Walther CP99 Compact – Blowback Action Semi-Auto Part 1

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)
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

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

Concealed Carry Weapons Training with Airguns

CCWT Part 2 

Drawing Practice and Stepping Down to A Subcompact 

By Dennis Adler 

Concealed carry techniques all have the same requirement, a handgun and holster that can be comfortable worn out of sight but easy to access if needed.
Concealed carry techniques all have the same requirement; a handgun and holster combination that can be comfortably worn out of sight but remain easy to access if needed.

I have had a concealed carry weapons permit for over 20 years and the majority of handguns I have carried have been compact and subcompact semi-autos or revolvers, and almost all carried in a belt holster worn at the 4 o’clock position. The vast majority of CCW permit holders go with a smaller compact or subcompact handgun and one of the smallest 9mm models available, and most definitely one of the narrowest at 1-inch, is the Walther PPS and new PPS M2. The matching Walther PPS blowback action airgun is one of the most technically accurate of all the Walther air pistols and ideal for this discussion on training with airguns. But first let’s look at concealed carry drawing practice. read more

Concealed Carry Weapons Training with Airguns

CCWT Part 1

Concealed Carry Weapons Training with Airguns

By Dennis Adler 

Using blowback action semi-auto airguns like the Sig Sauer P226 X-Five and Walther PPS combined with holsters for the cartridge-firing models can be a training asset.
Using blowback action semi-auto airguns like the Sig Sauer P226 X-Five and Walther PPS combined with holsters for the cartridge-firing models can be a training asset. 

Happiness is never having to say, “I hate carrying this gun!” When it comes to finding the handgun and holster that works best for you, and I mean “you” the person reading this, no matter what you have read, no matter how good it sounds or looks, until you try it, live with it, and become comfortable and proficient with it, it’s only words. This is where training with airguns that duplicate the size, operating features, weight and handling of their cartridge-firing counterparts can save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars and help make the final decision on what handgun to carry and how to carry it. read more