Umarex Steel Storm

Umarex Steel Storm

Putting reality on hold to build the ultimate .177 cal. shooting experience!

By Dennis Adler

Combining elements of the Mini Uzi and MAC 10, the Umarex Steel Storm is a true subgun with selective fire burst control. It is shown with Umarex/Walther MRS holographic weapons sight and FLR650 tactical light and red laser.

Combining elements of the Mini Uzi and MAC 10, the Umarex Steel Storm is a true subgun with selective fire burst control. It is shown with Umarex/Walther MRS holographic weapons sight and FLR650 tactical light and red laser.

I am always writing about authenticity, the accuracy found in the small details of blowback action air pistols and double action revolvers. But sometimes you have to throw all that out the window. The best reason I have found in the last few years is a selective fire .177 caliber BB pistol made by Umarex with the unlikely name, Steel Storm. Sounds like the title for an action adventure film, and there is plenty of action when you pull the trigger on this CO2-powered machine pistol.

The Steel Storm is larger than wither a Mini Uzi or a MAC 10, but with its all polymer construction is not a heavyweight, even with a charge of .177 steel BBs on board and all accessories, it weighs in at a modest 3 pounds, 10 ounces.

The Steel Storm is larger than wither a Mini Uzi or a MAC 10, but with its all polymer construction is not a heavyweight, even with a charge of .177 steel BBs on board and all accessories, it weighs in at a modest 3 pounds, 10 ounces.

Selective Fire options

The option of semi-auto and full auto (or burst fire) has long been a component disallowed in the civilian firearms market (without special licensing and meeting ATF requirements). With BB guns exempt from NFA edicts, the same designs that require an ATF Form 4, local law enforcement signature, a background check and a $200 tax stamp are permissible. One can own a working .177 cal. selective fire pistol and usually for less than the $200 price of the tax stamp!

Selectors include the large vertical thumb safety (red dot exposed for FIRE), and single-action/burst fire control, which is shown in the single-action position.

Selectors include the large vertical thumb safety (red dot exposed for FIRE), and single-action/burst fire control, which is shown in the single-action position.

There are a several recent additions to the selective fire airgun inventory and nearly all are based on real (original) firearms that offered semi-auto and full auto operation, like the Umarex Model 712 Mauser Broomhandle and the Mini Uzi. In creating the Steel Storm Umarex actually didn’t venture too far from reality, they just took several ideas and combined them.

The BB reservoir is underneath the front sight, which slides back to allow loading.

The BB reservoir is underneath the front sight, which slides back to allow loading.

To load the magazine the follower lever is pulled forward and locked in place, and then the gun is tilted back and forth to allow 30 BBs to fill the loading channel. Then just release the follower lever. Pull the charging handle at the rear to chamber the first round and you are ready to shoot. The follower lever moves along with the BBs so you can tell how many shots remain.

To load the magazine the follower lever is pulled forward and locked, then the gun is tilted back and forth to allow 30 BBs to fill the loading channel. Then release the follower lever and pull the charging handle at the rear to chamber the first round. The follower lever moves along with the BBs so you can tell how many shots remain.

To design the Steel Storm Umarex has married the famous Uzi Pistol and Ingram MAC 10 to create a stylized selective fire model with some unique features of its own. The Steel Storm is aptly named, as it can produce a hail of steel with the touch of a switch. And not having to exactly duplicate someone else’s designs, allowed a little freedom in the “what if I did it this way?” department. The Steel Storm takes many of the best aspects of the Ingram and Uzi, scales them up a little so you have a 300 round BB reservoir with a built-in magazine.

Power for the 300 shot Steel Storm comes from two 12 gram CO2 cartridges loaded into the pistol grip. The magazine release drops the magazine part way, and then a second release on the back of the pistol grip is depressed to remove it. The seating screw key is stored inside the removable left magazine panel. Once the CO2 is seated, everything loads back up inside the grip.

Power for the 300 shot Steel Storm comes from two 12 gram CO2 cartridges loaded into the pistol grip. The magazine release drops the magazine part way, and then a second release on the back of the pistol grip is depressed to remove it. The seating screw key is stored inside the removable left magazine panel. Once the CO2 is seated, everything loads back up inside the grip.

The air pistol is powered with not one but two 12 gram CO2 capsules contained in the pistol grip magazine that push .177 cal. BBs downrange at 430 fps (feet per second). Add integral top and bottom rails for optics and laser sights, and top it off with a 6-burst selective fire switch, and you have a gun that is nothing but fun to shoot.

The Walther MRS is a perfect match for the Steel Storm providing a variety of reticle styles and intensity levels. This is really a necessary option to maximize accuracy.

The Walther MRS is a perfect match for the Steel Storm providing a variety of reticle styles and intensity levels. This is really a necessary option to maximize accuracy.

Umarex/Walther accessories are also ideally suited to optimize the Steel Storm’s accuracy, particularly the Walther MRS (Multi-Reticle Sight) with four different holographic reticles, full windage and elevation adjustments and seven levels of illumination. This adds a bit more to the price of the gun. Add lights and lasers? One-stop here, too. The Walther FLR650 and UTG tactical light and laser are designed just for air pistols and air rifles. The LED light and laser sights fit Weaver and Picatinny rails with a spring tension mounting system that provides a bright, six-LED flashlight surrounding a red laser. A four-function switch allows fast changes between flashlight, laser, laser and flashlight, and off. This ups the total price once again, but for less than $200 you can have a fully outfitted, max-capacity, .177 cal. selective fire tactical air pistol with optics, lights and laser.

With the Red Dot sight (plus the Walther or UTG red laser) the Steel Storm is a very solid and accurate .177 caliber air pistol that is capable of delivering high performance shooting under any lighting conditions.

With the Red Dot sight (plus the Walther or UTG red laser) the Steel Storm is a very solid and accurate .177 caliber air pistol that is capable of delivering high performance shooting under any lighting conditions.

Blowing steel downrange

To load the Steel Storm you slide the front sight back to open the BB reservoir and you can pour in up to 300 .177 caliber steel BBs. To charge the internal magazine the guide spring on the left side of the frame is pulled forward and locked in place. Then tilt the airgun back and forth and BBs from the reservoir will fill the magazine channel. It will hold 30 rounds. You can reload from the reservoir 10 times and shoot out all 300 BBs on the two 12 gram CO2 cartridges loaded into the pistol grip.

The Umarex Steel Storm is a high-capacity tack driver. With optics the .177 cal. air pistol blasted an entire section out of the bull’s eye from 21 feet. Wider spread is shots that were fired in six-round bursts.

The Umarex Steel Storm is a high-capacity tack driver. With optics the .177 cal. air pistol blasted an entire section out of the bull’s eye from 21 feet. Wider spread is shots that were fired in six-round bursts.

Running a series of range tests with 30 rounds and sighting at 21 feet with the MRS red dot, the Steel Storm dumped its charge into a circle measuring 1.75 inches and blew out one section of the bull’s eye. With the selector set to 6-shot bursts, 30 rounds covered just over 2.1 inches. The Steel Storm is not only fun to shoot but quite accurate when equipped with optics. If you are stuck on authenticity, as I am, just think of the Steel Storm as the subgun offspring of a Mini Uzi and a Mac 10.

A word about safety

Blowback action airguns provide the look, feel and operation of their cartridge-firing counterparts and this is one reason why they have become so popular. Airguns in general all look like guns, blowback action models more so, and it is important to remember that the vast majority of people can’t tell an airgun from a cartridge gun. Never brandish an airgun in public. Always, and I can never stress this enough, always treat an airgun as you would a cartridge gun. The same manual of operation and safety should always apply.

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