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.
The RWS 54 Air King is a recoilless sidelever rifle based on the action of the RWS 48/52 series. By floating the action on rails- RWS takes the rifle's powerful recoil and significantly reduces the amount you feel. It also enhances accuracy- because the pellet exits the barrel before spring vibration is transmitted to it.
Our .177-cal. RWS 54 Air King has the TO5 trigger. The .22-cal. model has the TO6 trigger. Both are 2-stage adjustable triggers and have an excellent reputation.
It has taken out anything I have aimed at with accuracy.. (birds,squril, Targets)
I have owned this rifle for 4 years and it still hits strong as ever..
The worst problem is the lack of information in the Owner's Manual. No Parts List. No Exploded Diagram. No really clear lubrication and/or service directions. This information must be had from other sources
I have not yet purchased any match grade .22 pellets for this rifle and have been shooting some tins of GAMO Hunter impact which shoots very well and some Daisy pointed which does not shoot well. I have not benched the rifle yet as I want to wait for at least the 500 shot milestone, that way it should be reasonable close to settled in. With the GAMO pellets I have consistently been able to hit targets of opportunity at ranges up to 80 yards. I have been able to get some excellent offhand groups at 25 yards (at least for me they are excellent) around one inch.
The shooting characteristics are fantastic after I got used to the unique cocking stroke required. It has a final second stage that resets the recoil sled that I had never experienced before. The action is so soft in recoil due to the sled it is a joy to shoot and because the trigger moves with the receiver there is no follow through issues with it. Just a precise pressure on the trigger blade until the sear releases and that is it. I have not made any adjustments to the trigger yet as honestly I am very well pleased with the unit at factory specs. I did experience dieseling for the first two shots that I fired and for the first shot the second day but it was not severe just a little smoke after the first shot. The first shot did crack the sound barrier I believe. Other than those it has behaved flawlessly.
Recoil is almost nonexistent.
On the quieter side of the pellet gun experience.
The cocking procedure takes time learn.
The accuracy is most surprising for a spring gun this one shoots 1/2"minus groups at 20 yards without much effort.
.22 cal Pellet speed is currently averaged at 777 fps with 15.89 JSB.
Using an older Simmons 6.5-20 x 50 made in the Philippines, and accuracy is holding well.
It's very nice to have an accurate, powerful 22 pellet rifle that doesn't require a pump.
If you purchase this rifle you will not regret it. It is a functional work of art.
Both rifles are the most consistently accurate pellet rifles I have ever shot. I find there is plenty of stoping power to drop varmint at a distance of at least 50 yards
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.
0.177Caliber 0.177 CalVelocity 1100 fpsLoudness 3-Medium
0.22Caliber 0.22 CalVelocity 900 fpsLoudness 3-MediumMag Capacity 1