The Weihrauch HW 100: Jackrabbit Hunt in the
Arizona Desert! Jim Chapman
I had a few days and lots of target rich land to wander over, but what made it truly outstandiung was a
gun that was doing everything I asked of it. This was my first chance to really hunt this gun, and it made
a positive impression!
I was out on a prairie dog and rabbit hunt in the
Arizona desert recently, and one of the guns I used
extensively was the Weihrauch HW 100, a handy
little carbine in .22 caliber that is a light, compact
tackdriving example of whatâ€™s right in German
engineering. The gun is a 14 round multishot, that is
ergonomic, intelligently designed, and impossible to
double load (a great feature for me). The sidelever
action is smooth, and indexes the simple yet
efficient magazine, which in my experience fed
The stock is an ambidextrous thumbhole design,
shaped from a nicely figured piece of walnut. I
have an affinity for thumbhole stocks, and this one
offers an instinctive and natural hold, with a well
shaped pistol grip that features a sharp checkering.
The raised comb provided a good sight alignment,
and I found that I shot this rifle well from any
position. I was shooting the rifle off of the tripod
rest for prairie dogs out to 100 yards, and
knocking them over left and right. The trigger is a 2
stage adjustable match sporting trigger that was
tuned to about 20 oz and broke crisply on the
second stage, which further facilitated my field
But where the HW 100 really came into its own
was when I took off stalking cottontails along the
fence lines and in the thick brush. I could maneuver
easily and was able to get the rifle on point quickly,
not to mention shoot accurately offhand. I went on
one of my best stalks of the trip with this gun,
which started when I accidently kicked up a fat
cottontail while jumping out of the truck. He took
me over a winding half mile stop and go course
before I could line up the 40 yards headshot as he
paused behind a cactus. The shot rolled him, and
with the 16 grain JSB roundnose pellets doing in
the 850â€™s (around 23 fpe), he didnâ€™t move
Is there anything I didnâ€™t like about the gun?
Not really, it is not the quietest and the shot count
isnâ€™t extremely high, however I feel this is
nitpicking. For the way I would use a fast carbine
like this, neither of these were issues that would
stop me from selecting this gun. I know they are
gaining popularity in the UK, I recently read it was
one the best selling PCPs in British airgun shops,
but it is not as widely known here. I think if more
people had exposure to the gun here that would
I had a great morning hunting the HW 100, and in
the course of a couple hours used it to dispatch six
rabbits and twice as many prairie dogs. If I was to
pick a fast action compact carbine for small game
hunting, this gun would certainly make my short list.
I found the HW 100 an ergonomic and well designed
fast action carbine that was at home with snap
Returning from one of the best stalks of the outing!
It is big country requiring some long distance shooting,
especially with the prairie dogs. Many shots were made
at 80 - 120 yards.
The gun shot particularly well off of this neat tripod
rest built by Kip Pardow from Airguns of Arizona.
The HW 100 yielded the right balance of power,
accuracy, and was quick to deploy, I liked it quite a
bit. It was great to have abeautiful day, plentiful
game, and a gun that let me play my A game!
I'd been tripping over rattlers on recent prairie dog
shoots, so a harmless observer was a nice change.
|This is the first PCP from the world class maker of some of the truly great springers, and it's a very
strong entry. While the gun is not well known in the States, it has been gaining market share in the UK.
I have a thing for compact hunting guns, and if you like this class of gun I'd suggest you take a look.