War Dogs Part 5 The P.08 and P.38

War Dogs Part 5

On the firing line – Luger P.08 vs. Walther P.38

By Dennis Adler

The Umarex Walther P.38 (right) and Gletcher (and Umarex) P.08 Parabellum are nearly identical in overall design, dimensions and operation to the original 9mm pistols.
The Umarex Walther P.38 (right) and Gletcher (and Umarex) P.08 Parabellum are nearly identical in overall design, dimensions and operation to the original 9mm pistols.

 Between the Walther P.38 and Luger P.08 we have two preeminent German handgun designs; two very different approaches to a 9mm military sidearm, nearly half a century apart from each other and  built by two of the most famous armsmakers of all time. Packing all that history into a pair of CO2- powered, .177 caliber blowback action handguns is a tall order, but Umarex and Gletcher have managed to do exceptional work on each design. read more

War Dogs Part 4 The P.08 and P.38

War Dogs Part 4

The German Equation – Luger P.08 vs. Walther P.38

By Dennis Adler

Famous for design and innovation, two of the most easily recognized handguns in the world, the Luger P.08 design has been around for more than a century, and the Walther P.38 remains of the greatest handguns of all time, still relevant as a defensive sidearm 79 years after it was introduced. Both guns are also made today in .177 caliber blowback action models.
Famous for design and innovation, two of the most easily recognized handguns in the world, the Luger P.08 design has been around for more than a century, and the Walther P.38 remains one of the greatest handguns of all time, still relevant as a defensive sidearm 79 years after it was introduced. Both guns are also made today in .177 caliber blowback action models.

It is a foregone conclusion which handgun was the greatest American semiautomatic pistol of WWII, not quite so easy on the European front where Germany had two very successful and popular sidearms at their disposal, one, like America’s Colt Model 1911A1 came from an earlier era and had already proven its mettle under fire in WWI. This was the famous Luger Parabellum introduced in 1900; the P.08 version (without the grip safety) was introduced in 1908. read more

Walther CP88

Walther CP88 Competition Part 2

Aiming downrange with the classic Walther semi-auto

By Dennis Adler

The Umarex Walther CP88 Competition brings the classic design of the Walther P88 Champion 9mm pistol to the world of airguns with a 4.5mm, 8-shot semi-auto based on the most exclusive of the P88 models manufactured in 1992.
The Umarex Walther CP88 Competition brings the classic design of the Walther P88 Champion 9mm pistol to the world of airguns with a 4.5mm, 8-shot semi-auto based on the most exclusive of the P88 models manufactured in 1992.

In design and operation, the Umarex Walther CP88 shares an internal kinship to the 4.5mm Walther CP99, also introduced by Walther some 16 years ago. Both use 8-shot cast alloy rotary magazines which are loaded at the breech after using the slide release lever to open the action. Depressing the release allows the forward portion of the slide, containing the barrel, to move forward exposing the chamber. Once loaded, pushing the slide back to the closed position makes the gun ready to shoot. Internally, the CP88 models, like the CP99 pellet pistols, are revolvers with the rotary magazine cycling around the barrel bore like the chambers on a revolver. read more

Walther CP88

Walther CP88 Competition Part 1

After more than 15 years this is still the top 8-shot 4.5mm target pistol

By Dennis Adler

The Umarex Walther CP88 is a true competition derived pistol design based on the 9mm P88 Champion model, which used a 6-inch competition barrel and single action trigger.
The Umarex Walther CP88 is a true competition derived pistol design based on the 9mm P88 Champion model, which used a 6-inch competition barrel and single action trigger.

There’s an old belief that if you do things right the first time you don’t have to do them over again. A little more than 15 years ago Umarex and Walther did something absolutely right called the CP88, and it is still one of the very best 4.5mm multi-shot pellet pistols you can own.

The 9mm semi-auto it was based upon, the Walther P88 was, at one time, one of the top ranked semi-autos in Germany for law enforcement use, a finely crafted, high-capacity 15+1 pistol with exceptional handling and accuracy. It was, however, an expensive handgun for law enforcement use and was only produced in its original version from 1987 to 1993, when it was replaced by the slightly smaller and less expensive P88 Compact. The lower manufacturing cost was due to minor changes in the pistol’s design which simplified some of its features. The Compact version was discontinued in 2003, by which time the new polymer-framed, striker-fired Walther P99 had replaced the P88 in the holsters of most German law enforcement officers. read more

Umarex Walther PPK/S

Umarex Walther PPK/S

Re-experiencing the first blowback action .177 caliber semiautomatic air pistol

By Dennis Adler

A little over 17 years ago Umarex introduced its first blowback action CO2 semi-auto air pistol, the Walther PPK/S. The latest version (left) is remarkably close in appearance to the PPK/S introduced by Walther in 1968 for importation and sale in the United States.
A little over 17 years ago Umarex introduced its first blowback action CO2 semi-auto air pistol, the Walther PPK/S. The latest version (left) is remarkably close in appearance to the PPK/S introduced by Walther in 1968 for importation and sale in the United States.

A little over 17 years ago, Umarex stunned the world of airgun with the introduction of the first ever blowback action semiautomatic air pistol. Up until that time air pistols that looked like semi-auto handguns did not have slides that moved, or in any way actually functioned like a cartridge-firing pistol. With the debut of the PPK/S in 1999, Umarex and Walther wrote a new chapter in the design and manufacturing of air pistols, a chapter that is continually being revised, even by the original author, Umarex. read more

Airguns of the American West Part 9

Airguns of the American West Part 9

The Walther Lever Action Rifle

A blending of designs that embodies “The Gun that Won the West”

By Dennis Adler

With a sheepskin tied around the stock to disguise the black plastic buttplate and the hood removed from the front sight, the Walther looks very much like an 1894 Winchester. (Shown with a custom holster by Chisholm’s Trail Leather, an Umarex Colt SAA, and “Bohannon” hat courtesy of Golden Gate Western Wear)
With sheepswool tied around the stock to disguise the black plastic buttplate, and the hood removed from the front sight, the Walther looks very much like an 1894 Winchester. (Shown with a custom holster by Chisholm’s Trail Leather, an Umarex Colt SAA, and a “Bohannon” hat courtesy of Golden Gate Western Wear)

The lever action rifle has its origins in the Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson-designed Volcanic rifle, and the short-lived Volcanic Repeating Arms Company, which they sold to Oliver Winchester in April of 1857. They used the money to start S&W in Springfield, Massachusetts, and by the end of the year had introduced America’s first cartridge-loading revolver, the S&W No.1. They had also patented America’s first self-contained metallic cartridge, the .22 short rimfire in 1856, and a year prior, secured the patent rights to the bored through cylinder from inventor Rollin White. Winchester, along with Benjamin Tyler Henry, took Smith and Wesson’s Volcanic rifle design and used it as the foundation for the 1860 Henry rifle. Their new Henry lever action .44 rimfire rifle gained national fame during the Civil War and was carried by former Union and Confederate soldiers, frontiersmen, and lawmen throughout America’s post Civil War Western Expansion. read more

Walther CP99 Compact – Blowback Action Semi-Auto Part 2

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 at 21 feet.
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