by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier
This report covers:
- The test
- Sig Match Ballistic Alloy
- The sights
- RWS Superdome
- Air Arms Falcons
- RWS HyperMax
- Crosman Premier light
- RWS Hobby
Today we test the accuracy of the new Umarex Strike Point multi-pump pistol. This test is the one we have all been waiting to see. The Strike Point is firmly in competition with the Crosman 1377, and we want to know how it stacks up downrange.
I shot from 10 meters off a sandbag rest. I shot 5 shots per target because this is a multi-pump. If any pellet grouped well, I would shoot another 10 shots with that pellet. I pumped the gun 4 times per shot, because the velocity test indicated that would be okay.
Sig Match Ballistic Alloy
The first pellet I tested was the Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellet. It wasn’t tested in the velocity test, but this pellet has proved remarkably accurate in many airguns and I thought it deserved a test. Five pellets went into a 2.922-inch group. I’m not showing the dime in this photo because it makes no sense. This is a huge group for 10 meters! Also I noticed that 4 of the five pellet holes showed some tipping of the pellet as it passed through the target.
This first result put me on my guard. This test became very serious. I know I am a good pistol shot, and at at 10 meters I cannot be this bad on my own! This has to be the pistol. Okay, perhaps it doesn’t like this pellet. I need to make a dramatic change.
I thought seeing the sights was going to be a problem, but they were easy to see. Even though the front sight is as wide as the bullseye, it can touch the 6-o’clock position with precision. And my fear that it was too wide for the rear notch was unfounded. It just fit inside the rear notch when the pistol was at arm’s length. The low hood wasn’t a problem today, but it will be when the target is not as well-defined as paper bullseyes that are brightly lit.
The second pellet I tested was the RWS Superdome. The first shot hit the lower left edge of the target paper. I shifted the aim point to the top of the bull for shot number two and that pellet dropped below the pellet trap, putting a hole in the shelf the trap was sitting on! That’s a drop of 10 inches. That ended the test with Superdomes!
Air Arms Falcons
I didn’t have to change the target for the third pellet, which was the Air Arms Falcon. Five of them went into a group that measures 2.528-inches between centers. I may as well tell you — this is the best group I was able to shoot with the pistol! I didn’t know that at the time, though, so the test continued.
The Strike Point put 5 Falcon pellets into a group measuring 2.528-inches between centers. This is the best group I shot with the Strike Point in this test. As you can see, a couple of these pellets tipped also.
The Strike Point is an Umarex airgun and I wanted to give their pellets a good test, so the next pellet I tested was the RWS HyperMax lead free pellet. Umarex and RWS are different companies, but Umarex USA is also RWS USA, so they have a close association. I figured their pellets would be the ones this pistol was tested with.
Well the first pellet missed the target altogether and the test was over. I’m not going to shoot up the wall in my garage just to prove a point!
Crosman Premier light
Next I shot the Crosman Premier light dome. Four of the five shots hit the paper in a group that measures more than 6-1/2-inches between centers I have no idea where the fifth shot went. The fourth pellet only nicked the edge of the target paper on the left, which I indicated with an arrow on the target. If the target hadn’t been taped to a cardboard backer I would have missed this shot, too.
The first RWS Hobby pellet missed the target altogether and the accuracy test was over.
Based on the results of this test I cannot recommend the Umarex Strike Point pistol. Could I have gotten a lemon? Yes, that’s always possible. If this gun were made by Benjamin, a company with an established reputation of making multi-pump pneumatics, I might think that was the case. But Umarex has no reputation for multi-pump pneumatic pistol. As far as I know, this is the first multi-pump pistol they have made. I have to believe the test pistol is representative of what the customer will receive.
The Strike Point has several things going against it. The trigger is positioned oddly forward and the trigger pull is far too heavy. The front sight is overly large, plus the low hood makes it difficult to find the target. The rear sight only adjusts for windage, which I would have looked at, had the test pistol been able to shoot a decent group.
In the end it is the lack of accuracy that closes this report. I cannot give this pistol a good recommendation in light of today’s test results.