When I think of Walther, I think of spring piston airguns. Over the last
several months I've been shooting the LGV break barrel which is
one of the nicest shooting springers out of the box that I've seen.
And though I haven't used it, I've hear very good things about the
LGU under-barrel lever cocking model. But what I haven't thought
about when considering all things Walther, were PCP rifles. But
based on the new Walther ROTEX rifle, this could change. Before
using the rifle I reckoned that at the very least, Walther dipping their
toe into the PCP waters had to be a good thing!
Starting with the obvious, the ROTEX is a bottle forward design. Walther has done an
excellent design job on this gun, with the an almost seamless transition between the
forestock and the airbottle as the stock seems to organically grow around the bottle. I live in
Minnesota, and even though its spring right now it is cold, a week short of April and I'm
watching the snow come down as I write this. So I can tell you I appreciated not gripping an
ice cold bottle as I was shooting on the range this morning! The seam between the bottle
and the stock is bridged by a synthetic guard. This is one good looking bottle gun; the
dimensions are compact with an overall length of 41" and a 19.6" Lothar Walther barrel. It is
not shrouded and moderately loud, though the threaded muzzle allows the use of a
moderator. While the gun is compact, it is on the heavier side weighing in at a bit over 8lb,
which based on how small the gun looks surprised me, though it is still comfortable to carry
and it does lock right in when shooting offhand. If this would be your field gun, you would
either want to have a sling mounted or use a backpack with a built in scabbard to move
around as this gun would otherwise become a handful quickly. On my gun I am using a
Erblestock gunslinger daypack with a built in scabbard and it works great. I like the stock, the
wood is a plain but nice bit of stained beech that has sharply cut checkering on the pistol
grip and forestock. I mentioned the front end, and how well it houses the bottle, but the cut
away stock looks great and helps lighten the gun a bit. A ventilated rubber buttpad
completes the picture.
The gun is cycled by cocking the bolt action... Sorry south paws the stock is ambidextrous but
the bolt is right handed only. I found the bolt a little rough at first, but after a couple tins of
pellets it cycles smoothly.
The adjustable two stage trigger comes out of the box pretty light, there is some creep but it
breaks fairly crisply and is fairly predictable. It is not a match grade trigger, but better than
most guns in its price range and I found it facilitated accurate shooting.
The air bottle fills to 232 BAR, and is coupled to the tanks for charging using a proprietary fill
probe. As I say every time I use a gun with this filling arrangement, I wish all companies would
standardize on a quick connect Foster type filling, but disclaimer aside this one works fine.
I mentioned that even though compact, this gun has some heft to it, weighing in at close to 8
lb. When shooting offhand I found that the distribution of weight made the gun balance very
well, still heavy and might be a bit much for a small shooter, but for me I found it just tucked
right in and made for accurate shooting. Off bags the gun seemed almost fused to the bench,
and this further enhanced the shootability of the gun.
To load the gun the bolt is retracted, and once pulled all the way back there is a small latch
that is slipped back allowing the magazine to drop out on the left side of the gun. Once
aluminium magazine is loaded, this process is reversed. In the center of the rotary magazine
is a small drive gear and when the bolt is cycled the magazine is indexed (as the bolt is
pushed forward). Unlike a lot of my guns that use this style of magazine, the Rotex magazine
has a wide flat rubber retention band rather than a simple O ring to hold the pellets snuggly
I had two rifles; the first was the pre-release gun which was the first in the country, and the
second was the production gun I ordered. The safety is at the rear of the receiver (a good
place for a safety in my opinion) which pulls straight back into the "on" position and pushed
forward to release. There is a small slide lever on the safety that is pushed up as the safety is
pushed forward for a bit of extra security. The safety on the pre-release gun did not auto
deploy, but on the production gun it auto deployed. This is not my preference, but you see it
more often than I'd like these days, so it seems I' an old dog that needs to learn new tricks.
Once I found the sweet spot on my test gun, the 10 shot strings with most pellets
demonstrated consistent velocities. I would get about a 20 shot string with a less than 12 fpe
spread and then get a 25 fps spread over the next 20 shots. Shooting at a spinner at 40
yards I hit a 1" spinner 38 times out of 40 missing one early and one later when I pulled the
As mentioned, I found the stock ergonomic and that it fit well allowing me to shoot offhand,
kneeling, prone any of the traditional shooting positions, as well as off sticks, rested. The
trigger is good, not great though like the bolt action it is settling down and smoothing out the
more I exercise it. The length of pull is 14", which is fine for me.
The gun is a bit on the loud side, but the barrel is threaded so there are options to quiet it
down a bit.
The ROTEX was fairly pellet agnostic and shot the JSB
Exacts, H&N Sniper and Sniper Lights, The Predator
International Polymag Shorts, and the PDG dome well, though
did have a pelletrs pellets (PDG HP, HN Pile Drivers, and H&N
HP) that gave it indigestion.
The Polymag regular did not fit into the magazines, though
the shorts did. These pellets were fairly accurate, but I did
have the occasional hang up cycling these pellets. This would
not bother me if I was shooting squirrel or rabbits, I'd run the
risk of the transient rough spot, however since I was going to
use the gun on a turkey hunt did not want to take any
The only real issue I had was how to mount a sling swivel up
front, that nicely shaped forestock that wrapped around the
air bottle did not have much material for mounting a swivel up
front. My work around was to use my Erblestock Gunslinger
pack with an integrated scabbard to carry the gun. It is heavy
enough that you want some way to carry it other than
grabbing it and going!
The Walther Rotex was one of teo rifles I brought with me
on a recent turkey hunt in California. On the second hunt
of the opening day, I shot this bird at 25 yards with a
body shot that penetrated and broke the wing on the
offside. The bird ran 15 yards and piled up dead
The gun was easy to manuever inside the tight confines
of a blind with two guys trying to position themselves
around guns and cameras without spooking everything in
We filmed this hunt and it will air on the American
Airgunner next season. I'll be using this gun on several
hunts in the future, it is one of those rare guns where, in
my opinion, you get a lot more gun than you pay for.
Unlike other guns in the price range, this gun has the
styling and build quality of a much more expensive
|This is one of those rare cases you get more
gun than you're paying for. The styling and build
quality is first rate!
The quality of the metal work is outstanding, it makes you think of a much more expensive
|I really like the aggressively
style buttstock, and it helps
balance the gun nicely.