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Diana Model 48

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  • Manufacturer Diana
  • Caliber .177
  • Velocity 1100 fps
  • Condition New
  • Ammo Type Pellets
  • Action Sidelever
  • Barrel Style Rifled
  • Fire Mode Single-shot
  • Gun Weight 8.50
  • Overall Length 42.13
  • Barrel Length 17.00
  • Loudness 3-Medium
  • Magazine Capacity 0
  • Mechanism Spring-piston
  • Rail 11mm dovetail
  • Safety Automatic
  • Front Sights Blade & Ramp
  • Rear Sights Adjustable for windage & elevation
  • Shots per Fill 0
  • Trigger Adjustability 0
  • Trigger Action 0
  • Use Small game hunting/plinking
  • Warranty 2-year limited warranty
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By JasonFebruary 27, 2023 Verified Purchase

Anyone wanting to deny any amount of power this firearm has then take a look at what a through the ear shot can do to a 100# plus hog. No squeals and sealed the deal immediately. Nothing but top precision in a firearm. Head shot made from moving vehicle did the job for feral hog reduction in Englewood Florida. Thanks to Mr. Kenny Anderson for introducing us to a top quality made gun. Ordering more!


Side Lever Bent because of mishandling. Should be made little better.

By David December 20, 2022

i have owned this find rifle for 40 plus years. its still dead on.

it is heavy, but i am not trekking this for miles. wish it was quieter for shoot rats.

By DominickUSAOctober 11, 2022 Verified Purchase

It arrived 2 days ago. I ran a patch through the bore, sighted with a cheap POS scope I had laying around. I sighted it the next morning. I have shot it 4 times since then. ALL ONE SHOT TO THE HEAD AT 11 yards! I had unfortunately sold my model 48 a decade or so ago when things were tight. I have since bought 3 others, they varied from bad to REALLY BAD. I will never make the mistake of selling it ever!

Accurate, Powerful, well made and did I mention ACCURATE!

I'm old it's a bit heavy, BUT DID I MENTION ITS ACCURATE!

By Smitty June 9, 2022

I am not an expert by any means on air rifles. What I can say is I’ve had the model 48 for about 15 yrs +- it shoots as hard and straight today as it did when I got it. I’m now 70 so it’s harder to hold and load now vs when I got it. But that’s me and not a defect in the gun. Can’t tell you how many groundhogs I’ve dispatched at 30-50 yard range, aimed high and took couple out 60-70 yds. At 30 yds this gun will shoot through a 3/4” pressure treated board. It is a lot of $ but if you want a top notch air rifle and not interested in shooting fast and have the ability to hold it and pull the lever this rifle is the ticket.

Top notch air rifle

It is heavy and does take some strength to pull the lever back but if you change any of that then it wouldn’t be the excellent rife that it is.

By MichaelCanadaMarch 30, 2022

If you need a powerful spring piston air rifle, this could be it.

Wonderful build quality, shoots great with vortex spring kit at 750 fps plus. Highly recommended, purchased mine in 2006 in 22 cal.


By BrianAugust 25, 2021

Maybe James (see review below) did get a defective rifle. Mine in 22 caliber will hit a dime at 30 yards all day. I moved an RWS 2x7x40 scope over from another Diana air rifle (still going strong from 1985), and the Model 48 holds its zero without any problems. If you can see it, you can hit it. Fit and finish are impeccable, and this rifle is powerful! Noticeably more punch and penetration than my older Diana springer, which shoots .177 at approximately 1,000 fps. Even though I'm left-handed, loading the Model 48 is not a problem, and the action is glassy smooth. Trigger is superb as well, resulting in better accuracy.


By JamesAugust 1, 2021

I can't keep the thing sighted in . On sand bags at 30 yards 5 shots can be covered with a nickel . Take it out a week later same good group but 2-3 inches off. Tried 3 different mounts & scope combos ,same thing happens. I have had this gun for over 1 1/2 years and it just will not shoot to the same P.O.A twice in a row. Also mounted a bipod on it .That made it shoot 8" low . So I took it off. I have a 30 year old Beeman and a $79 Gamo that won't shoot as tight but at least they keep sighted in. I haven't touch their scoops for a few years but when I take them off the wall I can still hit a rabbit at 40 yards with them . It's only 50/50 with this Diana 48. For me it was a waste of money. Maybe I got the only bad one out there.

