Umarex USA Introduces Modern Day Youth Pellet Rifle

FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS – (January 19, 2010) Today’s young shooters are drawn to the new Ruger® Explorer air rifle. The sleek open-stock design is modern in appearance and the rifle is sized right for first-time shooters at 37-inches.

The single-shot, break barrel Explorer puts safety first by incorporating an anti-slam trigger barrel safety system—if the rifle’s trigger is inadvertently pulled while the barrel is broken over for loading of a pellet, the safety system prevents the barrel from slamming shut.

Umarex USA’s National Sales Manager, Neil Dickinson said, “The Ruger Explorer is not only desired by youth, but its safety feature and price have been popular among parents.” The Explorer is priced at most retailers around 75 dollars.

The Ruger Explorer’s spring pistol power plant accurately propels a single pellet at 495 feet per second and it weighs just shy of 4-1/2 lbs. Other features include a cocking effort of just 16-1/2 lbs, a length of pull of 12-inches, a black all-weather stock with ambidextrous thumbhole and vented cheekpiece, a blued receiver and fiber optic sights for quick target acquisition.

 

For additional information visit www.UmarexUSA.com.

Umarex was established in 1972 as “Uma Mayer Ussfeller GmbH” and served the market for tear gas and signal pistols followed by air rifles. After acquiring Reck Sportwaffen Fabrick Karl Arndt, they reorganized ultimately under Umarex. The company’s Reck PK 800 enjoys worldwide acclaim and appears on the market as the perfect replica of the Walther PPK. Umarex has now become the largest maker of replicas by offering numerous German-made air guns, tear gas, signal pistols and now replica firearms. Umarex USA is North America’s fastest growing airgun and replica tactical rimfire gun company. Umarex USA markets their airguns, airsoft, paintball and tactical rimfire products under famous brands such as Walther, RWS, Smith & Wesson, Browning, Heckler & Koch, Ruger, Beretta, Colt, Magnum Research and others.

Growth Continues In Break Barrel Pellet Pistols

Contact: Justin “JB” Biddle, Marketing Manager

FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS – (January 19, 2010) Break barrel air pistols are a growing trend for target shooting and close-range pest control and Umarex is keeping up the pace by adding a Browning 800 Mag chambered in .22 caliber.

A perfect compliment to the 700 feet per second .177 model, the .22 caliber 800 Mag maintains its ergonomic ambidextrous grip and recoilless action which reduces the amount of recoil produced by the movement of the spring piston.

The .22 Browning pistol zings pellets at 600 feet per second making it among the most powerful spring piston powered pellet pistols. This kind of power can take a tremendous amount of cocking effort, but has been alleviated by the included cocking assist handle, which reduces the amount of force needed to cock the pistol.

Other features found on the Browning 800 Mag include an automatic safety that is put on safe when the pistol is cocked, an 8-1/4 inch rifled barrel, fiber optic sights, and a synthetic ergonomic pistol grip.

 

For additional information visit www.UmarexUSA.com.

Umarex was established in 1972 as “Uma Mayer Ussfeller GmbH” and served the market for tear gas and signal pistols followed by air rifles. After acquiring Reck Sportwaffen Fabrick Karl Arndt, they reorganized ultimately under Umarex. The company’s Reck PK 800 enjoys worldwide acclaim and appears on the market as the perfect replica of the Walther PPK. Umarex has now become the largest maker of replicas by offering numerous German-made air guns, tear gas, signal pistols and now replica firearms. Umarex USA is North America’s fastest growing airgun and replica tactical rimfire gun company. Umarex USA markets their airguns, airsoft, paintball and tactical rimfire products under famous brands such as Walther, RWS, Smith & Wesson, Browning, Heckler & Koch, Ruger, Beretta, Colt, Magnum Research and others.

Umarex EBOS: An Electronic Burst Of Steel

FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS – (January 19, 2010) Well-known airgun manufacturer, Umarex, has introduced a new tactical-style BB shooter under its company name. The EBOS has two burst modes and a high velocity single-shot mode that propels a BB at 540 feet per second.

The EBOS stands for Electronic Burst Of Steel, and rightfully so. This high-speed semi-automatic has an electronic trigger, which controls the release of CO2 when the trigger is pulled and if that’s not exciting enough, the EBOS has three modes to choose from—single shot, 4-shot burst, or 8-shot burst! Just imagine the impact of eight BBs flying at a single aluminum can.

