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The Diana Model 6

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I’ve written before about the RWS/Diana Model 5, which was the first quality air pistol I owned. It’s a fine piece, and unfortunately not made any more, though there are plenty of Chinese copies about. One gun no one seems to have tried to copy is the RWS/Diana model 6, which came in a number of variants. Seen above is the basic 6G model; the 6M had a full barrel shroud and better sights:

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The Model 6 used a recoiless system in which two pistons moved in opposite directions. One worked in the usual manner, compressing air and propelling the pellet out of the barrel. The other was a reaction mass, carefully balanced to cancel out the recoil energy from the main piston.  This system worked very well, but Feinwerkbau’s simpler sliding receiver system sold better, and the Model 6 disappeared from the market.

51 Comments

  1. Willie Lapus wrote:

    I have a Diana 6G. It is a very well engineered spring pistol with almost no recoil. I have had it since the early 90′s and has served me well.

    Thank you for your article.

    Monday, March 30, 2009 at 1:44 pm | Permalink
  2. David wrote:

    I have a model 6. Can anyone tell me where I can get a manual on this.
    thank you

    Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 9:33 am | Permalink
  3. David wrote:

    I have a model 6G that has lost power although when cocking the spring seem good any suggestions ?

    Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 8:44 am | Permalink
  4. mje wrote:

    Probably the piston seal. There’s a good web page covering replacement of the seals here:

    http://www.jarviser.co.uk/jarviser/orig6a.html

    Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 9:51 am | Permalink
  5. Bruno wrote:

    Where can I buy piston seal for RWS Diana
    mod.6G ?
    Thank you.

    Monday, October 5, 2009 at 6:16 pm | Permalink
  6. Steve See wrote:

    I also own a Diana Model 6G and have had this air pistol from the mid 1980′s. Superb air pistol! I just had this pistol tuned up at the RWS Warranty Repair Center, 6007 So. 29th Street, Fort Smith AR 72908. Genral cost is about $125.00 and well worth it – fine job, shoots like new. AND, like David, I also am looking for the instructional manual for this pistol. Any ideas on this ? TX

    Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 12:04 pm | Permalink
  7. Stan wrote:

    Air Rifle Headquarters at
    http://www.airrifleheadquarters.com/page/page/251327.htm
    has piston seals and springs for RWS Diana 6g, Beeman 800, Winchester etc.

    Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 11:49 pm | Permalink
  8. richard sie wrote:

    steve and david,
    i too have a model 6 m i bought new 29 years ago November of the year, as i was expecting my first child and could not go to the range
    [ wife was expecting anytime, so i stole away to a local specialty gun store ],,,,wonderful accuracy and power and the lack of spring rebound/recoil is wonderful compared to my other spring guns….
    as david mentioned mine lacks power and i just retrieved it from storage and may send it to the repair center in ft smith, although i have done seal replacement on my other spring guns, and make antique clock parts for clocks i restore, it might be wise since i have no exploded view or manual to try and dissemble this dual action springer….i have to be honest, i have had it apart and realized it is not like any other springer i have worked on, and having read the little i can find on this model, i feel it best to let someone do the work, as i need no more experience in this life time ! ‘Experience is what you get when you did not get what you wanted or were expecting’ i am getting back into air rifles and pistols …get fun, and i enjoy the challenge of competing against my self… sort of a ‘zen’ thing to concentrate and forget all the negative things in a day, if only for a few concentrate shots…
    if i should be so lucky to find my owners manual, i will scan and send you a pdf file or such..send prayers, positive energies for my search, i think i can find it at my office in some old folders i have filed away back in the early ’90′s…the seal is good at the breach, and will launch the pellet if i fire it, re-cock push the pellet out from the breech, then re-chamber the forced formed pellet…i it is my understanding not to lube the piston/s
    i can be reached
    sie.347@gmail.com
    happy holidays
    sincerely

    richard
    lake texoma, texas side, usa

    Thursday, December 24, 2009 at 4:08 am | Permalink
  9. Sam wrote:

