Things I liked:A pretty good representation of an "L" frame Smith & Wesson. Very little plastic in this one, in fact it feels heavier than the real thing. While far from match-accurate, it's still more than acceptably so. Fallen leaves in my back yard tremble in fear at any likely range. Personally, I found the 6 inch barrel not to my liking, while the 4 inch seems about right...but that's just me.
Absolutely do not believe anybody that says this has a trigger-pull or an action like the real thing...it doesn't. Out of the box it's rather rough and very notchy when the lockwork engages. But to be realistic, neither you nor I should expect that in something that costs a small fraction of the real thing. Is it acceptable? Yes, better than acceptable in fact. Does it improve with use? Yes, remarkably so. Is it good for practice? Yes, and a whole lot less expensive than launching .38 Specials down range. I'd recommend it for those who can't own or afford or have neighbors that object to recreational firearms usage in the back yard. Things I would have changed:I'd like a 3 inch barrel option, re-engineer the butt to make it shorter, 3-dot or outlined sights, and fix the damn accessory magazine problem. What others should know:Upon reading the past reviews, there is a persistant complaint that this revolver jams. The problem clearly stems from the poor quality of the accessory magazines which are manufactured somehow differently than the two that come with the gun. While the original two are fine and work quite well, the holes in the accessory mags are too big, and the pellets fall out either in your pocket, while being handled, or in the gun itself, which will cause a jam when the cylinder tries to rotate. Bad, bad, bad. Until this issue is addressed, I'd strongly advise against buying the accessory 3-pack of magazines. If you insist on using the accessory ones, you'll need to know the (unpublished) technique to unjam your revolver is to take your .177 cleaning rod and GENTLY tap the offending pellet (which is hanging out the front of your magazine half-way into the barrel) back into the magazine and then you can open the cylinder and remove the problem. This seems to be a lot quicker than the published technique of removing the barrel, which will be your fall-back technique. I have an order in for a selection of different diameter pellets to salvage the 3-pack mag issue and I'll amend this review later on.
Things I liked:Matching finish to revolver, made of actual metal, rotating revolver action seems to work well, but...see below. Things I would have changed:Make available in silver finish.
AND, See below. What others should know:Absolutely unsuable. Holes in cylinder too big to hold pellets in place. Result: Pellets fall out in pocket, while being handled, and worst of all, in gun itself, thereby jamming the gun and requiring disassembly of gun to clear the jam. This is a known problem going back several years (see prior reviews)and is long overdue for correction. Get on it, Pyramid.
I have on order several different pellet sizes to see if the problem can be salvaged by the user, but this should not be necessary, Pyramid.
Things I liked:I ordered the 4" barrel version of the revolver with this 6" as a possible alternate. I give the 6" barrel 5 star rating as it is very well made and exactly as represented in the description. The matte black finish matches the gun perfectly. Things I would have changed:Make a 3" or 2 1/2" barrel available. The L-frame Smith & Wesson remains in common usage and these air pistols are often used as trainers or practice pieces by their owners as they replicate the size and weight of the real firearms. A notable feature of the L-frame is that its size & weight is virtually identical to a Colt Python equipped with a similar barrel length. Both 2 1/2 " (common) and 3" (not so common) barrels have been available from both makers for decades. Wouldn't it be nice if the owner of say, a short barreled Colt or Smith, be able to practice without launching (expensive) .38 specials down range? What others should know:Several things to know...upon receipt, the barrel actually on the gun was so tight as to be unremovable. A bit of a quandary, it was as there was nothing to grip or add leverage and the Vice-Grip option would have drastically marred the barrel. The solution was to wrap the barrel with a number of rubber bands, thereby giving a more gripable surface. After the initial problem, there have been no repeats of this issue.
While the longer barrel does add a bit of velocity, the accuracy shows no noticeable improvement, at least not for me. I was a little surprised at this as one would think the longer sight base would add more accuracy, but no. Perhaps as the revolver wears in and smoothes out there might be an improvement.
Do take the time to match your sight picture to the other barrel by selecting the appropriate blade width from the extra sight blades you got with the gun. Umarex makes no mention of this in the directions so you have to figure it out for yourself but do note the extra blades are of different widths and since the barrel length is now different, the apparent sight picture will also be different.
In terms of handling, balance and looks, I personally prefer the shorter barrel, but these are issues solely up to you. As they say, boxers, briefs or bras, your personal opinion is the only one that counts.
Things I liked:Exactly as described, work very well, much better packaging than previously. Only thing wrong, there should be more of each type of pellet. There's not really enough to give much of a trial. I don't mind paying some more for this package, but give me enough pellets for a fair trial. That said, unlike some others, when they say the pellets are, say, 4.52mm, they really are 4.52mm. Gold star for that. Things I would have changed:as above.
Things I liked:They're reasonably good quality, but...not really good enough for me. Things I would have changed:These a purchased for test purposes to pick the best weight and diameter of a series of pellets.
Guess what? Although clearly labeled 4.50mm and 4.52mm, none of them are even 4.50mm. Very disappointing as these were purchased to see if Umarex cylinder magazines (for say Smith & Wesson Revolvers) could manage to not drop pellets into your pocket or onto the bench while trying to appraise accuracy.