In addition to the exhilarating multiple-shot burst the Umarex EBOS is surrounded by tactical railing and has an ergonomic pistol grip, removable forearm grip and an adjustable rear sight. It gets its power to propel eight BBs at a time from an 88-gram CO2 capsule that’s concealed within the gun’s easily removed buttstock. The EBOS also has a high capacity reservoir.

The Umarex EBOS weighs right at three pounds and measures almost 25-inches in length with a 9.7-inch smooth bore barrel.

 

For additional information visit www.UmarexUSA.com.

Umarex was established in 1972 as “Uma Mayer Ussfeller GmbH” and served the market for tear gas and signal pistols followed by air rifles. After acquiring Reck Sportwaffen Fabrick Karl Arndt, they reorganized ultimately under Umarex. The company’s Reck PK 800 enjoys worldwide acclaim and appears on the market as the perfect replica of the Walther PPK. Umarex has now become the largest maker of replicas by offering numerous German-made air guns, tear gas, signal pistols and now replica firearms. Umarex USA is North America’s fastest growing airgun and replica tactical rimfire gun company. Umarex USA markets their airguns, airsoft, paintball and tactical rimfire products under famous brands such as Walther, RWS, Smith & Wesson, Browning, Heckler & Koch, Ruger®, Beretta, Colt, Magnum Research and others.

Umarex Adds High Power Pistol

FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS – (January 19, 2010) Umarex innovation has lead to one of the fastest BB pistols that incorporates slide-recoil action, the HPP. Marketed under the Umarex brand, the new “High Power Pistol” sends BBs speeding out of its muzzle from its all-metal frame at 410 feet per second.

The HPP uses Umarex’s advanced CO2 system to simulate firearm recoil. The release of CO2 through the pistol’s valve propels a BB and simultaneously causes the slide to blow back creating a realism that’s sought after by most airgun shooters. It also features a drop out magazine, an integrated accessory rail, and utilizes a double action system.

“The HPP is an excellent pistol for the price.” Said Richard Turner, VP of Sales and Marketing for Umarex USA, “It combines an all-metal frame, blowback action, and a very high velocity into one fast-shooting CO2 pistol.”

The Umarex HPP holds 15 BBs in its drop out magazine and weighs under two pounds.

 

For additional information visit UmarexUSA.com.

Umarex was established in 1972 as “Uma Mayer Ussfeller GmbH” and served the market for tear gas and signal pistols followed by air rifles. After acquiring Reck Sportwaffen Fabrick Karl Arndt, they reorganized ultimately under Umarex. The company’s Reck PK 800 enjoys worldwide acclaim and appears on the market as the perfect replica of the Walther PPK. Umarex has now become the largest maker of replicas by offering numerous German-made air guns, tear gas, signal pistols and now replica firearms. Umarex USA is North America’s fastest growing airgun and replica tactical rimfire gun company. Umarex USA markets their airguns, airsoft, paintball and tactical rimfire products under famous brands such as Walther, RWS, Smith & Wesson, Browning, Heckler & Koch, Ruger®, Beretta, Colt, Magnum Research and others. For additional information regarding Umarex USA visit www.UmarexUSA.com.

Umarex Colt Defender Review

The Colt Defender is a quality replica BB pistol

The Colt Defender is a quality replica BB pistol

by: Dennis Brooks

The Colt Defender stands out in quality and performance. It’s light compared to the actual Colt Defender Lightweight without any ammo. This Umarex replica does not look exactly like the real Colt Defender, but instead looks like a compact variant of the real Colt 1911A1 with a Picatinny rail in front of the trigger.

On the package of the Defender, the icons on the front and back give a full description of the construction, capabilities, features, ammo, power and expected velocity. Inside the package, you will find the manual of the Defender. Please read the manual before use and be sure to adhere to all safety information listed in the packaging.

The CO2 capsule chamber is accessed inside the grip of the pistol

The CO2 capsule chamber is accessed inside the grip of the pistol

When loading 12g CO2 capsules into the Defender, the chamber is accessed by pushing in the magazine release on the left side of the grip. The grips slide back revealing access on the left side. A spring tensioned folding half disk head screw extends from the bottom of the frame. You open it as indicated and rotate it counter clockwise to lower the dished head and insert a CO2 cartridge. Umarex brand CO2 capsules are recommended because they seal better and are “food” grade, presuming to be a cleaner CO2 source. (for why differences in CO2 quality make such a big difference in gun performance, see this CO2 quality article) Use RWS Chamber Lube as indicated. You tighten the screw by rotating clockwise until the CO2 capsule is pierced and seals.

