Weihrauch HW55S

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    kingfisher61
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    The HW55S was the plain Jane of the 55 line.  Having to be compared with 2 of the most elegant air rifles ever produced in the HW 55MM and 55T just isn't fair. Being a Beech stock next to grade walnut puts it at a loss for fancy looks. But that's where it ends!  What the HW55S lacks in pretty, it makes up for in fun!  Being a "Sport" Match rifle is like having the best of both worlds.  

    The HW55S is lighter and easier to shoulder than its brothers.  More of a field use style, the 55S platform provides the shooter with pinpoint precise shooting without all the bulk.  It's like an R8 with a better recoil pad, barrel and trigger.  And  the curve of that recoil pad totally cradles your shoulder to make everything super stable.  A superbly designed air rifle!  

    However, it was short lived. It disappeared right around the time the R8 and HW50 appeared in the Beeman line up.  Someone sadly decided that the HW55 line was not worth continuing.  Ironic that in the early days of the Beeman catalogs the first thing you saw was the venerable 55 line.  Later versions of the catalog relegated it to the back area of the issue.  The race for pellet speed and production costs were a couple of contributing factors to the end of production.

    But all that aside, I finally found a 55S that I am proud to add to my herd. I  couldn't resist but to remove the match rear sites and top it with a proper scope. I've decided on a Burris 8x mini…for now. Lol  I figure if it's a Sport rifle, then scope it up!!!

    First group said it all.  What a laser accurate rifle.  And a hair trigger to boot.  I had to hold my breath because I was afraid to breath on it fearing firing!!!  Lol. PCP like results from a spring rifle never fail to make me smile.  This 55SM delivers in spades!

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    Goer
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    Gorgeous gun. 

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    bf1956
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    Hey thanks for sharing,oh so sweet! Dang it man love that little lever on the side. Is that to break the barrel?

     

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    MDriskill
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    That’s a really gorgeous rifle! You are right, the “S” was the “all-rounder” of the 55 line, made so a guy could do a match and then shoot dinner on the way home, LOL. 

    In all seriousness, the German market has always seemed more open to small differences in features than we are here, no doubt a reflection of the tough economy after the war when small differences in cost could matter. The 55S allowed more folks into the game. IMHO the gun is an underrated handler too, feels slightly slimmer and “rounder” than the walnut match stocks, the tough beech is more suited to outdoor use, and of course the stock sans cheekpiece can be used reasonably well by a left-handler.

    The wood finish on that gun is truly exceptional, I have never seen a prettier “S.”

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    Yes, the side lever rotates a bolt which locks the barrel into place. It is adjustable, via a big screw underneath, to vary the tension in the joint.

    The HW 55 actually has a second breech latch, a small spring-loaded bolt in the standing breech face. This holds the barrel in the closed position while the manual latch is operated, but does not lock things up tightly enough to allow firing.

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    The wood finish on that gun is truly exceptional, I have never seen a prettier “S.”

    Mike

    I'm with you on that!  Saw this one on GB and had to have it.  I've seen a lot of not so pretty S models, but never one so nice….and like new!!!!

    The real pleasure is shooting it.  This is one accurate rifle!   Easy one hole results.  Plus buttery smooth cocking with a tame shot cycle.  And the trigger…..oh the trigger!!!  Absolutely a match trigger at its finest.  Gotta hand it to Weihrauch….they make a very fine unit.  

    Anyway,  glad you like it. I'm sure that I will have it on the range again today.  Thanks for the information on the locking latch.  Once again you have educated us on this timeless classic. 

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    LOL, I was very tempted to bid on that one, but wasn't 100% sure I wanted to pursue a 55 with a Beech stock. I ended up forgetting about the auction and I distinctly remember thinking, "oh well, John probably ended up buying it."   Nice find, my friend!

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    kingfisher61
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    Nice fine, my friend!

    Shareef

    Thanks for the kind words.  I'm sure there is no shortage of very fine springers in your herd.  Last time I checked you were closing in on 20! Lol  Keep up the good work! 

    JC

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    Kingfisher,

    That's a beauty!  Looks like new and what a gorgeous stock, congratulations.  That's one to be proud of!

    MDriskill has high praise for your new gun too.  He is probably more responsible than anyone of late in preserving/raising discriminating shooters' awareness of the HW55.

    ChrisK

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    Moog
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    That's a very nice rifle and it sure is accurate. It looks a lot like an HW 35.  What's the difference between the two?

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    KWK
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    Could be wrong. I think the 50, 55, and R8 all left together. I think the leather seals went away when the R8 showed up. They share pistons and cylinder dimensions. You could get the 55 with an R8 spring installed from Beeman. Have you considered that for your 55 Sporter?

    I think about doing that to my other 55SM. That one has a little wear on it. Got it that way. Scope it I guess. I have too many airguns. Not enough time to shoot them all.

    i have an MM. It's not much heavier. The cheekpiece isn't much. Not sure the comb is any higher. I don't have any sleeves. Has the rail in the forearm . The walnut on earlier MM's is nicer than mine I think. Still a nice gun though

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    KWK
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    I think the 55 lived past the R8 production

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    Moog

    That's a very nice rifle and it sure is accurate. It looks a lot like an HW 35.  What's the difference between the two?

    The first rifle made by HW after WW2 was the HW 50 sporter. The HW 55 was a target rife based on it – same receiver, barrel, etc, but fancier stock, match sights, weaker mainspring, refined trigger, and the famous adjustable barrel lock. The HW 35 was also closely related to the 50 and 55, receiver tube was same length but quite a bit larger in diameter, so it had more power. The three were contemporaries for many years, and as you noted certainly bear a family resemblance.

    The "HW 50" made today Is a quite different gun that was originally called the HW 99. 

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    Thanks for the info.

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    KWK

    Could be wrong. I think the 50, 55, and R8 all left together. I think the leather seals went away when the R8 showed up. They share pistons and cylinder dimensions. You could get the 55 with an R8 spring installed from Beeman. Have you considered that for your 55 Sporter?

    I think about doing that to my other 55SM. That one has a little wear on it. Got it that way. Scope it I guess. I have too many airguns. Not enough time to shoot them all.

    i have an MM. It's not much heavier. The cheekpiece isn't much. Not sure the comb is any higher. I don't have any sleeves. Has the rail in the forearm . The walnut on earlier MM's is nicer than mine I think. Still a nice gun though

    HW considered the leather piston seal to be smoother-shooting than plastic, so the HW 55 target gun retained it much longer. The HW 35 went to plastic around 1980, the smaller sporters a little later, but the HW 55 kept leather into the 90's. The last production runs of the 55 went to plastic though, they may have simply run out of leather seals by then.

    The HW 55 also kept a leather breech seal until the end. The breech is much more closely fit than the sporters, so that the seal just protrudes from the breech face a tiny amount. 

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    MikeD

    Thank you for contributing to the post.  As always,  great imput and expanding knowledge of the rifle.  Honestly,  you should write a book.  You could be the next Tom Gaylord!!  Lol

    JC

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