Reply To: R-9 maint
Yes, the HW30S is backyard-friendly, ESPECIALLY in a city, due to higher ambient noise level. Works awesome on birds, but is marginal on squirrels, except with near-perfect head shots. Limit your shots to 25 or 30 yards though.
Consider the Vortek kit for it, which adds a couple FPE of energy without wrecking the gun. I’m going to add it to mine soon.
You can get an idea of how quiet it is in my youtube video review of it. (User Jeremy D)