Introduction to the Weihrauch HW97K and HW97KT
The HW97KT sits alongside its stablemates the HW57 and HW77 as one of the finest underlever air rifles ever made. The thumbhole beech stock model is designated as the HW97 KT. The black synthetic thumbhole stocked HW97 KT Black Line is available with either black or stainless silver metal work (HW97K Black Line STL). All models have a 300mm barrel, the KT measures 1030mm and weighs 4.3kgs, whilst the Black Line is slightly shorter and lighter at 1015mm and 4.2kgs. The standard, non-thumbhole derivative, the HW97K is lighter at 4.0kgs, measuring 1020mm again with a 300mm barrel. The action is cocked with a lever located underneath the barrel that also reveals a port which enables a pellet to be installed directly into the breach. Cocking also sets a cross bolt safety at the back of the cylinder. A dovetail rail provides ample room to attach a telescopic sight and, along with the superb fully-adjustable Rekord trigger system, helps exploit the accuracy potential of the rifle.
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, as well as a new generation of pre-charged pneumatic rifles.