Our full review of the Weihrauch HW77
The HW77 is available as a standard rifle measuring 1120mm with a 470mm barrel. The carbine version – the HW77K – has a shorter 370mm barrel, reducing the overall length to 1020mm. Unlike the HW97K, the HW77 is only available with a traditional sporter stock in either beech or a couple of laminate versions – one predominantly green, the other on which brown and grey are the dominant colours. Depending on the length of rifle and stock, weight varies between 4.1 and 4.3kgs.
The stock has a fixed, solid rubber recoil pad and a high comb to provide good eye alignment either to a scope that can be fitted to the dovetail rails, or the open sights that come as standard. The rear sight is a notch-type that can be adjusted for windage and elevation and the fore-sight is a blade. If fitting a scope it is advisable to remove the rear open sight although the foresight can remain in place. The stock is ambidextrous and the pistol grip has panels of chequering and a generous cut out on both sides to accommodate the largest of hands. There is no groove for a thumb up grip, but plenty of room if that is your preference. The forend is also chequered and tapers slightly towards the breech before flaring out slightly. Located at the back of the action, the safety catch pushes in from the left to make the rifle live. It is set automatically upon cocking the rifle and cannot be reset without pulling the underlever down again. The underlever itself is released by pushing a retaining button beneath the muzzle. The cocking stroke is smooth, quiet and requires only moderate effort. Although releasing and returning the underlever makes a clicking sound, the noise can be stifled when hunting. Sweeping the underlever down also opens the loading port to allow a pellet to be inserted directly into the breech.
In addition to an automatically set safety catch, the HW77 is fitted with an anti-bear trap to reduce the likelihood of the underlever flying up and injuring fingers trapped under the barrel or in the loading port. Once the safety catch is pushed in, the HW77’s Rekord trigger becomes operational. Much has been written about the quality of the Rekord unit and it remains probably the best trigger on any spring rifle. Adjusted for weight via an easy to access screw behind the blade, the two stages are very defined, creep-free and break very cleanly, enabling you to exploit the benefits of the fixed barrel platform.