Written on: 24/10/2011 by Nec_V20 (9 reviews written)
What can be said in praise of the Weihrauch HW45 / Beeman P1 which has not already been said? Well how about this. What if you have a .22 version and you want a .177 what can you do? Quite easy, you buy a new barrel (presently it costs £33 at T.W.Chambers & Co), undo two screws, take the old barrel out, put the new barrel in, tighten the two screws and you are in business. The barrels are available in three calibres .177, .20, .22. That alone should recommend this pistol. Is it "heavy"?... (read more)
Written on: 07/04/2011
Received my HW45 a few days ago.First impression,it's BIG and a bit heavey. Ran a few shots through it, the quality is good,the power leaning on awesome,now I know why it's on the heavey side. I quickly adjusted the sights (easy). I can now hit a half inch disc 9 out of ten times at 12yds (the length of my garden).Are there other legal air pistols out there better than mine? I would like to join a club, but in England they are thin on the ground. Safe shooting. (read more)
Written on: 28/01/2011 by Mark in Grimsby (10 reviews written)
The Weihrauch Hw45 is the Rolls Royce of the air pistol world. Built like a tank and built to last I have a .177 and a .22 both bought second hand but both still going strong. They are great to handle, very powerful and kick when fired due to spring reaction which is tricky at first to group well but with practice they are very accurate and provide hours of fun without the need for Co2! One of those air guns you will never part with. (read more)
Written on: 10/01/2010
Purchased Beeman P1 (.177) new from Airguns of Arizona based upon Beeman's energy claims and their online claim that they chrony guns before delivery. They didn't test my gun or they would not have shipped it! My biggest dissapointment in 25 years of airgunning! This P1 has never produced more than 75% of the advertised energy level at any temperature or with any pellet. Its best strings average 4.3 FPE vs. 5.6 FPE advertised in Beeman's 2009 catalogue. CPL 7.9 grain pellets chrony at... (read more)
Written on: 01/10/2009
The latest HW45 has corrected my only complaint with the open sights as now faster to sight in darker conditions.
The power for the UK is perfect with good accuracy,the safety can loosen up but regular checks prevents loss of the retaining screw.
Ensure pellet is fully home or you will damage the O ring but it is a simple job to replace it.
Built to last and very reliable, pleased with my purchase. (read more)
Written on: 16/09/2009
decided to buy the hw45, price tag a little heavy!! good build quality, few niggles of course. open sights not the best i ever used. own a cometa indian and find more accurate but hey the hw45 packs a punch for a pistol. im sure if i use a laser sight or scope may be astonished with the accuracy. spent lots of money on pistols, bit the bullet bought the daddy .NO REGRETS... (read more)
Written on: 14/05/2009
Bought this Weihrauch HW45 or Beeman P1 .22 pistol in 1995 for £115 second hand, still own it today, and it still going strong, I have a pistol scope mounted the dove tail rails, a lazer sight attached to the trigger guard and an official hw45 wood shoulder stock. Nice set up overall but still looking for the silencer... (read more)
Written on: 03/05/2009 by Wisdomfury (1 review written)
The Weihrauch HW45 or Beeman P1(67) is the best pellet pistol you can buy. Durable, powerful and accurate. It goes everywhere with me. I use the largest shoulder rig, and it sits comfortably. It may be considered by some to be a little heavy, however, a pistol of this quality could not be made with less weight without loosing its quality. (read more)
Written on: 04/03/2009 by Darrel cornwall (15 reviews written)
superbly built, well engineered,nice to shoot with pach mayer rubber grips fitted,priced as a serious spring air pistol...if you want a recoilless pistol tho go for the HW75 or the HW40 pneumatic pistol..highly recommended nice two stage trigger,walnut grips are a nice touch,well engineered german air pistol ,particularly like the two different selectable power levels, cock it to 9o degrees and you've got a 3.5ft lbs target plinker , cock to 140degrees and its a full power 5.2 ft lbs hunter... (read more)
Written on: 24/09/2008 by britelite (4 reviews written)
I think this gun could be made smaller and compact without making it weaker powerwise also could be made with a better kind of metal i think the body is aluminium alloy it should be steel. also this gun is way over priced it is not worth 200 + pounds. only thing i can say is that it has good power and accuracy. if it was priced at £150 then i would say that its a good buy. (read more)
Written on: 16/08/2008 by grassb (4 reviews written)
For years I have debated about buying a P1/HW45. My main deterrant was price, @ $400+ msrp I just could not justify spending that much on a pistol. Recently a NIB used P1/.177 with extras appeared and I decided to take the plunge. Not to spoil the ending, but I am really happy with the gun.
