Weihrauch HW25 Review
Having recently ordered in several Weihrauch HW25 air rifles I have decided to review this model
first and then work my way up all the models until the HW100. There are a couple of really nice
features of the rifle and a couple of things that I draw comment on.
First impressions of the HW25 are that it is TINY, and to clarify that I mean compared to the HW77
and HW77K’s that I handle on a daily basis. That said, at 6 feet in height and not exactly skinny,
firing the gun for me is a challenge as it is so small, and for my frame, awkward to shoot.
This is still a WeihrauchWeihrauch air rifle and maintains the finish we have come to expect from Weihrauch
with quality bluing and a high standard of finish to all machined parts. The HW25 sports an
adjustable rear sight with elevation and windage controls in a seemingly bulky configuration when
you view it alongside the rifle’s very slim barrel. This rear sight on the HW25 has 2 green tinted
side bars, one each side of the sighting channel and red bar atop the for-end sight blade: while
appearing at first glance to be gimmicky, they are in fact quite effective.
The stock of the HW25 is 1 piece and comes with a formed butt without a pad, very smooth lines
and devoid of any checkering or stippling. The wooden stock is coated in a matt clear coat that
shows a high degree of wood finish with a very basic trigger guard. This is attached with a wood
screw and a through bolt that secures the action. There is a second through bolt that is nested in a
blued steel cup washer forward of the trigger guard that also secures the action into the stock.
Upon removing the HW25 action one will immediately notice the very basic trigger configuration
and exposed spring with no apparent adjustment facility. There is a safety catch centred at the rear
of the action that is applied automatically as with other Weihrauchs. You will also see a very simple
and clean loading arm with a minimum of moving parts, in fact simplicity in a nutshell.
The Weihrauch HW25 on the range.
Loading this air rifle is extremely easy with the ‘break-barrel’ concept and the ability to hold the
rifle one-handed as it is so small and light. The safety comes on with an audible ‘click’ and inserting
the pellet is easy due to the unrestricted access. The HW25 comes with an effective loading safety
that does not allow the trigger to be operated when the barrel is down in the loading position.
As I mentioned, bringing the HW25 air rifleair rifle to bear and forming a cheek weld to comfortably fire it
was not easy, damn awkward in fact. That suggests to me that this small air rifle is more suited to
juniors or people with a slighter frame.
The safety is a plus for this air rifle with it being centred at the rear of the action and easy to reach,
unlike the push button safety which is located to the left of the larger Weihrauchs, namely the
HW77s through to the HW97K’s. Aligning the sights was difficult at first though after I had put
through 30 shots, I became more adapt at shooting it.
The trigger pull on the HW25 was more suited to the likes of Arnie with a pull weight if 3.3 kilos,
yup guys, that is right, 3.3 kilograms! Once you master the sights (if you are my size plus) then the
trigger is next and after that you’re home.
I am assuming here that the heavy trigger on the HW25 is probably quite suitable when teaching
someone to shoot, namely a youngster who is unlikely to inadvertently squeeze off a shot before
they are positioned.
For those of you who are into air rifle specifications here are the shooting stats:
A word of warning when testing a new air rifle: do not waste time shooting it through a
chronograph until you have put through 50+ shots as the initial readings tend to be all over the
place. Facts are that most spring powered air rifles take in excess of 1000 shots before they really
settle down and give consistent Chronograph results.
For the HW25 test I used a Hawke Scope, being the 4 x 40 where I obtained the following very
average target results (this was the best of the bunch):
So if you are looking for an air rifle for your kids to learn from, then this is probably a good choice but not what I would recommend for target shootingtarget shooting or vermin control.
If you want to control small vermin around your property then I think you should be looking at the HW30 that has a bit more punch and is more accurate. I feel the energy levels of the HW25 are too low to be an effective vermin controller resulting in you wounding more than you kill in all likelihood.
The accuracy of the HW25 did improve drastically after I had fired around 80 shots and in all fairness, I would expect it to improve still further.
While the HW25 does come with steel sights, if you are chasing accuracy then look at dropping on a small 4×32 or 4×40 Scope, especially if you are finding the rifle uncomfortable due to your size or the ergonomics of the air rifle.
The HW25 Specifications.
Lenth Overall: 945mm Action Weight: 1.212 Kilos
Stock Length: 585mm Stock Weight: .727 Kilos
Trigger to Butt Pad: 332mm External Chamber Dia 25mm
Barrel Length: 385mm Calibre: .177
Barrel Diameter 12mm
What is there to like about the Weihrauch HW25 air rifle? Well, it is short, compact and a well
finished product that has an easy balance and is lightweight at 1.939 kilos that is well suited for a
learner or junior. It does shoot pretty well and looking over the action very closely you can be
assured of having an air rifle with some serious longevity. I do like the easy accessibility of the
safety catch as it is simple and very light to operate.
What is not to like about HW25? The trigger for a start, it is a safety feature of sorts for a beginner
but at 3 kgs it will marginalise your accuracy. The safety I think should by resettable for a
beginner’s gun because one of the prime requisites of teaching someone to shoot is SAFETY. The
third thing I do not like is the exposed foresight blade that does not have a protective cover though
it does have machined slots to take one.
All in all a good safe gun for a youngster’s first air rifle that should stand the test of time and abuse
with the exception of the foresight. So if you are in the market for a small air rifle to suit a
youngster or beginner, I would give serious attention to this Weihrauch HW25.
Author: Ian McIntosh