Ok, it doen't look as realistic as the more expensive Umarex (Beretta, Colt, Walther) pistols and it is made of plastic, not metal. The wingnut that you use to hold the CO2 cannister in place is also not as cool as the magazine type slides on some of the other pistols, but it still is the pistol of choise for me. Now you probably wonder why... Well, this pistol does not leak CO2 like most of the others. The power and accuracy is also better than most of the other fancier looking CO2 pistols. Powered by CO2, the 617X launches BBs about 485 fps and pellets about 425 fps. Only bad thing about it is you may have to take turns shooting the gun, because everyone who sees it will want to shoot it, too. The checkered, ambidextrous grip makes this a natural shooter for everyone. If you like semi auto action, and the flexibility of shooting either pellets or BBs, then the 617X is the thing to get!
My latest and greatest toy!!! You just can't compare this to any of the CO2 pistols. Power is not very high, it only reaches about 410ft/s with RWS Geco's (chronied), but don't let that fool you, it is still more than enough to have fun. To put it in perspective... if it was made by Gamo, they would have claimed 600ft/s (they normally over estimate by 150-200ft/s). But, to get back to the HW40... this pistol is accurate. I would say it is just as accurate as any rifle with similar power. The HW 40 PCA is a single-stroke pneumatic, which means it requires just one cocking stroke of the overlever. The adjustable trigger is better than you will find on most rifles.Unlike many other pistols, the HW 40 is made of quality materials. It has a rifled steel barrel, all critical mechanisms are made of ordnance steel, while the exterior shell is made of tough, durable polymers. The ambidextrous design are convenient no matter what style of shooting you enjoy. It also has a rail, so you can fit a scope or red dot sight. To give you an idea of how much fun this rifle is... I have a few very good rifles and a CO2 multishot pistol, but lately most of my shooting was done with the HW40. Here is a picture of my HW40 with a fitted Beamshot laser.
HW77 / HW77K
After owning many rifles and testing numerous others, I finally decided to settle on the HW77K as my personal all-rounder. It is very similar to the HW97, with the biggest difference of not having a fixed silencer. The cheeckpiece on the stock is also not as high as the one on the HW97. I just prefer the more classic look of the rifle compared to the almost high tech look of the 97. It comes with all the bells and wistles... Rekord trigger, German engineering, very good open sights, etc. The finish of the wood and metal is superb and the accuracy is simply awesome. For those who wondered, it is just as good as the HW97K.
Wow, what a gun!!! It looks prettier than anything else out there, and the accuracy is simply mind blowing. I shot a feral pigeon at about 70m and a rock pigeon even further.... all one shot kills. One of the guys shot a 10mm, 5 shot grouping at 50m with H&N FTT pellets. Don't bother using any other pellets in .20 for this rifle, they just don't work. Only fault I could find with the HW97K is the weight. It is heavy, but don't worry, you get used to it. I were so impressed with it I forgot to chory the rifle.What I can tell you is that it was not that fast, but who cares... look at the results!!!
The rifle is huge. it doesn't even fit on the back seat of a small car. It takes a pro wresler to cock it and when you fire it, all hell breaks loose. People run for cover, you get hit by the scope that was torn of the rails... and that is only the first shot. The more you use it the worse it gets. It chronied at almost 1700 ft/s with light pellets and was still doing way over 1000 with Barracuda Heavies. Impresive....NOT. Hitting a target at 15m seemed almost impossible. After about 100 sho ts I was afraid that the rifle was goingto fall apart, and it did. This is by far the worst rifle you can ever buy.
BSA Lightning Tactical FAC
BSA Supersport FAC
Daisy Red Rider (BB-gun)
Gamo CFX Royal
Gamo Shadow 1000 & RSV
Mendoza RM-65 (BB-gun)
Random Pellet Test (with BSA Supersport @ 20m):
The Skenco, Prometeus and TS10's suck!!! Ok, at least they did in the BSA. I can't even call it a grouping. Looked more like random shots with my eyes closed.
The Gamo's (match, magnum, hunter) were almost the same, but the Pro Hunter's gave the tightest grouping. So as far as Gamo pellets go, my choice is definitely the Pro Hunter or the Pro Magnum.
But here is the biggest surprise. The most accurate pellet by far was the Dynamic P1. It was almost too easy to shoot one hole groupings. I thought I totally missed the target after the second shot, but at closer inspection I realized the hole looked slightly different after every shot. Definitely my best grouping ever, just a pity that they are a bit to light for the rifle.
Gamo Expander test (with BSA Supersport @ 15m):
I tested them at 15m, shooting at a 12mm pine board.
Accuracy: Very good, maybe even better than the Pro Hunters, but I'm not sure how they will perform at longer ranges.
Expansion: Totally overrated. They didn't expand any more than any other domed pellet. The front was a little bit flatter, but not really what you would expect from a pellet called Expander.
Various Cheap Pellets tested at the range.
Arlatz "Bull", Shark, Apolo: Totally crap. These pellets are all very inconsistant and inaccurate.
Whatever pellets you buy, don't bother with APOLO. On the box it says the calibre is approximately 4.5mm. It says "approximately" because the manufacturer wasn't sure of the size either. Some pellets don't fit into the barrel at all and some fall right through. This is without a doubt the worst pellets you can buy.
I took about 20 pellets out of the box and found these among them...