At 1110fps in .177 (750 mps), this rifle propels pellets at .22 rim-fire velocities! This tremendous power is generated by the use of a very robust spring piston power plant cocked by a side lever action. The action is mounted into an extended beech stock to reduce felt recoil and to aid in achieving accuracy potential.
Not designed for the faint hearted, this is one impressive air arm, both in performance and presence. It fulfills its purpose as a potent, full-size sporting airgun suitable for either pest control or field target shooting, yet it does so with both balance and grace. The substantial one-piece stock allows for comfortable offhand shooting and adds to the overall sensation that the Model 48 is a force to be reckoned with.
The rifle is fitted with a finely rifled, fixed barrel system loaded via sliding breech opening. Its full accuracy potential can be realized by the use of a quality RWS airgun scope mounted to the scope rail.
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.
I'm old and just getting into air gunning, man have things changed in 50 years since we had neighborhood scirmishes with our parent issued Daisy Red Riders!
but I was advise to purchase a lgv and fell in love with springers again.
My .22 RWS 48 loves to be benched. Super accurate but I have not tried 40 yards or more yet.... but less than this I can say it is a one ragged hole shooting gun.
I am very glad I cam back to springers... something about them I will always enjoy. But I will not give up my pcp's.....
I do own some springers that seem like they will take you shoulder off... this one does not do this...
The rifle is a fine piece of work, as all of my RWS guns have been.
One item worthy of comment. The trigger is the lightest trigger I have ever seen on a commercial rifle. From the factory, it is as light as my favorite Mauser with a European set trigger.
It is VERY light on let off. (I don't have a scale) Very crisp, no noticeable over travel. Scary nice.
Shooting side by side- I am not as accurate with this rifle as I am with the .177 RWS 48 (15 and 30 yards). I don't know if this will improve. I have not done a pellet survey yet.
The rifle has enough power to take small game. I have taken one squirrel with a head shot at about 10 yards. The round passed through the skull and continued on its course with enough energy left over to be dangerous (watch your targets back drop).
Shouldering the rifle feels very good and for people around 5'9" and under it should fit well. The first time I cocked the rifle I thought, wow you need to really pull that lever lol. Actually just find a position that suits you best and cocking it isnt hard at all.
Being a lefty (although I shoot left and right pistol and rifle equally) I found it awkward loading pellets, again however I found what suits me and problem solved. A little experimentation goes a long ways with getting along with a rifle this stout.
Trigger. One of the requirements I had when looking for the right air rifle was the trigger, bad trigger = deal breaker. IF your like me and want to also use your rifle as a trainer for your powder burners the T05 does the job and does it well. I like it so much I havent even touched it from the factory setting. Now remember I havent tried to adjust the T05 but I do think the T01 trigger is probably a smidge better and please dont fret over the plastic trigger. You put your finger where its supposed to go and there isnt any flexing period. Trigger has a nice first stage and I know I can make the 2nd stage break cleaner but this trigger really mimics one of my rifles so I left it. But knowing there is plenty to adjust out is a good feeling!
Accuracy at 10 meters, well it goes where you point it. Standing, open sights I can put 3 shots in a nifty tight group (touching, if I do my part). Rested open sights its just one ragged hole. Couple weeks ago it was snowing (heavy enough that it was tough to see the target at 25 yards) and we had a crosswind between 7 and 12 mphs. Temp was a blistering 12 degrees. I only brought the rifle to the range that morning to take a 5 shot group and move onto my CF's. Well 4 of those shots were inside 1/2 inch and I pulled one but it still made that group just inside 3/4 of an inch. Yeah I know not the best group but this was in my opinion worse case scenario for shooting, again hard to make out the target and a freezing crosswind, call me impressed.
Seems to like pretty much any pellet Ive thrown at it thus far. Crossman Premiers, JSB exacts, Beeman FTS and RWS superdomes.
While this is a great rig here are some things worth mentioning. The front site is really wide. I removed the front blade and thinned it a bit, be careful if you do this its not hard to file but you should have some pretty good measuring skills. This gun is very, very loud and suprise, suprise has a little kick to it. The refurbs have a little "r" stamped into the action and just below that in the stock on both sides. I couldnt care less as thats something they need to do but others may have issues. Just throwing that out there. I love the gun and everyone thats shot it loves it!
Airgun Depot did me right, shipping was delayed initially due to a bad snowstorm but once it got on the truck it arrived in a couple days.
0.22Caliber 0.22 CalVelocity 900 fpsLoudness 3-Medium
0.177Caliber 0.177 CalVelocity 1100 fpsLoudness 3-Medium
0.177Caliber 0.177 CalVelocity 1100 fps
0.22Caliber 0.22 CalVelocity 900 fps