Over the years I've read a number of posts on various forums that state the P1 is difficult to shoot. The other half always raves about the accuracy and how "easy" these guns are to shoot. I will align... (read more)
Written on: 02/07/2008
Iv had my hw45 for 10 yrs with no probs what so ever its tuned and more power full than any of my friends pistols or rifles nothing comes close (read more)
Written on: 29/06/2008 by chuckas (1 review written)
Have owned mine for 15 years originally started off a standard pistol but have added the shoulder stock scope and laser and foot long silencer giving the weapon rifle like shooting. It is now an awesome weapon to rabbit or vermin shoot with. Comfortable well weighted and very powerful. Excellent knock down and it looks superb. (read more)
Written on: 05/03/2008 by pinheadboy (3 reviews written)
I bought this pistol after several months target shooting with my BSA Lightning XL Tactical .22 (a great rifle) in the garden. This was a second hand purchase from a gun shop and on initial inspection I was more than impressed with the look, feel and quality of the gun in person than internet images can manage.
My choice was also a .22 in the standard black finish as I have big hands and find the larger pellet size easier to manage and of no detriment in accuracy out to 35ish yds.
I have... (read more)
Written on: 04/01/2008
despite bad point niggles of which problem concerning piston seal could be easily overcome I still rate the HW45 as one of the best pistols in its category I have ever used in my 60 odd years of shooting air guns and firearms
Written on: 04/01/2008
The Weihrauch HW45 or Beeman P1's extra barrel length is approximately one and quarter inch and makes the power level more acceptable without exceeding the legal limit in the UK or altering the pistol's looks (read more)
Written on: 02/01/2008 by FRANK ENSTEIN (1 review written)
If i could have my 200 quid back i would be a happy fellow (read more)
Written on: 14/11/2007 by jabarret (4 reviews written)
A keeper.Good power for an air pistol. Very solid. Mine is twelve years old and still shooting perfectly. (read more)
Written on: 25/09/2007 by ad00091614 (1 review written)
A very cheaply built gun if you looking power performance and accuracy i would recommend the SMK S2 spring pistol I'd give that 10/10. (read more)
Written on: 01/09/2007 by DRESSBLUES (12 reviews written)
I have had my Beeman version since 1989 and it is just as powerful now as it was then and it still looks new,I think this should rank with the classic Webley Premier's etc. I think it will be around for a long time to come. (read more)
Written on: 09/06/2007 by Rene Matteau (48 reviews written)
This pistol is for somebody who likes the challenge of shooting a spring piston pistol with recoil.
I got my HW 45 STL .20 just over 3 weeks ago and I am just starting to put all my shots inside a one inch target at 33 feet in a offhands standing position shooting position.
Here is more info and pictures of my HW 45 STL .20 on this link:
http://under500fps.myfastforum.org/My_Weihrauch_HW45_STL_20_caliber_about200.html (read more)
Written on: 08/04/2007 by Liam37 (10 reviews written)
I have had the good fortune to own 2 Weihrauch HW45's (at different times). Although I was warned each time that .177 or .22 was the way to go; I have bought .20 versions each time. I find that there is sufficient selection of pellets in .20 to give me all the ammo I need; and I find that at about 495 fps; it is a very powerful air pistol.
