I am a firm believer in trusting the judgment of others and find it amazing when a novice on a subject takes the stance of an expert. Given the wealth of knowledge Mr. Blackwell has on Walther rifles, it would have been foolhardy of me not allow him free rein in the selection of a rifle to send me.
What I did find interesting was that he seldom shoots his airguns. This added a little delay to the process as he sorted though the rifles looking for a shooter, but after about a month or so the Walther LG 55 was on the way. Yes!
Every time a package shows up on my stoop, it is like Christmas, but only better. Let’s face it; Dad gets ties, socks, tools and other fatherly gifts. I have yet to come down on Christmas morning and find that the kids have bought the old man a Beeman R1.
Gaines sent the rifle disassembled and packed it with the utmost care. He also included a note requesting that I contact him before I assembled it as to make sure no harm would befall it.
Okay, confession time. I put it together and called the following day and pretended to need assistance. Sorry, but I am way too immature to wait an entire day to play with a new toy.
It shoots- these are three shot groups-click to see them
First impression – the craftsmanship was outstanding. Easy to cock, steady to hold, lovely trigger, and a well shaped stock. Ideal for shooting ten meter target.
Now the bad news, I was not overwhelmed with rifle given the purpose for which I wanted it – an R7 substitute. I don’t shoot ten meter target. It was much heavier than I care for, and the target sights were too limiting for all but ten meter shooting. None of the scope bases on my bench were compatible with rail. It is quiet because of the heavy barrel sleeve and pound and a half lead weight that sits under the action.
They say your gut reaction is usually the best, and mine was to sell it immediately, in fact I offered it to Kevin the next day. But that was not to be.
Soon the classic from the 1950’s would be transformed, ala Dr Volvostien. My observation was that Walther took a sporter and turned it into target rifle, and I would just reverse the process.
The photos tell the rest of the story.
This 1.5 pound lead chunk sits in the forearm, it needs to go...
my solution is the foam sanding block which will hold the cocking arm in place.