Some people just think our replicas are cool. Some people like that our licensed replicas look just like the handgun they are based on. Some people appreciate the realistic training opportunities afforded by a replica of their firearm with blow-back action. No matter what camp you find yourself in, our action pistols are the scratch to your itch for air pistol awesomeness.
How Cool Are They? *Ice Cold!
If you are looking for a certain brand, chances are we have it locked down. Beretta, Colt, GLOCK, Heckler & Koch, Smith & Wesson, and Walther compose the brands of our licensed blowback action pistol partnerships. While not the entire industry is represented here, we do have a very significant chunk of it. We didn’t get the moniker “King of Replicas” out of thin air. It’s because we work hard at making licensing partnerships possible. This is good for you as a consumer, for the company represented, and for us as we can work on bringing more licensed product to the market. You see these brands represented in entertainment media of all types, magazines, and on the hips of law enforcement every day. The fact that you can have a blowback replica that is spot-on is one that we pride ourselves in. Our replicas are just that cool.
Getting past the cool factor we see, and see this more and more every day, that people are using these replicas for as training tools.
If you’ve ever been to a firearm range, you know how loud they can be. It doesn’t matter if it is inside or outside, gun ranges are really loud places. So loud, in fact, that ranges are really terrible places to introduce a new shooter to a firearm platform. Imagine not having to shout instructions or worrying if all the firearms are clear when they need to be clear. That is not to say that an airgun can’t harm you in the event of an accidental discharge, but comparing the damage from a BB or airsoft BB to that of a firearm is the difference between getting run over by a kid on a bicycle and getting run over by a truck. Either way it can be pretty serious, but the latter case certainly reduces the possibility of walking away.
Introducing new shooter to proper firearm handling with an airgun replica means the students aren’t straining to hear the instruction and there’s no loud pew pews to startle nervous newbie’s. These first lessons can be highly effective in teaching proper terminology, handling, and, of course, marksmanship in a safe, lower anxiety environment.
The other end of the spectrum of using our blowback airguns for training is for polishing and maintaining shooting skills. With an airgun? YES, with an airgun.
Shooting is a perishable skill. Unfortunately, we can’t always go practice when we want to. Public ranges can get congested on the weekends, indoor ranges may be closed by the time you get all the weekend or evening chores completed, or the weather might be unforgiving for getting out. But you are home. Whether or not you can or even feel like getting out doesn’t have to keep you from heading out to your garage or basement to train with air. All that is needed are some BB trap targets, some eye protection and the blowback air pistol of your choice. You can do holster drills, mag change drills, bullseye shooting-- whatever you would normally do at the range you can do inside your garage with a blowback air pistol.
Training with an air pistol won’t replace training with a firearm, but it can certainly help keep those fine motor and muscle memory skills at their peak. We’ve gathered all of our action replicas here in one place so you can peruse them at your leisure. Check them out and maybe you can find one that is just right for you!
Mark Davis, outdoorsman, family man, and outdoor writer, is the social media specialist for Umarex USA.