The Diana RWS 48 air rifle, not for the faint-hearted is an impressive gun.
This gun, made with German engineering that is exquisitely crafted, stands out in both performance and appearance.
It is a full-sized, powerful sporting air gun, suitable for small game hunting, pest management, and plinking.
Diana RWS 48 – Gun type
This is a spring pistol gun.
A spring-powered gun has incredible accuracy and is easy to use.
(This post will provide more details on the 5 types and uses of air rifles you must know before you buy.
Diana RWS 48 can also be used as a side lever gun.
You must pull the lever downwards and hold the gun upwards to cock the gun.
Once you have done that, insert the pellet and push the lock down to release the lever.
It may seem complicated at first but after a couple of times, you’ll be able to work it perfectly.
The RWS 48 allows you to shoot as much since you won’t be worried about running out of gun powder like some of the other rifles .
Beautiful beech wood is used to make the stock.
Beech stock offers many benefits over synthetic stock. See more in this post
You can shoot the Diana RWS 48 with ease, regardless of whether you're a lefty (or righty) or both.
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It comes with a stunning sight
The Diana 48 is a stunning sight.
The front sight rides are mounted on a dovetail, and are secured with a dove screw.
The dovetail is elegant and attractive, and allows you to target your target directly.
The rear sight features RWS all metal standard and a spring-loaded ball bearing that allows it to stay in place.
It allows you adjust for windage (allowing to adjust sight left or right).
Also, you can adjust the elevation of your sight (allowing you to adjust it up or down).
If you like extra magnification then you’ll love that the Diana 48 comes with a standard RWS brand scope to provide extra magnification and improved accuracy.
This post will provide more information about the various types of airgun sights available and which one you should choose.
T05 trigger for Equipped
This trigger, which can be adjusted in two stages, is made of plastic (weapons quality plastic).
So don’t worry about the trigger snapping back on your fingers in cold weather.
With a trigger pull of two pounds 13 ounces, it’s probably the best trigger for an air rifle.
The T05 is adjustable so you can be sure to modify it to your liking, even though I don’t see where any changes would be necessary.
Power, speed, accuracy and velocity
VelocityRWS Diana 48's maximum velocity is 1100 FPS (feet/second) for the 0.177 and 0.22 cals, respectively.
These are much higher than the velocities of other air rifles.
These were the results of our chronony tests
In 0.177 caliber
.177 Pellet FPS 6.60g Baracuda green Lead-free pellet 1141 7.10gr Super H-point pellet 1094 7.00 gr R10 Lite pellet 1083 7.10 gr Hobby pellet 1104 7.00 gr Meisterkuglen Pistol pellet 1075 7.00 gr Silver Bear pellet 1075 6.90 gr Meisterkuglen Pistol pellet 1075 7.30 gr H&N Match Hs pellet 1039 7.90 gr Premier Lite pellet 1050 7.90 gr JSB Express pellet 1014 8.20 gr JSB Predator pellet 989 8.30 gr H&N Match pellet 1003 8.20 gr SuperPoint pellet 1029 8.20 gr R10 Heavy Pellet 1036 8.30 gr Meisterkuglen Rifle pellet 1031 8.20 gr Superdome pellet 1035 8.40 gr JSB Exact pellet 983 8.40 gr Silver Sting pellet 984 8.00 gr Spitkugel pellet 1006 Field Target Trophy (FTT), 8.00 gr 990 Field Target Special (FTS), 8.60 g 986 8.70 gr FTS Double Gold pellet 970 8.10 gr Crow Magnum pellet 978 8.10 gr Super Mag pellet 938 10.40 gr Kodiak Double Gold pellet 879 10.30 JSB Exact Heavy pellet 886 10.50 gr Baracuda Hunter pellet 899 10.50 gr Premier Heavy pellet 899 Kodiak Match Pellet 10.10g 897 10.10 gr Kodiak pellet 904 11.50g Silver Arrow pellet 832 13.30 gr JSB Monster pellet 779 15.60 gr Baracuda Magnum pellet 603
In 0.22 caliber
.22 Pellet FPS 14.40 gr Super H Point pellet 886 14.30 gr Crosman Premier pellet 886 14.40 gr JSB Express pellet 818 14.50 gr Superdome pellet 884 14.40 gr SuperPoint pellet 863 14.80 gr FTS pellet 856 14.80 gr FTS Double Gold pellet 840 15.20 gr Napier ProHunter pellet 834 16.00 gr Silver Sting pellet 817 16.00 gr JSB Exact pellet 767 16.30 gr JSB Predator pellet 811 16.30g Silver Arrow pellet 779 18.20 gr JSB Exact Heavy pellet 762 18.10g Crow Magnum pellet 747 21.30 gr Kodiak pellet 659 21.40 gr Kodiak Double Gold pellet 648 25.40 gr JSB Exact Monster pellet 597
The RWS Diana 48's velocity is affected by the size of the caliber, but it is the same for pellet grains. This is an impressive quality.
