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 reaching the HW100. There are a couple of really nice features of the HW25 rifle and a couple of things that I draw comment on.
First impressions of the Weihrauch HW25 air rifle 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 this gun for me is a challenge as it is so small, and for my frame, awkward to shoot.
Weihrauch HW25 Overview.
This is still a Weihrauch 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 Weihrauch 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 Weihrauch HW25 has 2 green tinted sidebars, 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 the 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 Weihrauch 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 Weihrauch HW25 air 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 HW30s through to the HW80s. Aligning the sights was difficult at first though after I had put through 30 shots, I became more adept at shooting it.
The trigger pull on the Weihrauch 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 likely 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 more than 1000 shots before they really settle down and give consistent Chronograph results.
For the Weihrauch 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 below).
So if you are looking for an air rifle for your kids to learn from, then this Weihrauch HW25 is probably a good choice but not what I would recommend for air rifle target shooting or vermin control. The Weihrach HW25 is a great air rifle to teach the learner the basic shooting skills.
If you want to control small vermin around your property then I think you should be looking at the Weihrauch HW30 that has a bit more punch and is more accurate. I feel the energy levels of the Weihrauch 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 Weihrauch HW25 did improve drastically after I had fired around 80 shots and in all fairness, I would expect it to improve still further. You need to try a range of different pellets once you have the air rifle ‘run-in’ a bit.
While the Weihrauch 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.
Length Overall: 945mm
Stock Length: 585mm
The trigger to Butt Pad: 332mm
Barrel Length: 385mm
Barrel Diameter: 12mm
Action Weight: 1.212 Kilos
Stock Weight: .727 Kilos
External Chamber Dia: 25mm
Weihrauch HW25 Summary.
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 making it 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 HW25’s safety catch as it is simple and very light to operate, making this air rifle pretty safe.
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 be 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 about the Weihrauch HW25 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.