Legends Makarov Ultra: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord, a.k.a. B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2

Umarex Legends Makarov Ultra BB pistol
Umarex Legends Makarov Ultra is very realistic!

This report covers:

• Loading
• Winchester Target Cube
• Rested position
• Accuracy
• Overall evaluation

Today is accuracy day for the Legends Makarov Ultra BB pistol and the big question is: How does it hold up against its non-recoiling brother that we all know is very accurate? I think you’re going to be pleased with the results.

Load up
I installed a fresh CO2 cartridge, which — thanks to yesterday’s report on CO2 – reminded me to put a drop of Crosman Pellgunoil on the tip of the cartridge before piercing. As before, the piercing was nearly instantaneous with no loss of gas. I looked at the face seal with a jeweler’s loupe and saw that it’s a thick (relatively) clear synthetic that looks like it will do its job for a long time to come.

Next, I loaded some BBs into the front of the magazine. Here’s a tip for this. Lock down the mag follower at the bottom of its slot and elevate the bottom of the mag. This way, the BBs will easily fall into the enlarged hole in the front of the magazine. If one overshoots the mark, it remains in a trough and can be rolled back to the hole very easily.

Umarex Legends Makarov Ultra BB pistol loading magazine
Elevate the bottom of the Makarov magazine, and the BBs will roll right in.

Winchester Target Cube
Once again, the Winchester Airgun Target Cube was pressed into service for a target holder and backstop. I taped the targets to the cube that now has thick cardboard on both sides. No more styrofoam comes out because of the cardboard; and the targets tear better, even when the BBs are shot at lower velocities.

The Target Cube keeps the BBs from bouncing back. That keeps the shooting area cleaner; and since I shoot BBs in my bedroom, that’s a good thing. If you shoot a lot of BBs in the house, I recommend the Target Cube.

Rested position
I then sat on a chair at 5 meters from the target and put a large pillow on my lap. When doubled over, the pillow allowed me to rest my arms so I could achieve a very steady 2-hand hold. It’s the gun we want to test — not the shooter.

The sights on the Makarov are very fine, but also sharp. I had no problem getting the same sight picture, shot after shot.

First group
The first target I shot was a 50-foot smallbore bull. Those are just slightly larger than 10-meter air rifle bulls. I had no idea where the pistol was shooting, nor how accurate it might be; but at 16 feet, I felt this target was large enough to keep all the shots on paper. I used a 6 o’clock hold, like I always do with handgun sights like these.

The shots landed about 3/4-inch below the point of aim. While the first 3 shots seemed to scatter, the next 7 stayed inside them, resulting in a fine-looking 10-shot group. In measures 0.916 inches between centers and looks even better. The bulk of the shots landed inside a half inch!

Umarex Legends Makarov Ultra BB pistol target 1
Ten BBs in 0.916 inches, with 7 of them well under a half inch! The 3 shots on the right were the first 3 shots. This gun can shoot!

Second group
The second target looks even better.  I called that shot that went to the left because of the very hard trigger pull we’ve already discussed. Actually, the trigger isn’t that hard for a double-action pull (which it isn’t), but for target shooting it’s way more than you want. This time, 10 shots went into 1.189 inches, with 9 of them in 0.727 inches.

Umarex Legends Makarov Ultra BB pistol target 2
Ten BBs in 1.189 inches, with 9 in 0.727 inches. That shot on the left is a called pull.

I was really impressed with the way this pistol wants to lay them in the same hole at 5 meters. That trigger pull, though, takes discipline to overcome. The tendency is to try to overpower it, which will result in shots thrown wide to the left in my case.

Third group
I decided to try a larger aim point for the third group, so I substituted a 10-meter pistol target instead. The bull is twice the size of the others, and I wondered what it might do. Oddly, it pulled my shots closer together, though I did get a very vertical shot string. This time, 10 shots went into 1.334 inches, with 9 in 0.683 inches. Look at this group, and you’ll see the pedigree of the non-recoiling Makarov showing through.

Umarex Legends Makarov Ultra BB pistol target 3
Ten BBs in 1.189 inches, with 9 in 0.727 inches.

