There are folks who love having a powerful and accurate air rifle that offers plenty of perks that can cost a pretty penny, similar to the RWS Model 54 combo rifle. But the brand offers a .22-caliber Model 34 that provides a few bells and whistles of its own while costing a fraction of the price tag – a good selling point for any hunter. A lot of hunters have also been attracted to the brand that started as part of Rheinisch-Westfälischen Sprengstoff-Fabriken – known for German craftsman style of wooden stocks that have an older feel while still delivering newer shooting technologies that provide high velocity for multiple types of ammunition, a good choice for the different targets out in the fields and forests.
All of these are similar capabilities of the RWS Model 54 but for nearly half the price to make it one of the brand’s top-selling air rifles for 2012, 2013 and 2014 – the Model 54 goes from between $600-800, while the Model 34 is around the $310-375 range.
Similar to other RWS rifles, the Model 34 provides a chance accept a variety of pellets while maintaining a large amount of velocity between using both the .177-caliber and .22-caliber pellets – the latter being used as a great choice for going after the smaller game and taking care of pesky pests in your yard or within your land.
The .177-caliber pellets will have the highest speed at about 1,000 feet per second, but there isn’t much of a drop-off speed
The stock is designed using a balanced Monte Carlo style that uses hardwood frame that helps provide stability and the ability to shoot with either a left or right dominant hand – with a corresponding ambidextrous cheek piece for comfort while looking through the scope. The Model 34 also features an open rear sight and a fixed front with that is hooded with fiber optics – both can be adjusted to the specific hunter’s preference.
In addition, the air rifle also includes a break barrel system that is pretty robust, as well as a trigger that can be adjusted between two stages. There isn’t a lot of difficulties when it comes to cocking the weapon since its considered light for its size at about 30 pounds.
Other features include a scope with only seven and a half extra pounds, which isn’t too much additional weight. The Model 34 also comes with automatic safety settings.
One of the first things that customers have complimented through online forums is the sight being dead-on accurate straight out of the packaging, a good thing for not only expert marksmen and beginners alike. With the help of a quality scope and adjustable rear and front sight, the same customer noted they were able to hit a two-by-two-inch bell from about 70 feet away.
More than one satisfied customer was impressed with how quiet the recoil was after firing, which is good for those who like to be very stealthy while attempting to snipe more than one animal at a time. One wrote it’s a perfect air rifle considering his home is in the woods and the silence is beneficial wanting to improve his food supply when necessary.
Another customer enjoyed that if they wanted to, they could hug their gun and grab the barrel with both hands while the breech provided a safe touch that prevents the barrel from cutting off your finger during a cocking after a shot – that’s because the Model 34 is consistently stationary while loading pellets back into the breech.
The one negative that prevented one customer who wrote a four-start review – which is against the majority of five star ratings – is a scope that gave some hunters some issue with trying to independently adjust the crosshairs. It wasn’t a big problem, considering they made the decision to spend only a tiny bit extra on an after-market scope.
Overall, many believe this is a perfect rifle for those wanting to live off the grid or be prepared for a potential doomsday scenario – low-costs for ammunition, provides muscle power, dependable and requires no need for gunpowder. One even wrote that the RWS Model 34 combo rifle has helped fulfill childhood dreams.