A totally recoilless, spring piston airgun seemed little
more than a dream before the recent appearance of the Model 54. In order to
realize this goal the engineers spent years experimenting with different systems
until they created this mechanical marvel. Simple but durable, the 54 uses a
floating action riding on rails to achieve a totally recoiless system that stands
up to the pounding of our 1100 fps system. Not only does this arrangement prevent
transmission of felt recoil to the shooter, it also permits the rifle to excel
in the accuracy department. When the rifle is fired, the action moves back lightly
within the stock, absorbing the recoil, and permitting the pellet to exit the
barrel before any of the spring vibration affects its travel. This system dramatically
improves the accuracy potential of this magnum air rifle, making it a first
class choice for either long range pest control or the precise demands of field
target shooting. This side lever cocking magnum rifle's other features include
adjustable trigger, adjustable rear sight, scope rail, Monte Carlo stock with
cheek piece and checkering, and an automatic safety. Lifetime warranty.
TOTAL LENGTH: 43"
BARREL LENGTH: 17"
WEIGHT: 9 lbs.
Caliber - .177
VELOCITY: 1100 Feet Per Second
TRIGGER PULL: 3.3 LBS
COCKING EFFORT: 39 LBS.
Scopeable: 11mm Dovetail
300, 350, 450
RWS PELLET RECOMMENDATION:
Meisterkugeln, Superdome, Super-H-Point
- Caliber0.177 cal
- Velocity1100 fps
- Ammo TypePellets
- Barrel StyleFixed Barrel
- Fire ModeSingle-shot
- MechanismSpring piston
- UseSmall Game Hunting / Target Shooting
- WarrantyLimited Lifetime
RWS 54 Air King
September 11, 2007
Nothing in my opinion gets 5 stars so that's that. Now for a review other than, great gun, nice recoil, amazing, never miss a shot or some other nonsense that is not a review at all. The RWS 54 is a semi recoiless not a true recoiless air rifle built on the same power plant as the RWS 48 & 52. It uses what is called a sledge system to reduce not eliminate recoil. It does work very well and if you really concentrate from time to time you can actually get a glimpse of the pellet in flight. You would never be able to do that with the 48, 52 or just about any other Magnum airgun. Magnum airguns usually refer to guns that produce 20 foot pounds of energy or more. RWS velocities are a bit inflated and if you go to the actual manufacturers web site (Diana Airguns) you will see what I mean. RWS is like Beeman in that produce very little or none and import alot and stamp their name, with pemission of course. RWS does just what it has to, to sell guns... they post high velocities. Like Gamo they will tell you how fast their guns will shoot with absolute lightest pellets around. This not a lie but not real world truth and many if not all high powered spring guns should stay as far away from ultra light pellets as possible. The super light pellets do not provide enough back pressure to the piston and this results in near dry fire. Dry fires are when the gun is discharged with no pellet in the chamber. Super light pellets provide such little back pressure the piston slams against the end of the compression tube much harder than normal. Also when pellets go super sonic they tumble in flight and good accuracy can not be achieved. The 54 is capable of pushing super light pellets super sonic so avoid them. Try Beeman FTS pellets, JSB Exacts in either 16 or 14.3 gr and watch what I mean when I say this gun shoots them like laser beams. Sub 1 inch groups at 35 yards from a good shooting position is very common. The gun is very heavy at about 10.5 lbs with scope and mounts. A sling is really a good idea. It is a side lever cocker not a brake barrel and loading the gun is a bit slower and bit of a pain compared to break barrels. The fixed barrel does however provide a more stable platform for consistant grouping. Use a good scope on this gun because although you will feel hardly any recoil the whole scope, mount, barrel and side lever come flying back about 1 inch and the scope that is on top will take a beating for sure. Also scopes will creep and recoil pins will bend and shear off as will the screw on the back of the mounting plate sooner or later depending of course how much shoot. An additional scope stop is near essential. The trigger is adjustable and I would definitely suggest doing so because my trigger right out the box was awful. I am used to the Rekord trigger on the Beeman guns which are hard to beat anywhere. The power of the gun is very good with people claiming nearly 22 ft lbs of energy. Mine is shooting just a bit over 20 fpe and that is enough to penetrate 2 soup (not soda) cans and completely bury into a pine board after that at 50 yards away. Yes 50 yards not feet. Even with the short comings I mentioned here the pluses out way the minuses and I really enjoy shooting this gun. THis review is for the .22 cal version of the RWS 54.
July 8, 2007
i never miss a shot with this thing