Results
Yes, I think this Makarov is just as accurate as its non-recoiling brother. What separates them is the stiffer trigger on this one. It makes you really hold tight, and any distraction will cause you to throw a shot.

Overall evaluation
I like the Makarov Ultra BB pistol. In fact, I think I’m going to buy this one for my growing collection. This is what inexpensive BB pistols should be.

41 Responses to “Legends Makarov Ultra: Part 3”

  • Reb Says:

    I gotta admit,after being socked in due to rain for almost a week straight ,that thing looks like fun!

    Reb

  • RidgeRunner Says:

    Matt61,

    Yesterday you mentioned someone shooting at over 200 yards with a S410. Please do not get me wrong, that is impressive. I myself have not yet reached that range. However, on another airgun forum there is an ongoing competition called the Pepsi Challenge. The object is to see how far away you can bust open a can of Pepsi with an air rifle. Here are some links to videos of the latest record holder. Enjoy!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxalPh0FV7c

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxkgNlvs6Lw

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd9GXcrnZrM

    • Gunfun1 Says:

      RR
      I was kind of checking that out here and there.

      I can’t watch the links right now. But I will check them out later when I get a time. Im curious to see whats been up.

    • Rob Says:

      That is so freakin’ cool. Thanks for the vids.

      I’m blaming the constant high winds of the desert, but is can’t pop a Pepsi can regularly at one hundred yards!
      Rob

    • Gunfun1 Says:

      Just watched the videos. Pretty cool stuff. :)

      I wonder what grain the projectile is and at what fps its flying.

    • Matt61 Says:

      Thanks, this is probably NSFW but I’ll review as soon as possible. This sounds like reactive targets taken to a new level although a bit of a mess. One of the comments on the YouTube video of the bottle breaking asked the shooter if he had cleaned up his mess. It was pretty considerable.

      Regarding today’s post, those are enticing results at my regular shooting distance. :-)

      Matt61

    • Bear Says:

      Fantastic and Awesome thanks for sharing, Beautiful gun too

  • Mike Says:

    Interesting. How heavy is the trigger pull in pounds?

    Mike

    • B.B. Pelletier Says:

      Mike,

      It’s 10 pounds.

      B.B.

      • Gunfun1 Says:

        Really 10 pounds!

        That sounds awful heavy. Is that normal for a air pistol? Remember I dont shoot pistols much.

        • B.B. Pelletier Says:

          GF1,

          No, that’s heavy. Especially for a single action trigger.

          But it is moderate for a good double action pistol, which is how I view it, I guess.

          B.B.

          • Michael Says:

            B.B.,

            It is ironic, however, that the non-blowback, fully DA Makarov BB pistol has a significantly lighter, smoother pull.

            Obviously, this blowback Mak has a trigger that is doing some sort of mechanical work beyond simply releasing the sear. the BBs are spring-loaded. The blowback cocks the pistol. What’s left for the trigger to do but release the sear?

            I get how the Legends P.08 has a stiff trigger because it does all the work of the mechanism. My Legends C96 has a medium trigger that is pretty crisp and has a very short travel, but it has BBs loaded by spring and a hammer cocked by blowback.

            Obviously this blowback Mak has considerable value to those who own the firearm and wish to get in practice in their basements and backyards and for disassembly/assembly practice. Might the strange, heavy trigger actually help them, discipline-wise, for when they do indeed shoot their firearm versions?

            Here’s a question: What is the trigger pull of the firearm Makarov like?

            Michael

            • B.B. Pelletier Says:

              Michael,

              Single action it’s 6 pounds. Double action is over 11 pounds and often over 12.

              B.B.

              • Michael Says:

                B.B.,

                Years ago you convinced me through this blog that an air gunner really ought to own a chrony, so I got one, and you were right, big time.

                Now, without meaning to, you are persuading me to get a trigger pull gauge. I want to really KNOW the trigger pull weight(s) of each gun I have. The difference between actually KNOWING something and just making a guess is like the difference between shooting a bullet and merely throwing it.

                Michael

                • B.B. Pelletier Says:

                  Michael,

                  Just ask Kevin Lentz how a trigger pull gauge can surprise you! Good story.

                  B.B.

                  • kevin Says:

                    That wonderful Wilson Combat 1911 CQB Light Rail. What a magnificently adjusted trigger. Zero creep. So crisp.