I add rubber Hogue grips to give it a better feel; but other than that I don't need to add anything else to allow me full enjoyment of this great air gun!... (read more)
Written on: 01/02/2007 by snoz grobble (1 review written)
This is an amazing gun. It may be expensive but you do get what you pay for here. Some of the other reviewers have given it low marks because they don't like how it handles or whatever, but the gun its self is almost perfect. The power is a bit under the claim but it is very accurate and you still wont really find another pistol thats more powerful. It looks great and the quality is top class.
The pistol is a bit heavy but this isn't really a bad point as it helps to cut down on the recoil... (read more)
Written on: 29/12/2006 by red bob (23 reviews written)
This is argueably one of the best all round [spring] air pistols.
Specs include checkered walnut grips .2 stage trigger tension. Left or
right hand grips available length 278mm, rail for scope, micrometer adj open sights.
This is a full power air pistol rated at just under the legal limit about 5ft lbs a target version is also avilable at 2ft lbs in nickel.
As mentioned this is a big air pistol at 278 o/a but at the highpower
rating meant that greater weight and length were needed to negate... (read more)
Written on: 22/12/2006 by stephenmc (1 review written)
This Air Pistol is built to outlast the purchaser, welldone Weihrauch (read more)
Written on: 30/11/2006 by elsid37 (3 reviews written)
I am a pistol fan and when i had the oppertunity to by a legend....i did so for $90. It's a big heavy lump of metal and to hit a target at 10mtr takes constante practise. Fitting of a scope or red dot is difficult due to it having 12mm rails instead of the more normal 11mm rails and its recoil can take you by surprize if your used to a co2 or pcp pistol but its lets it self down with poor build quality, even the paints peels off! But if you want some thing unique, it's worth having a look (read more)
Written on: 28/10/2006 by Dual Mag Mike (29 reviews written)
I really do not think there is really anything new that can be said in one review that has not been stated at least in part by the many other reviews here. This is really just a personal experience with the Weihrauch HW45 or Beeman P1. This review is about the stainless look version in .22 cal. .22 cal HW45's or P1's can not be fired on the 2 different power levels that the .177 & .20 cal guns can. I got this gun used and the gun diesels badly and the power is way under the factory claim... (read more)
Written on: 21/07/2006 by Idpa4u (1 review written)
I firmly believe that shooting the Beeman P1 pistol through my teens allowed me to become a successful competitive shooter today. The rearward recoil impulse of the pistol makes it an excellent firearms trainer. If you can shoot the P1 well, you can shoot any single action pistol, especially the 1911, since it has the same grip.
I've used the pistol for plinking out to 70 yards with enough accuracy to hit a soda can! I've made shots on crows to 30 yards. I even killed a Water Moccasin... (read more)
Written on: 13/07/2006 by theskyfox (3 reviews written)
I bought my Weihrauch HW45 for close range despatch work for when using my air rifles. It does a good job and I would recommend it for target shooting and general fun use. (read more)
Written on: 10/06/2006 by benz (2 reviews written)
I bought my Beeman P1 for 450 usd and changed the barrel from 5.0mm to 4.5 (since 0.2 pellets cannot be found here in Beirut Lebanon)and added a Laserlyte trigger laser. This baby can perforate a tin can from side to side from a 25 meter distance and easily kill a rat from the same distance.
