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Diana RWS Model 48, .22 cal

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  • Code: rws2166205 · 0.22 cal · 900 fps ·
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When RWS first introduced the Model RWS 48, we expected it to become a classic. What was unexpected was its rapid rise to classic status among knowledgeable air gunners. At 1110fps in .177 (750 mps), this rifle propels pellets at .22 rim-fire velocities! Not for the faint hearted, the Model 48 is impressive in both performance and appearance. Its tremendous power is generated by a robust spring piston power plant cocked by a side lever action. The substantial one-piece stock allows for comfortable offhand shooting and the precision rifled, fixed barrel system is loaded via the sliding breech opening. Other features include an adjustable trigger, adjustable rear sight, and automatic safety. 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. Other standard features include an adjustable trigger, an adjustable rear sight, and an automatic safety. Lifetime warranty.



WEIGHT: 8 1/2 lbs.


.177 1100 fps

.22 900 fps

TRIGGER PULL: 3.3 lbs.



300, 450


Meisterkugeln, Superdome,Supermag

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  • ManufacturerRWS
  • Caliber0.22 cal
  • Velocity900 fps
  • ConditionNew
  • Ammo TypePellets
  • ActionSidelever
  • Barrel StyleRifled
  • Fire ModeSingle-shot
  • Gun Weight8.5
  • Loudness3-Medium
  • MechanismSpring piston
  • SafetyAutomatic
  • Front SightsBlade and Ramp
  • Rear SightsAdjustable for windage and elevation
  • Trigger Pull3.3
  • UseSmall Game Hunting / Target Shooting
  • WarrantyLimited Lifetime
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Diana RWS Model 48, .22 cal Reviews
5 Stars based on 14 Review(s)
Pomona, Ca
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

always go german!
December 27, 2014
I rewarded myself with a Rws 48 in .22 cal. What an amazing air gun, took it to the range so i could zero it in. At 50 yards this gun is dead on. I also have a Benjamin np2 and a Gamo whisper fusion both in .22 cal. at 50 yards these guns are a whole new level of challenging with holdover and opened up groups. But this is where the Rws 48 (a gun twice as much as the others) really produces, the power and accuracy. One thing i would like to add I am a left handed shooter and the Rws 48 has not been a problem at all.
Wood, Steel, Power, Accuracy, German craftsmanship, t06 trigger, minor recoil, gun seems quiet to the shooter (u will understand this if u ever shoot an air gun with a hollow ring to its stock), and on target @ 50 yards.
no synthetic stock, at 8.5 lbs I'm forced to work on my core, hehe (1st world problems).

SpringGrove, IL
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

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August 12, 2013
The rifle is fun to shoot and very accurate. Many rodents have fallen to it.
The model 48 is a great air rifle and shoots very accurately. The only scopes that seem to hold up are the top of the line scopes like the higher end Hawke and Leupold air gun scopes. Mine came with a RWS scope that lasted approximately 25 shots and would not hold zero. Do not order rifles that are a package deal with a scope, most are junk. I also ordered a model 350 Magnum also in 22 caliber that also came with a RWS scope made in China. Pure junk. I then ordered the BSA 3x9 AO model, that broke after 70 shots. Had to send it back. Haven't tried the repaired one yet. Like I said, use a higher end scope on your rifle and you'll be happy.
You would think a rifle that costs over $400 would come with sling mounts. These rifles are too heavy to lug around the woods all day.

Vinton, IA
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

This airgun is one of the BEST!
January 14, 2013
When I first started getting serious about airguns my budget was very limited. I was 8 and it was the 1970's. Later in life, I finally got to own a few RWS air rifles. This rifle was my second RWS purchase with the Spanish made RWS 94 as my first. Some know it as the Cometa Fenix 400. The RWS94 is a nice rifle, but a little lacking in the looks and power department. The RWS 48 is almost not related to the 94 other than who branded it at the time of importation. My RWS 48 .20 is one of the nicest airguns I've ever owned. It may be built like a tank, but it's graceful lines and beautiful deeply blued barrel really makes this a stunning airgun. The power I get with this rifle speaks authority at every turn. Even though the rifle must weigh in at 10 lbs, it doesn't feel that heavy as it's balanced very well, and suited for slinging into the field for a day without much fatigue on my part at all. Be prepared to learn the artillery hold to shoot this rifle accurately. The powerful spring doesn't like bipods or fixed stands at all. Once you get the hang of how to shoot it (if you have never handled a powerful springer before of course), you should be getting sub 1/4" moa at 40-50 Meters with a good AO optic. My RWS has always liked Webley Accu pellets for the paper and Beeman Crow Magnums for small game.
Power, build quality, deep bluing, nice wood, and accurate.

