Whilst out in Germany for the World FT Championships, Matt Hirst introduced me to the designer of the Walther LGV and after some light hearted negotiations, Walther kindly offered me the chance to test the LGV Competition Ultra with a view to providing some feedback to them for future developments. So a big thanks to Walther/Umarex for being willing to engage with shooters and take note of feedback, and of course a big thanks for Matt Hirst for his tireless efforts to bring shooters and manufacturers together for the good of the sport. What I thought would be an interesting thing to do is to add to this post as I go through the stages of getting it set up to suit me, and put it through it's paces in some competitions. Ok so initial impressions on getting it out of the box. So far, I'm pleasantly surprised. I've seen various threads on forums complaining about various things and I'm going to try my damnedest not to be influenced by them and give you my honest blow by blow findings. One of the things I've heard people complain about is the quality of the blueing. The one I've got for review looks ok to me. So perhaps that was a problem with earlier rifles, or perhaps I've been lucky, but I don't see anything that would cause me to grumble about the quality of the finish. I've not been given a specially prepared review model rifle, this is just a gun off the productions line, albeit one that entered the country last week and hasn't been sat on a gun shop rack for a couple of months. So what's it like to shoot?.. well, I haven't had too much opportunity to give it much of a test yet since I only picked it up last night but like a kid with a new toy, I couldn't resist putting some pellets through it in the garden under torchlight My initial impressions are very promising. I wasn't expecting it to shoot as well as it does and if I'm honest, I'd say straight out of the box and with no tuning, tweaking or polishing of internals it actually shoots better than my competition Mk1 TX200 (I think I need to get my TX tuned if this is what a rifle straight from the box shoots like!) Cocking is smooth with a pleasingly positive click when the sear is engaged, everything feels smooth and manufacturing tolerances seem very good with no play in components. The recoil isn't sharp, it's a crisp nudge in the shoulder and gives the impression that the lock time is quite fast. Shot release is smooth, with no twang and the recoil seems very consistent and manageable. All in all a pleasant firing cycle, that like I say actually feels better than my current competition rifle. (annoyingly!) It can't all be good though surely?.. well, so far I've found nothing bad about the gun, the trigger straight from the box isn't to my liking with the first stage being very long and the 2nd stage too heavy for me. I guess the first negative about the gun is the manual. It only covers trigger adjustment for the German model trigger, and not the upgraded UK spec trigger so I had to google for internal photo's of the trigger to figure out what the extra adjustment screw did. Not that the trigger itself is bad, I'm sure with a bit of time (and a photo from the internet) I'll be able to get it set up how I like it. 10 minutes twiddling with it and I've got it close. 1st stage is shorter now, 2nd stage is predictable and light (how I like my triggers) but I've got a tiny bit of creep which I'm sure I'll be able to tune out with a bit more experimentation. It's early days yet - I haven't even got a scope on it yet So far so good though.. it shoots really well.. surprisingly well actually. Trigger needs some work with no help from the manual but I think I'll be able to sort that out. Blueing looks alright to me, overall quality seems very good. Balance is better than I was expecting too. With a relatively short barrel and an aluminium barrel weight I was expecting it to be a bit too light up front but the centre of gravity seems nicely forward. I won't know for sure until I've got a scope on it and had some practice with it. I'll let you know once I've had a play with fitting a scope to it.