Walther Falcon .25
Jim Chapman
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

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
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

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

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!
Comparing the Walther Falcon to the Webley
Which of these rifles is a better buy? Recent
circumstances make this a hard question to
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  
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!
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.
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