Nice looking gun . Trigger is very good.

By James AndersonApril 19, 2020

Get a good scope for it . It just too accurate to only use open sights.

Great gun . I'm hitting tin cans at 100 yards with it . 30 yard 5 shot groups off a rest can be covered with a nickel.

The comb on the stock should be a little higher if you are going to use a scope.

By ahkell66 USAApril 15, 2020

Accurate. Quality of materials. Quality of manufacture and engineering.

Maybe a ghost-ring sight and a pic rail option, but those are options. I would not change anything.

By GregoryUSAJuly 18, 2018

Everyone who reviews this rifle seems to love it. For good reason! Easy to cycle with the beefy side lever, beautifully machined, nicely balanced, and deadly accurate. But it is a springer. Umm, well duh. It is up at the highest end of the spring rifle world where the elegant and smooth shooting guns designed for field target and hunting live. And it definitely belongs there. I got the .22 chambered version first and was immediately impressed with the power and smoothness of the rifle. The trigger is excellent and the over-all fit and finish of the gun is top shelf. Does it make a variety of interesting noises when fired? Absolutely. It is still a spring gun and you can't have all that power in a mechanical spring powered system without making some noise. Is it annoying? Well, if mechanical noises and pings annoy you when shooting what is a 100% mechanically powered rifle the answer would have to be yes and clearly springers are not for you. Stick to the PCP's and co2 guns. But if you love the simple elegance of a cleanly machined rifle and the simplicity of a spring system this rifle will definitely make you smile. But this is supposed to be about the .177. After shooting the .22 I had very high expectations for the .177. It did not disappoint. In fact with the very first shot I kept thinking just plain "WOW". I haven't fired it over my chrony yet but it seems to be shooting at very high velocity. It was hitting my 25 yard stop with serious authority. The fact that it seems to really prefer the heavier and longer pellets also suggest that I am going to see some very impressive velocity when i finally get a chance to clock it. But there is no question in my mind that this would be an excellent small game rifle as well as a very good field target gun. As you might expect, given the amount of steel and wood that is put into this rifle, it is not a light weight. And I can't give a fair assessment of what it would be like for smaller shooters to manage this as a field rifle because I am 6' and 195, so I do not find it too heavy to shoot off-hand (although I would not want to have to hold on target for too long; it does have some beef). In fact, not surprisingly that weight helps to mitigate the recoil and stabilize the gun. A couple observations that I would not list as cons but buyers should be aware of. First, because of the way the steel shroud is cut around the breech opening, left handed shooters will have more difficulty chambering pellets than "righties". This is unfortunate but is simply a function of design. I also have a Weihrauch HW97K and it is as easy for my son to load as a lefty as it is for me because the entire top of the breech shroud is open. While he also likes the Diana he definitely prefers the Weihrauch with the ease of loading being one of the factors. The other item is to note that if this is your first RWS Diana do not ignore the advice about the droop compensating scope mount. I did with my .22 since it made no sense to me that a fixed barrel rifle would have barrel droop but it seems that for some reason this droop is built into the Diana. I had to shim the regular rings more than I was comfortable with. Got the compensating mount and with the Hawke Airmax scope I used the height was perfect and zeroed at 25 yards I have about 80%+ of the up elevation adjustment remaining on the scope. It is also a very strong mount so no doubt about it staying where you put it.

See the review. Simply an all around excellent rifle. Not quite as elegant as my Weihrauch HW97K, but every bit as smooth and accurate a shooter. And more fun in the field because I'm not as concerned about nicking the stock (my HW97 has the blue laminate stock; almost afraid to take it out of the case cuz its so darn pretty).

The only concern I might have would be the weight for smaller shooters as a field rifle. Also, IT IS A SPRINGER. If you think that buying a high-end springer is going ot mean that it will shoot and handle like a PCP, you will be disappointed. You still have to learn the techniques and develop the skills required by spring guns if you are going to stack pellets. But the satisfaction of shooting this kind of rifle well will totally negate that "con".

