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Old 04-19-2019, 01:21 PM   #1
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Default New Diana K98 Air Rifle

I guess a year ago these hit the market. A very powerful German-made Diana air rifle in .177 (.22 also available). Weighs 9.5 pounds, same length as an original K98, adjustable sights and trigger, and moves a .177 pellet at 1150 fps. Because of the velocity it is supersonic and has quite the crack when fired. Can feel some recoil as well.

I have this thing for air rifles, so had to buy one.
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Old 04-19-2019, 02:23 PM   #3
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Love these air rifles Willi Sold mine last week, the new owner had to wrench it from my hands but as i gave up collecting HJ items, nice display item with a full uniform rig, so let it go. Mine had an under lever pull and the pellet was dropped through a swing opener, like an old BSA, on the side. Cant see how yours is loaded or pressurised Willi
p.s. mine had a month and date stamp to the butt, 39.
p.p.s I did have the Haenel type once with magazine and bolt action.
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The above air rifle was made in 2018 and is very different from the vintage trainers. This one has a safe distance of 625 yards and can easily hit accurately out to 100. The under lever (it is the lever which looks like the cleaning rod) takes 35+ pounds to cock the rifle. When you cock it the breech opens up and you place the pellet. Press the tab by the rear sight to close the breech by moving the lever down.

Here are my vintage ones: a Diana M30, and a Haenel M33. Can only get the Haenel to function once in a while. I have to take them apart and work on them. There were designed for 10-15 meter shooting and are very weak.
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Cool, I once owned a Diana air rifle back in the 1980s, great to see they are still making them, and making them in the style of WW2 K98.

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Awesome thread...love these Diana Air Rifles since I was a kid (around the end of 1800s )
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Where they sell them at?
It looks great
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I bought mine here;

https://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Diana...Air_Rifle/4164

They have some superb air guns, both German and domestic. I am tempted to buy another for .22 pellets. This one, in .177, because it drives the pellet at 1150 fps with a supersonic crack, is louder than my suppressed .22 LRs.
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If you are going to shoot it you might try a heavier pellet to get rid of the sonic crack. I bought a breakbarrel air rifle to control the huge crop of gray squirrels we had. The pellets it came with were a lighter alloy, and gave a sonic crack when fired. I bought a heavier lead pellet which was subsonic as well as more accurate.
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Good point Johnny. I have what seems to be an endless mix of pellets around 7.7 grs. I should try some of the Czech match grade ones which are around 16 grs.
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I bought mine here;

https://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Diana...Air_Rifle/4164

They have some superb air guns, both German and domestic. I am tempted to buy another for .22 pellets. This one, in .177, because it drives the pellet at 1150 fps with a supersonic crack, is louder than my suppressed .22 LRs.
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If you are going to shoot it you might try a heavier pellet to get rid of the sonic crack. I bought a breakbarrel air rifle to control the huge crop of gray squirrels we had. The pellets it came with were a lighter alloy, and gave a sonic crack when fired. I bought a heavier lead pellet which was subsonic as well as more accurate.
I agree about the heavier pellets. I've owned a few magnum air rifles like the RWS 48 and 350. They're quieter and generally more accurate with the heavier pellets. It's also less stressful to the air gun's internals.
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