                    The reading on the trigger gauge blew my mind. What a learning experience.

                    kevin

            • Reb Says:

              Michael,
              The fact that the trigger on this model may more closely mimic the first round’s double action pull of the firearm from standby is something that I actually considered an asset coupled with an actual kick from the slide moving back & forth, it’s gonna make this gun an award winner.
              I wanna shoot one!
              Reb

          • Gunfun1 Says:

            BB
            Well I say that is some good shoot’n with a trigger that heavy.

            And that’s what kind of turns me off a bit on pistols. They ain’t like a rifle where you can change out a trigger assembly. I guess the only thing you can do is shoot it as is. Or get inside and do a little trigger work. Well I guess there is probably aftermarket stuff out there for certain pistols though.

            But I’ll tell you what that trigger that is on that Crosman 1720T is killer. And it is the same trigger that is on the Marauder pistol from what I can tell. But the 1720T trigger kicks the Marauders pistols you know what. I’m talking the way they came set from the factory. The 1720T trigger is so light its almost scary. I left it alone though. The pistol just shot way to good.

  • Fred DPRoNJ Says:

    Off Topic here – the coffee guy at the train station gave me the latest copy of Field and Stream. They had an article on air rifles and guess who was quoted right at the beginning? No one other than our very own T. Gaylord. The rifles reviewed were the Bronco, Crossman NP, RWS 48 and the Marauder as all fine air rifles from inexpensive to expensive. The author, Bill Heavey discussed the “artillery hold” and the need to try several different brands of pellets to see which the rifles liked best. I guess you are now officially considered the air gun guy, BB!

    Fred DPRoNJ

    • B.B. Pelletier Says:

      Fred,

      Bill contacted me through Pyramyd Air and I spent a lot of time spinning him up on spring guns over the last 6 months. Private lessons, if you will.

      The good news is — he took them to heart.

      B.B.

      • Reb Says:

        That is good to hear! I recently scanned every piece of outdoor related reading material I could find for airgun related topics.I did see an ad for the SMG22 and a couple other air rifles but no articles.

    • Reb Says:

      Thanks for the heads up Fred! I’ll be keeping an eye out for this one!

      Reb

  • /Dave Says:

    BB,

    I don’t want to add to your workload (heheh), BUT, I wonder if you’ll be doing any more reviews on BSA’s current offerings?

    Thanks,
    /Dave

    • B.B. Pelletier Says:

      ?Dave,

      BSA isn’t marketed well in the U.S. So the interest isn’t there.

      What did you want?

      B.B.

      • RidgeRunner Says:

        Personally, I would not mind seeing a blog on one of these in .22.

        BSA Lightning XL SE Air Rifle

        And if you can also do the GRT, that would be fantastic.

      • RidgeRunner Says:

        I guess I have sorta developed a thing for BSA lately.

      • /Dave Says:

        Well, BB, You did your old Meteor, so maybe a Multi-shot or a Scorpion for pcp’s and the Lightning or the Supersport for springers. Or,…. Whichever you can convince Mr Unger to send you…

        Thanks again!
        /Dave

  • Michael Says:

    B.B.,

    Off-topic, but a while ago I suggested a pellet-shooting CO2 M1 Carbine.

    Now I have another suggestion for the Umarex: An old-school replica of a wood-stocked, wood-forearmed AK-47 with all metal and wood, using the 88-90 gram CO2 cartridge and Umarex’ 8 shot metal revolving magazine. Blow-back or not. The large false magazine would be metal, removable, and foam lined. It could be used for storing the CO2 cart wrench, extra 8 round magazines, and even a slender pellet tin. I personally would also slip my little Kalishnikov-branded pocket knife in there.

    To be clear, I am envisioning the 1950s / 1960s non-folding stock versions as the basis for this Legends model.

    Hey, the Makarov needs its bigger brother in the line!

    Michael

    • RifledDNA Says:

      That’s a good idea, and would give the AK guys a gun besides the plastic can hunter comrade, everyone would be happy. Im surprised they don’t have an AK springer like the mtr77.

