Written on: 05/07/2010 by AirgunAddict (10 reviews written)
Often a beautiful gun compared to the 48. Not quite as elegant or easy to shoot as the 54, but still a great rifle to keep in the gun-case. I've owned three 52's and they are solid, very heavy shooters.
For the money they are a great gun, but in this shooters opinion, if you are going to 'step-up' from the 48...make it a real step and just get the 54. (read more)
Written on: 03/07/2010
My father has the .22 version of this rifle and it's a great gun for teens and adults. I used to shoot my friends Daisy .177 and it was good for acuracy, but horrible for stopping power, you usually need a follow-up shot to effectivly kill it. But using this rifle, I can give almost anything a one-shot kill within 100m. Flat out, I love it. With good care and maintenance, this gun could easlily last another 10-20 years, and never be replaced in my mind. (read more)
Written on: 28/10/2009
My Model 52 Firebird .22 is older than my 20 year old daughter and is still taking Rabbits out at 50m. I have a old shrike 4 X 32 scope and as a combination it has performed beautifully. No Pheasant, Crow, Woody, Squirrel or Rat is safe within 70m of this rifle and although heavier than todays PCP's they will never pack the same punch. I use Webley Accupel pellets and mostly hunt Rabbit confidently killing with a single shot. How many of today's fancy looking plinkers will still be... (read more)
Written on: 29/06/2009
RWS 52 has accuracy and power but very heavy and hard to cock but a great air rifle nonetheless. (read more)
Written on: 20/06/2009
I have the rws 52 and it works perfectly no flaws and solidly made, when you cock the side lever make sure you cock it all the way to the limit, or otherwise you will have the jamming problem, my 52 is already 8 yrs old and I use it every week and clean the barrrel 2x a year use daisy's pellugnoil work good. (read more)
Written on: 06/02/2009 by bigbusa
The RWS 52 is an absolute blast to shoot, it will cut tiny ragged holes that can be covered by a portion of a dime at 35 yards. over 1000 birds, squirrels, and a fox have dropped from the rws 52 in 22. i have dropped a bird at 85 yards and watched him drop through the limbs like a pin ball. bar none the best adult 22 airgun to own, spend the 500 bucks for a combo and it will provide miles and miles of smiles... (read more)
Written on: 06/06/2008 by GreggB (3 reviews written)
Of my 4 airguns this is my favorite. I have the .22 caliber version. The solid feel ( again, maybe a little heavy), smooth trigger pull and piston operation, make it an absolute pleasure to shoot.
I found the best pellets for me are the Crosman Premier and the Beeman Kodiak. Using the adequate factory Scope, once sighted in with the proper pellets, I never miss. Most of my shooting is between 20 and 50 yards. Occasionally I knock crows down in the 70-80 yards range. The .22 caliber... (read more)
Written on: 20/02/2008 by trafalgar (1 review written)
Sensitive to pellet type. Heavier the better. Although these can push light pellets at the advertised speeds it is unwise to use super lightweight pellets. (i.e. prometheus) out of this gun. For long life and accuracy use 10.5 gr. Pellets such a Crossman Premiers for field use. (read more)
Written on: 21/02/2007 by kgreen (1 review written)
I bought an RWS 52 from Straight Shooters. The gun arrived quickly and broke the first time I cocked it. ( I had read one reviews on their site that had the same problem). I called Kevin at SS and was told I had to deal with Umarex warranty repair. I had just paid $500 bucks with shipping for the gun. Waited through the weekend for their customer service to open. Ordered the arm that attaches to the cocking arm, the threaded portion had snapped. I paid for next day AM delivery. When I got my... (read more)
Written on: 28/01/2007 by luckyshooter123 (4 reviews written)
I had this gun for about a year now, it was a .22 caliber, after about a thousand shots i modified the gun's piston. I drilled a hole into the piston to lighten up. Then i chrongraphed the pellet with the RWS super point and hollow point and i consistently measured about 1060ft/sec. ANd the accuracy is about a half inch to an inch and a half due to my shooting skill, with a better shooter it might be better; i also did this to my RWS 350 magnum, the power was amazing. I hope that anybody... (read more)
Written on: 01/08/2006 by lukester01 (2 reviews written)
I had the RWS 52 air rifle .177 for 15 years, and finally it broke and I chose not to fix it. It never was accurate. It was OK with a really heavy Kodiak pellet, but still not good. The gun is way too heavy! Too heavy for me to shoot accurately from a standing position. (read more)
