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Weihrauch HW44 Air Pistol, FAC Version Review #37

Weihrauch HW44

Weihrauch HW44 Air Pistol

The Weihrauch HW44 air pistol is a high-class HAM Gold Award winner. For the money, you get an excellent trigger, a good accuracy, a nice range of pellets and a very interesting multi-shot, regulated, side lever PCP air pistol.

A “must-have” choice, according to individualists. And isn’t that what we’re looking for in all of our purchases? Something different sometimes?

One thing to remember when buying an airgun for self defense is that the type of airgun you should buy depends on what you intend to do with the gun. For hunting, the best choice is a high-powered rifle.

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VALUE FOR MONEY

This is an excellent value for money. The Weihrauch HW44 air pistol is one of very few that combines PCP power, magazine feed, great accuracy and obvious high quality.

The Weihrauch HW44 air pistol is actually the small brother of the HW110, so it’s great that it’s in such good condition as it is. It was a very popular air pistol among the collectors.

When compared to the previous HPA pistol, the X-Bolt offers similar accuracy and recoil, along with a slightly lower cost of around $100. This makes it a great alternative to those who are looking for a smaller, lighter, cheaper HPA pistol.

The HAM Team was actually quite surprised that the HW44 is a pistol. We decided to use our standard rifle test methodology as the HAM Team’s protocol for air pistols is optimized for CO2-powered replica pistols – very different beasts than the HW44.

It’s the HW44 air pistol. How does it perform? Let’s check out HAM Tester Doug Rogers’ review: “It shoots pretty straight, and feels solid in your hand,” he wrote. “The price seems high at first, but after spending time and shooting, it seems more justifiable.

SPEED AND ACCURACY

A fast-moving pellet will leave its mark even when you are shooting from a rest. The Weihrauch HW44 tested by HAM provided speed and accuracy that rivaled many air rifles we’ve reviewed. Muzzle velocity topped-out at 820.7 FPS with the lightest Gamo Platinum PBA pellets, and this is a.22 cal gun.

If you want to know about shooting the HW44 air pistol, read this article. I’m not a world-class pistol shot, but the HW44 certainly demonstrates great accuracy.

In fact the accuracy Doug obtained from this PCP air pistol was a match for many of the air rifles we have tested at Hard Air Magazine! As is often the case with PCPs, best accuracy was obtained with heavier pellets.

With the Weihrauch HW44 air pistol tested by HAM, the 21.14 Grain Baracuda Match produced the best accuracy.

TRIGGER AND COCKING EFFORT

The trigger pull on the Weihrauch HW44 air pistol is superb. The weight is easy to control and was accurate throughout the entire range. The Weihrauch HW44 has been a consistent performer during my testing. I can’t wait to see how the trigger pulls and overall performance compare to the competition.

The first stage was almost imperceptible. It was very clear when the second stage was reached and releasing the sear required almost no additional effort. Overall the trigger was very predictable and consistent. You can adjust the trigger for pull length and weight after removing the grip. Elevated levels of serum ferritin in patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma: association with histological subtypes.

This is one of the most efficient and reliable triggers on the market today, and the only one to boast the performance of the other two. It’s a great option for air gun hunters looking for a great value with a trigger that performs like a $400.00 rifle.

The lever on the HW80 seemed to take a little more time and effort than the HW100 lever to release the hammer after cocking. However, the cocking process was quick and easy. After about 5 rounds, we noticed a slight tendency to shoot wide, but not enough to be a serious issue.

In my experience, the Weihrauch HW44 is a comfortable, reliable and easy to shoot air pistol. Doug Rogers (a left-handed shooter) found the side lever difficult to use and the grip could be a little awkward for him.

However, you should know that his groups were pretty good, despite that… There’s an ambidextrous safety that’s operated by separate levers on both sides of the gun. It works the same way as other Weihrauch PCPs. You can only engage the safety when the gun is cocked.

In rare cases it may cause problems in operation. It’s unusual but not a problem.

COMPARISON TO MAKERS CLAIMS

There are plenty of comparisons to Makrs claims. We’re testing the Weihrauch HW44 air pistol which is not restricted by law to comply with the legal power limit of the United Kingdom.

The manufacturer claims a maximum muzzle velocity of 755 fps. The HW44 tested by HAM consistently exceeded that number, sometimes significantly, and with alloys it exceeded that number by up to 65 fps.

The Weihrauch HW44 air pistol shoots a consistent volume of.05 cc. This is a lot of air, as you will see in our next section. The Weihrauch HW44 has a capacity of 40 to 50 percent, meaning that it can shoot at least two or three shots per refill. The number of true consistent shots, however, is about 13 shots per fill.

CONSISTENCY

The consistency of the Weihrauch HW44 air pistol was outstanding. It’s extremely easy to shoot the HW44 – the trigger pull weight varied by only 2.4 ounces, which is something we can all detect.

Meanwhile, the Weihrauch HW44 air pistol is equipped with a regulator, which is obviously the source of its excellent performance and low standard deviation.

