Reply To: Help me pick my first Air Rifle since being a kid in the woods (first post)

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No, seriously @Sniper125, I mean no disrespect, but…. I repair or perform maintenance on airguns and firearms for friends, and at the gun club. I’ve even owned a Hatsan (85 sniper gasram) a long time ago, and although they look pretty much okay on the outside, on the inside you can see the difference in craftsmanship between the typical British Air Arms/BSA or German Weihrauch/FWB/Diana rifles, and the Turkish stuff. Inside a Hatsan, it’s burrs and tool marks all over the place. Nothing is polished, and if you open one up, fresh out of the box, you will even find metal splinters inside the gun that where left behind from the machining process. The quality of the barrels is terrible (take a bore scope and look at the rifling for instance, again, burrs and tool marks). Even the quality of the metal (hardness) parts isn’t up to standards. They’re fun, but won’t last you a life time, while my 40-year old FWB still shoots like it just came out of the factory and has pushed out well over half a million pellets out of it’s barrel.

The FWB rifle on the other hand, is smooth and polished, even the parts that don’t need to be smooth and are out of sight shine like a mirror. But then again, we’re comparing a sub-$300 plinking airgun with a match rifle that won many Olympic matches and costed well over $2000 back in it’s day, so the comparison isn’t a honest one in every respect.