Written on: 19/06/2006 by gamohunter (16 reviews written)
I tried this RWS 52 gun at the range, it was very powerful and accurate in the hands of a skilled airgun shooter. Get a solid Beeman mount and a Magnum springer rated scope for this one or just use open sights . (read more)
Written on: 01/07/2004 by rogle (1 review written)
RWS 52 - a lot has been written about accuracy problems and actual velocity levels versus advertising. Read a full review at straightshooters.com as well as the other resources on this site. I found their insights to be helpful in narrowing down choices for a backyard bunny problem and everyday plinker. I received my rws/diana m48 .22cal. yesterday. I purchased from basspro.com for $299+shipping. Wood quality, fit/finish were very good. I swabbed the barrel with 8-9 dry patches to get the... (read more)
Written on: 26/06/2004 by rdcrouch1
After WWII the Armistice agreement with the Germans forbade them from making traditional firearms. They turned their attention to air arms and remain to this day some of the best in the world at it.
I also heard at some point in history, American engineers were very proud that they had developed the thinnest type of wire. They sent it with arrogance to the Germans who promply drilled a hole thru it and sent it back. I mention this to give you a feel for the quality you will feel in this... (read more)
Written on: 29/02/2004 by wertyq (3 reviews written)
Just got my RWS 52 .177cal \'48 yesterday (finally graduating up from the mod. 24 I bought 16 years ago) and am very happy with it so far. I was a bit surprised to find when I fired my first shot in the garage last night at a 1/4 inch thick piece of plywood that it passed cleanly through the wood like a hole punch and left the wadcutter pellet portruding on the *outer side* of my wooden garage door! I have been using light daisy wadcutters as this is the only thing I have got on hand at the... (read more)
Written on: 06/02/2004 by ultralog (1 review written)
The RWS 52 gun is everything that I was looking for in an air rifle. I was hitting consistantly in a two inch target, at 10 meters, after a short while of tuning the open sights. For pellets, I found that the heavier pellets did provide me with more accurate groupings. I have had good luck with Beeman Silver Arrows and RWS super mags. Both are shooting fine. I have now purchased a BSA 2-7X32 scope and can't wait for the Michigan winter weather to break so I can really see what this gun can... (read more)
Written on: 11/01/2004 by 78sharp (1 review written)
I have had my RWS 52 (22 cal) for almost 10 years now. I chronied it yesterday with an F-1 chrony 3 feet from the muzzle with 15.74 grain Beeman silver bears at 903 fps. Thats OVER 28 ft-lbs of energy. I was shooting my air rifles today and realized by comparison that the RWS 52 is a natural aimer. With the open sights it is a very steady rifle. Compared to my RWS 36 it is so much more steady. Cocking is very easy and I can imagine having no trouble cocking it if it were twice as hard. I... (read more)
Written on: 07/01/2004 by Paul Heise (1 review written)
After having tried dozens of different pellets (.177) with various points (flat - rounded - hollow - pointed - etc.) of various brands, I found that all of them gave a relatively low accuracy. Since I started using Baracuda Match Extra Heavy pellets I can typically score under 0.5" at 40 yards !! They are ideal for pest control as well. My advice: get rid of the cheap lightweight pellets and start using the heavier ones, and you'll be surprised how well they'll shoot. (read more)
Written on: 02/12/2003 by jsowell (1 review written)
My problem with accuracy was that I was shooting a light (8.2 gr MeisterK's) pellet in .17 cal. This gave me a velosity of ~1100 ft/sec, or the speed of sound. Breaking the sound barrier is not good in an air rifle. I switched to a Crossman Premier Heavy (10.5 grain) which kept me sub-sonic and it was like night and day. I went from 4 MOA @ 15 yards to one hole groups, with more power down range. I can actually make small adjustments on the scope an see the POI change. I could not do that... (read more)
Written on: 30/11/2003 by gunpro (1 review written)
This is my 4th RWS it is a 48A. As received the front sight mount was loose. After tightening all the screws. I cleaned and polished the barrel this takes about 4-6 hours. The trigger was smooth out of the box. It hates the famed crosman pellets.After about 15 different types I settled on the Kodiak Match. I treat them with a home brew. I can get ten shots at 30 yards .250 The crosman performed the worst 3/4 to 1" groups at 30 yards. This morning I took a Crow at 55 yards going completly... (read more)
Written on: 24/07/2003 by Ric.
