Hello everyone! First-time poster and first-time (or soon-to-be) air rifle owner here!
We are a family of 2 adults and 2 teenagers who have all, at various stages, done some shooting and we've decided to get a good quality rifle for family use. Initially, it will be used for plinking in the back garden, then I think it would be nice to join a club. At no point will we be shooting little furry creatures. It doesn't have to be too light, as my daughter and I are not exactly delicate types
It DOES need to be ambidextrous though, as I'm awkward and shoot left-handed.
Anyway, the two I have short-listed are the Weihrauch 95 luxus and the Diana 34 classic compact. I have to admit that I'm leaning more towards the Diana as I think it's just stunning to look at with its simple lines and all that, but I'm not willing to compromise quality for prettiness.
Can I have some opinions, please? Any gratefully received!
Both are excellent rifles
I would go with the one that "feels" right to you.
make sure you have handled both and if possible shot with them rather than just shouldered them.
Shouldering is a good compromise though as different guns fit and feel better to different people.
Don't buy based on looks alone - it's a bit like choosing a wife
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as stated, try and get your hands on both if you can before you buy.
Never shot the Diana, but the 95k is a beautiful little rifle, that would be my choice.
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The HW95 is easier to work on. One area of concern is removal and replacement of trigger unit on the Diana, whereas on the HW95 the whole gun is easy to strip down. They are very good guns, and I highly recommend 'em.
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the hw95k with the luxus stock in .22 get my vote [a mate of mine just got one, after firing hw 77,80, it feel`s like a toy SO LIGHT it`s untrue ] why .22 some say in .177 there a bit jumpy, never shot one in .177 so i carnt comment on that one
Dianas are easy to strip with a spring compressor (sash cramp) trigger comes out with end block dead easy. HW95 has those button things but there is no difference in difficulty. Both good rifles, but I would personally go for diana 280 over mod 34. (I have all 3) 280 is ambi too.
AOut of the two rifles mentioned, the HW95 would be my choice.
My friend has a HW95 Banshee and that is very nice to shoot.
It is in .177 calibre and is very smooth to shoot and has very little recoil.
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Not tried the Diana, but I have a 95k in .177 which has been tuned/tweaked to smooth things out. It is a doddle to strip and work on and is lovely to shoot.
It would certainly do the job for you.
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Tough choice i would feel them both to see wich one.
weihrauch all the way for me personally.....
easily tuneable, will outlast the shooter and is as accurate as they come provided you do your part!
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Thank you for all your comments - very helpful, although I am still deliberating because they both seem to get the thumbs up! As a couple of you suggested, I will try to heft them both before making a decision, although this could mean a long car journey as my local gun shop don't stock Dianas at all, but have Weihrauchs coming out of their ears!
I don't suppose anyone knows of a Diana stockist in East Anglia...? My google trawlings have turned up nowt!