Two New Powerful Break-Action Air Rifles from Winchester
Some people like almost any device that launches projectiles, and I am one of them. Whether it’s a centerfire or rimfire rifle, a handgun, or even a bow, there is some satisfaction associated with sending a projectile toward a target. As places to shoot become scarcer and the amount of free space decreases, shooters turn to different types of equipment. As a result, interest in airgunning may well be at an all-time high. There is no question that the selection of available airguns is impressive.
One type of air rifle that has become very popular over the years is the kind that is cocked by using the barrel as the cocking lever. These rifles, known as break-action, break-barrel, or spring-piston air rifles, include models that are moderately priced. One of the most common types is the .177-caliber version that is advertised to drive pellets at 1,000 fps. However, many of these rifles will produce this velocity only with pellets of very light weight, and such pellets lose velocity rapidly.
In recent years, Remington, Ruger, Savage, Winchester and other famous firearm producers have arranged to have airguns bearing their names marketed. This is usually done through a relationship with one of the large airgun companies. For example, Winchester entered into such an arrangement with Daisy Outdoor Products many years ago, but for a period of time the rifles were discontinued.
In recent years, break-action rifles bearing the Winchester name have been introduced, and two new models have recently appeared. As with most of the airguns bearing the names of firearm makers, the new Winchester models are produced in China, but such is the case with many other high-quality airguns. Let’s take a look at them.
MODELS 1028WS AND 1029S
The new Winchesters are the Model 1028WS and the 1029S. Although these rifles share a common power plant and other mechanical features, they are in fact quite different rifles. The 1029S has a thumbhole synthetic stock and a barrel with a fluted sleeve. It also has no open sights. The 1028WS has a traditional steel barrel, open sights and a checkered hardwood stock.
Because of the differences in construction, the Models 1028WS and 1029S handle very differently. The receivers of both models are grooved for attaching scope mounts, and the 1028WS comes with a very nice 4×32 AO scope whereas the synthetic stocked 1029S is fitted with a basic 3-9×32 scope. A scope stop is also present on each receiver, and it is needed on powerful break-action rifles.
Although the Daisy Web site lists both rifles as having a weight of 6.6 pounds, the wood-stocked 1028WS is considerably heavier. With a length of 46.7 inches, the 1029S is listed as being about half an inch longer than the 1028WS. These are serious air rifles.
The open sights on the Model 1028WS are adequate for general shooting because the rear sight is fully adjustable. The rear sight notch has a green fiber-optic element on either side and the front sight has a red fiber-optic bar along the top.
This was excerpted from a recent issue of Gun World magazine.