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    Well after striking out on a Terrus purchase (grinding and binding during cocking/loading, and HORRIBLE accuracy at 10 yds) it seems this German bug is in my blood bad.
    I’ve took a look at a few more within my reach (after the 21st of Nov)
    1) Diana 34P Compact (Matte Finish Synthetic)
    2) Diana 34 M Pro Compact (Wood)
    3) Diana 34 Wood Or Synthetic Non-Compact (iron sights model)

    Obviously the first 2 are short barrel models and have no open sights. They come with the droop compensating mounts and a good starter scope.
    The 3 rd is the classic 34 with iron sights I might use for the break-in period if were to purchase that model, other than that no use for open sights.
    What you guys think? Is there a noticeable difference between a synthetic stock vs the wood one? What of the slightly shorter barrel on the compact models? Would that hurt accuracy or cause other problems? How are the triggers on these guns anyway, are they adjustable within a certain range for pull weight?

    I’ve already read some bits and pieces that may be negative and outlined them below:
    – on how the compacts have problems with the barrel shrouds coming loose and requiring blue loctite.
    – some have reported very rough piston bores, with noticeable burrs and torn up factory seals as a result, and they recommend tearing into a new one right away. (I’d be leery of doing that)
    – others report the hard buttpad is not comfortable to use (is there a thin alternative out there for that problem?)
    – while most report good accuracy there were others I read that said accuracy was not impressive.

    I’m open to hearing your views, your first-hand experiences if you have them, give it to me straight!! The Good, the bad, the ugly all of it.
    Looking to end this horrible trail of junk air rifle purchases and the ones above are within reach very soon, pending getting a refund on that Walther Terrus.
    As usual, appreciate your time
    Rob

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    Rob I don’t think any of the 3 are anything but a home run ! The main difference from an old mans view is that the standard length is easier to cock because of the added leverage . 
      My buddy Mike has shot seriously no telling how many thousands of rounds thru his compact and it is still tight as a bank vault and shoots Great ! No hint of the barrel shroud loosening up either . 
       Ive shot it a Lot and have absolutely no complaints no matter how small . Hard buttplate ? Its never even crossed my mind . You cock it , point it , and watch a hole appear where you want it . Doesn’t get much better than that . 

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      I bought a 34 Classic from midway USA, it was listed as a blem for $219. The box was a little rough but the rifle’s appearance  was perfect. The only issue with the rifle was it came dry as a bone, which seems to be common with the 34. My advice if you buy a 34 would be to take it apart as soon as it arrives and give it a good lube job. 
      My scope arrived yesterday so it’s mounted and sighted in. I did run about 600 pellets through it using the open sights while deciding which scope to buy.
      Midway still has them on sale, you may have to back order depending on the model you choose though.

    https://www.midwayusa.com/s?userSearchQuery=rws+34&userItemsPerPage=48

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    Rob the RWS 34 was my first serious airgun I ever purchased back in the early 90s.  It is the standard length model with wood stock and has had thousands of shots through it without an issue.  It is accurate out to 40 yards shooting RWS 9.3g wadcutter supermags.  It’s the only pellet mine will shoot accurately but all are different.  It does have a heavy recoil so I purchased a slip on recoil pad that fits it perfectly without having to do anything else to the stock.  Good luck with your venture.

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    It does a man’s heart good to realize finally I’m on the right track and will have a good chance of getting a decent air rifle. Now I just have to manage waiting until next week to order!
    Not 100% sure yet on whether to get a standard 34 or one of the compacts. Still o n fence about synthetic vs wood also. Well still have time to think

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