Spring Piston Rifles (springers)
All full (magnum) powered airguns is good enough to hunt rats, birds, etc at reasonable distances. Always remember that accuracy is very important, for that reason, rifles like the Hatsan 125 and Gamo 1250 is not recommended by us.
Here are our recommendations for spring powered rifles based on our own experience and knowledge.
The following rifles have been selected by us as best buys, each for its own reasons....
The HW50 Mk2 and HW35 fits nicely into the slot that used to be occupied by the famous BSA Supersport. They cost the same as a top end Gamo, but there is no way you can compare the two. These are pure class. The HW50 Mk2 does not have a the rekord trigger, but it is still very good. If you insist on the Rekord trigger, get the HW50S or the HW35.
The HW57 is a full power rifle with a difference. It is very light and compact compared to the other rifles. It has the best loading mechanism of all springers, Weihrauch's Rekord trigger and accuracy that can compare with the best any brand has to offer. With it's compact size, match accuracy and hunting power, this is the perfect all rounder...
The Diana 48 is a monster!!! One of the most powerful Diana air rifles with fixed barrel and side cocking lever. A big plus point of the side lever is that it enable you to fit a bi-pod. Optimum range performance, match type trigger, automatic trigger safety catch with additional cocking guard, metal rear sight universally adjustable, front sight adjustable, rail for scopes. Can reach a real 1100ft/s without using special pellets!!!! Available with either a beech wood or black stock
The HW97K is powerfull and very accurate, Rekord trigger and built in silencer. German quality and craftmanship. Also available in a blue laminated stock (HW97KL). Both models are available in .177 and .20 caliber (no license is required).
Air Arms TX200HC or TX200Mk3. Extreme accuracy with more than enough power for hunting. Widely regarded as the most accurate and best quality spring powered rifles in the world. We say this is the best you can buy in .177. Except for the price, there simply isn't any fault to find on these rifles.