Written on: 10/02/2005 by hawaiiratkiller (4 reviews written)
Double Action Only
I purchased my Walther NightHawk just after Christmas because I needed a gun to help with pest control around our yard and house.
I have been waiting to give my review because I wanted to spend some time with it target practicing and hoped to have shot a rat to see if it was powerful enough. I haven't had a chance to shoot a rat just yet, stay tuned for an update. I guess one guy successfuly shot a couple tree squirrels!
I must say that I am thoroughly impressed with the craftsmanship of this gun. It is an almost an exact replica of the P99. The P99 is an attractive looking pistol. You may have seen them in James Bond movies?
I really like how the CO2 chamber comes out like a ammo clip on the P99. It's just COOL! The gun handles well and is surprisingly accurate for a 3" rifled barrel. I believe the newly designed compensator is helping with the accuracy, certainly it is in the aesthetics!
I expected it to be awkward and heavy but it holds well and shoots accurately. Many people have claimed that it is hard to load the CO2 but I found it to be simple after a few tries. Many have also complained about pellets falling out of the clips. I recommend using Crosman Premiere pointed pellets. They hold nicely in the clips and never fall out, unless you drop the clip on the ground.
The gun can jam if you use pellets other than Crosman. However, you can increase velocity by using Gamo lightweight pellets. Do not use Beeman, they are too long for the clips and are designed for rifles. I have not had a pellet jam yet!
The gun has many accessories and I suspect that is what attracts most people to the gun. I bought it because I needed a hands free light to shoot rats at night and our avocado trees. The light is incredibly bright and works great. Be sure to order spare bulbs. (mine burnt out on night 7)
The red dot scope is OK. There are better ones on the market, but it works well enough and it works best in daylight shooting. During night the dot is too large and bright, even at the level 1 setting.
The compensator is cool and can be modified to reduce the report. It could probably be modified into a silencer, but that would require some metal work and creativity. It would also be illegal. If you do elect to modify the compensator, you will see some negative results in your grouping. I am not sure if damage results due to modification. Certainly the warranty is void afterwards.
The trigger pull is way to long and sometimes I find the trigger gets stuck and i need to open the loading chamber a few times to reset the chamber. Did I say the trigger pull is long? It is! VERY LONG! I really wished they used the CP99 for this gun, but my guess it would be too heavy and expensive. You can switch out the CPSport with the CP99 if you have one. That way you can get single and double-action. Single action provides a much more accurate shot!
All in all, this is a VERY fun gun to shoot! The accuracy is good but this is meant to be a short range plinking gun. Keep it in perspective folks.
If you want to hunt, get a rifle. If you want to target shoot, plink and squeeze off a few, CLOSE RANGE, well placed shots for varmint control. This is a good choice.
I will keep you posted on its power against Norway rats.
This gun doesn't get a ten because of its low power. But for all the accessories and its craftsmanship...it deserves a 8.5-9!
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