well i bought a new RWS 52 in .22 cal, and i love it
i think it looks really good in the color, size weight and jsut overall look and feel. i actually perfer the look of the side lever and feel it is much easier to cock then a normal break barrel.
i have just about 250 shots through this gun. not a large amount by any means. but suprisingly this gun is already doing 1/4" to 1/2" groups at 30 yards with only gamo hunter pellets. obviously not a great pellet. once it breaks in more i will begin using crosman premiers, and maybe predators if they shoot well.
the gun is very easy to shoot. alot of people say that springers, and more pointed to high powered springers are very tricky to shoot. you have to hold them like this, and this.. but not this. no. this gun was pick up. hold gently and shoot. none of this cradle with your front hand but leave it open and gently grasp with your rear but not enough to "contorl it" just pick up and shoot. it shoots the same weather you (i have tryed) hold it tight, gently, use a bench..... or a mixture.
for hunting this gun is AWESOME! there is great power behind this gun. from muzzle energy ranging form around 16 ft-lbs up to 20 ft-lbs. great for taking small game. squirrels chipmunks, crows, pest birds, raccoons and even coyotes at close range dont stand a chance. with the side leaver design you dont have to role to your side if you are in the prown postion.
The leave is easy to cock, but if you happen to slip and let it go, there is a locking mechanisim, kinda looks like stairs. this way the cocking arm wont fly forwad into the stock and crack it. when you fully cock the gun you will hear a good solid click and the safty will pop out. which is in a great postion. right on the rear of the stock. you can simply push it in, or pull it out with just your thumb. its very quite, some tiems you the shooter can not even hear it. the safty lock for when cocking is great for when cleaning. as you do not have to worry about it closing. just make sure you push down the thumb release and hold it while closing the cocking arm or it will not close. if you force it it will bend and you will have to purchase a new one.
the iorn or "open sights" on this gun are nice. plenty of adjustment. i do not use them so i canot say to much about them. but when looking down it is very easy to aim. not like with cheeper guns where the rear sight is so large you have to move arund and around just hoping its in the middle.
the gun is heavy, no doubt about it. with my leapers 3-12x44 iluminated mil dot scope and one peice BKL mount it ways just a tad under 10 lbs.. so if you do alot of walking and stalking a sling may be a good idea as the gun does get quite heavy when walking the trails.
i hope this review helped some of you. its been raining latly, but when it clears up, i will get some pictures of some groups for you.