Postscripts Part 3

Postscripts Part 3

Air err and the Cowboy Lever Action

By Dennis Adler

A very good gun with more potential than almost any new model from 2018. Inadvertently, the Umarex Legends Cowboy can occasionally pierce only one of the two CO2 cartridges loaded when the piercing screw is turned down. This happened once for me, but has happened to several readers who tried out their new guns this past week. What I discovered is that even on one CO2 it will still send rounds downrange at better than 650 fps (and we’re talking alloy pellets from the Peacemaker pellet-firing cartridges, not steel BBs!) This means a special version like a Wanted Dead or Alive Mare’s Laig with cut down stock, 9-inch barrel and magazine would be possible and still shoot like the dickens!

“What we have here is a failure to communicate.” I’ve lifted this famous line from Cool hand Luke with the emphasis on cool because the air chamber in the new Umarex Legends Cowboy Lever Action is very cool, and in fact it needs to be re-explained and better understood. Traditional CO2 pistols and rifles use a single 12 gr. CO2 cartridge that fits in nozzle up (or horizontal on designs like the Diana Chaser and Cowboy Lever Action), but it is usually one CO2 to power the gun. When the seating screw is turned down, the CO2 nozzle pushes into the valve with its piercing pin and O-ring and the seal is complete. read more


Postscripts Part 2

Postscripts Part 2

Finishing up at 45 feet

By Dennis Adler

You know the old saying, practice makes perfect, well I had to do a shoot for Guns of the Old West, hence the real Remington Cartridge Conversion in my holster, and I decided to grab the Umarex Legends Cowboy Lever Action on the way out the door. After the live ammo tests with the Remington I set up targets at 45 feet and began a test with the Lever Action.

The question with the Legends Cowboy Lever Action is how well it will perform now that it is sending steel BBs downrange at velocities of 645 fps and H&N Sport 5.25 gr. alloy pellets at a gong ringing 664 fps. But as we always have to ask, does increased velocity mean increased accuracy? Given the accuracy of the original test gun which was shooting in the high 450 fps range, and grouping 10 rounds at 10 meters into 1.25 inches, with a best five measuring 0.5 inches edge to edge, you have to wonder what an extra 200 fps is going to give this lever action rifle. I had originally planned on doing a test at 45 feet, but bad weather forced me to shoot indoors at 40 feet, and the gun shot well. Now with the higher velocity from the new off-the-shelf-production gun, the 45 foot test is what I’m after for this postscript to 2018. read more


Postscripts Part 1

Postscripts Part 1

Updating some of the most interesting airguns of 2018

By Dennis Adler

The Umarex Legends Cowboy Lever Action was a good shooter at 452 fps and now with a factory rating of 600 fps it fills the bill for every possible Cowboy Action CO2 match need.

One of the minor disadvantages of doing Airgun Experience is that I occasionally get a test gun that is not from the production line; it’s not a prototype, but one of the first of a new model that is reserved for photography and evaluation before the product is actually available. The advantage is that you get to see them first, and read a review before the gun is even on the shelves. This happens quite often with centerfire guns that I review for Guns of the Old West and Combat Handguns, and usually those guns are not for sale until months after the article comes out. Sometimes all the stars align and a magazine hits the newsstands the same month or even week that the new model comes out. Lead time for print publications is measured in weeks and months, for the internet, its days and hours and it is rare that you get to read about something that isn’t available. But that happened with my test of the new Umarex Legends Cowboy Lever Action. I had one more than a month before it was to be released and you all had the benefit of that early review to know if you wanted to add one to your collection. read more