RWS 460

Monday, January 24, 2011

The RWS 460 is a handsome air rifle.

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.

The RWS 460 with a peep sight mounted.

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.

Just forward of the breech you can see the anti-beartrap release tab, which slides back and forth in unison with the silver 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


  1. Conor says:

    Mr. Elliott,
    I’ve been asking around, and not sure what to sell it for(I’m thinking about $70) an RWS 350 4×32 Compact scope. They retail for $90 see:

    I bought it last week, cause I wanted to put it on my Pumpmaster 760, but found a mil-dot scope instead, so the scope is fine, I just don’t need it anymore.

    For pic. see:,7773.0.html

    If you know anyone who might need the scope or the peep sight could you let me know? My email is


    1. Jock Elliott says:


      The best place to offer airgun stuff for sale is here:

  2. Pete Hallock says:

    Mr. Elliot, do you believe that a south paw can load this nice RWS 460 without any more trouble than a right hand person can. And, the stock is ambi? Plastic trigger and other parts are not an issue for an air gun in this higher price range ?
    Thank you,
    Pete in California

    1. Jock Elliott says:


      The stock is not ambi, but I believe it can be shot and loaded okay by a southpaw. I don’t have an issue with the plastic parts, and I don’t know of anyone who has had a failure of those parts.

  3. Nick N says:

    While, I love my Rws 34, I have an issue with the plastic parts. The trigger is fine because it is not stressed, however the safety on my broke after about 10 uses. wish they weren’t trying to save 10 cents, would have paid a few dollars more to keep the metal safety of yesteryear. —Nick

  4. jos says:

    I have a weihrauch hw80/beeman r1.
    I shoot it with irons. Best I can do is a 10 mm hole at 17 yards. Im now looking for a diopter/peepsight. Does the gamo diopter have an adjustable iris opening? If so…. does the adjustable opening help with different lightningconditions and different distances.

    1. Jock Elliott says:


      The Gamo Supermatch peep sight does not have an adjustable iris, You can get a screw-in adjustable iris from Merit:

      The adjustable iris does help with different lighting conditions.

      You didn’t specify what caliber your R1 is, but you may find these two blogs useful:

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