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What is the cocking effort poundage?

asked Bobby from USA

Could this particular rifle be shot in cold weather?

asked David from USA

why are no trigger replacements avable , mine broke ?

asked Bill

Not a question, just a 35 year testimonial. I bought a RWS, 48", single shot break open, spring .177 some 35-40 years ago. I used it a lot for the first couple years and now I pull it out of the closet every 5 years or so. Still fires strong and accurate. At 100 yards it is as accurate as several of my real firearms (.223, 30 carbine, 30-06) dead nuts bullseye. Obviously the spotting scope is useless for the .177 but it is a fun reminder that plinking doesn't require shoulder bruising. I had call the company a few years back as I was concerned about the life of the spring and seals and they offered a tune up (replacement of worn parts) at a small fee. As they stated, if I take care of it may not require any attention for several more years. I keep if clean, fire a few shots every few years and follow up with shooting two cleaning plugs before putting it back in its case and buried back in the closet. The value is little compared to my real firearms but the quality is as good or better. It's still as perfect today as the day I purchased it. When my days are done I hope the next generations take the same pride.

asked Rick R.

Scope rail screw size.phillip screw.

asked Jim

The rail screws don't come out. They're mushroomed on the inside.

Michael from USA

The best scope for this springer that will hold Zero!

asked Sherwood Goff

Does anyone know if the entire front sight assembly can be removed and a sound suppressor installed on the Diana 48?

asked Maurice from USA

On the Diana model 48, can the whole front sight assembly be removed and a sound suppressor be installed installed in its place?

asked Maurice from USA

How many strokes are necessary to pump this gun? What is the pounds of pressure needed? Does that pump get in the way holding the stock?

asked john

It is my understanding that the 48 is identical to the 52 in all aspects except the 52 includes checkering on the stock. Why the weight difference? Why is the 48 a bit quieter (3 vs. 4) on your specs? Any other differences?

asked Aaron Glauser

Would this scope work on this rifle without self destructing. Redfield 117850 Counterstrike Red and Green Dot Sight with 4-MOA Aiming Point and (11) Brightness Levels, Black Matte Finish. Just curious a friend has one for sale and I did not know if this would be a good match for this rifle. Thanks in advace.

asked Tim

The 48 and 54 are known scope breakers. Buy a Hawke or another brand designed for airguns. The recoil is tough on scopes unless you get it tuned or tune it yourself.

Jason from USA

Don't put anything on this gun that isn't rated for this specific type of air rifle. I've had mine for 18 Years and have broken several rifle scopes. Finally broke down and bought a RWS cushioning mount and verable scope and hasn't broken in 4+ years. Has something to do with the percussion of this kind of air system.


What is the difference between a T05 and a T06 trigger? Thanks in advance

asked Tim

I have an r.w.s 350 in with the t05 trigger there is only one adjustment screw ( in front of the trigger blade) and it is for the pull weight the point at which the trigger breaks from the sear. the t06 has has this screw behind the trigger blade and has 2 additional screws through the triggers blade to adjust 1st. stage travel distance and the screw behind that is the point at which the trigger dissengages the sear so 2 stage adjustable ( t06 ) instead of 1 stage ( t05) even though there is more adjustment capability the t05 it is a great trigger and has served R.W.S. & Dianna air rifles for years and just takes a little practice to master the t05. I am perfectly happy with my t05 and not having to tinker with the trigger,all the time is just as efficient as having multiple adjustments especially on high end air guns like R.W.S.& DIANA air guns. And here is the big BUT if I was to buy the refurbished R.W.S model 48 I would like to get one with the newer trigger.

Kevin from USA

This is rather complicated item to explain here. The short answer is that some of the parts of the TO5 trigger are plastic. On the TO6 trigger those plastic parts are now metal. If you Google your question several websites will appear one of which explains the difference in 3 parts.

