All About That Blowback
-Thursday, April 8, 2021
Some of the most popular sellers in the Umarex Airguns catalog of things are our blowback action pistol replicas. And it makes a lot of sense that these would be super popular since we can and do produce replicas, under license agreement, from such esteemed names in the industry such as Beretta, Colt, GLOCK, Heckler & Kock, Smith & Wesson and Walther. This past year has seen the demand for already popular models go to absolutely insane levels. Yes, not only were the local gun store shelves depleted of inventory, but air gun retailers were selling replica airguns as fast as they could get them.
If you walk into ten gun free zones, you are likely to see eight silhouetted Beretta Model 92’s underneath the red angled bar. For some reason the anti-gun world loves the esthetics of the Italian design while simultaneously hating the object itself. Well, if it weren’t for double standards, these people would have no standards at all, but all politics aside, the full size Beretta 90 series handguns not only look really sweet, they work equally sweet.
PCP air rifles have sucked up a lot of air these past few years. Maybe “consumed” a lot of air would be the better way to say it, but nevertheless, Pre Charged Pneumatic rifles, as handy as they are, are just not everyone’s cup of coffee. One distinct advantage that high pressure airguns (HPA) have had over traditional spring and gas ram piston powered pellet rifles is their bolt action activated rotary magazine. PCP shooters have been sitting in the lap of luxury only needing to work the bolt action to advance to the next round.
In all of my time working in the service department here at Umarex USA, the number one question I received regarding CO2 powered airguns was, “Can I take the CO2 out of the gun?” The questioner was really wanting to know if the CO2 remaining in a cartridge could be saved for use later. The unfortunate answer was a simple “No.” While this isn’t such a big deal when you are talking about a $0.50 12 gram cartridge, but when the subject is a $10.00 88 gram cartridge, the inner economist gets real concerned all of a sudden.
Airgunning is a surprisingly addictive behavior that can cause a disruption in your normal way of life. Yes, you too can develop a chronic dependency on all things air-powered. Stay tuned as we flesh out some signs of this tragic condition.
We're In Good Gun Company
-Thursday, February 11, 2021
For those who may not know, Arkansas is our home—the stomping grounds for those of us at Umarex USA since 2006. Yep, that means we're celebrating our 15 year anniversary in operation as the U.S. division of UMAREX GmbH & Co. KG. in 2021.
Not everyone wants to use a rifle scope, but there are really few who don’t. Being able to see the target well, especially if you have poorer eyesight, is a tremendous boon to a shooter. While picking out the perfect scope is a subject for another blog, there are some things that need to be said about scope mounting. Follow along with me as I address a few things you need to keep in mind when you go to mount a scope on your air rifle or pellet rifle.
So you want a pellet rifle but a PCP gun is not for you yet. That leaves CO2 rifles, springers, and multi-pump pneumatics. You’re not a fan of CO2 and you desire more power than the typical multi-pump can generate, so now you’re down to break barrels, under levers and side levers. Which is right for you?
I’ve been excited about this rifle since I first heard its little brother chambered in .177 was announced. I’m happy to announce that the Synergis in .22 caliber is ready to go! In case you’ve been under a rock, the Synergis platform is a rotary fed underlever “springer” style airgun. Now I wrote springer in quotation marks because it is actually powered by the T.N.T Gas Piston instead of a spring. This means that pound for pound the Synergis makes better power than a traditional spring and smoother cocking effort.
A New Year and New Air Guns
-Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Thank you for beginning 2021 with us through this airgun newsletter. We enjoy writing for you and we hope that you have found a handful of our blogs helpful, informative, and/or entertaining. Lots of people started shooting airguns for the first time this past year. If you know one of them, be sure to share this newsletter with them!