by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

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Legends Ace revolver
Umarex Legends Ace in the Hole revolver.

This report covers:

  • The test
  • RWS Hobby
  • Air Arms Falcon
  • Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellets
  • RWS HyperMAX
  • RWS Meisterkugeln
  • Evaluation
  • Next

Things are back on track today and we will look at the accuracy of the Umarex Legends Ace in the Hole revolver. I hope it’s good!

The test

I shot from a sandbag rest at 10 meters. Ten meters is far for an action pistol, but I am trying to establish where the Ace is, in terms of hitting the target.

I wore my reading glasses so the sights would appear sharp. Single action sights work a little differently than any other revolver sights, because the rear sight is a notch in the back of the frame. The sides of this notch slope up toward the notch on both sides and I find myself holding the front sight blade a little higher than I am used to. Once I get the sight picture, though, I can do good work with an SAA.

The target was fuzzy, but it’s supposed to be. I aimed at 6 o’clock on the black bull.

I shot 6 shots rather than 10, just because this is a 6-shot revolver. That allowed me to test several different pellets.

RWS Hobby

The first group of RWS Hobby pellets was pretty scattered, but I was still learning the sight picture. So I waited until the end of the test and shot another group of Hobbys. This target is representative of what I can do with the Ace I’m testing shooting Hobbys.

Six pellets went into 1.82-inches at 10 meters. The group lies a littler left of center.

Legends Ace revolver Hobbys
Six RWS Hobby pellets went into 1.82-inches at 10 meters. An inauspicious start!

Air Arms Falcon

The next pellet I tested was the Air Arms Falcon. These lightweight domes will sometimes surprise you. Not this time, though. Six Falcons went into 1.663-inches at 10 meters. Once again the group is vertical and to the left of center.

Legends Ace revolver Falcons
Six Falcons went into 1.663-inches at 10 meters.

I was hoping for better accuracy than this. Though the Ace probably won’t be shot at paper targets, it still should be able to hit a bottlecap at 25 feet. And then it happened.

Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellets

The next pellet I tried in the Ace was the Sig Match Ballistic Alloy wadcutter. This time I didn’t look at the target through the spotting scope. Until I walked down to change targets I had no idea this revolver had just put 6 pellets into 0.553-inches! And the group is at the exact point of aim!

Legends Ace revolver Sig Match
The Ace revolver put 6 Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellets in a group that measures 0.553-inches at 10 meters. This is phenomenal!

Why are the Sig pellets so much more accurate? I don’t know, but I can say they fit the cartridges tighter than the first 2 pellets I tested. Also I know from experience with them that these pellets are often superbly accurate. How about that — lead-free pellets that will shoot!

RWS HyperMAX

The RWS HyperMAX pointed pellet is a lightweight lead free pellet that I haven’t tested much in the past. They go fast because they are light, but in the testing I have done they haven’t been too accurate. In the Ace 6 HyperMax pellets made a group that measures 1.055-inches between centers. That’s better than the first two pellets and not bad for an action pistol at 10 meters.

Legends Ace revolver RWS HyperMAX
Six RWS HyperMAX pellets made this 1.055-inch group at 10 meters. This is very good.

RWS Meisterkugeln

The 8.2-grain RWS Meisterkugeln wadcutter is an old favorite. They also make a 7 grain Meister for pistols, but I didn’t have any on hand. At 10 meters 6 Meisterkugeln went into a 0.915-inch group. That’s very good!

Legends Ace revolver RWS Meisterkugeln
Six RWS Meisterkugeln pellets made this 0.915-inch group at 10 meters. Another good pellet.

Evaluation

Three of five pellets tested gave good groups. One was astounding. The Ace in the Hole revolver is more accurate than I thought it might be. The crisp light trigger on the gun I am testing no doubt added to the accuracy, because I could hold very steady on target.

 

I did try my best with all pellets. I even re-shot the Hobbys, because I had learned the sights.

Next

This would normally be the last test for an air pistol like the Ace, but I want to try one more thing with this gun. I have an Air Venturi Dueling Tree target that was made for guns like the Ace. I want to try it on that. It should be fun!