Reply To: Help me pick my first Air Rifle since being a kid in the woods (first post)
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That article screams advertorial. But good that you refer to it, because have you looked closely at the first picture in the middle of that article? That detailed picture of the suppressor and cocking lever? That EXACTLY illustrates what I’m trying to tell you. Cheap plastic that looks rough on the edges, brass, tool marks on the cocking lever? Come on! On a Weihrauch for instance, it’s shiny high-grade metal. Brass is soft, so is plastic, and it will wear and eventually break over time. To show you what I mean, the above picture is that specific Hatsan you’re talking about, the bottom one is that of a HW97. See the difference? No plastic, no brass, just hard polished steel! And that’s just the business end of the rifle.
Coming back to the TX200, that uses the MATCH grade LW barrels, they make barrels in different grades. A LW match grade barrel alone will set you back almost $200. And last but not least, calling something a match trigger is easy, have you (I’ll ask you again) ever shot a Feinwerkbau, or a non-match Diana with a T06 trigger which is undoubtedly the best non-match trigger out there for air rifles? The T06 doesn’t even come close to a true match trigger like the one used in the Feinwerkbau, let alone those Hatsan triggers.
Yes, the Dominator is half the price of am Air Arms TX200, but for a reason. A lot of reasons actually. And yes, I’ve seen and handled the latest generation Hatsies, they’re a bit better, but still incomparable to the German air rifles or the Air Arms underlevers and without any doubt incomparable with true match rifles like the FWB300S. Any (honest) gunsmith or dealer will tell you the same thing. It’s like comparing a Chevy Aveo to an Audi A8.