dennis s
new jersey
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

lots of bang for the buck
September 5, 2012
Got my rws 48 in November 2011, due to an explosion of squirrel population in my area. I tried trapping them to relocate, but there were just to many. There are lots of bird feeders in the area which is probably the cause. I am bagging at least two squirrels a week, up to about 45 yards, since I received my gun. Lots of head shots up close. The 48 has the power to get the job done, up to 25 yds l have a dime pattern all day long, 45 yards a quarter or better. Being 62 years old, I'm not as steady as i use to be. In the hands of a young guy this 48 rocks.
Great craftsmanship: solid , well made, you get what you pay for.
No rings for a strap or sling. It can get a little heavy to carry, this should be, at least, an option.

Alan D
Holland, NY
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Amazingly light trigger
August 5, 2012
I bought this one to use on woodchucks after finding that my .177 Model 48 was just barely up to the job. (the .177 RWS 48 will give clean woodchuck kills at shorter ranges) 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.
Fine workmanship. Good weight. Very nice RWS scope mount in package purchase. Outstanding trigger!
RWS Scope in the package purchase was only OK. It may not be as accurate as the .177, or it may be me. Come on guys, mount it with sling swivels for that kind of money

5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Nice rifle
July 24, 2012
The rifle shoots well. I have set up a small range in my yard using 22 spinner plates. The rile is accurate to maybe 1 moa at 70 yards if I can do my job. I have noticed though that shot to shot accuracy suffers most from inconsistencies in pellets. For the price of ammo, nearly equal to a box of bulk 22, one would think it would be better. 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).
The quality is about right for the price. It is accurate. The trigger is very smooth. The auto safety is great.
I would have liked a rust proof finish. The rifle is a bit loud, a factory installed muffler would have been nice. The weight balance is very far forward. Ship the item with 3 sling studs. The recoil does take some getting used to. Figuring out the proper hold takes time.

5 Stars

RWS 48 .22
December 29, 2010
Unlike other brands, you can believe the spec listed, particularly on the velocity. Great power, accuracy. Just a little on the heavy side, but great for shooting targets or competition. I use this rifle to build my bicept. Haha.

Ross From Denver
5 Stars

Did My Homework
May 2, 2008
This review is no shorty, but hopefully a goodie. I researched my purchase of the RWS 48 for over 5 weeks before choosing Airgun Depot. I have literally read every review entry on the internet regarding all three side-cocking models that RWS makes, and even called the "tekkies" at all the larger internet sellers of these rifles. I'll tell you that kris at Airgun Depot was not only the most informative regarding the RWS lineup, but was a no BS kind of guy regarding scopes and bases regardless of if they sold their products or not! With Kris' advice combined with the exhaustive research I'd already done, I ended up purchasing the RWS 48 with the one-piece Accushot mounts/rings, and the 3-9x40 Center-Point mil-dot scope. Kris spent nearly 40 minutes on the phone with me, and not only that, he gave me the lowest prices I'd found with no shipping to boot! Now, regarding the rifle. Upon receiving the rifle, I made sure to do one thing I'd read about on the reviews, and that was to loctite the barrel/stock screw underneath the forearm to avoid having to worry about it vibrating loose as many have mentioned. With the loctite, I mounted the accushot 1-piece base to the rifle, and then the scope to the bases. Due to the massive amount of vibration that seems to be integral to adult air rifle ownership, I even loctited the four ring screws once the scope was levelled to the action. I don't even do this on my bull barrel target and sniper rifles in centerfire calibers, but after range testing the 48 I am glad I loctited everything. On to the range. I had a near new winchester 1000x ..177 cal. air rifle that I traded a local underground range ( 25yard) in exchange for allowing me to make four trips to their facility to sight in this rifle with different pellets. After an hour and a half at the range, the key to success with this rifle is controlling, or actually NOT trying to control the vibration- or recoil. I had forgotten to bring my shooting bags in the excitement of the moment, but what started out as a mistake turned into a lesson learned about this gun. Having to use my left hand/wrist as a forearm support made me realize how important it is to fully allow this rifle to freely move front and back unimpeded upon the shot and recoil. If I tried to "control" or guide the shot at all, I would almost certainly pull the shot. Once sighted in, it became very apparent that a medium grip on the pistol grip with the shooting hand and an almost hands off approach on the forearm stock was rewarded with 1/4" to 3/8" groups at 25 yards. I can't wait to see the groups when given a nice slick forearm bag to rest the stock on next trip to the range with the 14 grain meisterkrugelns! A final note on the attention to detail that any fine instrument can require; wanting to shoot a final 3-shot group before packing up for the afternoon, I decided to put the rather nifty scope lense flip-up caps back on the Center-Point scope that I had mounted on the gun. I had taken them off during the sight-in process. BAM- my 1/4" groups blew up to 1" immediately! I fired another 3-shot group, and same thing-a one inch or larger grouping almost an inch left of my bullseye, and again spread over one inch!. Off came the flip-up caps, and another 3-shot group. This time, the rifle went back to it"s original zero, and back to the 1/4" group! I am convinced that the 1/8" thick quality made flip-up caps provided another "anchoring" point that changed the all-important vibration cycle in the gun after the shot. Guess what, the scope caps are staying off until the rifle is resting in it's case! P.S. To the many reviewers I've read over the last six weeks regarding this, and many other magnum air rifles, a truth that I learned several years ago from a famous and great 1000yd. match shooter named David Tubbs may be of help. He said that "each shot needs to come as the slightest bit of a suprise". What he means is that if you are anticipating the shot to such an extent that you are trying to alleviate any suprises, you are probably holding the rifle too tightly. Try simply letting your gun have it's way, as long as it can only move in either of two directions- frontwards or backwards, and you'll finally realize the accuracy potential of your rifle. Now, about trying those other pellets in this baby...

