Upgrading an HW35
I'll start off by saying i'm new! I'll post an intro in a few minutes in the appropriate place.
I have a Weihrauch HW35 that i bought a couple of years ago and i have finally decided to start getting it working again, and then upgrading bits of it.
So far i've just cleaned it and disassembled it to see what's what, and have found out that the one-sided safety catch has at some point had its spring removed, so i need a new one.. Job number 1.
I'm also going to buy some of the Iron sights for it, as it hasn't had a proper sight system on it, other than 2 scopes that didn't work as they were old.
Also, i'm going to invest in a bipod that mounts onto the barrel.
My question to you is this, what other things could i possibly add to my rifle? This is my first try at tinkering and improving it or any air rifle before.
Is there any sort of rear pistol grip to accompany the bipod? Or just any other after market part that would make this rifle more enjoyable to shoot?
Welcome to the BBS.
Chambers have the Safety Spring (click on the blue text will take open a new window to the correct webpage), expensive at £4, so perhaps someone else can suggest an alternative/cheaper source? At least it's available. They will do the front and rear sights also but again not cheap. Perhaps a wanted ad here on the BBS will help find some.
Bipods tend not to work on spring rifles due to the recoil, likewise the rear monopod.
There are still plenty of options though. A tune up makes the rifle much nicer to shoot, smoother with less recoil and hopefully more accurate. You can buy kits with new components (£50-75) or get a pro to do it for you.
There is a lot of choice in the latter category. Starting at around £50 for a SFS tune which brings worthwhile improvement (they make their own silencers, v.good), Dave Hall does various tunes and produces top results and V-Mach who are the most expensive and also have a long waiting list at the moment but are also excellent.
Barrel shortening and a silencer/moderator is an option, new stock etc etc.
So as ever it's down to budget and what you want from the rifle.
Put the serial number up if you want to know how old your rifle is.
I phoned a Gunsmiths yesterday and thats the exact site he gave me! His alternative was to use a biro spring, but i'd rather use the proper one and give up the extra cash.
I also just saw a HW35/80 front and rear sight on going for about £15, but i haven't even got enough money for that for another week or 2.
The number stamped into the barrel is 619151, which i'm guessing is early to mid 70s, judging by other numbers i've seen.
I'd like to try out the bipod/rear monopod system, because i found when i was shooting the L86 LSW, it really helped control the recoil more, i'll have to look into the tuning side of it soon as well, it sounds like a good way forwards, i'll just have to wait until i'm less strapped for cash!
Thanks for the suggestions and advice
Originally Posted by Deckchairs FTW
All the best Mick
Protek have the spring for £4 including postage, that will save a couple of quid.
If you can get the sights for £15 that is cheap. On the Protek webpage above they are asking £29 for the rearsight only.
When you have the rifle up and running there's a simple way to test whether a bipod etc will work for you, and it's free.
Use something solid, a pile of books for example. Rest the barrel, roughly where a bipod would go, and shoot a group. Then take a few books off and put a cushion under the stock, where your front hand would go, and shoot another group.
Normally the group shot from the cushion will be significantly smaller, and in a different place on the target, to that shot from a solid rest/bipod. Just a thought as it may demonstrate how effective or not a bipod will be and hence save you unnecessary expense.
Thanks for dating it! I've been wondering for a while.
And that's a brilliant idea for seeing if a bipod would work, thanks.