I remember back when the RWS 34 would set you back just around $230. Im sure there are some older airgunners that can remember it being even less, but thats about when I came into the sport. A few years ago, as things always do, prices went up and now an RWS and scope will set you back well over $350. Theres been a big void in the market for a really high quality, preferably European, breakbarrel airgun.
Our wait may be over!
Im currently in Fort Smith Arkansas, working with Umarex USA and the TV show American Airgunner. One of the products they are hoping to highlight is their new Walther Terrus . This may be the airgun that Ive been waiting for. Currently $230 and $250 depending on your stock preference (synthetic / wood), the Walther Terrus is made in Germany and comes in .177 and .22 calibers.
Built for accuracy and smooth shooting, not power
There is a big difference between European airguns and guns imported primarily for the US market. Airgunners here in the US, especially those new to the sport, tend to look for the fastest airgun on the shelf. Companies specifically market their guns this way, leveraging the belief that faster equals more power which equals better accuracy. I know this because I had the same opinion when I first started. Because of this, certain manufacturers and retailers push for more and more power, sacrificing ease of shooting and accuracy. This is not the case with most European Airguns that are built to a 12 foot pound limit. For these guns to be effective for hunting, they need to be extremely accurate. For a spring gun to be extremely accurate, it needs to be very easy to shoot. This only happens when the right engineering and manufacturing lines up to create a well-built airgun.
My first looks at the new Walther Terrus
Ive spent some time with the Terrus and this really may be the gun that Ive been waiting for. The price is certainly right. More importantly, the build quality is also right. There are two versions, wood and synthetic, each available in .177 and .22 calibers. Im currently testing the wood stock version, which is surprisingly light and not bulky at all. Cocking the Terrus is very easy and extremely smooth. Theres little to no recoil when you squeeze the trigger and accuracy is wonderful.
When it comes to power, its right at 12 foot pounds pushing a 14.66 Field Target Trophy pellet around 608 FPS. While that doesnt sound like much, it is more than enough for target practice and taking small game out to 35 to 40 yards. In fact, in my preliminary tests Im getting groups out to almost 50 yards.
More to come
I believe the Walther Terrus will have a lot to offer airgunners both new to the sport and those old timers looking for an affordable, but very high quality airgun. Stay tuned, as Ill have a lot more to share about this great airgun in the near future.