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  • Currently 4.73/5

Rating: 4.7/5 (15 votes cast)

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27 December 2009  

Author Scott RWS 48
Things I liked: Very nice bluing, great record trigger, beefy, and strong.
Things I would have changed: Better attention to detail with the stock finish. Less factory lubrication, especially the piston seal area.
What others should know: Well...after about 650 pellets I was finally able to dial this thing in. Best description is TOO much factory grease. Cleaned the barrel 2 times and shot the R1 until it FINALLY settled in. After that I achieved a.15" CTC group at 25 yrd with JSC Exact pellets. It has been a somewhat irritating road to this point but the R1 became manageable and fun....finally. Beeman still delivers a good product. Not sure what the difference is between an R1 and an HW80 but the Beeman is a sweet air rifle. Be prepared for hours of smoke before it becomes something you like. Happy to be an R1 owner.
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26 December 2009  

Author Scott RWS 48
Things I liked: Beautiful rifle, bluing is very nice. Trigger is good. Action is crisp and quick compared to my RWS airguns.
Things I would have changed: Not sure what is going on but this thing shoots all over the place (.117 cal). And I really mean all over the place (sometimes 6" groups @ 25 yrds) I'm using a very nice 6x24 scope and top of the line mounts. Everything is very secure but the R1 simply will not group. I'm using Beeman Match wad cutters. There seems to be some mild dieseling going on, because after 50 shots there is still smoke coming out. I plan to keep shooting until at least one tin is used up. If after that it still shoots like this I guess I'll send it back to Beeman.
What others should know: The wood stock looks good from a distance, but when you look close the fit and finish is lacking for a Beeman. The finish is a little heavy in spots and too thin in others. The staining was not rubbed in enough with evidence of streaking. The interior of the stock is not finished very will with a lot of wood fuzz. I'm a little surprised to see this from a Beeman product. Maybe the quality control is not what it used to be. I purchased a RWS Mod 34 for my son at the same time and the fit & finish was better. This was embarrassing.
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15 August 2009  

Author Dave
Things I liked: Awesome velocity, mine is a .177 and it definitely has rimfire velocity. The trigger is smooth as silk and it's very accurate with just open sights. The stock finish and bluing are very nice. It comes with 4 different front sight inserts, but I've only used the one that was in it when it arrived.
Things I would have changed: I would like to see it lightened up...she's a heavy beast to be sure. I would also like to see the inside of the stock sanded better. Lots of unfinished wood fuzz.
What others should know: Beware of machine shavings on the edges of, and in the spring tube. I had the misfortune of spilling some pellets into the tube, and in digging them out noticed how many metal shavings werent cleaned out. Maybe quality control was off that day.
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24 February 2009  

Things I liked: I should have rated the R1 a long time ago, since I wrote the book on it! A lot of new air rifles have come since the R1 was new back in the 1980s, but it is still a rifle to consider when you want the best! The size is quite large, and it fits me better than a lot of the newer rifles. The stock is very wide and hand-filling, yet the pistol grip feels just right. The wood is finished with a dull matte finish that can be hand-rubbed to a brilliant shine over time. The bluing is deep and even. The sights are nice for sporting open sights, and the scope-mounting platform is a classic among spring rifles. The power is good, but the rifle is easy to tune and I wrote a 13-part blog report on how to tune it. The Rekord trigger is a marvel of precision and easy to adjust to perfection.
Things I would have changed: I would change nothing about the R1. The fact that it is so easy to tune makes it one of the most adaptable air rifles on the market. It can go from 13 foot-pounds to 22 foot-pounds in just a few hours of careful work.
What others should know: This is a large air rifle that is harder to cock than most adults will prefer. The effort is over 40 pounds when new and about 36-38 pounds after 1,000 shots. It can be tuned down to cock with less force, but will also shoot with less energy. Due to the size and power potential of the rifle I recommend getting it in .22 caliber.
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19 February 2009  

Things I liked: Powerful, accurate, beautiful. Great trigger. Very smooth firing action. Classic.
Things I would have changed: If anything at all, just to make it a little lighter :) This is one heavy monster!
What others should know: I waited for 25 years before I finally got one of these, kept running away from the price. I wish I had just saved my money from a few other guns that I bought instead and bought this earlier! I will NEVER sell this gun.
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