There are many times where you may have to pay a little extra for higher levels of quality, and that’s what can be purchased from RWS – a brand with roots starting with the Rheinisch-Westfälischen Sprengstoff-Fabriken. This is also a model that will feature a lot of impact in such a small frame with only three pounds of total weight.
But with that size comes great power, velocity and efficiency regardless whether you are practicing with paper targets on the range or taking to the woods to do some hunting for large and small prey.
The RWS Model 54 – also nicknamed “Diana” – offers a lot of power behind a spring piston power plant that is cocked using a side lever that will shoot all pellets of the .177-caliber up to 1,100 feet per second (fps). The air rifle will also fire .22-caliber pellets up to 900 feet per second and .25-caliber rounds at about 800 fps.
What also makes this air rifle stand out is the one-piece stock that provides comfort for offhand shooting that is still precise thanks to a fixed barrel system that can be loaded by using the sliding breech opening. It also helps that the RWS Model 54 Combo Rifle offers other features that can be adjustable to the hunter’s preference – including the T06 trigger that features two separate stages, the rear open sight, the blade front sight and the automatic safety locking system.
The rifle also includes a 32 millimeter scope that is fixed at 4x magnification and provides an 11 millimeter scope rail. There is also a floating action without any recoil while also not sending out way too much sound after each pull of the trigger – in fact it is very quiet and won’t be a distraction if when needing a second shot of a rabbit or deer.
On top of that, the stock is composed of a Beech wood that would make a craftsman from Germany very proud, and many hunters enjoy having that grain to feel and see when they have their hands on the air rifle out on the range or field.
RWS .22 Pellet Model 54 Combo Rifle (Wood, Large) Reviews
There have been several online reviews written from the customers that feature various gun enthusiasts who enjoy the fact that this air rifle comes with a scope that is one single piece that is needed with any gun that includes a forward and backward recoil.
They also love it when their shots are very quiet – with one comparing the sound a few notches below a pneumatic nailing gun and less noise than when the pellet hits the target. Another customer describes a slight metallic ring as it leaves the barrel with a “pffft” sound.
It still remains one of the most powerful air rifle models on the market, including one customer writing that they were able to shoot a round about two-thirds of the way through a Baltic birch style of plywood board that was a quarter-inch thick from about 10 meters away – others were claiming they could have a pellet nearly go through an entire piece of plywood from about 30 meters away.
Others enjoy the Monte Carlo stock made of wood with an attractive grain and finish that represent the German-based manufacturing that also features a cheekpiece and checking system and an automatic safety.
That didn’t mean that this RWS model is perfect, which it has a few concerns. One customer wrote that the Model 54 has an anti-bear trap has a number of defects, so he has to prevent chopping the tip of his finger off while loading a new pellet in the gun’s breech. That same customer also added he added his own sling since the RSW Model 54 combo air rifle was not supplied with one.
Among the few concerns with the rifle was one had a broken cocking level, but that was after about four years of us – which didn’t stop that hunter from getting a repeat model from RWS’ consistency.
This is a little bit pricier from the other RWS air rifles, but it is definitely up there as one of the best because of the different features that will help make hunters feel more comfortable in their velocity and accuracy in the woods.