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★★★★★

“Diana Mod 52 Just Got Better”

Written on: 24/08/2012

Just got my hands on a Diana Mod 52 Carbine. Fanatastic! I have shot many normal 52s, great guns. Tortured myself over going for the carbine. I had never handled one, only saw it on Web. Took the plunge, ordered it and it finally arrived. From the moment I opened the box it was love at first sight. Standard 52s seemed too heavy for me, but the carbine is beautifully balanced, the feel totally belies its weight. I have a FAC and I am so taken with the gun I want to tune it to 25 ftlbs and put… Read Full Review

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“For spring guns, it doesn't get better than this. The...”

Written on: 24/09/2010

For spring guns, it doesn't get better than this. The quality of the gun is almost perfect enough to marry and take to bed! It is a beautiful air rifle. The recoil system RWS created takes almost all the recoil out of the gun, a little girl can shoot it comfortably all afternoon. There are only three things I would change. 1). Offer it with a gas piston rather than the spring. Gas pistons can be left cocked with no loss of power, and the need to cock the rifle when I'm hunting has on more… Read Full Review

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“I am new to high end air guns and the RWS 52 (.177) is...”

Written on: 09/08/2010

I am new to high end air guns and the RWS 52 (.177) is the only one I have. But that said, it's a pretty nice setup. I tried an old Weaver scope but it was in constant need of adjustment. I bought an airmax by Hawke and that solved the issue. But the RWS scope mount needs to be mounted carefully. The first time I mounted it, I could not keep it sighted in and the POI kept moving. I removed the whole thing, and then carefully re-mounted the mount and scope which seems to have solved the problem… Read Full Review

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“I've been using air rifles to control vermin on my...”

Written on: 06/02/2010

I've been using air rifles to control vermin on my farm for over 30 years and the "52" is the best air rifle i have owned. it is absolutly exactly the best hunting air rifle money can buy, it's a mans gun but so what, if you are a wimp buy a pcp !! Any eejit can hit a bulls eye when there is no recoil, takes skill to know your weapon intimately, to know how to handle her in any situation, "this is my rifle, there are many others like it, but this one is mine" PCP = no skill, easy peasy, my 10… Read Full Review

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Written on: 13/12/2010

" PCP = no skill" is total mindless drivel. Obviously the reviewer can't afford to buy a quality PCP. I have an extreme disability with my hands and if it wasn't for PCP air charged guns, I would have to forgo the fun of air gunning. My Evanix PCP 10 shot, that I have, is total convenience and accuracy without the requirement of showing "manliness" in break barrel cocking. Model T Fords had "cranks" too.

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★★★★★

“First off the rifle quality is incredible and so is...”

Written on: 16/01/2010

First off the rifle quality is incredible and so is the accuracy.Some people feel its heavy but to me it feels like holding onto an M1 Garand.Real men should'nt complain about the weight just use it to your advantage.When you cock it dont yank on the lever like a gorilla and snap something but plant the butt on a firm part of your body and use a nice consistent, controlled downward pull. Also load the pellet with the barrel horizontal or slightly down.Some people load with the barrel vertical… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“yes this is a heavy gun, however the tremendous power...”

Written on: 06/01/2010

yes this is a heavy gun, however the tremendous power and accuracy make up for the heft. The side lever cocking and effort are awesome. I would recommend .22 cal to harness its power. I got the scope package with the RWS scope and it works great and is nice and clear. Just sighted it in yesterday and was over shooting the target and discovered it was tearing up a sappling about 15yds behind it. Im very pleased… Read Full Review

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“RWS/Diana Model 52 is mint all round ”

Written on: 13/05/2009

RWS/Diana Model 52 is mint all round… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“The RWS/Diana Model 52is an excellent air rifle.High...”

Written on: 26/04/2009 by DVA (1 review written)

The RWS/Diana Model 52is an excellent air rifle.High power, accurate and very very reliable.
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★★★★★

“I have had this air gun now for over a year and had a...”

