I bought this gun in February this year. It is sold here in Chile (South America) for a price that would "translate" to the USA, to something around $200 - $250 US dollars.
The model 135 is the wooden stocked version of the model 125 (powerplants are supposed to be the same, true?), which is known as the "Walther Falcon Hunter" in the USA.
The gun I got is the "newer" version, that has the "Shock Absorbing System" SAS and the Quattro trigger. It is in 22 cal. Here are some pictures.
As you can see, the bluing is decent, and so is the wood. No luxury of any kind however... The tolerances wood-metal are good (good inletting). All in all it looks good!! I believe Hatsan configures the guns differently for different markets (muzzle brake, sights, type of wood, etc.), so a model 135 will probably look different in another country.
Here you see the cocking lever, which has a "curve" because of the SAS system:
The "SAS" system means that both stock screws go complete through the stock and "screw into each other". The goal is that recoil and vibration do not affect the screws so much, and it makes sense, because this way the screws have less degrees of freedom to move:
BTW, the SAS seems to work, because the stock screws haven't got loose as quickly as in other magnum airguns.
The open sights, with "truglo" fiber optics:
These sights are plastic. Cheap plastic, I should add. However, they did work decently and have not become loose with use.
The markings on the gun. They're just some kind of paint (?) or chemical treatment marked on the steel, no deep engraving:
Now let's see some nice details that I really liked.
The barrel bolt has a fixing-screw:
Look how the cocking lever attaches to the barrel-breech:
How do you call this? It attaches "with 2 layers of metal"(??). It's similar to the great old Diana's. In fact, the cocking lever is very tight, no floppy movement as found in most guns, even the expensive ones. I really liked the cocking lever configuration and its strength.
The scope mounting "facilities". It has a weaver type rail and also a standard 11 mm rail, with some stop-pin-holes on it. I mounted a scope using ultra low weaver rings:
The checkering on the wood:
I should say this is "cheap checkering. However, it does accomplish its duty perfectly.
Here you can see the barrel detent:
For complete details on the Quattro trigger unit, see here:
The butt pad has a curious design (to reduce the felt recoil parhaps?). The gun is provided with extra spacers to make the pull longer if you want to:
Some pics. of the barrel:
It does look good (decent). I haven't checked if there's a choke, probably there's not.
Now the report. I have some other monster springers in the same class to compare: an UK Webley Patriot in 25 cal. and a Theoben Eliminator in 22 cal.
The gun is big and heavy. The Eliminator is less bulky and more slim (I love the Eliminator for this exact reason). But compared to the Patriot, the H135 handles and balances much better. The Patriot is as fat as a whale and horribly heavy and un-balanced in my opinion. The H135 is just OK...
About the trigger. The trigger on the H135 is pretty good. A trigger like this is a real blessing on a magnum gun in this class. I adjusted it following the general instructions and got a decent crisp release, not too light but OK. BTW I had to get these instructions from the Hatsan website, because the provided owner's manual copy was based in the older trigger. As an anecdote, once when I was chroning this gun, in a long and tedious session, I was thinking "Oh, this is a beast to cock", "Oh, the discharge is loud", "Oh, it's very twangy", and so on. Then I switched to chrony my R1, which has been fully tuned with JM internals, and of course, what a difference!! Like night and day. Cocking seemed childs-play, the discharge was smooth and quiet, with low recoil that felt ridiculous in comparison. But you know what???? I did not feel much difference in the trigger. And that says a lot.
As said, handling the gun at the beginning was rough. Very hard to break the barrel, heavy and crunchy to cock, loud and noisy to shoot, and jumpy. After some hundreds of shots things have became slightly smoother. But this is a super magnum gun and you will not find "refined manners" in this class, at least not in the out-of-the-box state. I knew that perfectly, so I was looking to test strictly its performance.
The general operation of the gun is perfect. Not a single flaw so far: the safety works as it should, etc. This gun is very tight.
About the power. Here are some chrony numbers:
Out of the box (pellet - fpe):
JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy 29.60
After about 200 hundred shots (pellet - fpe):
JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy 29.12
After about 500 hundred shots (pellet - fpe):
JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy 28.98
So, this is a true >30 fpe gun out of the box!!! That's good.
I mounted a cheap scope to begin accuracy testing. It is a bushnell 3-9 x 32 rimfire scope. BTW, this scope has served me well, it has resisted several of the worst spring-dogs you can imagine and has survived to this date. As said, I used ultra low profile weaver rings, and after about 400 shots, the scope/mounts seem not to have moved on the rails.
About the accuracy. These groups are at 25 yards. Groups of 6 shots each, the results shown are the CTC measures in inches. The pellet used was the JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy (18 grains), which proved to be the most accurate. This was done in 2 different shooting sessions. Please note: no group has been omitted!!
As you can see, this averages about 1 inch CTC at 25 yards and is pretty consistent (std. dev.). Please read: this is in MY HANDS, be that good or bad. My Eliminator, in comparison, does about 0.8 inches CTC under identical conditions, consistency being the same.
So my final evaluation?? Well, after about 1000 shots, in my opinion, this H135 is a GOOD GUN.
Don't get confused. The better gun here is the Eliminator, no doubt about it. I love the Eliminator and consider myself a lucky guy to own one. However, I think the Eliminator surpasses this H135 only by a little margin. On the other hand, the H135 costs about 1/4 of the Eliminator, and it is a simpler spring-gun design (spares are simple and cheap), so the durability/serviceability factor could count too. The comparative evaluation is tricky...
To summarize: Thumbs up for Hatsan!!
Before this gun, I was for a long time pretty negative to this Turkish brand. Prejudice was built on many opinions found on the internet: horrid triggers, huge recoil, scope mounting being unsolvable, bad accuracy, and so on. I assume that all those reports were in fact true... But it seems that these Hatsan people have solved many of the issues, AND/OR I was lucky with the specimen I got, LOL!!
So I'll keep an eye on this brand, awaiting what else they have to offer...