I compared its velocity to my 15 other guns and found that the Diana Magnum P5 and the Cometa Indian are more powerful! So it's definitely not the most powerful spring piston airgun available. But it's... (read more)
Written on: 02/06/2006 by Terminator (5 reviews written)
I wrote a more lengthy review a year ago, having bought this Weihrauch HW45 pistol on a whim. 12 months later I can add nothing to that review except that the pistol is still perfect, still accurate, still the best .22 spring air pistol I have ever used or owned. At 10 to 15 yards it kills rats, pigeons etc with ease if you hit them right. If you want more, buy a rifle. Accuracy at shortish range is as good as it gets, even with open sights, if you miss the shot, it's your fault ! ... (read more)
Written on: 23/05/2006 by LisaReed (1 review written)
I recommend the Weihrauch HW45 to anyone looking to buy a pistol of this type. In all honesty I would like it to have even more power but this is more a limitation of uk law than the gun & at the end of the day it is what it is- an air pistol not Casull, Magnum .44 or D.E .5 ae. Happy shooting (read more)
Written on: 22/05/2006 by TYROX (1 review written)
I bought this Beeman P1 after owning the P3 and thought I couldn't go wrong with the gun. After a couple of shoots I realised the sights were completely out. I adjusted the top sight to its lowest position and still the gun was firing roughly 12" under where the sights pointed. The only cure would be putting a scope/red dot on the pistol which is something I don't like to do, it takes the fun out of it for me. (read more)
Written on: 17/05/2006 by sonnyliston (1 review written)
The reason I bought this Weihrauch HW45 pistol was for close use on bunnies wen out with my ferrets. Unless I get a clean head shot of mr bunny at 5 yards it just hasn't the power to be effective. The makers of this pistol say close on 6ft lbs it's more like 4ft lbs, I know they have to keep themselves right but come on it's not a cheap pistol ,wee bitty more power please (read more)
Written on: 04/05/2006 by skans (1 review written)
It took me a year to find a good used Beeman P1, probably because nobody who has one will part with theirs. It was well worth the wait! It feels like a 1911; I can add any custom 1911 grips. Did say this thing is powerful? Will punch holes in 3/8" plywood at fairly close range. Nice weight; great German craftsmanship. Extremely accurate with a decent scope. Trigger feels like butter - almost too smooth. I can't wait to take it up to my mountain cabin and do a little snake and critter... (read more)
Written on: 18/04/2006 by richard166 (1 review written)
I've owned this Weihrauch HW45 for five years and as a pest controller, I have disposed of rats mixe and pigeons with ease, a great gun. (read more)
Written on: 28/01/2006 by scandual (1 review written)
Am glad I bought the Weihrauch HW45, it fits my needs perfectly when I don't have time or the space to put a rifle in the van. Dispatching small vermin caught in traps, and small vermin at very close range. and also good fun on the range up to 10m for me. Ideal as you don't have to worry about co2, but not good to leave it cocked for too long. Not as powerful as stated though, mine does 523 fps in .177 with premiers 7.9 gr. which is under 5 ft lbs. perhaps it will improve after some more... (read more)
Written on: 28/01/2006 by cptman (39 reviews written)
As beginner to air gunning I wondered if I might of bitten off more than I can chew with the Weihrauch HW45 .
Excellent high power accuracy is certainly good enough for my standard and it disposes of rats with ease! (read more)
Written on: 10/01/2006 by Sid Pollard (1 review written)
The Weihrauch HW45 is a SERIOUS spring pistol. Ok, it's only single shot, which should tell you that it's not for plinking. If you want to extend yourself, see what you can really do, target wise, get one. With a target you've got no leeway, you either hit within the area or you don't. Once zeroed to your range you'll get bored with the accuracy and look for extreme shots. Keep a steady hand and you'll get them! (read more)
Written on: 06/12/2005 by GiroJohn (60 reviews written)
The Weihrauch HW45 is a serious pistol. Mine is doing 5.3 ft/lb on chrono using Daystate FT at 15.9 gr. Has a solid feel due to the size and weight. Accurate once you can work with the recoil. (read more)
Written on: 28/11/2005 by alandunsmore (8 reviews written)
I have reviewed the Weihrauch HW45 earlier and the longer I own it, the better it gets. I take mine out in the field with my AirArms .22 410 Carbine and it is, itself, a fair 'stopper' in it's own right. If I had a very slight criticism at all it would be 'where do you put the darned thing when walking fields', as it is, by it's very nature, a "lump". Anyway, that's now sorted, I have managed at long last, to obtain a great belt holster ! If you get one, however, make sure your pistol is... (read more)
Written on: 06/10/2005 by Daeron (8 reviews written)
In order to exploit the potential accuracy of the Weihrauch HW45 pistol, one needs to shoot from a rest. By the way that's inevitable, because of the power of the mainspring. I've had mine for over one year without any problem so far. (read more)
Written on: 11/09/2005 by SilentScope (3 reviews written)
The Weihrauch HW45, or the rebadged Beeman version they sell in the US (called the 'P1') is an excellent gun. It has a tremendous amount of power for a pistol (almost 6 ft.-lbs.). It makes some rifles out there appear shamefully. The gun embodies high-calibre engineering in the design of the trigger and firing mechanisms, not to mention the clever overlever cocking layout that makes it easy to get leverage on and load longer pellets into the breech. It leaves very little to not like.