    Happy new year u all.
    I got a diana mod 5 g6 made in west germany.
    Any idia what collector value is?
    I asume it’s a pre ww2 assembly, it even has a scope. Not sure if it came that way or was added later.
    Happy marksmenship and newyear u all

    Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 2:56 pm | Permalink
  10. mje wrote:

    Sam: If it says “West Germany” or “FRG” or W. Germany” it’s post-WWII, of course. After WWII, the British seized all the Diana machinery as reparations, and Dianawerk had to make new tooling. The British-made Dianas were made with the old, worn, tooling, and the new German guns were better in every respect.

    Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 3:13 pm | Permalink
  11. Sam wrote:

    Mje thanks for the info, but as I understood it after WWII the equipment was purchased by the Brits and manufacturing started in GB.
    I also have a Diana made 6 60 as indicated on the butt and is stamped made in great Briton.
    So we have diffrence of 15 yrs min.
    I had made a mistake it is writen under the image of Diana is the name Diana mod .5 below that it’s just G. There is a serial #. starting with 668—.
    I must say that I heard that after WWII the tooling was sold and sent to GB.
    You said the old tooling was worn and no good,u tell me the west G mod is better? I was told the trade mark was bought back.
    Can anyone confirm or dismiss this info!
    Does anyone know of the collector value ?
    Thank you all for any and all your information.
    Best wishes and a happy New year to u all.

    Friday, January 1, 2010 at 2:17 am | Permalink
  12. Peter Ramejkis wrote:

    Does anyone know where I can buy a Diana model 6 in good condition? I owned one over 35 years ago and would love to shoot this superb pistol again. Using a rest I could put 5 shots all in the centre heart in an ace of hearts playing card at 20 feet. Would like to try it again. Thanks

    Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 8:59 am | Permalink
  13. voltron_and_robots_c wrote:

    Hi, for any interested I have a RWS 6G, mint in box, rare find, New condition, only shot briefly a few times to test… new seals, all accessories (scope rail, sight inserts…) and literature. I will list it soon on American Airguns Classifieds if not sold first. Shoots hard and amazing recoilless accuracy. Im an ebay 100% rated seller (voltron_and_robots_collector). You can check me out on there or email me at: voltron_and_robots_collector@yahoo.com fir more details and pics.

    Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Permalink
  14. Sanselu wrote:

    I have Model 6M that shoots high at 15 yards. I have the rear sight as low as it can go but it still shoots about 3-4 inches too high. Has anyone sen this before? Is there a way to correct the problem?

    Thanks

    Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 10:48 am | Permalink
  15. Ted wrote:

    Hello,
    I am new to the world of air pistols and something told me that $100 seemed like a good deal for the 6M at a local gun shop. It has some minor rust here and there but otherwise looks perfect. I too would love to see a manual on this. Any thoughts on my approach to firing this not knowing its history? I did buy some RWS oil as suggested by the salesman. Any info would be great! Thanks in advance.

    Friday, July 23, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Permalink
  16. mje wrote:

    That sounds like a very good deal. If it cocks and shoots smoothly, I’d leave it alone and not add any lubricant. If it does need work, take it to a good airgun repair shop. The 6M is rather complicated inside and you don’t want to just squirt a bunch of silicone oil in.

    Friday, July 23, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Permalink
  17. RON ABRAMS wrote:

    I PICKED UP A 1981 DIANA MOD.6G REECENTLY IN THE BOX, WITH ALL THE ACCCESSORIES AND PAPERWORK ALL IN EXCELLENT CONDITION, AND WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IT’S VALUE, AND I MAY BE INTERESTED IN SELLING IT. THANK YOU.

    Monday, August 2, 2010 at 4:16 am | Permalink
  18. mje wrote:

    Value is $230-250, and the box might add another $20-50 or more for a collector.

