.22 Walther LGU Varmint – Out-of-Box Comprehensive Review

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    bdzjlz
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    After about 5 weeks of waiting, I received my new .22 Walther LGU Varmint from PA about two weeks ago.  What follows is a comprehensive review of the rifle and its performance, right out of the box – with no custom tuning.  FYI, my frame of reference for comparison are my .177 AA TX200, .22 Weihrauch HW97K, and my RWS/Diana 56 Target Hunter.  My TX and 97K have been Motorhead tuned.

    Impressions of the rifle itself include:

    Positives:

    • Rifle is quite handsome, even with the synthetic stock.  The metal finish is deep and very comparable to my TX, and is much better than my Diana.  
    • The rifle balances as well or better than any of my other springers.
    • The rifle is very smooth to cock and the safety is convenient.
    • The rifle is very quiet for a springer.
    • This is the smoothest of all of my air rifles in terms of what happens after the trigger is pulled.  
    • Accuracy is very good
    • It was advertised to produce +/- 16 ft lb of energy at the muzzle.  With the chronograph 1' from the muzzle, mine averaged +/- 15 FPE.  Moving the chrono nearly against the muzzle, it produced 15.7 ft lb of energy.  As the rifle hasn't had enough firing to have "broken in," I would suggest that the rifle is very close to producing the advertised energy.

    Negatives

    • The trigger is not nearly as good as on either of my other three rifles.  The first stage is very long and upon arrival, the second stage was "mushy."  I was able to adjust the second stage to be "nice and crisp" but it appears the long first stage will be what it is as I have the adjustment screw fully at its end of travel.  Once I got used to it, it really worked rather well but it is much different than any of my other adjustable triggers.
    • The under barrel cocking lever is much harder to get released from its detent than the TX or 97.  

    Other observations

    • Having performed the same evaluations on my other rifles, I can say for certain that all brands of pellets seated much tighter in this rifle than any of my others.  It took a little pressure to seat most of them.  Compare this to my Diana where once in a while a pellet will slip out if one is loading the rifle with the muzzle pointed up at an angle.  

    Set-up

    I set this rifle up using Sportsmatch fully adjustable 30mm rings and the included recoil lug.  This combination seems to be working very well with the Hawke Airmax 6-24×50 scope mounted on top.

    Performance

    I am quite pleased with the out-of-box performance.  Should  you review the images as included below,  you will note that the standard deviation of nearly all of the pellets tried was 5 fps or less.  At 20 yards, again with nearly any of the eight pellets tried, the 10 shot groups were very acceptable for a hunting rifle.  

    My own belief is that the maximum range of an air rifle/pellet combination is the point where groups open  up beyond 1.5."  This rifle proves out to be a solid 50 yard rifle with the most proven pellet combination, with the best two 10 shot groups coming from the JSB Hades 15.89 gr, averaging only 1.35."  I believe this is exceptional performance for an out-of-the-box/off the shelf spring powered rifle.

    The Data

     Following are all of the images and supporting data.  I hope this helps some of you with your next airgun buying decision and/or perhaps get more out of your LGU Varmint.

    • This topic was modified 9 months ago by bdzjlz.
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    oldspook
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    Nice work.  Well done.  I am not going to buy another air rifle…. I am not going to buy another air rifle….  I am not going to buy another air rifle.  😊

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    Springrrrr
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    You will never get the trigger pull as light as some other spring guns, the design does not allow it because the second stage activating pin is too close to the pivot point and the leverage factor is against a light trigger.  It will be crisp, but not very light.

    The so called "tuning trigger" isn't much better.  I bought one and found it to be pretty much the same and the factory trigger.  Even with the factory trigger, you should be able to shorten that first stage by turning the screw in (if I recall properly).  The second stage is a fixed circular pin that is not moveable.

    I also added a steel shim in the piston to keep the spring on the straight and narrow.

    This is my red neck mod to the trigger to make it  as good as any other trigger I have ever shot from any other spring gun.

    https://www.gatewaytoairguns.org/GTA/index.php?topic=99319.msg944057#msg944057

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    TiredRooster
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    Nice review and it appears to have pretty good accuracy out of the box. I'm sure that it is probably fairly easy to improve upon the accuracy even more. But, as you said, it already is plenty accurate for a hunting rifle.

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    intenseaty22
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    Great review! Thanks for sharing. I liked my LGV so much, I bought a second one in .22 😊 

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    sonny
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    great review Thanks

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    Windmill01
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    Great report, I was wondering if you cleaned the barrel before each pellet change. I discovered that most of my airrifles group better when the barrel is cleaned between different brands of pellets. My Lgv takes several pellets prior to settling down after a pellet change.

    I can see that each two group samples differ and was wondering if the better C to C was achieved with the second group?

    Mine likes the (5.3 ) H&N FTT’s  and the 9.64 Barracuda Greens. 

    Gary

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    bdzjlz
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    Gary, I only cleaned the rifle barrel upon setting it up to remove any oil/grease it may have been shipped with.  
     

    Only three of the 7 two group sets resulted in the 2nd group being better than the first.

     

     Thanks for your interest.

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    Flintstone
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    Very helpful review. Thank you!

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    bandg
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    Excellent comprehensive review.  I don't have a TX200 but I do have an HW97.  The Rekord trigger is certainly excellent.  The Walther trigger will never match it in absolute quality but it can get very close with addition of the second screw, some polishing, and spring adjustment.  I prefer the Walther overall to the HW97 in spite of the trigger being just a bit "less" because it is very close and the rifle is just more enjoyable to shoot overall for me.  I wouldn't want to give up either, but prefer the Walther.  JMO, of course.  Enjoy your new rifle.

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    bdzjlz
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    Thank you for your reply and review of your experience 

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    Hubertus
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    i changed the trigger and used the walther tuning trigger and thats a big difference. barely no creep and much lighter.

    BUT i got a 7,5J version

    i could imagine that the trigger feels less good with sub12 or fac spring!

    but still the lgu is the first springer where i dont feel like to change the spring, top hat, washers, spring guide and so on. its very well made from the factory :)

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    Arch_E
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    Great review!

     

    The Germans make very good air rifles!

     

    Archie

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    bdzjlz
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    Thanks, Archie!

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