The Umarex Steel Storm – Part 3

by B.B. Pelletier

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Part 2

Umarex Steel Storm.

Today, I’m testing the accuracy of the Umarex Steel Storm BB submachine gun. Of the three BB guns I’ve been testing…this, the HKMP5 K-PWD and the Umarex EBOS…only the Steel Storm lacks a shoulder stock. Shooting for accuracy means I have to hold the gun in two hands as far in front of my face as I can reach, to allow me to see the rear sight notch adequately. So, that was what I did, but this is not a natural way to hold a gun.

As I mentioned in an earlier report, submachine guns are not target guns in any sense of the word, and people usually walk their shots into the target while firing from the hip. With some subs like the H&K MP5 that isn’t as necessary as it is with guns like the Mac 10 and the M3 grease gun, but I find most people do it anyway because it’s fun. No doubt that will be how people shoot the Steel Storm most of the time, but I wanted to show the potential for accuracy in this report. read more

The Umarex Steel Storm – Part 2

by B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

Umarex Steel Storm

I learn as much about airguns from this blog as anyone. Only, I get my education from the comments. In the case of today’s topic, the Umarex Steel Storm, I learned that this was already a front-runner among the BB subguns on the market. It didn’t need any of my attention to move it into a top spot.

Full-auto fire is one good reason the Steel Storm surpasses the HKMP5 K-PWD in most people’s eyes. Now, I have to give my opinion on that. The full-auto burst rate of the Steel Storm is nothing like a true submachine gun firing on full auto. The reason? It’s simply too fast. It has a cyclic rate that must exceed 1,200 RPM, which puts it up in the MG 42 (Hitler’s bonesaw) range. In fact, it sounds more like a minigun than a machine gun to me. read more

The Umarex Steel Storm – Part 1

by B.B. Pelletier

Another BB submachine gun: the Umarex Steel Storm has a different set of features and offers a lot at a competitive price.

When I review a vintage airgun, we always get a lot of comments about this and that. Apparently, a lot of you like seeing the guns of yesteryear. Sometimes, the gun is one that not too many of you know, and that’s a lot of fun…learning about something for the first time.

Then, when I review a contemporary airgun in the expensive class, we get a lot of comments from readers who always wondered this or that about the model but never had the opportunity to see one for themselves. It’s nice to have an expensive product laid out for you, warts (if any) and all so you can evaluate what might be a major purchase. read more