Diana RWS 48 Review 2022: Is it for YOU?


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 48 specification

Diana RWS 48Gun 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.

diana rws 48 is a side lever gun

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 .

shooting with diana rws 48 air rifle

Wooden stock

Beautiful beech wood is used to make the stock.

Beech stock offers many benefits over synthetic stock. See more in this post

Diana RWS 48 Air rifle stock is made of a beautiful beech wood

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

diana rws 48 air rifle has a very cool 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.

diana 48 comes with a standard rws brand scope

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.

the rws diana 48 comes with a t05 two-stage adjustable trigger

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.

rws diana velocity, accuracy and power test

These were the results of our chronony tests

In 0.177 caliber

.177 PelletFPS
6.60g Baracuda green Lead-free pellet1141
7.10gr Super H-point pellet1094
7.00 gr R10 Lite pellet1083
7.10 gr Hobby pellet1104
7.00 gr Meisterkuglen Pistol pellet1075
7.00 gr Silver Bear pellet1075
6.90 gr Meisterkuglen Pistol pellet1075
7.30 gr H&N Match Hs pellet1039
7.90 gr Premier Lite pellet1050
7.90 gr JSB Express pellet1014
8.20 gr JSB Predator pellet989
8.30 gr H&N Match pellet1003
 8.20 gr SuperPoint pellet1029 
8.20 gr R10 Heavy Pellet1036
8.30 gr Meisterkuglen Rifle pellet1031
8.20 gr Superdome pellet1035
8.40 gr JSB Exact pellet983
8.40 gr Silver Sting pellet984
8.00 gr Spitkugel pellet1006
Field Target Trophy (FTT), 8.00 gr990
Field Target Special (FTS), 8.60 g986
8.70 gr FTS Double Gold pellet970
8.10 gr Crow Magnum pellet978
 8.10 gr Super Mag pellet938
10.40 gr Kodiak Double Gold pellet879
10.30 JSB Exact Heavy pellet886 
10.50 gr Baracuda Hunter pellet899
10.50 gr Premier Heavy pellet899 
 Kodiak Match Pellet 10.10g897
 10.10 gr Kodiak pellet904
11.50g Silver Arrow pellet832 
13.30 gr JSB Monster pellet779
15.60 gr Baracuda Magnum pellet603 

diana rws 48 air rifle specification

In 0.22 caliber

.22 PelletFPS
14.40 gr Super H Point pellet886
14.30 gr Crosman Premier pellet886
14.40 gr JSB Express pellet818 
14.50 gr Superdome pellet884
14.40 gr SuperPoint pellet863
14.80 gr FTS pellet856
14.80 gr FTS Double Gold pellet840
15.20 gr Napier ProHunter pellet834 
16.00 gr Silver Sting pellet817
16.00 gr JSB Exact pellet767
16.30 gr JSB Predator pellet811 
16.30g Silver Arrow pellet779 
18.20 gr JSB Exact Heavy pellet762
18.10g Crow Magnum pellet747
21.30 gr Kodiak pellet659
21.40 gr Kodiak Double Gold pellet648
25.40 gr JSB Exact Monster pellet597

diana rws 48 air rifle pellets

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.

air rifle bullseye

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

diana rws 48 air rifle review feature

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.

diana rws 48 air rifle standard rws rear sight

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.

Shooting Ability

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.

diana 48 shooting range

Unbelievable Warranty

The limited lifetime warranty on the Diana 48 is valid as of today.

Diana 48Specifications

  • 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

Customer review

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.

diana rws 48 air rifle customer review

RWS 48 Price

diana 48 specification

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 48Conclusion

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.

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