Here's the conclusion from my Airgun Hobby magazine review
June 23 2010, 3:49 PM
In the end, I find the HW35E to be one of those salted peanuts guns. Its so easy to shoot well that you just want to keep feeding it pellets and popping away at targets until its too dark to see. Straight out of the box, it is easily the nicest to shoot unmodified spring piston rifle that I have shot to date and give it my hearty personal recommendation. And the fact that it is nice to look at doesnt hurt either.
Thanks for your reply and comments. Is there a place online that I can view your write-up on the HW 35e?
A few more questions for you if you don't mind?
1. How would you compare the HW 35e to the vintage FWB 124 in terms of overall build quality and in terms of velocity and accuracy?
2. Considering my location at high altitude, here in Denver, do you think I'd be better off with an HW 35e in .177 or in .22 caliber, since there will be a velocity loss of around 10% or so? I'm talking mostly backyard, short range, 10-20 yards max pest elimination and basement targets too. What kind of velocity do you think the .22 version would get at 5,280 feet?
3. I'm 48 years old, and I'd have to sell off a shotgun to finance this purchase. I like the "vintage" airguns, as I remember most of the old airguns that would show up in the Beeman's catalogs, etc. I'm mostly a "sporter" guy. I can probably only get 1 "vintage" or "vintage type" but "current" airgun at this point. Would you tend to go with the current HW 35e or would you recommend looking for an older FWB 124 or HW 55?
1. I've never shot an FWB 124, so I can't compare.
2. At the chronograph, the .22 caliber HW35E launched 14.35 grain JSB pellets at 626 fps average (about 12.4 footpounds of energy). By comparison, the .22 caliber HW50S I tested some time ago launched 15.9 grain JSB pellets at 591 fps average, and the cocking effort was much higher. I didn't shoot the .177, and I don't know about the altitude question.
3. I think the HW35E is very well made, and as close to a modern vintage/classic as you are going to get. To me, it's the best of both worlds: current production and vintage design.
Would it be your impression that HW spends more time and LOVE making the current HW 35e than they would normally spend on the rest of their springers, given the fact that this is "their classic" springer and perhaps they have been told to take a little extra time on this particular model?
I know that sounds a little crazy, but I've noticed in my lifetime, that sometimes, gun manufacturers tend to "emphasize" more QA than normal, when they see it as being their "flagship" model, etc?
I had one of the current production HW35Es and foolishly traded it. I really liked it. It was .177 and very smooth out of the box. Well balanced, accurate, fun to shoot and very very well made and finished.
Not really an extra step, just a different position of your off hand. I could honestly cock and load my 35E as fast and as smoothly as my HW 50. I couldn't tell any difference a tall. To me, it was a non-factor.
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