      • Reb Says:

        B.B.
        They should market this as a .177/.22 interchangeable with a vortex block style setup,selling only one barrel with initial purchase and make a 2X12gram adapter available. Talk about a Home Run!

        Reb

  • Gunfun1 Says:

    This is a off topic but related to air guns and shooting ranges.

    The one guy at work that is into PCP guns told me he went to a shooting range over the Holiday weekend. He lives over in Missouri and that’s where the machine shop is we both work at.

    But he took his kids to a range over in Missouri that I have been wanting to go to. The only reason I haven’t yet is because I live in Illinois and the range is even farther away than where we work. But now I think I will have to check it out from what he told me.

    Its called Bush Wildlife and its outside and the targets can be placed out to a hundred yards or less. I’m not quite sure but I guess they have predetermined locations for the distances you want to shoot at. And here is what I thought was cool. Its only 3 dollars a hour to shoot. No membership required. But you cant reserve a spot and if there is people waiting you can only do a hour at a time.

    And here is the cool part about the story. He said there were a bunch of kids and parents out there and they were shooting mostly .22 cal. rimfire guns. No airguns. But he has a .177 cal. Talon SS and a .25 cal. Marauder rifle that they had with them.

    And here is what happened after they got through shooting. The range master and some of the kids and parents came over to talk to them. They were shooting at 50 yards and holding the 1 inch and under groups. Oh and the .22 rimfire shooters weren’t quite doing that well. And he didn’t know what kind of .22′s they were shooting. But they wanted to know what kind of guns they were shooting and where they got them from.

    So him and his kids got to maybe influence some kids and parents towards airgun shooting. And he did some Pyramid Air advertising while he was at. He told them you don’t get these kind of air guns at Wal Mart we got them on the internet at PA.

    But I figured I would say something about it. I thought it was cool that they were so interested in the air guns. Hmm just thought of something also. Maybe accuracy does sell. :)

    • B.B. Pelletier Says:

      GF1,

      I have had things like that happen at the range I go to.

      Thanks for the report.

      B.B.

      • Gunfun1 Says:

        BB
        No problem.

        I just thought it was odd that there was no other people there with air guns.

        I’ll betcha if more people got a chance to see a air gun shoot or even better yet shoot one. There would be more people involved in air guns these days.

        I hope this aint no double post. I see they are outside working on cable.

        • Michael Says:

          Gunfun1,

          I have not gone to a shooting range yet and don’t know if I will ever do that. (It’s enough of a challenge for me to hit the bull at my maximum 40 feet in my basement and 20 yards in my backyard!)

          However, I did show a few of my targets to a criminal justice colleague of mine, a lifelong police officer and firearm shooter. I showed him an Olympic 10 meter air rifle target that I had put 60 shots into in 60 minutes, with my FWB 601, from a bench at 10 meters, and I showed him a similar target I had put ten shots into with my Daisy/Avanti 747 pistol, rested, at the same 10 meters. (I didn’t time my pistol shooting.)

          At first he didn’t know whether or not he should be impressed. So I went into my office and got my tape measure and measured out 36 feet, 4 inches in the hallway and held up the targets. THEN he was impressed, even if I had shot both rested at a table. The rifle target in particular is what got him. Sixty shots produced one hole. It was a ragged and kinda large hole, but still, you could have maybe covered it with a 50 cent piece, certainly a silver dollar.

          Then I had to convince him that he should not be impressed. He thought I was being modest. I had to convince him that no, a good shooter should have been able to, from a rest, put 60 shots into a dime-sized hole. He didn’t really believe me, I think, until I told him that in men’s competition in the Olympics they do the same but standing, off-hand, and make a hole smaller (often MUCH smaller) than a dime.

          His final observation was that an Olympic air rifle must be the single most accurate gun in the world. I responded that at 10 meters or less, maybe it is.

          Michael

  • Reb Says:

    B.B.
    Thanks for your recommendation of the BugBuster scopes I guess I never did give them a good once-over. As close as 3 feet?!And under$100! I’ll take 2!

    Reb

  • John Says:

    Who knows? at some point I might add one of these to my collection. I do have an affinity for Russian guns. I do own more Russian made guns than from any thor country. Some of them were a pain to get.

    Yes I know this was Made in China. I’m not surprised. Everything is made in China now.

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