I bought my 22cal RWS 48 used from an online ad. Once I got a good scope mount on it(very important) I can hit very accurately within say 30 yards. I don't ever have targets further than that because I shoot Crows off the fence in my back yard, through the just-open (3") door-approx 30yds. The're nasty pests that take trash up on my roof by the way. I take standing shots with this fine rifle and hit %90 and kill%75to80. If I could rest the rifle on something, I'm sure these figures would... (read more)
Written on: 19/07/2003 by Jim.
About the best I can do from a bench at an indoor range is 1 inch (2.5 cm) 15 yards. Just when I think I've got it zero'd something shifts and I'm throwing pellets to a different point of impact. If I clean the bore (Otis cleaning system)it shifts the point of impact. It seems to be very tempermental. I've spoken to the vender and he seems to think 1 inch @ 15 yards (13.8 m)is about the best the rifle will do. I expected better for what I paid for the rifle. Oh, and to oil the spring... (read more)
Written on: 09/04/2003 by badbs101.
I bought my RWS 48 recently and have no regrets. I was a little put off by some reviews citing the recoil and trigger as a hinderance to accuracy. Before I had this gun I had a Gamo Shadow 1000. The Shadow was a decent gun for the price but the RWS 48 is far ahead. After shooting that gun, and returning it because of accuracy problems and a dislike for the trigger, I can say that the RWS 48 is far easier to be accurate with and has a superior trigger. This should improve with age too.... (read more)
Written on: 05/04/2003 by Andries du Toit.
I bought a model 27 and thought, what a nice gun. A week later I got a model 48 and wow, what power. I had to change my backgrounds completely when targetshooting with the 48. The pellets just go through everything, except steel that I used as a last resort.
The gun is very accurate. If you shoot at 10 or 40 meters, you hit your target on a regular basis. The targets I refer too are used shotgun cartridges. Combine the 48 with a 9x40 scope, and you have a winner.
One recommendation,... (read more)
Written on: 09/03/2003 by Dave.
I got my RWS 48 in .22 cal. because I wanted to more humanely control pests at my house. My previous airgun was/is a Crosman 66 (Love that airgun..) I found that the 66 was actually better, all in all, for killing squirrels within 30 yards. I was happy to have the RWS 48, but I stopped using it until a Raccoon started to frequent our house deck. The RWS 48 put a VERY humane end to a big Raccoon at 10 yards. It is one hell of an airgun and I'm very glad to have it as part of my... (read more)
Written on: 22/12/2002 by Mike.
This RWS 48 is really my first experience with a adult air rifle. My only other air gun experience is with a Crossman pump, the Crossman is a fine gun for plinking beer cans but doesn't compare with the 48 a true Adult air rifle. First I am impressed with the power of these guns. This isn't for backyard plinking in the suburbs, and must be handled in the same manner you would a 22LR. Trust me you can hear these pellets richocet way off into the distance.
The 48 has the look and feel of... (read more)
Written on: 29/08/2002 by carpetman.
Except for comments in bad points I'm satisfied with my RWS 48 air rifle. (read more)
Written on: 15/07/2002 by Tom250.
The RWS 48 is one of the most powerful spring airguns. It is really dificult to find any bad points about this airgun. It is not expensive and is made with german precission. (read more)