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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.

8 Comments

  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:
    arniebaas@hotmail.com

    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 Gunauction.com 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

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