Introduction to the Weihrauch HW100 series

Weihrauch is one of the oldest and most respected names in the game. Many of its spring-powered rifles have established near legendary status and its HW100 range of pre-charge pneumatic air rifles have continued the legacy. The cylinder air supply design is coupled with the company’s own method of regulation, which is based on a chamber unlike most other rifles that use a separate device. German engineering delivers a slick sidelever action as well as a superb trigger and 14-shot magazine. The range includes a rifle – the Sporter, and a Carbine – the K. Both are available in standard and thumbhole walnut stocks as well as thumbhole synthetic and laminate alternatives that have adjustable butt pads. In addition, there are Fully Shrouded Barrel (FSB) derivatives.

About Weihrauch

Based in Mellrichstadt, Germany, Weihrauch was founded in 1899 as a small-bore hunting rifle company. Following the impositions placed on German companies following the first World War, the company began producing bicycle parts and mechanical door closers. However, in the early 19050s, when German companies were allowed to make airguns, Weihrauch got back to what it does best. What followed was a string of successful spring-powered rifles, several of which are still in production over 50 years later. The HW100 is the company’s first PCP rifle.

Weihrauch HW100 Review

The range comprises two full length rifles – a ‘Sporter’ or ‘HW100 S’, and a thumbhole version, known as the ‘HW100 T’ – and shorter carbine options, the HW100 SK and HW100 KT. All four are available with a fully shrouded barrel and are designated at HW 100 FSB models. In addition, there’s an adjustable brown and black thumbhole laminate option for the rifle and carbine, as well as synthetic soft touch black and green derivatives, all of which are also available with the fully shrouded barrel. Note that whilst the traditional and thumbhole stocks are ambidextrous, the traditional walnut carbine stock is designed for right-handers only with no left-handed option. Standard across all models are: an 11mm dovetail rail, 14-shot rotary magazine regardless of calibre, two-stage adjustable trigger and sidelever cocking system. In terms of calibre, all are available in .177 and .22, with .20 offered on some models. Power delivery is 12 ft. lbs. with higher-powered FAC options. All models take a 200-bar fill which is achieved by pulling a plastic stopper from the fill port at the top of the cylinder and inserting the probe. A manometer at the front of the cylinder shows fill pressure.

Check out our video review of the Weihrauch HW100T below.

Weihrauch HW100 Product Range

Weihrauch HW100 S and HW100 T

At 975mm long, the HW100 S for ‘Sporter’ and HW100 T, which for ‘Thumbhole’, are relatively compact. However, at 3.8kgs un-unscoped, they carry on a tradition for Weihrauch air rifles that are solidly made and hefty. That said, both derivatives are beautifully balanced and feel much lighter in the shoulder. The barrel is 410mm long on the 12 ft. lbs. version and 600mm on the high-powered variants. At 12 ft. lbs. Weihrauch claims a shot count of 110, 116 and 140 in .177, .20 and .22 calibres respectively. High-powered options are available in 20, 24 and 30 ft. lbs. and will deliver 40 shots in .177 and .20 and 36 in .22. The oiled walnut stock has chequering on the fore-end as well as the pistol grip which is finished with a black cap. The rubber butt pad is finished with a white spacer, as is the pistol grip.

Weihrauch HW100 S
Weihrauch HW100 T

Weihrauch HW100 S and HW100 T for sale

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Pre Charged Pneumatic PCP Air Rifles

Weihrauch HW100 S

Pre Charged Pneumatic PCP Air Rifles

Weihrauch HW100 T

Weihrauch HW100 SK and HW100 KT

As you’d expect, the Sporter and Thumbhole carbine models are shorter, by a full 100mm in overall length and barrel, and, more significantly, by a huge 0.6kgs, making them handier, especially in confined spaces. Once again, .177, .20 and .22 calibres are available although shot counts drops due to a smaller cylinder capacity to 50, 70 and 75 shots respectively. High-power options are limited to .177 and .22 calibres with shot count dropping to 28. The oiled walnut stock has chequering on the fore-end as well as the pistol grip which is finished with a black cap. The rubber butt pad is finished with a white spacer, as is the pistol grip.

Weihrauch HW100 SK
Weihrauch HW100 TK

Weihrauch HW100 SK and HW100 KT for sale

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Pre Charged Pneumatic PCP Air Rifles

Weihrauch HW100 SK

Pre Charged Pneumatic PCP Air Rifles

Weihrauch HW100 KT

Weihrauch HW100 S FSB, HW100 K FSB, HW100 SK FSB and HW100 KT FSB

Fully Shrouded Barrel (FSB) versions of the full-length Sporter and Carbine models in standard and thumbhole stock designs are available. They are a little lighter than the standard guns at 3.4kgs for the Sporter and 2.8Kgs for the Carbine. All other features remain the same as the standard guns. 