Written on: 27/04/2008

I have had this air gun now for over a year and had a chance to compare it to 4 other air rifles I own 2 of those being other RWS air guns, 1 a Weihrauch 25 cal. and the other a Hammerli X2. The RWs guns all give a good solid feel and smooth action when handling and cocking and the model 52 is especially noteworthy for its smoothness in this catagory. Loading it is easy for my big fingers especially with the 22 cal. pellets. It is the most accurate of all my air guns and holds well with all… Read Full Review

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“I have had this air gun for almost 2 years now and...”

Written on: 26/04/2008 by aeroqst (5 reviews written)

I have had this air gun for almost 2 years now and have found it to be the most accurate of the 5 I own. At a measured 53 yards it will consistently put pellets in a woodpecker hole. I really like the Beeman Trophy pellets for shooting in all my airguns as well as the domed type. they have great speed and are flat tragectoried with plenty of energy left at 53 yards to knock chunks of wood loose from the woodpecker tree. The model 52 is reasonably light and short giving it a nice quick aiming… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“This gun is the best I have, it has lots of power and...”

Written on: 10/01/2008

This gun is the best I have, it has lots of power and all my Swedish friends think it is a good gun. It's very heavy but still a good rifle… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“So far i am pleased with this rifle. Shoots very well,...”

Written on: 19/01/2007 by victorykingpin (2 reviews written)

So far i am pleased with this rifle. Shoots very well, handles well, looks good also. You can't go wrong in either .177 or .22. The only bad thing about these they are addictive. Shoot often and shoot safe… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“The Diana 52 is the best airgun I ever had, I had...”

Written on: 25/08/2006 by dellboy1112002 (1 review written)

The Diana 52 is the best airgun I ever had, I had tryed tuneing all my guns, Weihrauch hw85, hw80, hw77. I also had Diana mod 34 and a few other springers but nothing came close to the 32f/pounds I got from the Diana 52, this gun is made to shoot long distance. I had a lucky shot one day when I took my sons mate with me I took a rabbit out in one at 110 yards, this gun can be so powerful I had to detune it! It was breaking the sound barrier with a huge crack from the pellet, I tryed using the… Read Full Review

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“With the Diana Model 52 gun and a good scope (at least...”

Written on: 26/08/2004 by CountryKid83 (5 reviews written)

With the Diana Model 52 gun and a good scope (at least 9x, I use 12) you should be able to hit a 3.5"x5" target at 50yrds. Every time. Great gun, would recommend it to any young adult… Read Full Review

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“I bought my .22 RWS/Diana Model 52 over 10 years ago...”

Written on: 27/10/2003 by tavy (2 reviews written)

I bought my .22 RWS/Diana Model 52 over 10 years ago and it is surely testament to this gun that not only RWS are still churning them out but also the Chinese as the B22! In my view it is still one of the finest airguns ever made, including all the springer's, pcp's etc. Yes it is heavy but once you get used to handling it that becomes secondary. Same with the recoil; it's marked to the inexperienced but once you master it this gun becomes immense fun! Why others haven't copied the side lever… Read Full Review

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“When I first got this rifle, I went through many...”

Written on: 28/06/2003 by Ryan. (1 review written)

When I first got this rifle, I went through many pellets and changed many scopes. I finally broke down and put the "anti-scope-creep" RWS mount and a BSA air rifle scope on the thing. I am very glad that I made this investment, as it finally represented the potential of this gun. This thing is soooo fun to squirrel hunt with!
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113678_Hadi800.'s Response to 111428_Ryan.'s Review

Written on: 07/07/2003

what do the numbers on the top of the gun mean ??

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★★★★☆

“This rifle is a real classic and I still don't...”

Written on: 23/04/2003 by Cazzidy. (1 review written)

This rifle is a real classic and I still don't understand why we have no more modern sporters with side lever cocking made by other manufacturers! This one has a lot of cocking stroke "leverage" indeed! Can be very accurate (mine is .177) even in full power FAC form. The trigger blade position is "off" in relation to the grip shape: it should be more curved back (or the grip should be more vertical)! And it does not absolutely have to be made of plastic...
The over all stock is acceptable but… Read Full Review

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92161_Cazzidy.'s Response to 91445_Cazzidy.'s Review

Written on: 25/04/2003

I might add to my review above that the scope mounting rail is much too short to vary eye relief distances or to fit the longer type of scopes. A 4-clamp one-piece mount does not find a full hold, but tends to have an overhang at the front of the rail.

