I had a few days and lots of target rich land to wander over, but what made it truly outstanding 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 flawlessly.
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 success.
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 afterwards.
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 change!
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.
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.