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Review of the Webley Hurricane

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When I opened the box my first thought was,"Wow, this is one unique looking gun." It's all metal (except for the hand grips and rear sight),and obviously built to last. I call it the Tank. It has the weight I have come to look for in quality airguns. It seems heavier than even the 1077W rifle, which is reviewed below. The Hurricane is a spring piston type pistol that has a bit of a rearward kick due to the direction the piston moves. I like the fact that it is a very quiet shooter, especially compared to the co2 sheridan pistols.

Now I think it is important to mention that this gun is similar to the Tempest, which is a less expensive version. The Tempest is a bit shorter, but the real difference is the sights. On the Tempest the sights are adjustable by loosing a screw and sliding them, whereas the Hurricane has very easy knobs for windage and elevation. Also the front sight is hooded. It frames the target object, and the recoil is small enough that you can see the target go down framed in the arched hood. Oh and the front sight is not white, like in the picture. I painted it. I think it helps a lot. I now have it orange instead of white. I have just found it easier to see against the black rear blade. Honestly the great sights are one of the things that make this pistol so much fun to shoot. I have always said "the Trigger and Sights are what makes a great shooter".
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I was surprised at how tough it was to cock. It is not the force, just the lack of leverage due to the short barrel which serves as the cocking lever. The effort is rewarded with a supposed/advertised muzzle velocity of 500fps in .177 cal.-- That's a lot. The barrel is knurled for grip, which helps. Just below the barrel at the back is a release to allow to be cocked to set the piston. After it is cocked, only then can you activate the safety, which is seen on the left in one of the pictures below.

An impessive feature is the trigger. It is smooth and predictable. The trigger is a two stage, and adjustable with a little allen wrench that is supposed to be included (which was missing from mine). You supposedly adjust it down to about 3 lbs Adjusted all the way down it releases at about 7 pounds. I am kind of upset this is so far off the advertised, but it still releases predictably.(This is what reviews are for, I guess.) I think this is especially important in a pistol since it is more difficult to stablize. People get fed-up when they have to concentrate on how much pressure to exert on the trigger rather than when to pull it. This is where it surpasses the cheeper Crosmans and Daisys, and worth the $160 price tag. It is almost silent to boot. Also since it is a spring piston it has a bit of a kick when fired. Very cool.

It is accurate at 10 to 20 meters for plinking, and really limited by the iron sights, and short sight distance. I bought the .22 cal. Why? Just 'cuze I read that the .22 was more powerful. Uh, If I knew more about the pistol, I would have realized it is the same frame, and they just swap barrels. Nevertheless, I am impressed with the accuracy; for I can have 1/2 inch groups at ten meters. I have 1-2" groups at 20 yards. Compared to a $80 Crosman pistol I recently tried this was a much higher stage of accuracy in a more durable container. Get this one instead of the tempest if you want more heft.

I have tried a lot of types of pellets with this gun. I have found the lighter the better. I am now using the "beeman laser" pellets, since those are the lightest .22 lead pellets I have. What also worked well were the composite pellets. You know, the ones that are part plastic with a metal front. These work well due to the relative low energy of the power plant (300-400 fps). I found that the trajectory of the standard "heavy" .22 pellets was very loopy. That is to say it was too much of a rainbow for me. I had to adjust the rear sight elevation way up. It looked kind of stupid pointing the pistol up at such an angle, so I suggest the lightest pellets you can find to keep the trajectory flat! Speaking of shooting the Hurricane-- There is a great write-up on how to shoot piston/spinger guns, and specifically this pistol by B.B. Peltier at The pyramid air vendor site. And,... if you want to know how to take it apart, here is a link for a great step by step disassembly page at: Another Airgun Blog . And, after you become brave enough to take it apart why not improve the trigger ---link for a trigger job, again at: Another Airgun Blog

Little update: Somehow the trigger guard (plastic) broke. i glued it back together, but it is strange. I still don't know how that could have happened. It seems so strong. I guess the plastic is hard, but a bit brittle. Nevertheless, I have to say this is one of the most fun pistols to shoot because it cocks and loads so fast. I go through more pellets faster with this than any other pump pistol. Also I like that it is not an attempt to look like a real firearm. It looks like an airgun. Or rather, it looks unlike any conventional handgun.
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2019 update: These new pellets are on the market. They are the Haendler & Natermann H&N Excite Prometheus Lead-Free Pellets, Environmentally Friendly, Lightweight and Accurate .22 Caliber / 9 Grains, so they are very light. About the same weight as a .177 pellet. If you are less that 7 or 8 yards it may not really matter, but at 10-20 yards in does. Nevertheless, I am not going to use them anymore since they leave a lot of plastic debris in the barrel. See the picture. This is after about 25 shots. Not cool....
Webley HurricaneWebley Hurricane In addition to painting the front blade orange, I highlighted the rear sight's numbers and markings. They are hard to see otherwise. If you look at the second picture below, you will see what I was talking about above--how much elevation is needed on the rear sight. The thing starts to look like an artillery piece when shooting regular heavy .22 pellets. Here I have it set to shoot at 20 yards with medium light pellets. With the super light pellets, the trajectory will be flatter and the rear sight will come down. BTW, I have not resealed this gun, and it is still going strong. As of this writing seals are available, as are some other parts. I think wood grips are in order....hmmm, they are hard to find.
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2019 update: Look at this poster scan-- It is an official factory option for a scope. Looks interesting. I was not aware of this option until I saw this. Anyway... I finally sprung for wood grips. I got them from some guy in the UK, who makes them himself. I found him on ebay. They are a nice 1:1 copy of the plastic grips, available in a variety of finishes. I bought the plain ones. Since I added the orange highlights, the pistol is much, much, easier to aim. I think this gun is as good as it is going to get, short of a proper trigger job. The trigger is still a bit creepy, but for the range/distance it is used for-- it suits. If somehow I found one of the factory mounts and a scope, then the trigger would need to be upgraded as well. For now the optics match the trigger...as it should be.
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Review of the Sheridan Model E CO2 Pistol

Picture of Model E Webley Hurricane The Sheridan Model E above is nickel or chrome plated which adds to it's already heavy brass weight. It uses standard 12gm cylinders and uses the Sheridan .20 caliber pellets. It achieves 450 fps with 8.7 gm diablol pellets, producing 6 ft lbs. It's effective range is 20 yards and has a maximum range of 350 yards. The E comes equipted with iron sights that are nicely adjustable to elevation with a threaded screw. No dovetails for sights though.

I like the all metal constuction and the metal safety. This has even more metal than the webley Hurricane, pictured here together. There is also a bit a recoil that some may like. The design is a typical Sheridan with the CO2 port under the brass barrel. The cylinders install easily and not much force is needed to puncture them. A word of warning. Don't leave them in the pistol for too long for they can be hard to get out for some reason. (personal experience) Also it is important to occasionally put some silicone oil on the tip of the powerlet. I never did and the powerletstuck to the piercing seal and they came out together. Off to the repair shop.

I like a brass barrel because of the remote possibility of rust compared to steel. This is a concern in Ireland and Florida.

The main detraction is the rough and heavy trigger. The gun is sastisfactory in the accuracy deptartment, but the trigger makes this a challenge. I am sure grease in the right place would improve this situation. The handle covers are wood, and on mine they were poorly fitted. That may just have been an individual variation though.

Loading the pellets is from the top and very easy. For a little over a $100 this airgun is a good deal overall.

2012 update: The seals have finally failed in this gun. Resealing it is a real PITA, So now it just looks good. RIP model E.

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