You should choose the right caliber and size pellet for your application.
(For more on the differences between .177 & .22 and which jobs they do best, see this post.)
Accuracy: RWS Diana 48 is a highly regarded instrument for accuracy.
Five JSB Exact pellets were shot from 25 meters away. They measured 0.875 inches edge to edge (just below 0.7-inch in the center).
That’s certainly good enough for defending the garden and hitting small hunting targets.
Fun fact: The Bullseye Airgun Club in Louisiana had a large contingent of shooters who shot 48s or 54s in field competitions.
PowerOn testing, I measured 22.73 feet-pounds of muzzle power on a 0.22 cal model 48 while shooting 14.3 grain Crosman premiers.
Noise: The RWS Diana 48 is extremely quiet.
In all the reviews from customers, there was not one complaint about the noise.
This means that it won’t be too loud for indoor target practice and can be taken out to the hunting field for a nice stealthy hunt.
Features and benefits
These are the main features and benefits of the RWS 48:
- Ambidextrous stock
- Automated safety
- Side lever cocking
- Adjustable trigger with two stages
- Beechwood stock
- Standard RWS rear sight equipped with a spring loaded ball bearing
- Single shot rifle
- Ambidextrous Stock - This stock allows lefties and righties to use the stock with ease, without any awkwardness.
- Automatic Safety
- The RWS 48's automatic safety is another exciting feature.
- Automatic safety ensures that you shoot only when you intend to and protects you from accidental pellet discharge and possible injuries.
- After a pellet is inserted, the safety mechanism activates instantly.
- Lever Cocking
- the side lever cocking allows shooting to be more accurate because it’s less sensitive to handling.
- It also accepts longer scopes for better magnification because the barrel doesn’t tip up and get in the way.
Adjustable Trigger with Two-StagesThe adjustable trigger lets you adjust the force required for the trigger to snap and the shot to go off.
- Beechwood Stock:
- The RWS Diana 48 beechwood stock had a beautiful finish and is well packed.
- So you don’t have to worry about the stock wearing out.
Standard RWS Rearsight with spring loaded bearing: The spring-loaded ball bearing of the RWS Diana 48 holds the site setting, so it stays right where it was.
There’s no need to worry about losing your precious sight.
You can also adjust for windage or elevation.
Only one shot The RWS Diana 48 is only a single-shot rifle. It allows you to fire only one pellet at once.
The single-shot helps with accuracy because you’ll always want your first shot to count.
RWS Diana 48 has a shooting range of up to 50 yards.
One customer review stated that the squirrel-killer can be used from 40 yards.
It can be used for small game hunting, target shooting, pest control, and even small game hunting.
The limited lifetime warranty on the Diana 48 is valid as of today.
Diana 48 – Specifications
- Calibre: 0.22/0.177
- Velocity: 884 FPS @ 0.22, 1,100 at 0.177
- Stock: beechwood
- Barrel length: 17.0 inches
- Overall length: 42.13 inches
- Barrel: rifled
- Front Sight: Blade and ramp
- Rear Sight Adjustable: For windage and elevation
- Buttplate: rubber
- Suggestions for: Small game hunting/ pest management
- Trigger pull: two pounds 13 ounces
- Action: side lever
- Safety: automatic
- Powerplant: Spring piston
- Function: single-shot
- Type of Body: rifle
- Weight: 8.5 pounds
- Cocking effort: 39 pounds
You can find many customer reviews for the Diana RWS 48.
Its accuracy, power and beautiful design are loved by the majority of users.
Shooters emphasize the smooth cocking action and RWS 48.
Its barrel gives enough space for your thumb so you don’t have to struggle when inserting the pellets.
This rifle's bluing is dark and even. The overall metal finish is flawless.
Many reviews also praise the Diana 48's durability.
One owner claimed that the rifle has been in his possession for over 20 years and that it has never required any major repairs.
After years of continuous use, the gun still fires just as well today as it did in its original state.
RWS 48 Price
The RWS48 is priced at around $400
It's a fair price for a gun with an attractive design, high accuracy and that can last generations.
There are many listings online, with different prices. However, the one I found is the best deal among e-commercial sites such as Amazon, PyramydAir, and Walmart.
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Diana RWS 48 – Conclusion
The Diana RWS 48 rifle is one of the most powerful on the market. It has incredible power, accuracy and velocity.
RWS really has delivered this masterpiece.
The Diana 48 is an excellent gun for shooters. Watch your friends get knocked out by it.