All of the test pellets performed well in the first two groups. Yes, the Baracuda Match pellets did the best, but the groups from all the other test pellets were not that far behind. It’s very unusual that we find an airgun that performs so well with such a wide variety of pellets.

Excellent consistency, at the expense of the muzzle velocity, which went from a minimum of 1,700 fps to a maximum of 1,750 fps. This is to be expected when using a pressure chamber.

We have learned that re-filling your target pistol after about fifteen rounds is good for accuracy, and we’ve been teaching it for years.

NOISE LEVEL

This air pistol has a dedicated silencer. Despite having a good power rating and short barrel, it has managed to tame the report down to a very low level. It’s definitely an extremely efficient design. This is a great choice for a Marauder.

SIGHTS AND SCOPE

The Weihrauch HW44 air pistol has open sights, with a square notch that nicely matches the square front post.

There are no fiber optic dots to be seen here! But most owners would most likely fit optical sights of some type to the Weaver/Picatinny rails of the Weihrauch HW44 air pistol. The gun doesn’t come with an optical sight, but most owners would be able to get good results with some practice.

For the HAM Team, the best choice would be a quality rifle scope, but that wasn’t available, so Doug Rogers mounted a Hawke Sidewinder 4.5 – 14 x 42 riflescope.

A similar combination of a Leapers red dot sight and an AR-15 could be quite effective, but without the benefit of the scope, accuracy would be rather limited.

SHOOTABILITY

This is a big pistol that will be very hard to conceal. It’s almost 20 inches long from the end of the pistol grip to the tip of the silencer. It’s going to be quite heavy and awkward to carry, but once you shoot it, you’ll find it’s just perfect for you.

A real air pistol isn’t a gun at all. In fact, it weighs only 3 Lbs. In addition to being very lightweight and comfortable to hold, this pistol is also extremely accurate. However, most owners choose to hold the Weihrauch HW44 with one hand for stability.

The two-tone pistol grip is attractive, but it can be a bit of a squeeze for the hands of those with very large hands. It’s also ambidextrous.

The cocking lever on this rifle is ambidextrous, which means that it is reversible. It’s actually quite easy to switch the cocking lever to the opposite side of the gun. As long as you are aware of this, however, you may want to leave the lever at the “correct” setting.

Unfortunately, the Weihrauch HW44 air pistol doesn’t have a user-swappable cocking lever. It’s just not that kind of air pistol!

APPEARANCE AND FINISH

The finish of the HW44 is impeccable, as you would expect from a Weihrauch. The plastic moldings have a beautiful texture, with almost invisible seam lines, except for the one under the front of the barrel.

The Weihrauch HW44 air pistol has a relatively small number of external metal parts and is finished to the quality expected of this manufacturer. Its appearance, however, is a different matter.

This pistol is a nice-looking gun. The more the team shoots it, the better we like it. However, there’s no way it can look like a dainty little gun.

BUYING AND OWNING

Weihrauch is not a big name in the shooting industry, but you can find Weihrauch products through Pyramyd Air and this ensures a wide distribution among US shooters.

The gun comes in a quality black pistol case. Two additional instruction manuals are included, one in German and one in English. The HW44 is also supplied with two extra clips and a refill probe.

But, you will need to get an adapter that converts the probe’s screw thread to the male 1/8-inch NPT quick disconnect to fill from your tank. As regular readers will know, the HAM team are not great fans of the probe filling system.

We don’t recommend a filling or refilling of the air pistol by itself. It would be very easy to ruin the internal components of the gun, and we also can’t see any point in buying more cartridges if they are too expensive.

The Weihrauch HW44 air pistol is made in Germany and has been popular among many competitors for a few years. It has a long hex wrench which is used to degas the air pistol.

The industry standard for 3- and 5-year warranties used to be 1 year, but with the moves by the big players in the industry toward 3 and 5 years that seems to make just 12 months seem like it’s not enough time for quality products.

There are always complaints about the location of the HPA pressure gauge at the front of the barrel. It is too far from the shooter, but when we moved the gauge into the tube where it can be viewed more easily, this was no longer a problem.

The HW44 is a great starter rifle for those who haven’t shot before, or who are just getting started. You don’t have to worry about it filling up the tank; it takes.06-grain pellets and holds only a little over one CC in an eight-ounce HPA tank.

In this case, it’s very easy to overfill. That’s not a problem, or a problem with the Weihrauch HW44 air pistol, it’s just part of the learning curve that comes with any new airgun.

Weihrauch HW44 Specs

Weihrauch HW44
Max Velocity810 fps
Overall Length19.0″
FunctionRepeater
Weight2.87 lbs
ScopeableWeaver/Picatinny
SafetyManual
Suggested forSmall game hunting/plinking
Caliber.177″ (4.5mm)
Muzzle Energy13 ft/lbs
Loudness2-Low-Medium
Barrel Length9.72″
Shot Capacity10
BarrelRifled
Front SightBlade
Rear SightAdjustable for windage & elevation
TriggerTwo-stage adjustable
ActionSidelever
PowerplantPre-charged pneumatic
Max Shots per Fill20
Body TypeRifle

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