you can loosen a tiny allen screw on the lefthand side of the sight, slip out the sight insert, flip it over, put it back in place, and you have a wider rear notch.
To ready the 460 for shooting, slip the underlever out of its retaining slot by pulling down. Next, move the underlever down and back until it latches. This slides the breech block back and exposes the breech so that you can load a pellet. As you do this, you will notice the anti-beartrap release tab on the right side of the receiver traveling backwards along the right side of the receiver in concert with the breech block.
Next, insert a pellet into the aft end of the barrel. To close the breech, you have to depress the anti-beartrap release tab, which is now located near the rear of the breech opening on the right side of the 460, and return the underlever to its original position. The RWS 460 is the only airgun I’m aware of in which the anti-beartrap release “travels,” but it presents no problem once you become accustomed to the novelty of it.
With the 460 loaded, take aim, push the safety off, and squeeze the trigger. It takes 1 lb 10 oz of effort to take the first stage out of the trigger, and at 2 lb. 9.4 oz, the shot goes down range. The 460 launched Crosman .177 Premier 7.9 gr. pellets at 1,023 fps average and Crosman Premier 10.5 gr. pellets at 836 fps average.
I got the best accuracy results with the Crosman 10.5 grain pellets. My first four shots with the heavy pellets went into a group just hair over .5 inches edge to edge at 35 yards. I yanked my last shot, though, so that the group opened to 7/8 inch edge to edge. That works out to .69 inches CTC.
Til next time, aim true and shoot straight.
– Jock Elliott