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Webley Tempest

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Founded in Birmingham, England, Webley &Scott started a new venture in air pistols and air riffles after moving away from manufacturing firearms as they had in the 1800's and 1900's. Webley & Scott carved a name for themselves by supplying the British Military with revolvers and automatic pistols during World War I and II. Since then, the company has impressed the industry with famous Webley designs including the Revolver Marks I-VI, the Tempest, Stingray, and Alecto. You have your choice of air pistols in .22 and .177 caliber or air riffles in .22,.177, and .25 caliber. One of the oldest and most trusted names in the gun industry, owning a Webley mean owning a piece of history.

The Webley Tempest is built on the tried and true "barrel over cylinder" design platform - the same way is was 40 years ago! The pistol is designed to fit the hand with a thumb rest and positive-grip checkering, a positively locking barrel using the famous Webley Revolver-type stirrup, adjustable rear sight featuring both horizontal and vertical adjustments, a manual safety catch and and adjustable trigger. The Tempest produces ultimate accuracy with maximum power, It is a single shot spring piston powered pistol that is available in .177 or .22 calibre.

Trigger Pull: The trigger pull on the Webley Tempest is very good, being that it is single action, there is next to no take-up and the pull itself is very light, yet not so light that you would accidentally shoot the gun. This helps a lot with accuracy. And to top it off, you can even adjust the trigger pull weight to your liking from 3-5 pounds!

Accuracy: Being that the Webley Tempest is a spring-piston design, there is a noticeable amount of felt recoil when the spring snaps backwards, and I say backwards because it compresses towards the front of the gun. With many spring-piston rifles the spring snaps forwards almost giving a reverse recoil effect. The Webley Tempest recoil hits you in a familiar direction which makes the airgun feel a bit more natural.

Build Quality: Build quality is very good, most of the gun is all metal with a few plastic parts, basically the nose cap and hand grips, everything else is metal on the Tempest. The Webley Tempest has a nice compact size for a spring-piston design and has a nice weight to it making it feel very solid but not overly heavy. I do have to say the cocking effort is very heavy and you will have to try a few different techniques until you find a way that works for you.

Realism: This is not a replica airgun so to speak of but the basic pistol grips and trigger are designed to replicate a revolver more than anything. The Tempest is very unique and its basic design roots go back to the 1920s.

            

Pros:

  • Very accurate for a spring-piston air pistol
  • One crank - one shot
  • Mostly metal and very solid!
  • Fully adjustable rear sight for windage and elevation
  • Small and compact yet very effective power
  • Trigger pull adjustable from 3-5 pounds

Cons:

  • If you're left handed the grips will not be as comfortable for you
  • Sight adjustment will take some time to get right
  • Spring recoil takes some getting used to so practice - practice - practice

All in all this is a great pistol with a great price!

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