Weihrauch HW100 KT FSB
Weihrauch HW100 S FSB
Weihrauch HW100 SK FSB

Weihrauch HW100 S FSB, HW100 K FSB, HW100 SK FSB and HW100 KT FSB for sale

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Pre Charged Pneumatic PCP Air Rifles

Weihrauch HW100 SK FSB

Pre Charged Pneumatic PCP Air Rifles

Weihrauch HW100 S FSB

Pre Charged Pneumatic PCP Air Rifles

Weihrauch HW100 K FSB

Pre Charged Pneumatic PCP Air Rifles

Weihrauch HW100 KT FSB

Weihrauch HW100 T Laminate and HW100 KT Laminate

The attractive black and brown laminate stock with the added benefit of an adjustable butt pad is available as an option in .177, .20 and .22 on the Sporter and Carbine Thumbhole models only.

Weihrauch HW100 T Laminate Stock

Weihrauch HW100 T Laminate and HW100 KT Laminate for sale

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Is the Weihrauch HW100 right for me?

Best suited to

The HW100 range has become hugely popular with hunters and competition users alike and for good reason. The heavier Sporter model is popular with competition shooters but will serve hunters equally well.

Pros and Cons

The HW100 is known for good quality engineering which is most apparent in the side lever cocking action but is present throughout. Weihrauch has developed a reputation for offering some of the best triggers available and the HW100 carries on the tradition. The magazine design is simplicity itself and as a result is hard to beat. Like many other rifles in the company’s range, the HW100 is pretty hefty in the full sporter length, but beautifully balanced. Carbine models are more wieldy but offer fewer shots.

Weihrauch Specifications

SpecificationsHW100 S (FSB)HW100 T (FSB)HW100 SK (FSB)HW100 KT (FSB)HW100 T LaminateHW100 KT LaminateHW100 TK Synthetic
Weight kgs (12 ft.lbs.)3.8 kgs (3.4 Kgs)3.8 kgs (3.4 kgs)3.1 kgs (2.8 kgs)3.1 kgs (2.8 kgs)3.8 kgs3.5 kgs3.1 kgs
Length mm (12 ft. lbs.)975mm975mm875mm875mm975mm875mm875mm
Barrel mm (12 ft. lbs.)410mm410mm310mm310mm410mm310mm310mm
TriggerTwo stage adjustableTwo stage adjustableTwo stage adjustableTwo stage adjustableTwo stage adjustableTwo stage adjustableTwo stage adjustable
RegulatedYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Magazine .177 and .2214 shot14 shot14 shot14 shot14 shot14 shot14 shot
Calibres.177, .20, .22.177, .20, .22.177, .20, .22.177, .20, .22.177, .20, .22.177, .20, .22.177, .20, .22
Power options ft. lbs.5.5 and 125.5 and 125.5 and 125.5 and 125.5 and 125.5 and 125.5 and 12
FAC options22 ft. lbs. (.177)
24 ft. lbs (.20)
30 ft. lbs. (.22)
22 ft. lbs. (.177)
24 ft. lbs (.20)
30 ft. lbs. (.22)
22 ft. lbs. (.177)
30 ft. lbs. (.22)
22 ft. lbs. (.177)
30 ft. lbs. (.22)
22 ft. lbs. (.177)
30 ft. lbs. (.22)
22 ft. lbs. (.177)
30 ft. lbs. (.22)
22 ft. lbs. (.177)
30 ft. lbs. (.22)
Shot count (12 ft. lbs) .177/.22/.25110 / 116 / 140110 / 116 / 14050 / 70 / 7550 / 70 / 75110 / 116 / 14050 / 70 / 7550 / 70 / 75
Fill pressure200200200200200200200
Safety catchResettable when cockedResettable when cockedResettable when cockedResettable when cockedResettable when cockedResettable when cockedResettable when cocked
ModeratorIncluded (Not included)Included (Not included)Included (Not included)Included (Not included)IncludedIncludedIncluded

Comparison with the Weihrauch range

HW100 S vs HW100 K

The ‘S’ and ‘K’ models vary in length, weight and cylinder size. The longer and heavier HW100 S will deliver more shots that the HW100K which has the advantage of being lighter, more compact and easier to use in confined spaces. Thumbhole stock ‘T’ variants have a different aesthetic appeal and grip.

HW100 models vs HW100 FSB models

Without a silencer fitted, FSB (fully shrouded barrel) guns have the benefit of being quieter but are identical in every other way to other models in the range.

Other Air Rifles to Consider

Other sidelever cylinder rifles to consider include the Air Arms S510 range and the Brocock Compatto and Concept Lite XR. Bolt action alternatives include the Daystate Huntsman Regal and Air Arms S410 range.

Weihrauch Dissassembly

We recommend taking a look at this disassembly guide https://www.airrifle.co.za/library/HW100_Strip_Down_Guide_Illustrated.pdf for the HW100 series..