Introduction to the Weihrauch HW80
The Weihrauch HW80 is the product of a joint initiative in the 1970s with Beeman in the US. Indeed, the rifle is known as the Beeman R1 over there. Designed as a high power rifle, the HW80 was designed to deliver output in excess of 20 ft. lbs. The mk.1 rifle is distinguished by having an angle end to the forestock, whereas that of the current version is rounded.
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. In addition, the company’s HW100 and HW110 pre-charged pneumatic rifles are highly regarded.