This report covers:
- The differences
- The test
- ASG Blaster
- Smart Shot
- Dust Devils
- Shot count
- Trigger pull
Today we shift our attention to the Makarov Ultra BB pistol with blowback. This one is also from Umarex but sadly is no longer available. That would normally make this an historic blog, but this series is an exception because we are going to look at all the Makarov BB pistols and the Makarov firearm.
This will be both a Part 1 description and a Part 2 velocity test. Since you already know a lot about the Makarov I don’t have to repeat all of that.
On the surface this pistol looks a lot like the last pistol we looked at — the one that’s still available. Since this is a replica pistol we expect it to look the same. It would be wrong if it didn’t! The biggest difference is that this one has blowback, so the slide comes back with each shot. That gives the simulated feeling of recoil.
Another difference is that the Ultra has a drop free magazine that also holds the CO2 cartridge. To load the first pistol you pulled the one-piece plastic grip panel back to reveal the stick magazine and the cavity where the CO2 cartridge fits. Because of that, the firing valve was a part of the pistol and not the magazine. And only the stick magazine itself comes out of that pistol.
In the Ultra the firing valve is in the magazine that’s held in the grip by the same rear release that’s found on a Makarov firearm. And the single stack BB magazine is in the front of that drop-free unit. This means the mag can be removed from the pistol without losing any gas.
And, just like the firearm, the one-piece plastic grips on this pistol are held on by a single screw in the back.
Unlike the first Mak, this one does not have a double action trigger pull. When the magazine is in the pistol the hammer must be manually cocked for the first shot or pull the slide back to cock it. After that the slide blows back with each shot, recocking the hammer until there are no more BBs. Then the slide locks back, letting you know to reload. This is exactly what the Mak firearm does.
I didn’t mention it before but both the first pistol and this one disassemble exactly like the Mak firearm, though the firearm’s recoil spring is much stronger. Pull down on the front of the triggerguard and then slide the slide all the way to the rear and pull up. When assembling you have to press the slide down against the hammer that’s in its way.
Since there didn’t need to be as much explanation up front I decided to do the velocity test today. I’ll use the same BBs that were used for the velocity test of the first pistol.
The non-blowback Mak averaged 389 f.p.s. with the steel ASG Blaster BB. The spread there was 11 f.p.s. The Ultra averaged 354 f.p.s. with a spread from 336 to 389 f.p.s. That’s a range of 53 f.p.s. I will come back to this BB for the shot count but for now we’ll move on.
Lead Smart Shot BBs averaged 341 f.p.s in the non-blowback Mak. In this Ultra they averaged 307 f.p.s. The spread in the non-blowback Mak was 9 f.p.s. and in this Ultra the spread went from 292 to 315 f.p.s. — a difference of 23 f.p.s.
The Dust Devil frangible BBs was very strange. The first shot was also the slowest — at 274 f.p.s. But the average for 10 shots was 338 f.p.s. The high was 367 f.p.s. on shot two, right after the slowest shot. So the spread was 93 f.p.s. which is huge. And, lest you think as I did that shot one was an anomaly, the ninth shot went out at 276 f.p.s.
For the shot count I switched back to ASG Blasters. There were 4 additional shots on the pistol from the first velocity test, so a total of 34 shots were already on this cartridge. Remember we’re back with Blaster BBs. Shot 35 went out at 289 f.p.s. and I thought the gun was out of gas, but shot 36 went out at 365 f.p.s. — faster than the previous average. And here is how the rest of it went.
50……………339 the blowback became noticeably weaker around shot 53
After shot 65 I loaded no more BBs because I didn’t want to get one stuck in the barrel. But I continued to release the locked-back slide and fire the pistol. On shot 74 the slide no longer locked back and the gas was almost all gone.
The Ultra has a single stage trigger pull but one that has a huge amount of slack at the beginning. The Mak firearm has the same slack, but only about one-third as much.
I was surprised to see that the single stage trigger pull averaged 9 pounds 2 ounces. It feels like half that. I was so surprised that I measured the single stage trigger pull of the Makarov firearm. It averages 5 pounds 15 ounces. Yet the two feel the same when I hold them in my shooting hand. However I do feel creep on the first part of the Ultra trigger’s pull (the slack), so there may be some parts inside that need “smoothening.”
Once you hit the wall of the single stage pull the trigger has one more spot of creep, just like the firearm trigger. So, even in this respect the two guns are similar.
The Makarov Ultra is a very good replica of the firearm it copies. Next up is the accuracy test where we see how it fares. I’m guessing that Smart Shot are again going to be the most accurate.