Charles from USA

Simply stated plastic vs steel. The trigger, the part you squeeze to shoot the rifle, on the TO5 is made of plastic while the TO6 steel. There are a lot more differences which are too much to explain here. Do a Google on "What is the difference between the Diana TO5 and TO6 trigger". This will give you several websites one of which is in three parts and provides a very comprehensive explanation. The short answer is the TO6 is preferred over the TO5.

Charles from USA

The T06 is adjustable and the T05 is not, but it's still a very nice trigger.

Jerry-Go Bucks!!!!

T05 is gun grade plastic. To6 metal. To6 is more refined and crisp.

grayland smith

does this have the TO6 trigger?

asked Gerry

Yes the model 48 that I have came with the T06 trigger. I think all the latest model 48's ship with the new T06 trigger. I find it to be perfect for me right out of the box, although it is fully adjustable. I love my model 48.

William from USA

Is there a warranty with this gun?

asked Dennis

No, not if you live in the USA. Umarex has more complaints than Carter has pills - they not only won't honor warranty, they will steal you gun!


T105 or T106 trigger on the refurb?

asked Donald from USA

T105 or T106 trigger on the refurb?

asked Donald from USA

is it T06 trigger on refurbished diana48 or T05 trigger?

asked ross

What is a reliable scope to use. I have several that are not holding center.

asked David from USA

Hey, I use a Vortex Crossfire II scope. It runs about 189 bucks (which is still relatively cheap for a scope. You need to spend some money for a pellet gun scope as they are notorious for being hard to zero in on pellet guns. Vortex has an amazing lifetime warranty on there products. The crossfire II is a 3-9 x 40mm scope. You should buy a compensator mount to attach to the dovetail railing. I would recommend using low-profile rings for the scope. - with regards David

David from USA

What is the quality of these refurbished guns? I am worried about getting a beater. Please give me your opinion. Thanks very much.

asked Mike

I have bought 4 refurbs from AirGun Depot, and they all look like new! Two 34s and Two 48s, my friend and I are very happy with the price and condition off these! best deal going right now!


I have purchased refurbished products from Airgun Depot. There is no easy answer, it depends on what work was done on the rifle and why? Rifles are returned for any number of reasons from accuracy to not being what was expected. Some are easy fixes such as seals, others were returned due to being too heavy or too hard to cock. Most have light scuff marks from handling are are great air guns at reasonable prices.

Timothy from USA

What is the cost in INR? Do you provide rifle scope along with this gun within this cost?


The scope does not come with the gun. You will have to do the math to figure how much it will cost you in your currency. It is listed at $399.90 US right now.

Scott from USA

How many days it will take to be delivered at my home in India.I want compatibble rifle scope also.Please suggest me.


Go to that webpage, where the item you want is. Click on "Add to Cart." (There will be a pop up with other items if you want those) Then click "proceed to checkout" if that is everything you want. When your checking out at the sight and there is a restriction you will get a warning before you purchase the product. There are a lot of different regulations for all different countries and they are always changing, so we have set up an automatic warring if there is a product, based on your location, that is forbidden. Shipping costs will be presented before you finalize your purchase. You will also be able to select a shipping time as well.

Scott from USA

AGD offers the RWS shooting kit with the model 48 in .22 cal , will you make the same offer with the model 48 in .177. ?

asked PRIMO from USA

No sorry

Scott from USA

Does this gun have a TO6 trigger? Referring specifically to the RWS mod 48 in cal .177. Also how many fps can the rifle achieve with crosman premier 10.5 grain pellets?

asked PRIMO from USA

Does this gun come with the shooters kit that is in the photo?

asked PRIMO from USA

yes it does

Scott from USA

What scope and mount combination is best for this rifle? the BSA 3-9x40 scope with A/O is on sale for $55 and the pop up mount is a 22mm picatinny weaver one piece mount but I do not know if it is best or will fit? Help

asked Stan from USA

For this rifle you want to get a dove tail mount and dove tail mount with one inch rings should do fine.

Steve from USA

what side is the cocking lever on

asked jack

The cocking lever is on the right- but coming from a left handed shooter that has been in many squirrel hunting situations where you need a quick reload, this isnt too bothersome at all.

George from USA
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