Answer: They can't. What a waste of money.
To be fair, this is just as much a problem with the after-market Umarex revolver-magazines as the pellets themselves. The Umarex magazines that come with the revolver seem to work just fine. However, the aftermarket ones (I would guess) are manufactured with worn-out tooling and have oversized and inconsistant bores. Not acceptable.
They do seem to be good enough for my 1954 Winchester break-barrel plinker though...mini-Coke can at 10 feet...but that's about it. Big thumbs down on this product. What others should know:Don't buy this product.
Things I liked:Excellent product. Using my (now quite ancient) Tau Brno Pistol, I can pretty much stack one of these on top of another at any reasonable range. In an odd way, it's sort of discouraging to have a pistol/pellet combination that shoots better than you do. Things I would have changed:not a thing, a wad-cutter is what it is. What others should know:Approach with caution anything using a rotary magazine. This would NOT be a pellet problem, but rather a magazine problem. In other words, I might select a round-nosed pellet, rather than a wad-cutter.
(Sure do like those clean paper holes from wadcutters, though.
Things I liked:These are good. Things I would have changed:Perhaps a larger package short of the zillionaire quantity. What others should know:Without being too much a shill for Pyramid air, get an appropriate amount of the Pellgun oil. It actually does seem to have positive effect on things.
Kind of pretty, too.
Things I liked:An Adendum to my previous review. The problem, you may recall was that the after-market cylinder/magazines for the Smith & Wesson revolver were unable to hold pellets actually in the magazine and would drop them here & there, in one's pocket or just while generally handling them. Unacceptable, of course. I might also mention, anything successfully launched from one of these mags was hideously inaccurate. Things I would have changed:As promised, I ordered the JSB TEST MATCH DIABLO "Carefully Selected" airgun pellets that boasted pellets in varying weights (irrelevent) and varying diameters. The idea being, if the after-market cylinder/magazines were bored oversize, then oversized pellets would solve the problem. Before we proceed, I should emphasize the two magazines included with the gun functioned just fine, but...
I will not bore you with a long and boring list of numbers, but rather cut directly to the chase. (Thank you, your appreciation for that is appreciated.) What others should know:The what you should know part.
None of the cylinder/magazines are bored with any notable consistency. Even the two(barely workable) original magazines are barely acceptable. (Bad)
Clearly the issue is factory tooling that is just about worn out. The after-market mags, however, are being manufactured on tooling that IS WORN OUT! Having just enough experience in this line of work to recognize the problem, I say to Umerex, "Hey, get on it! This is not a big expensive fix, in fact a minor tooling deal, more a maintenance problem. FIX IT!"
To Pyramid Air, I remind you that, as a major retailer, you have considerable power to put pressure on a misbehaving wholesaler. This is actually the precise unwillingness to deal with a very minor problem that undo's a major wholesaler's credibility and effectively torpedo's an otherwise effective and efficient operation. The history of industrial manufacture is rife with examples of "for want of a nail" lack of rational investment of minor money resulted in multi-million dollar losses.
If you don't believe it, Google "Chevy Vega." It's the tale of corporate supidity that'll scare the socks off you. Really, for the want of a very few bucks (like about $5.00 per unit,) a million dollars plus was squandered by a major corporation.
THE (at least) intermediate FIX: H & N makes a series of pellets sized at 4.52mm that seems to work well (enough) in the aftermarket magazines. As a bonus, they seem to be reasonably accurate
Things I liked:Still an excellent value, particularly for those with a "Real" Smith & Wesson "K" or "J" frame, or perhaps a Colt Python or Cobra. Great practice piece and a hooping lot less expensive that practice with powder.
Things I liked:Works very well and recommended, both in .22 and .177, but... Things I would have changed:As has been noted by other users, the brass weight is a bit too long for some chambers. I'd rather not have to chop 1/8 or 1/4 inch off the end and have to chuck it into the drill and taper the end with sandpaper or a file to make it work as well as it should. (Yes, you may consider this directions on how to fix this item.) What others should know:Despite the necessary modification as noted, I still recommend this product.
Things I liked:This is.really quite the nice piece of work. Price, at least in the realm of firearms, is so far beyond reasonable as to be almost suspect. Honestly, I was not expecting anything like the quality this item exhibits. Optical quality, while not precisely up to E Leitz or Zeiss standards, is considerably in excess of this price point...and unlike the E Leitz item, does not include a "K" in the price statement. (You know, as in "$2.5k" or "$3.1K ). In no way is this some fourth-world POS. Things I would have changed:My only criticism would be that it's somewhat bigger and heavier for a 1 to 4x scope than I expected. This is far from a deal breaker, nor even a negative comment, as I interpret this as being simply more robust than anticipated. Also, it's in proper proportion to the pretty hefty Air Arms Pro Sport that it now lives on. What others should know:Actually, there is one other criticism that possibly might be a bit more serious though I would not reduce my rating because of it. Even at the lowest illumination setting, the red/green reticule is too bright. I've not yet safari-ed to the great darkness of our bordering regional park (Shush...don't tell) to hunt the vicious black gopher of legend, but it would appear the scope could use at least 2 or 3 lower settings. Perhaps a comment worth forwarding to the maker, as well as a future upgrade.