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Tavy's Response to 91445_Cazzidy.'s Review

Written on: 01/11/2003

I've found a non adjustable one piece RWS droop compensated mount that fits perfectly on the 52 rail. It's clamped by 4 bolts and once in place doesn't move at all and yet still allows quite a lot of adjustment for eye relief. I have my Nikko Stirling 4-12X50 set as far back as it'll go in the rings and have not encountered any problems.

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★★★★☆

“I have owned my RWS 52 for 9 years and use almost...”

Written on: 19/03/2003 by skunkworks. (1 review written)

I have owned my RWS 52 for 9 years and use almost exclusively for hunting squirrel. This is a serious adult air rifle with tremendous power. My rifle had some power problems early on but was corrected under the lifetime warranty by the manufactuer. With the new main spring RWS installed the rifle chronographed a true 1100+ fps with a 7.9 gr pellet. This is no target rifle but the power and accuracy is adequate to reliably take squirrel and rabbit at ranges out to 45 yards. If you intend to… Read Full Review

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91811_Cazzidy.'s Response to 81116_skunkworks.'s Review

Written on: 24/04/2003

I agree and really like it, too. However, I would like to add one negative point: the scope mounting dove tail on the action is way too short, especially in view of ever longer scopes being used nowadays! a one-piece mount hardly finds sufficient space on mine and hangs in the air a bit just forward of it.

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★★★☆☆

“I've had the 52 for two years now and use it only for...”

Written on: 14/02/2003 by Mike. (1 review written)

I've had the 52 for two years now and use it only for hunting pests around the property. It has lots of power at around 1000 fps. Beeman Kodiacs will take down most small pests such as rabbits, squirells, and pigeons. It does have two great weaknesses: First is the recoil. I've gone through 3 Bushnell Banner scopes and finally bought a Trophy last year. The scope ended up being more than the gun. The 52's recoil just tears the scopes to shreds. The other weakness is the weight. I also have a… Read Full Review

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111426_Ryan.'s Response to 72807_Mike.'s Review

Written on: 28/06/2003

When putting optics on a reverse recoil spring piston airgun you MUST get an airgun scope designed to handle reverse recoil. Reticles in others will not take the forward surge of the 52.
<br>(That is my experience anyway)

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Ktheb's Response to 72807_Mike.'s Review

Written on: 06/05/2004

I argee with the comment that a heavy recoil scope should be used with the rifle. Then you will not have scope problems. I use a Gamo 3-9x40 and a scope stopper with the 52 .22. No problems at all. As far as know the scopes mentioned in the review are not rated as heavy recoil scopes.

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Skunkworks's Response to 72807_Mike.'s Review

Written on: 29/04/2004

This is a poor comparison. The Beeman Crowmagnum is twice the cost of the RWS 52. You should expect it to be more refined. for the $1000 you would spend on a Crow Magnum you could buy a PCP which would shoot circles around a Crow Magnum.

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“The RWS/Diana Model 52 air rifle is generally okay....”

Written on: 25/01/2003 by Rattso. (1 review written)

The RWS/Diana Model 52 air rifle is generally okay. Good power and accuracy. However it would be better if the rifle felt more balanced in the hand. There can also be difficulties in mounting a scope due to vibration - the mounts tend to slide to the rear - a `one mount piece' with a stopper of some kind is a must… Read Full Review

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Hadi800.'s Response to Rattso.'s Review

Written on: 07/07/2003

what does the number on the rifle mean ??
<br>can you help me ??
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Wobble's Response to Rattso.'s Review

Written on: 23/02/2004

What kind of operation is the Diana 52, is it PCP, springer or what???
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<br>Thanks

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118070_Hadi800.'s Response to Rattso.'s Review

Written on: 23/07/2003

the number from 1-9 in the circle on the top of the gun ??

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117988_Skunkworks.'s Response to Rattso.'s Review

Written on: 23/07/2003

KSA, What number? if you mean 48/52 that is the model numbers of the action which is the same in both the mod48 and 52 which differ only in the stocks used.

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