Walther CP99 Compact – Blowback Action Semi-Auto Part 2
Airing out the CP99 Compact
By Dennis Adler
The Walther CP99 Compact is a quality-built airgun that proved more than adequate for use as a training aid, as well as a great .177 caliber semi-auto for target shooting.
To make this test of the CP99 Compact even more realistic, I used the same holster for the Umarex model as I use for my own Walther P99, a Safariland ALS injection molded paddle holster. This is designed for the full size P99 but the Compact fits as well even with a shorter barrel length. As proof of how accurate the CP99 Compact is to the cartridge-firing models, the ALS (auto locking system) thumb release locking system in the Safariland holster works perfectly with the airgun.read more
Walther CP99 Compact – Blowback Action Semi-Auto Part 1
Walther’s Concealed Carry P99 model on Air
By Dennis Adler
The Umarex Walther CP99 models are blowback action versions of the 9mm and .40 S&W Walther P99 Compact and come in all black or bi-tone finishes. Authentic in all the essential details, the .177 caliber air pistols have a dustcover accessory rail suitable for compact lights and lasers. (Shown with a LaserMax Spartan green laser)
When Carl Walter GmbH introduced the .177 caliber CP99 air pistol some 15 years ago, it was a bold new design that helped launch the current generation of air pistols based on real, cartridge-firing semi-autos. Today, that same model is still among the most popular of all Umarex Walther CO2 models, but the original CP99 lacked one essential feature that really sells semi-auto air pistols today, a blowback action.read more
A Webley airgun from Webley is as good as it gets!
By Dennis Adler
Webley has its own history with airguns and the Mk VI air pistol is an accurate BB cartridge copy of the maker’s original Mk VI (background), produced from 1915 to 1923. (Pictured with a reproduction Webley Mk VI holster from World War Supply and period correct Sam Browne belt handcrafted by John Bianchi/Frontier Gunleather)
There is an almost inexplicable attraction to early military revolvers that has neverdiminished with the passing of years, particularly those from Great Britian’s legendary armsmaker Webley & Scott. The British Empire’s venerated .455 caliber Webley Mk VI revolver has neither lost its attraction (among arms collectors) nor its international recognition as one of the most famous handguns of all time. The Webley Mk VI has also had an illustrious film career being prominently featured in countless motion pictures including 1962’s Oscar-winning Lawrence of Arabia starring Peter O’Toole as T.E. Lawrence. Sir Richard Burton used a Mk VI in the WWII classic The Longest Day, as did Robert De Nero, playing a young Vito Corleone in the Godfather Part II, (he used a Mk VI to shoot Don Fanucci outside his apartment in the flashback scenes to New York City in 1920), and lest we forget the Webley WG (Army Model with bird’s head grip) used by Harrison Ford in two Indiana Jones adventures, The Last Crusade and TheKingdom of the Crystal Skull. Thus, when Webley introduced its .177 caliber version of the Mk VI, the air pistol not only caught the attention of arms collectors and airgun enthusiasts, but movie buffs as well!read more
Meisterkugeln Professional Line 7.0 grain lead pellets were used for the 50 foot range test.
I like to test firearms using ammunition I am familiar with; ammo that I have used before in a variety of handguns and rifles and that I know shoots to a consistent performance standard and provides a baseline for whatever gun I may be reviewing. This works the same with airguns, especially pellet guns, and my baseline always begins with Meisterkugeln Professional Line 7.0 grain lead pellets. I chose them for the Umarex Beretta CX4 Storm because Meisterkugeln provides a level of consistency with rifled barrel handguns and rifles I can rely upon from one gun to the next. For the Umarex CX4 Storm, I decided to push things a bit further and conduct the entire test fired offhand from a distance of 50 feet, using both a support hand forward grip, as well as a conventional forend hold.read more
The Beretta CX4 Storm is a 21st Century combination of tactical and sporting rifle. The Umarex version offers those same attributes in a 4.5mm, CO2 powered, pellet-firing air rifle.
The cartridge-firing CX4 Storm, as well as the Umarex CX4 airgun, use a blowbackaction.The frames and pistol grips for both are a technopolymer composite. Both carbines loads with a handgun magazine inserted Uzi-style into the pistol grip, rather than a traditional rifle magazine positioned forward of the triggerguard. The advantage to the CX4 Storm’s pistol grip magazine well, is the same as with the Uzi, reloading the CX4 Storm is fundamentally identical to loading a semi-auto handgun with the trigger hand holding the grip and thus the magazine well, making it easier to position and insert the magazine, especially in combat and low light situations.read more
Paired with the PX4 Storm pistol, Beretta rekindles an Old West tradition
By Dennis Adler
Back in the days of the Old West Cowboys often carried a Colt Peacemaker and a Winchester lever action rifle that used the same cartridges. (Period 1870’s holsters and cartridge belt by Chisholm’s Trail Leather)
Back in the days of the American West, cowboys, lawmen, and outlaws alike, often carried revolvers and rifles chambered for the same caliber, and for men riding the range, where the next town could be weeks, even months away, carrying a revolver and a lever action rifle that fired the same cartridge was a very practical decision. Colt and Winchester offered their respective single action revolvers and lever action rifles in several compatible calibers, primarily .44-40 WCF (or .44-40 Winchester). The .44-40 Winchester centerfire cartridge was developed in 1873 at the same time as the Colt Single Action Army revolver and Winchester Model 1873 lever action rifle.read more
The choice between steel and lead with two exceptional Umarex Beretta models
By Dennis Adler
Both Beretta models share the same high-quality construction, fit, finish, balance and weight; the 92 FS pellet gun at 44 ounces, the 92 A1 blowback action BB gun at 40 ounces.
Now that the guns have been explained it’s time to look at what will be coming out theendof the barrels. For the Umarex Beretta 92 FS there are a number of options. The principal pellet design in use today for target shooting is a diabolo wadcutter, a pellet with a flat (wadcutter) head, a thin (hour glass) waist and wide, hollow base skirt. This is an extremely efficient, self stabilizing pellet design for velocity and accuracy, and one of four primary pellet designs; wadcutter, pointed, round nose, and hollow point. For the majority of pellet-firing handguns, wadcutters are the most commonly used for punching holes in paper, much like wadcutters are used for target shooting with cartridge loading handguns. With pellet-firing air pistols the wadcutter really excels for accuracy at the traditional 10-meter target distance, that’s 33 feet. Like bullets, pellets are available in different grades and for accuracy, Competition and Match Grade pellets are the most desirable and also the most expensive compared to Basic and Hobby grade pellets, which generally cost much less (we’re talking a spread of under $7 for a 500 count tin, to as much as $40 for the best competition grade pellets).read more