To... (read more)
Written on: 24/08/2005 by 1452stuart (1 review written)
The Weihrauch HW45 is THE pistol to have. So when you've saved up your hard earned cash be careful were you buy your HW45. Hunt round for the best price.There all built as solid as a rock so it's down to the price. I ordered mine from a well known air rifle shop in Blackpool on 24 hours delivery and it took 6 days to arrive. I was most upset with this but when I got my hand on that pistol at last. WOW (read more)
Written on: 03/07/2005 by easilyled (13 reviews written)
I have owned my Weihrauch HW45 for many years and it is without a doubt a superb powerful and consistent pistol. However I have fairly small (to medium) hands and I find the pistol frankly on the large side. You cannot argue with the quality of manufacture but I prefer to use the Webley Tempest any day, just for sheer comfort. Both pistols are in .177 calibre. If you are thinking of buying one, try it carefully in the shop first. (read more)
Written on: 30/05/2005 by Groundsman (26 reviews written)
A strip to change the Weihrauch HW45 or Beeman P1 piston seal is on the cards to try and sort out the temperature-related power fluctuations. FPE ranges from 3.87 @ 50 degrees to 5.68 at 70+ degrees.
There's a detailed description of the problem on the web, but post here if you've experienced it. (read more)
Written on: 27/04/2005 by Esoxblades (2 reviews written)
This Weihrauch HW45 or Beeman P1 air pistol was bought from Blackpool Air Rifles, UK. Now I'm not plugging them, but they were superb - arrived the very next day. They would be an excellent first port of call.
The pistol. These weapons are not cheap, but I come from the 'boys toys' world and should probably have grown out of these things years ago, but a bout of extended leave left me with time to play, money to spend and there is no better fun than plinking in the garden when real... (read more)
Written on: 21/04/2005 by Terminator (5 reviews written)
I sold an old BSA Scorpion recently as I had not used it for some years and quite soon felt sellers remorse! On a whim, whilst purchasing a new Air Arms S410K, I had the opportunity to try out a second hand .22cal HW45. BIG MISTAKE! Was it love at first sight or what. On the shop's 20yard range, first shot 1" off bull at 2.00 o'clock and consistant accuracy thereafter. What an absoloute delight to handle and shoot, a real blokes air pistol.
O.K. this is not a firearm and never purports to be... (read more)
Written on: 10/04/2005 by damifino (1 review written)
I'm sorry but I must disagree with the opinion that the Beeman P1 does not feel like a real firearm. I suggest getting a colt commander or any other 1911 .45ACP single stack
The grips are identical, The weight is close, and the trigger is excellent. PLEASE REMEMBER these are "Real Firearms" (read more)
Written on: 21/03/2005 by Groundsman (26 reviews written)
An interesting twist on the power of the Weihrauch HW45 or Beeman P1. Having read someone's account of how the power of their HW45 varied according to temperature, I tried it out myself. Sure enough, 48 degrees equals 3.8 fpe. 65 degrees took the power up to 5.2 fpe. Next test will be at 70 degrees when I expect to see about 5.7 fpe.
Piston seal seems to be the culprit.
Owning this pistol is a voyage of discovery.
But I'd probably recommend it now just for the hours of fun you can... (read more)
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