What gives ? Seems to me this is some sort of the Holy Grail of Beemans. So just what is it that makes it so ?
I did a post on them a couple of months ago. Try looking it up. Lots of good information and pictures.
No so. They are harder to find, but I bought one (tuned) for around $275. Sure, they are smaller and easier to shoot. However, the build quality was no different than an other HW. You might be referring to an R5.
@kingfisher1961 Yea ya did , da was having a senior moment. Things are kinda boring for me lately so I thought i would try to drum up some conversation . Oh well better hit the road.
Equivalent to the HW50 for the most part except the R8 has a one piece machined rear cap like the R1 and HW97K series. These are fine shooting rifles. I had one since 1983 but sold it to a collector friend of mine.
the early HW 50's were threaded endcaps - this was just beemans rebadge- nice guns BTW
There are two different guns being talked about here:
The original, vintage HW50s was made for about 50 years and had the threaded endcap. The R8 and HW55 were based on this gun. After production ended (in the early 90's), Weihrauch came out with an all new gun: the HW99, which is also known as the (new) HW50s in many markets (including USA). This is a totally different gun from the old one and does not have the threaded endcap. Beeman did sell a version of the HW99/HW50 that they called the R6.
With respect to the original post, I wouldn't call it the holy grail, but they are hard to find. I think the R8's are sought after by many because they are a low-powered delight to shoot, just like the HW30/R7, but a little more powerful and a little bigger. The HW30 is great and I love them, but I wish they had a stock that is a little more "grown up" in feel. The current HW50 is a little bigger, but is much more powerful and can be set up to twice the power of the average HW30 (12+ fpe is achievable). There really isn't anything in between those two rifles anymore, but the old HW50s/R8 fills that middle spot nicely. Power wise it's closer the R7, but the stock and gun as a whole feel more substantial (it doesn't hurt that the Goudy-designed stock is a really nice looker).
Beeman did sell a version of the HW99/HW50 that they called the R6
it does look like those 3 are definitely common and to include a 4th, the HW57.