''It is said we learn by our mistakes........clearly not as we keep making the same mistakes.'' My Theory
''War is the continuation of politics by other means'' Carl Von Clausewitz.
Both my Weihrauchs have not got the Hull cartridge stamp, admittedly the HW80 is 2nd hand but I bought the HW97K from a well known dealer (Sportsman Gun Centre) last year for £292.00 brand spanking new and kicking out just under 11.5ftlb with a year warrantee and great service, I have since put a tuning kit in and the internals were spot on for a standard gun, none of this chopped spring stuff you hear about just a well put together gun, don't understand all the worrying about if something goes wrong, what can go wrong - a spring snap?? big deal, it would cost more to send the thing back to hull cartridge then replace it yourself.
Tell your mate not to worry, all the Hull Cartridge snobs at the range should keep there opinions to themselves as they obviously don't know what they are chatting about....just enjoy your gun and shooting.
WEIHRAUCH HW97K - HW80K - HW80 SB - AIR ARMS PROSPORT
RESTORING > HW95 JUNIOR > TX200 HUNTER
By the time hull cartridge have got your gun repaired, you will be too old to shoot it anyway.
As mentioned, spares are readily available, and any semi competent diy'er can strip / repair an hw springer.
.25 MK1 HW80K Tyro / .22 MK1 HW80K /
.22 FN19TW / MK2 FWB 127 Sport