If you flip the air pistol over you will see a follower on the right side. It slides down to a locking notch, allowing you to load 16 BB’s in the beveled area. Release the follower to apply tension for loading then slide the grips forward until they latch.  The air gun is in a loaded condition with CO2 power available.

On Page three of the included manual, checking to see if the air gun is unloaded is mentioned. While you can verify the air pistol is loaded with the grips closed, with a short segment of the feed slot being visible above the right grip, you cannot be sure it is not loaded if even no BB’s are visible in the area. The follower is visible, but there may be one or more BB’s above. DO NOT assume the air pistol is unloaded just because you do not see a BB in the feed slot! After it is first loaded, presume a BB is there but not visible, even when it stops releasing BB’s during firing. One may be hung up and fire the next time you squeeze the trigger. After the first time it is loaded, this air gun should be treated as always loaded.

I found the premium BB’s worked best for consistent feeds and velocities. At a rated 440 fps, which I exceeded at 447 fps through the Chrony, this air pistol shoots faster than many BB air rifles. Keep this and the 325 yard rated range in mind, using a safe back stop and a clear area behind the target. Follow the directions in the manual. They are very good about backstops and range safety. As the manual states; BB’s are also prone to ricochet, always have everyone with you wear adequate eye protection and be aware of anything to the sides or behind you that might be damaged, as well as what is in front of you or beyond the target.

Gun safety in the "fire" position

Gun safety in the “fire” position

The safety is on the right side just above the forward part of the trigger guard. Note the “Press”, you push in to release and slide back to remove the safety. A white “safe” dot is covered and the red “fire” dot is revealed as the safety is slid. The air gun is now ready to fire. It is double action only. The hammer is molded on and does not move. The barrel actually moves forward as you squeeze the trigger. At sear release it falls back against the valve venting the CO2 and firing a BB. Push in and move the safety slide forward to re-activate the safety. Parts sometimes fail. Even with the air gun on “Safe” do not point it at anyone or anything you do not intend to shoot!

The molded screws make the rear sight seem adjustable. It is not, nor can the sight be “drifted”, the dovetail mount is a solid molding. The front sight is also fixed. The sights were not a problem—the Defender I received was accurate right out of the package.

The Walther FLR 650 LED light and laser sight fits well on the Picatinny rail.

The Walther FLR 650 LED light and laser sight fits well on the Picatinny rail.

You can mount an adjustable laser sight using the Picatinny mount forward of the trigger guard. I installed the Walther FLR 650 light-laser combination to provide a laser for shooting without bringing up the sights and the light for shooting in low light or dark conditions. This laser light system works well out to the effective 10 meter range of the Colt Defender. The system has the laser in the center of six LED’s. There are three functions accessible by sequentially pressing the activation button on the right; laser, laser with lights and lights only. Pressing the button a fourth time turns the system off. Do not store on with the right side down. I have found the system will activate with movement in a case and you will run down the batteries without knowing it. You also reduce the life of the laser and can remove the air gun from a case with the laser on. This can be a problem since the laser is dangerous when focused on human eyes. The FLR 650 does make the air pistol muzzle heavy, but is no real deterrent to accurate shooting.

The Umarex Colt Defender seems to be a composite of similar Colt’s or an issue I have not seen. The biggest differences between it and the actual firearm seem to be the flat rear adjustable sights, the lack of an extended beaver tail grip safety and the tang versus solid trigger and the Umarex has a Picatinny rail mount under the muzzle. I do not have a problem with these differences and found the Umarex Colt Defender well worth the money. The differences in this gun are more than the Umarex Beretta M92 pellet pistol, which is almost perfect, but it is still a great gun to own and easy to shoot. Overall, I feel that you are getting a great value for your money.

The Umarex Colt Defender CO2 BB Repeater is a joy to shoot and very well constructed. I find it easy to load new 12g CO2 capsules and BB’s. It is a nice solid replica air pistol that I would recommend you buy to start or add to your collection.

Umarex air pistols, like this realistic looking Colt Defender are meant to enhance your replica collection and provide a reasonably accurate BB pistol for target shooting and plinking.

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