Type: Spring piston air pistol
Materials: Mostly metal with minimal plastic parts
Weight: 2.1 pounds
Barrel: 6.9 inches, metal rifled
Action: Single shot
Ammunition Type: .177 & .22 caliber pellets
Ammunition Capacity: 1 pellet
Trigger Mechanism: The Webley Tempest boasts an excellent trigger mechanism. As a single-action airgun, it virtually eliminates take-up, and the trigger pull is notably light, reducing the risk of unintended firing. This feature significantly enhances shooting accuracy. Additionally, you have the flexibility to adjust the trigger pull between 3-5 pounds according to your preference.
Shooting Accuracy: The Webley Tempest operates on a spring piston system, which produces a distinct recoil sensation as the spring recoils backward, contrary to many spring piston rifles where the spring propels forward. This recoil direction feels more intuitive and contributed to my ability to achieve a precise 1.5-inch grouping from 30 feet in a semi-rested stance. In my tests using .22 caliber 11.9-grain RWS pellets, the Tempest averaged 400 fps, aligning with the Canadian limit of 5.7 Joules for airgun classification.
Construction Quality: The Tempest is predominantly constructed from metal, with limited plastic components like the nose cap and grips. Its compact design and weight distribution lend a solid yet manageable feel. However, the cocking process requires substantial effort, and different techniques may be needed to find the most suitable method.
Design Authenticity: The Webley Tempest isn't exactly a replica airgun, but its pistol grips and trigger design are reminiscent of a revolver, giving it a unique character. Its design concept dates back to the 1920s, adding to its distinctiveness.
Despite some reservations about the Tempest now being manufactured in Turkey, my experience with the Turkish-made Webley Alecto has been very positive, indicating high-quality production. The Turkish-made Tempest impressively achieves a velocity of 400 fps in the .22 model and about 500 fps in the .177 model, which is commendable for a pistol with a relatively short barrel. Its compact size, comparable to a Beretta 92, is remarkable considering the internal mechanics of the spring piston system. However, the required effort to cock the gun might be challenging for individuals with less physical strength or hand/wrist issues. In such cases, the .177 caliber version, with its lighter cocking effort, might be a more suitable choice.
|5.5 mm (.22 cal)
|450 and Above
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