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Monday, November 28, 2005

RWS 34 - a classic spring-piston air rifle

by Tex Force

RWS 34 is an attractive entry into the world of adult air rifles.

With Christmas coming, you may be wondering which rifle to ask for. If you're finally ready to move up into the adult airgun world, it's hard to pick a better beginning than the very popular RWS model 34 (fourth gun down on the page). Today, I'd like to tell you more about this wonderful spring rifle.

It cocks by breaking the barrel!
The model 34 is called a breakbarrel rifle. That means the action of breaking the barrel down and pivoting it as far as it will go cocks the powerful mainspring. Then, you load a pellet into the breech, close the barrel and get ready to shoot. Just before you take the shot, release the automatic safety and squeeze the trigger.

Spring rifles need a break-in
At first, a 34 will seem stiff and jerky to you. It will also seem hard to cock, and the trigger won't seem as nice as it should. That is completely normal. A spring rifle needs about 1,000 shots before it starts to smooth out. Some rifles are less harsh in the beginning, but all spring rifles need a break-in period. The RWS 34 is especially well-made, and it will break-in to become a wonderful shooting companion if you give it a chance.

For break-in, I recommend that you shoot heavy pellets such as Gamo Hunter or Gamo Magnum pellets (first and second on the page). I personally like the Hunter pellets better for their round nose, but either pellet is a good one for break-in. And, you may discover that they shoot so well that you want to keep shooting them after your rifle is broken in. They come 250 to a tin, so better order several at a time!

A 3-step plan to maintain your spring gun
1. Your rifle is well-lubricated from the factory. You don't usually have to lube it for the first year, unless you shoot more than 5,000 shots. Use RWS Chamber Lube (third listing from the top). Use the lube sparingly - it takes just a drop or two!

2. Barrel cleaning is generally not needed - BUT, you do need a cleaning kit! A spring rifle doesn't get dirty from shooting, so the normal cleaning you do after shooting a firearm isn't necessary. However, when accuracy falls off, cleaning with a brass brush can restore it. I will post more about this in the future. Also, if you get a pellet stuck in the barrel, a cleaning rod is the best way to push it out. I like the Gamo cleaning kit, but be sure to also buy a brass brush in the same caliber as your rifle.

3. Clean the outside of your gun before putting it away. The last thing to do is wipe it down all over with a silicone gun cloth like the one Beeman sells (second item down on the page).

Should you get a scope?
The decision to mount a scope on an air rifle is personal, but you should know that using a scope increases your sighting precision - and your accuracy. Compasseco has a rifle and scope combo on sale right now, so this might be the best time to get one, if you think you want one.

The trigger, and why you should actually READ the owner's manual!
RWS triggers can be adjusted very sweet - BUT they don't adjust the way you think! You MUST READ THE OWNER'S MANUAL to learn how to adjust the trigger. I spent 20 years annoyed at the triggers of my RWS rifles, only to discover the screws I had been turning didn't do what I thought they did! Bummer! I don't want you to make the same mistake, so read that manual!

The RWS model 34 can be a wonderful first adult airgun - or it can be a big mistake! The things I've told you today are all you need to know to have a wonderful experience with this gun. Give it a try. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised!


  • use a brass brush to clean my barrel,I'm new to air gunning but know not to use a wire brush in my barrel

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:42 PM, December 17, 2005  

  • You don't want to use a wire brush in a brass barrel, but it won't harm a steel barrel like the one on the RWS 34.

    Because many American airguns have brass barrels, this warning has been widely published. It applies to all guns except those with steel barrels, which most adult airguns like RWS models have.


    By Anonymous Tex Force, at 4:53 AM, December 18, 2005  

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