The Feinwerkbau Sport, dating from the 1970s, is widely recognised for delivering engineering quality and accuracy, says Andy McLachlan
Any serious airgunner of the late 1970s or early 1980s looking for the purchase of a high-performing, well-built sporting rifle would have had the Feinwerkbau Sport on their wishlist.
Unlike its main competition at the time, the Weihrauch HW 35, the Sport did not require the upper body strength of an Olympic swimmer if used for long periods due to its much less strenuous cocking cycle. The Sport’s trigger assembly was in no way comparable to the outstanding Weihrauch Rekord trigger assembly fitted to the HW 35.
However, what the Sport did have as a major advantage was the considerable lack of weight and a superb “pointability” that ensured it soon had a following of keen shooters wishing to pot a few bunnies.
Due to the high standard of engineering quality, the Sport was never a cheap product for the manufacturer of world-renowned target rifles and pistols to bring to the market. I have owned a few Sports over the years.
The one I shoot at present is the 124 (.177) version, which is now residing in a handmade custom stock made by my friend Tom Forrest. The gun still shoots superbly well and gives a good account of itself in the field – once you have reacquainted yourself with the trigger!