|Walther Falcon .25
|A New .25 Caliber Springer on the market, at a budget price. I get a chance to put it through it's paces before an upcoming hunt!|
|I had heard there was a new break barrel.25 caliber spring piston airgun coming to market, and I was looking forward to a chance for a test spin. The importer of these guns is the Arkansas based UMAREXUSA, and in a conversation with the head of their marketing group I was offered one on loan for a shake out.
The first two items of note when I opened the packing box was that the synthetic camo stock was quite nicely finished, and secondly that it was a pretty large gun. Having said this, it is still slightly more compact and definitely lighter than other .25 springers I've shot. In my opinion it's one of those guns where the size is justified by the .25 caliber, I wouldn't want a .177 or .22 so large, but as .25 springers go, it's fine.
The cocking effort is moderately heavy, but manageable for most adult shooters. It was a little rough for the first tin of pellets, but is smoothing out as it breaks in. The front sight assembly is a handy handle that makes
|cocking the gun easier.
The stock is a Monte Carlo style that has inserts for the buttpad which allows the fit to be optimized for most shooters. The synthetic stock is finished in a Mossy Oak Break up camo that really blends well with the Midwestern forest I squirrel hunt in.
The open sights are true glow fiber optics with an adjustable rear sight. The gun comes equipped with 3-9x44 variable scope, that has an illuminated reticule. I found the optics to be of decent quality and it did make hunting in low light much more effective.
I shot a variety of pellets through the gun, and found three that the gun liked; H&N Silver Points, H&N Spitz Kuglen, and Beeman Ramjets. All of these pellets are on the heavy side, and the highest velocity achieved was with the Ramjets at a bit over 700 fps. This is lower than the published spec of 800 fps, but I see little value in shooting a super light pellet with a weight more appropriate for a .22, just to chrony a high velocity. The Ramjets produce 27 fpe, which is a power house by anyone's standards.
The safety is positioned where on would expect to see a hammer, and in facts looks like one! Pulling back on it, in a motion similar to thumb cocking as hammer, releases the safety which is automatically set on cocking the rifle. Once the safety is clicked off, it can only be reset by re-cocking the rifle.
The accuracy of the Falcon is good for a powerful springer, allowing me to get consistent 3/4" groups at 30 yards. The power and accuracy make this a worthwhile hunting rifle to consider if you're in the market for a spring piston hunting rig.
I think this rifle was well designed and that design well executed. The only thing that might put some buyers off is the plastic trigger assembly. The tactile response is adequate, actually better than many guns at this price point. It's just that triggers tend to be one of those components many would rather have made in metal. This wouldn't put me off the gun by any means though, it does what it's supposed to do!
|It is my understanding that the Walther Falcon is manufactured in in the scope base).Turkey at the same factory as the Webley Patriot, which is another .25 caliber currently on the market. I believe this is the case as I've seen some minor changes consistent to both guns (i.e. change|
|Comparing the Walther Falcon to the Webley Patriot.
Which of these rifles is a better buy? Recent circumstances make this a hard question to answer.
The Patriot is a more substantial rifle, the wooden stock is a solid hardwood, with nice checkering and a traditional design. Both the cocking action and the firing characteristics are smoother, and the trigger is lighter, crisper, and has a better tactile response.
|On the other hand, the Falcon is lighter, has the same or slightly higher power (depending on the pellet), has an ergonomic and nicely camo'd stock, and is significantly less expensive.
The issue is, that even though both guns are built in the Hatsan facilities, there have been production missteps with the Weblys. The quality control that I was assured would be managed through (continued)
|historic Webley channels hasn't yet been implemented. The first Patriot production run from which I received my gun was very well made. Subsequent production runs have been substandard.
Between the two guns the Patriot appeals to me more, as I like a traditional stock. But I could recommend either gun dependent on the buyers need and how much they wanted to spend, with the proviso that the quality on the Patriot is improved and that of the Falcon is maintained.. I think that at $150.00 less the Falcon is attractively priced for a powerful .25 caliber rifle. I also think the Falcon would be a more comfortable package to tote around hunting for a day. The synthetic camo stock is resistant to the elements, and is ideal for hunters.