    Monday, August 2, 2010 at 8:00 am | Permalink
  19. Emilio Yanine wrote:

    I just picked up a beautiful looking target air pistol. It is labeled “Original” Mod. 5 Made in Germany for Beeman’s precision air guns. It looks brand new with box but no papers. I would like to know more about this pistol, approximate value, and whether I should shoot it or save it as a collector’s piece.

    Any information is appreciated.

    Emilio

    Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 11:39 am | Permalink
  20. mje wrote:

    It’s a shootable semi-collectible, made by Diana. Value, between $75 and $150 depending on the market. What makes it collectible is the markings- only a few hundred Diana 5s were marked that way, according to Beeman.

    But there’s a big difference between collectible and valuable. Shooting it won’t reduce the value, so shoot it and enjoy it. My first good pellet pistol was a Diana/RWS Model 5, and I had a lot of fun with it.

    Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Permalink
  21. BoilerD331 wrote:

    I bought my DIANA MOD.6 serial #029078 in Germany in 1969. It has the German patent # on it. Brought it back in my carry on luggage (and to think this was possible at one time). It was an item listed in Playboy mag. as a toy for all men that year. So I just had to have one.LOL
    It came with 3 different sites that can be changed. Love the pistol but have never been impressed with the velocity. Strictly a target shooter.

    Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Permalink
  22. BoilerD331 wrote:

    Here is a link for the manual:
    http://www.network54.com/Forum/670208/message/1284834256/Diana-Original+mod+6+stripdown

    Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Permalink
  23. jack wrote:

    I own a model 6 but it fires when loading any ideas why

    Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Permalink
  24. Glenn wrote:

    Aquired one a while ago but didnt work, just dug it out and dismantled it, turns out piston seal has gone.. found this website that do all the spares in the uk http://www.gunspares.co.uk/shopdisplayproducts.asp?page=1 bit pricey though (£13), anyone know of anywhere cheaper

    Sunday, February 6, 2011 at 11:16 am | Permalink
  25. David Smith wrote:

    I recently tried to shoot two air pistols that were affected by moisture here in Hawaii. The FWB 80 was able to shoot and after multiple shots is like new. My Beeman 800 was a mystery. Would not kock, nor shoot, had some corrosion, could not find any manuals on line. No wonder. After seeing your article I realized its a Diana 6. Any advice?

    Monday, March 21, 2011 at 12:04 am | Permalink
  26. TEDY wrote:

    I just found one of those diana , but the security is on , How can i get it off ?!
    THANK YOU

    Monday, April 18, 2011 at 8:28 am | Permalink
  27. HC Koehler wrote:

    I own a Diana 6G pistole that needs repair.
    I live in the Netherlands (near Utrecht) and
    would like to know who I may contact?
    Thanks

    Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 6:20 am | Permalink
  28. Gustavo Palacios wrote:

    I own a RWS Model 6G and i’m looking for the internal seals. Do you have any idea where I can find those?

    Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 11:53 am | Permalink
  29. mje wrote:

    Very handy- thanks for posting!

    Sunday, December 18, 2011 at 8:30 am | Permalink
  30. Ken wrote:

    I was given a Diana Mod. 5 DRP air pistol in 1950. It still shoots great but I need a rear sight. It has great story behind it that I’ll not bore you with now. Can anyone tell me what I’ve got.

    Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Permalink
  31. Rick Cutlip wrote:

    I have a good shooting Diana MOD.5
    Can someone tell me where I can get information on it?

    Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Permalink
  32. Pablo wrote:

    Looking for a palm rest for RWS model 6. Does anyone know where i can increase my chances of finding one?
    Pablo

    Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Permalink
  33. mje wrote:

    Someone might see that here, or you could try the Yellow Forum:

    http://www.network54.com/Forum/79574/

    Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Permalink
  34. Luis wrote:

    I own a Diana mod.6 for about 30 yrs may be .Need repair. Hope someone can tell me where.

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Permalink
  35. WILLIE wrote:

    i do have a manual on the Diana 6

    Friday, December 28, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Permalink
  36. Harold wrote:

    I have a hardly fired RWS 6M dated 1984 in original box. I bought it new in the 80′ now it has no power at all, all the pallet stuck in the barrel. Hate to throw it away and looking for a repair facility.

    Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 9:15 pm | Permalink
  37. mje wrote:

    You might start with Umarex, the current distributor and service organization: http://www.umarexusa.com/pages/CustomerService.aspx

    Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Permalink
  38. Dave wrote:

    I just inhearted a M6 from my father I don`t know anthying about it .Looks like new not a scratch on it. I would like it if someone out there could email me the instrouctions manual or a place where I could locate one.

    Friday, February 1, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Permalink
  39. Ed Castro wrote:

    Does anyone know how I can get the video footage to replace the piston seals on a RWS Model 6 air gun. The link at http://www.jarviser.co.uk/jarviser/orig6a.html is not available any more. Please help.

    Thanks

    Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 8:31 pm | Permalink
  40. Richard wrote:

    On Friday, December 28, 2012 at 2:09 pm,
    WILLIE wrote:
    i do have a manual on the Diana 6

    Do we have contact info on Willie? Can we get a copy of the Diana Mod 6 manual?

    thanks, Richard

    Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 10:47 am | Permalink
  41. dumutru wrote:

    i hav a diana mod 6 g and it,s a wonderful gun but i want a rifle who want to buy it i sell it for 150 euro.leave msge at mi email adress.thank you i am from Romania

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Permalink
  42. ED CARPENTER wrote:

    i have an rws 6 with scope & barrel extension [for grip, i suppose]. it is made in west germany & the manual says “never oil as this model has a new type of seal”.it is approximately 30 yrs old.
    my son dropped it & busted the scope so i’m
    looking.
    regards,
    ed c

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 6:17 pm | Permalink
  43. mje wrote:

    If you’re looking for a good pistol scope, I like the Swift scopes. They’re not as widely known as other brands, but they deliver excellent quality at a very reasonable price. I recently bought one and mounted it on a .357 Ruger Blackhawk, where it stands up to full loads with no difficulty. SHould be fine on a spring gun.

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 8:21 pm | Permalink
  44. Les wrote:

    Hi there ice just purchased an original mod 6g in its box with the paperwork and a separate set of grips, the pistol is clean just a couple small chips to the paintwork. Oh the grips are plastic by the way. My question is this is it worth having the seals looking at or just sell it as it is, many thanks les

    Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Permalink
  45. VWP wrote:

    Have a 6M in the box….needs seals, etc. but in good condition. No manual though. Does anyone have a manual for the 6M that could be shared or a valid link to one? thanks for any help you can give me.

    Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Permalink
  46. mje wrote:

    http://www.diana-airguns.de/index.php?id=108&width=1920&height=1080

    Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Permalink
  47. dumitru wrote:

    hy stil no one who want a pistol that is impecabile its almoust new,i want a riffle cal177 to exchange with or 120e,its a very rare ocasion because the pistol looks like new,whois interest leave mesage on my mail y will answer prompt.thank you and excuse my writting im from romania

    Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Permalink
  48. Brohan Therese wrote:

    So . . . does anyone have the manual/instructions for Dianna 6G? Haven’t used ours for YEARS and like some of the other comments, shot 2 or 3 pellets and now it will not shot. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you

    Friday, August 22, 2014 at 7:52 pm | Permalink
  49. Eric wrote:

    I have a Diana G6 and do have the manual. I’ll be happy to scan it in and email to folks who need one.

    I’m having a problem with mine however, that I think is the same as Jack’s (post #23). It fires as soon as I pull the barrel back into place. Does anyone have any idea what the provlem might be?

    Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 9:26 am | Permalink
  50. Eric wrote:

    I just found this that may help folks.

    http://www.network54.com/Forum/670208/message/1324760036/Diana+mod+6G+pistol+dismantling+instructions+%28English%29

    Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 9:40 am | Permalink
  51. John Gulbish wrote:

    my wooden grip for a model 5 has several cracks. I’m looking for a replacement grip, can anyone help me

    Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

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