BBs vs. Pellets – Part 1

BBs vs. Pellets – Part 1

The choice between steel and lead with two exceptional Umarex Beretta models

By Dennis Adler

The top guns in Beretta’s air pistol line are the 92FS pellet gun (left, shown with full optics and laser accessories), and the brand new Model 92A1 blowback action BB pistol.

The top guns in Beretta’s air pistol lineup are the 92 FS pellet gun (left, shown with added optics and custom laser), and the new Model 92 A1 blowback action BB pistol.

I have a certain default I established years ago when I began writing about the use of airguns for firearms training, and one specific model has come up more often in my articles than almost any other air pistol, the Umarex Beretta Model 92 FS. It is based on the long established Beretta Model 92 platform, arguably Beretta’s most famous and universally-recognized handgun. And well it should be, since it has been our nation’s standard issue military sidearm since 1985. read more


Training with airguns trigger pull

Training with Airguns

The trigger pull conundrum

By Dennis Adler

Four excellent examples of Umarex CO2 pistols that can be used to train for their cartridge-firing counterparts, the latest Beretta 92 A1 (top), S&W TRR8 (center), Colt Commander (bottom left) and Beretta 84 FS.

Four excellent examples of Umarex CO2 pistols that can be used to train for their cartridge-firing counterparts, the latest Beretta 92 A1 (top), S&W TRR8 (center), Colt Commander (bottom left) and Beretta 84 FS.

Blowback action airguns, and cartridge loading BB or pellet revolvers, are designed to be as close as possible to their cartridge-firing counterparts in features and operation, but not everything can be accurately recreated. Obviously, there is no appreciable recoil with an air pistol or the sound of gunfire, (of course, with the increasing use of noise suppressors on cartridge-firing handguns and rifles, the latter is becoming less of a defining characteristic, but that’s another story for another time). read more


Umarex Beretta Model 84 FS

Umarex Beretta Model 84 FS

Fine tuning your CCW skills with an “air” of confidence

By Dennis Adler

A baby Beretta 92FS, the superbly designed compact pistol was originally chambered in .32 ACP and introduced in 1976. The Umarex is an accurate copy of the .380 ACP Beretta models. (A Model 92 FS airgun is shown in the backgroud for comparison)

A baby Beretta 92 FS, the superbly designed compact pistol was originally chambered in .32 ACP and introduced in 1976. The Umarex is an accurate copy of the .380 ACP Beretta models. (A Model 92 FS airgun is shown in the background for comparison)

Think of the original Beretta Model 84 FS as a small Model 92 FS. It was the same double action/single action semi-auto pistol design right down to Beretta’s famous open-slide configuration. The open-slide design used on the 9mm and .380 ACP semi-autos was devised to effectively eliminate the possibility of stove-piping and produce nearly flawless cycling, as well as reduce carry weight, not to mention creating a very distinctive profile. read more


Gletcher Russian Legends APS

The Gletcher Russian Legends Part 3

The Soviet APS

The Kremlin’s Cold War Military Pistol

By Dennis Adler

Like the Tokarev and Makarov, the Stechkin was named for its designer, Igor Stechkin, another brilliant soviet arms designer. The Gletcher Russian Legends APS is a very authentic reproduction.

Like the Tokarev and Makarov, the Stechkin was named for its designer, Igor Stechkin, another brilliant Soviet arms designer. The Gletcher Russian Legends APS is a very authentic reproduction. (Stechkin service manual courtesy Cornell Publications)

The U.S. had managed with one standard issue pistol since 1911, with the exception of the OSS, the predecessor to the CIA, using a variety of handguns including a custom-built High Standard .22 with an integral silencer. The Soviet Union, on the other hand, had rotated through a series of handguns from the old 1895 Nagant revolver, to the Tokarev TT-33, the Pistolet Makarova Model 1951, and 1951 APS or Automaticheskij Pistolet Stechkina. read more


Umarex Beretta PX4 semi-auto air pistol

Umarex Beretta PX4 semi-auto air pistol 

A storm on the horizon

By Dennis Adler 

The Umarex Beretta PX4 Storm is a visual match to the 9mm and .40 S&W cartridge guns and an excellent airgun for training in the handling and basic operation of the PX4 Storm.

The Umarex Beretta PX4 Storm airgun is a visual match to the 9mm and .40 S&W cartridge guns and an excellent training substitute for learning handling and operation.

Not every air pistol is a copy of a cartridge-firing handgun, but blowback action airguns have assumed that role. They are by design intended to serve several purposes, only one of which is training (or remedial training) with a duplicate to a cartridge-firing handgun. Another is simply to learn safe gun handling without the expense of purchasing a cartridge-firing handgun, which many airgun owners never do. And last, and perhaps most import, they are simply a lot of fun to shoot because they do more than just send a BB or pellet downrange. Part of the attraction to blowback action airguns is their greater sense of realism and for many airgun enthusiasts that is the “E-Ticket” ride, to coin an old expression. The Umarex Beretta PX4 Storm is a perfect example. read more