Rabbit Hunting with The Webley
Raider
can say why women react they way they do!? I decided to take the gun
out to the Mojave desert for a jackrabbit hunt, to see how it would
perform. I drove out into the desert following the utility access roads that
criscross large tracks of the outback. Using the floor mat from my rented
SUV to protect the gun, I used the Hill pump to charge the gun. I
pumped the gun up to the 190 BAR sweetspot stated in the users
manual.
I had the oportunity to purchase a Webley Raider in .22 at
a very attractive price, so you know "I had" to
have it. I don't know why my wife rolls her eyes every
time she hears that plaintive statement of need, but who
The area had a lot of Barrel
cactus, cholla, and brush for
the rabbits to hang out under.
This terrain was somewhat
more hilly than where I
normally hunt, which gave
me the opportunity to glass
the flats from on up high.

I didn't see as many rabbits
in this area as I'd expected,
but as if to compensate, I
was able to see them before
they saw me because of my
elevated position. I typically
trip over a couple for
everyone I sneak up on.

It was a little wierd that the
only sound across the desert
was the high power line
buzzing away over my head.
At the end of the day I had managed to put a couple of bunnies into the
bag. The Raider was dead accurate, and the first rabbit I took was out
at about 50 yards. The second one was sitting right under me as I
glassed the plain rolling down to the sand flats. As I stood up to leave I
caught a glimpse of him at about twenty yards, and managed to take
him cleanly from an offhand position, threading my shot through a
limited shooting lane. I hiked 4-5 miles on this hunt and only saw three
rabbits, but I consider 2 out of 3 a good result. But I really enjoyed the
hike and would have considered it a good day even if I'd come up
empty.
The Webley Raider is a precharged pneumatic rifle that
has a unique 2 shot magazine and an ambidetorous
stock.The two stage trigger is adjustable, and can be
easily tuned to the shooters preference. The fill probes
is included with the gun. Following are some of the
relevant specifications;

- Weight                          7.2 lbs
- Length                          37 inches
- Barrel Length              17 inches
- Max Pressure             200 BAR