Airguns of the American West Part 3

Airguns of the American West Part 3

Delivering Western Justice – Testing the Umarex Colt Peacemakers

By Dennis Adler 

Bat Masterson (portrayed here by the author from Guns of the Old West) wore his Colt cross draw style, butt forward and covered, making it almost impossible for anyone to disarm him from behind. It has also been written that he carried two guns, and in some instances he did when heading up a posse or on the open plains, but in town where most everything happened at close range, it was the shorter barreled Colt carried cross draw that Bat preferred over any other.

Bat Masterson (portrayed here by the author) wore his Colt cross draw style, butt forward and covered, making it almost impossible for anyone to disarm him from behind. He was partial to the 4-3/4 and 5-1/2 inch barrel length Colts for a faster draw. 

The Umarex models fit all SAA holsters and, like the originals, with some practice you can learn to draw pretty quickly and firing gunfighter style get shots on the target from 10 paces. Carefully aimed shots, as veteran frontier lawman Bat Masterson advised, “…looking through the sights is a very essential thing to do when shooting at an adversary who is returning your fire,” can land six BBs or pellets in the bull’s eye time and again. read more


Airguns of the American West Part 2

Airguns of the American West Part 2

Delivering Western Justice – The Umarex Colt Peacemakers

By Dennis Adler

Between May and November 1876 more than eight million people from the United States and around the world visited the Philadelphia Exposition, roughly 20 percent of the nation’s population at the time. Countless thousands were left in awe of Colt’s new Single Action Army revolvers.

Between May and November 1876 more than eight million people from the U.S. and around the world visited the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. Roughly 20 percent of Americans got their first look at Colt’s new Peacemaker revolvers in this massive display cabinet containing a center pinwheel of 18 engraved Single Action Colts.

The Umarex Colt Peacemakers are more than just BB or pellet-firing CO2-versions of America’s greatest single action handgun; they are a tribute to one of the most significant eras in American history.

The original Colt SAA models were introduced in 1873 but the majority of early production was for the U.S. military, in fact, few civilians had even seen a Colt Peacemaker until 1874 or 1875. Many Americans actually got their very first glimpse of the new Colt revolvers in May 1876 at our nation’s International Centennial Exposition held in Philadelphia’s Fairmont Park. The Exposition was opened by President Ulysses S. Grant and Dom Pedro II, Emperor of Brazil. As thousands waited to enter they could see, close by, the vast Main Exhibition Building. Beyond were the towers and expanse of Machinery Hall, the Gothic barns of Agricultural Hall, the arabesque architectural intricacies of Horticultural Hall, the art galleries of Memorial Hall, and twenty-four state and other buildings covering 236 acres. At the time it was the largest exposition in American history. read more


Airguns of the American West Part 1

Airguns of the American West Part 1

Colt, Smith & Wesson and Winchester – Delivering Western Justice 

By Dennis Adler

Author’s note: This series of articles is based on the books Guns of the American West and Colt 175 Years, and chronicles the history of the original models that inspired these new western airguns, and how through their development a dramatic chapter in America’s history is being rewritten for airgun enthusiasts the world over. 

The Guns that Won the West included single action revolvers from Colt and Smith & Wesson, and Winchester lever action rifles. Modern CO2-powered Old West guns not only provide the look but the feel of the original 19th century designs. Pictures at top the Umarex lever action rifle, far left two nickel plated Schofield revolvers from Bear River, center two hand engraved Umarex Colt Peacemakers with a Western Justice holster and cartridge belt, and at lower right the standard blued model Umarex Colt SAA with a Cavalry holster and belt by John Bianchi Frontier Gunleather.

The “Guns that Won the West” included single action revolvers from Colt and Smith & Wesson, and Winchester lever action rifles. Modern CO2-powered western guns provide both the look and feel of the original 19th Century designs. Pictured at top, the Umarex lever action rifle, far left, two nickel plated Schofield revolvers from Bear River, center, two hand engraved Umarex Colt Peacemakers with a Western Justice holster and cartridge belt, and lower right, a blued model Umarex Colt SAA with Cavalry holster and belt by John Bianchi Frontier Gunleather.

There are three names in American firearms history that are known the world over: Colt, Winchester, and Smith & Wesson, but of all the legendary American armsmakers over the last 180 years, none embodies the genius or the history of Samuel Colt and the Colt’s Patent Fire-Arms Manufacturing Company. Colt is the American handgun. read more