It’s always been a goal to one day own a tuned Weihrauch springer and finally I did it!
I had a work trip planned to the USA and back to New Zealand, so this gave me the opportunity to order a HW95 Field Pro in .22 from Airguns of Arizona, and get it shipped to Motorhead for some tuning before a long plane ride to Auckland, New Zealand! The TSA process wasn’t too bad, just needed a bit of extra time at check in (it was in a locked Plano rifle case.)
The HW95 Field Pro fit the bill - medium weight hunter, break barrel, with a clean profile (no open sights) and a muzzle weight. A great looking rifle!! I switched out the packaged 3-9 Mildot scope for a Hawke Vantage 4-12x40 with an Illuminated Reticle (set up for a .17 HMR but can easily convert for airgun usage) and Sportsmatch UK rings.
Airguns of Arizona did a great job with packaging and pre-testing the rifle. They did a 15 shot chrony testing and a sample grouping with .22 HN FTT pellets. Out of the box, it looked like it was consistent and pushing just over 14 ft/lb, which was a little below my target of 15-16 ft/lb
Motorhead was great to work with. Extremely responsive in my many emails, fair pricing and also gave me good advice in staying around 15 ft/lb to give a sweet shooting experience. I ordered the rifle with his fitted machined spring guide, top hat, Maccari seal, 1.5lb trigger and overall tune. He likes to use the OEM spring so I ordered a spare to be set up as well.
Breaking the rifle open was SMOOOOOOTH, and lock up like the proverbial bank vault with a very satisfying “clunk”. Super easy cocking effort – just glides to a cocked position. The combination of Weihrauch engineering and Motorhead tuning in action. Rekord trigger goes without saying… just perfect! A short first stage, and a crisp 2nd stage. The trigger reach feels a little long for my medium size hand, but I’m getting used to it.
So how does it shoot? Did some sighting in and went with the HN FTT, which is lucky because I bought 8 tins from Pyramyd Air while I was in the USA too. Punching out a nice 675fps-685fps to give me a desired 15 ft/lb with no twang, or shock as expected.
The true test was the hunting trip on a farm for night time possums (this is the introduced Australian Bushtail Possum) … and this is where it exceeded my expectations. First 4 shots of the night were 1 shot kills – stopped them dead in their tracks. The rifle isn’t particularly hold sensitive, which is necessary for shooting possums up in trees from odd angles and ankle deep in mud! This made it easy to make standing head shots a real joy.
For those interested in the light mount, it’s a Nitecore P30 (max 1000 lumens for about 3 minutes, then steps to about 500 lumens for over an hour on a single 18650 battery) sitting in a quick release Leapers picatinny mount (so I could remove it when shooting in the day). The scope ring mount was from Amazon for $20. No bulky spot light or cables needed!
Finished the night with a dozen dead possums –and the feeling that all the hassles (and a minor drama with NZ Police, landing at 6am in NZ with an air rifle) – was definitely worth it!
A huge thanks to Motorhead for the tune, AoA for the rifle, and Pyramyd Air for the pellets!