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The Diana Model 6


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:


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.


  1. 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
  2. Debbie wrote:

    I own the 6 m model. Have had it since the 80’s Now it seems to have the bullets lodging inside, when I take them out it looks like dirt on them. Anyone know how to clean the air pistol?

    Friday, May 8, 2015 at 9:14 am | Permalink
  3. Arne wrote:

    I have a Diana model 6, but I have become interested in another gun, so I want to sell my Diana mod 6 for a good price.

    Anyone interested?

    Mail here:

    Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 10:44 am | Permalink
  4. giuseppe wrote:

    sono innamorato della mod. 10 rws 819 aria compressa.Sapreste indicarmi dove poterla trovare?

    Friday, July 17, 2015 at 3:06 pm | Permalink
  5. mje wrote:

    The gun hasn’t been made since the 1980s. You’ll have to keep looking in stores, yard sales, and airgun sales web pages. I just saw one sell on for only $150! I’d love to have one, or perhaps a Feinwerkbau 65 or 80.

    Friday, July 17, 2015 at 7:38 pm | Permalink
  6. deltasweep wrote:

    I presently am in possession of a VERY well maintained Diana 6M with match grip(RH only) purchased in 1980’s, with factory box, no manual. The pistol was serviced by Umarex & the only thing needing replacement was main & breech seals, no springs or piston, wear parts only. Included with pistol would be its favorite fodder, RWS Meistergeln special match(75 left) & 2nd choice, Beeman H&N Ultra Match #3014(447 left). Serious inquires only. Thanks.

    Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 10:52 pm | Permalink
  7. deltasweep wrote:

    As to Debbie’s question, cleaning the pistol is easy. Always clean as the pellet would travel, from the breech out & use a VERY fine and SOFT bronze brush as the fine grooves in the rifling are delicate and can be scratched by over-zealous cleaning. Maintenance is much easier than powder firearms as there is no fouling per se & debris should only consist of lead particulate. Any other material present may be pieces of worn seal(a trip to the service shop).

    Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 11:04 pm | Permalink
  8. mje wrote:

    I would recommend against using anything other than a plain cloth patch for cleaning airgun barrels. There’s no carbon buildup or copper or anything else requiring a brush.

    Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 12:05 pm | Permalink
  9. Jerry wrote:

    I was given an RWS Model 6m that looks like it’s in pretty good condition. I cannot figure out how to cock it. A saw a video on youtube where it looked pretty straight forward but I can’t get it to work. Anybody know if there is some trick to cocking it?

    Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 6:01 pm | Permalink
  10. Scott wrote:

    Hi Jerry, Are you pulling the barrel shroud forward and rotating it 180 degrees then cocking? If you don’t rotate the barrel shroud it will strike the frame before allowing the barrel to travel back far enough the latch. If you are rotating it, then the trigger may be too far out of adjustment(too light) to engage the sear. Hope this helps.


    Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

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