5 Stars

Excellent Air Rifle
December 31, 2007
I couldn't be more pleased with the RWS 48 .22 cal air rifle. The workmanship is top notch and the performance is what I had hoped. Tight, repeatable groupings not to mention - power. Drops small game in their tracks. Great air rifle.

5 Stars

October 21, 2007

5 Stars

Great Gun
October 18, 2007
I have had this gun for several weeks now, and its a lot of fun to shoot. Very accurate and easy to control. It is a little tough to cock so I woudnt recommend it for someone less then 15 yrs old, but it's one of the best made guns Ive ever had.

5 Stars

Still Amazed
October 16, 2007
I have owned this air rifle for about 12 years and it still amazes me with its power and accuracy.

3 Stars

October 5, 2007
Admittedly I did not purchase my RWS model 48 from this retailer. I did, however, purchase the next model up from this retailer, Model 52, .22 Cal, 900 fps, with Monte Carlo Stock. I purchased the model 48 from Cabela‚s. I purchased the 48 first, however, after attempting to cock and load its very first cycle, the cocking handle or charging arm, whichever you want to call it sheared off on the return stroke. The RWS model 48 has an outstanding reputation. However, much like cars, there is always going to be a lemon. I fell in love with the looks and feel of this platform; it is quite a sight to behold. It's like the howitzer of air guns. I came to this site because of their reputation, extremely competitive pricing, availability, and I wanted another RWS, ASAP!!! I figured if I went one step up to the fancy version, perhaps I'd have a little better luck. Thus far, Cabela‚s has been very slow to respond, which is actually very sad. Airgun depot on the other hand, has been absolutely, positively, exceptional. I would not blame any retailer for the failure of products they do not make and typically have a good reputation. I do hold them responsible for replacement if the product they just sold me is defective or a lemon. These folks > air gun depot< are lightning fast, and excel in customer service. My comments on the pellet rifle, I think speak for themselves, without firing a single pellet, I laid down another $400 , the exact same day that the 48 had a major failure. To some, a failure like the one I experienced would have them swearing off of that product forever. With this manufacturer, you simply cannot do that. My experience is, to the best of my knowledge, incredibly abnormal, and no doubt incredibly unlikely to happen again for another two or 300,000 rifles. What do they say, something about life and lemons? At some point, you're going to get a lemon or two. But don't let that ruin the reputation of an outstanding manufacturer, especially at this price range. If it was a car, I think it would be singing a different tune.

moly is holy
5 Stars

holy moly
June 30, 2007
wow, powerful, intense, it feel sliek areal gun, its a true one of a kind, get it!! cept u better be arnold cuz its a doozy to cock, i had to put the butt on the ground and jump on the sideleer, accurate as a reel .22 even thought its.177 it has amzing stopping power

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