Back in 2015 ASG introduced its blowback action, 4.5mm copy of the CZ P-07 Duty, a semi-auto that, in its centerfire version, has become one of the more popular 9mm carry guns. The 9mm models were introduced by Ceská Zbrojovka five years ago as a full-size polymer frame pistol with an impressive 19+1 capacity (also in .40 S&W with a 15+1 capacity). It is a hand-filling pistol that is roughly the same size, although a different shape, than the famous CZ-75. There are more pistols based on the CZ-75 platform today, than almost any other semi-auto except the Colt Model 1911.read more
Which is faster, a Single Action or a Double Action
By Dennis Adler
To conclude this review of the latest 7-1/2 inch Peacemaker from Umarex and Colt, I’m going to answer a question that has loomed over revolvers since 1877 when the Colt’s Patent Fire-Arms Mfg. Co. introduced the first American cartridge-loading double action revolver. “Is it faster than a Single Action?” The answer depends upon a great number of variables, the greatest of which is, who’s doing the shooting?
The legendary exhibition shooter Ed McGivern set a record shooting two S&W Model 10 double action revolvers on August 20, 1932 and emptying both in less than 2 seconds. The following month he set another record firing 5 rounds from an S&W Model 10 at 15 feet in 2/5ths of a second and grouping his shots close enough that he could cover them with his hand. He was actually faster with a double action revolver than anyone with a semi-auto! So, if the question is “which is faster, a single or double action revolver” and the person pulling the trigger was Ed McGivern, the answer is Ed McGivern. (You should check out on line videos of McGivern’s shooting exhibitions in the 1930s. They are unbelievable).read more
Rather than doing my usual slow fire accuracy test with CO2 handguns, I decided to go Old West with this latest rifled barrel, pellet-firing Umarex Colt Peacemaker and shoot it like a real .45 drawn from the holster and fired duelist style at a man-sized silhouette target at 10 paces (Old West for about 27 to 30 feet; determined by the average distance of a man’s step). I want to see what this latest 7-1/2 inch pellet-cartridge model can do in a gunfight scenario, also, we all know how darned accurate this thing is at 10 meters with a modern two-handed hold, so going with a one-handed Western shooting stance will be more challenging. If you are into Cowboy Action Shooting, practice sessions with the 7-1/2 inch CO2 Peacemaker (indoors especially) is time well spent working on drawing and aiming. And if you’ve got the gear, playing the part to the hilt adds that much more fun with CO2.read more
All that glitters isn’t gold – just the cylinder, hammer and trigger!
By Dennis Adler
As far back as the 1850s, the Colt’s Patent Fire-Arms Mfg. Co. began offering silver plating and gold washed cylinders, hammers and triggers as options on their percussion pistols and early cartridge conversions. Gold plating (or gold wash) was usually added to engraved guns, but silver plating was not uncommon. Over time, silver plating wore thin on the high edges and tarnished unless cared for, but with the advent of nickel plating in the 1860s, the average revolver could be given an almost impervious finish resistant to rust, corrosion from gun powder (if modestly maintained) as well as providing a smoother, more durable finish than a blued revolver. Nickel also has a warmer color tone than silver and is less susceptible to wear and damage. For handguns, nickel had the added advantage of being much easier to wipe down and clean.read more
After the initial first look at this 1911-style pellet-firing air pistol, the big question has been “Why?” It all comes down to how it fires 4.5mm pellets. There were only two ways to fire pellets from a semi-auto style air pistol. The first was using an 8-shot rotary magazine, as originated by Walther and Umarex over 20 years ago with the first CP-88, a non-blowback action semi-auto introduced in 1996. It was, and remains, one of the most authentic looking CO2 air pistols on the market.
It was followed by the equally authentic looking Beretta 92 FS pellet-firing model in 2000. Both are still manufactured today and have yet to be surpassed, even by Walther and Umarex. They are non-blowback action by virtue of the firing mechanism; internally they function like revolvers with the action rotating the magazine for each shot. The slide release is used to open the action (by allowing the slide to move forward and expose the breech), and a new rotary magazine to be inserted. The second design, also by Umarex, is the reversible stick magazine that loads into the pistol grip. It holds a total of 16 pellets using an 8-shot rotary magazine on either end. It was introduced with the Beretta PX4 Storm in 2007 and the magazine design is used today on a number of pellet-firing semi-autos, including the new Sig Sauer P226 and P250 ASP.read more
Shot Show Preview: A first look at Hatsan’s new 1911-A1 Model Part 1
A different “spin” on loading
By Denis Adler
As a gun writer I have looked forward to the annual Shot Show for over 20 years, it is the firearms industry’s own international forum for introducing new models, not to the public, but to the industry itself and its retailers. The only way the general public finds out what is new at the Shot Show is through media outlets (internet and print media) following the show, which runs this January 23rd to the 26th at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas. However, once in awhile we get a preview of what is going to be introduced, and today we get a look at the new Hatsan H-1911.read more
When you talk about a level playing field you also need to have two relatively equal competitors, and that we have with the ASG Dan Wesson Model 715 4-inch BB model and the Umarex S&W Model 327 TRR8 BB cartridge firing rail equipped revolver. Rail guns are nearly always semi-autos and the list is endless from 1911s to Glocks, Sigs, Walthers and so on. When it comes to revolvers the choices are more limited. Among the handful of centerfire wheelguns are the aforementioned Smith & Wesson Performance Center M&P R8, S&W Thunder Ranch and the 327 TRR8, the Chiappa Rhino 40SAR, 50SAR and 50DS, 60DS, and 60SAR models, the biggest selection of rail gun revolvers available, last, the Taurus Judge rail model, and the massive German Korth Super Sport .357 Magnum. What’s not mentioned here is a Dan Wesson model because they don’t make one, at least not in .357 Magnum. But when it comes to air pistols, Dan Wesson, via ASG, does have a rail gun and it is a near perfect match up for the only other BB cartridge firing rail revolver, the Umarex S&W TRR8. Both are, of course, smoothbore guns (but you can shoot lead or alloy pellet cartridges with them if you want), and both have excellent triggers, and sights. The big advantage seems to lean toward the S&W CO2 model because it has excellent green fiber optic sights and a longer 6.25-inch (external length) barrel vs. the ASG Dan Wesson’s 4-inch (external length) shrouded barrel. Internally, the smoothbores measure 3.5 inches for the DW and 5.44 inches for the S&W with a 0.81 inch recess from the muzzle. That gives the S&W almost a two inch advantage. Still, the Dan Wesson smoothbore has delivered some very tight 0.875 inch groups at 21 feet.read more