Well it’s not as if I don’t already have a decent selection of BB and Pellet guns but the history geek in me had to pick one of these up when Pyramyd Air had a sale and I had a bit of extra coin.
A full metal construction, full auto replica firearm with bolt blow back, the 30-bb magazine is powered by 2 regular CO2 cartridges. On full-auto, the blow back uses a lot of air, but I was getting two full magazines at good strength per 2 CO2. Not incredibly accurate (it’s a BB gun with a smooth bore barrel) the MP40 is really made for fun. You want a .22 or .25 caliber pellet pistol for varmint control or tack-driving. This thing shreds paper targets, makes tin cans dance, and perforates soda cans. You can read the specs and specifics at the PA site or check out some of the YouTube video reviews for more info. ( I like ReplicaAirGuns in Canada)
It’s not a target gun but it’s a great conversation piece and the perfect shooter for a warm afternoon of plinking with friends.
Umarex Legends series Broom handle Mauser full-auto BB pistol is a flat out blast.
There I was on the internet one evening, minding my own business, when BLAM in bursts a Pyramyd Air email with a discount code and free shipping. Frugal shopper that I am, I click over to their site and pick up this Wishlist item. A rather esoteric piece of firearm history, plus full-metal construction, blowback action, and full-auto capability made it a deal I couldn’t refuse.
Its arrival was the occasion to build a BB trap for indoor plinking in the basement. Both the pistol and the trap worked perfectly. In fact, I laughed out loud the first time I ripped off a clip of BBs at full auto.
So should you get one? Well here are the PROS
1. Rugged, full metal construction.
Only the faux wood handles are plastic, solid plastic at that. Otherwise, it’s all metal and heavy enough to stun a horse.
2. Full-Auto and Blowback Action.
Sure you can shoot semi-auto but why? Once you flip the selector switch to full-auto, you won’t go back.
3. Conversation piece. Here’s the Wiki Link to the C96 for you history buffs. But if Winston Churchill and Han Solo had one, what can be wrong?
Here are the CONS
1. It ain’t cheap.
It’s not a $39.99 Crosman. (not that there’s anything wrong with Crosman or having a budget) Just be prepared to spend $150 for a pistol plus CO2 and steel BBS.
2. It’s Heavy
See No. 1 above. I recommend two hands to maximize control, especially on full-auto.
3. Pisses through CO2
See No. 2 Above. The blowback action uses CO2 to propel the BB as well as move the action. On Full Auto, you’ll only get three mags per air cartridge. The combination BB mag/CO2 holder means you can’t have preloaded mags on standby. If efficiency is your thing, get a Walther CP88 or a Webley Alecto. I own both and they are excellent pistols. This is a different animal. Which brings me to my next point.
4. It ain’t accurate.
BB guns generally have a tube barrel, no rifling. Which means no spin. Which means less accuracy. This is a plinker. (a BB hose, actually) If you want an air pistol for target shooting or varmint control, try a Crosman 2300S (yes, I have one. Custom-build)
or get a good pellet rifle. This is a good one.
If hanging out with your buddies and plinking cans and shredding paper targets sounds like fun, this is for you. Add steel BBs, a big box of CO2, and you’re good to go. Rugged, interesting, fun, this is a worthy addition to your air gun collection. Just be sure to stock up on CO2 and BBs – you’ll be going through them like crazy.
If you’re in a more serious mood or you need to take out the crows/squirrels/groundhogs molesting your garden, grab the Bone Collector or something like this Benjamin. They won’t disappoint.
If you’re into backyard plinking, you need one of these.
I’m firmly in the ‘recreational shooter’ category. I’m not one of those Doomsday Preppers burying an AK, 1,000 rounds and tinned peaches in my back yard against the Coming Crisis, or sporting a Desert Eagle in a shoulder rig under my leather jacket hoping someone tries to mug me. I want to spend a sunny afternoon with friends knocking down tin cans and perforating paper without my wallet screaming in protest over a couple hundred rounds.
So when the local public range closed due to complaints and insurance difficulties, and firearm ammo became scarce and/or overpriced, I returned to my first love: pellet guns.
Single shot 22 caliber, break-barrel, spring-action carbine, the Hatsan SuperTact is a ton of fun. Search the interwebs, you find mixed reviews. “Heavy, wobbly, cheaply made, inaccurate…” Mine is excellent. Factory have a good run that day? Work out the bugs? Who knows?
I picked mine up from PyramydAir during a “xx% off PLUS free shipping” sale and I’m glad I did. Seeing how much money I would save with the discount, I geeked the Hatsan out with the air-gun equivalent of a muzzle brake and a decent scope. Whole package came in $232, which included a 500 count tin of Crosman Premier .22 Cal, 14.3 Grains, Hollowpoint pellets. Shoot all day long and bring a friend.
Yes, it’s heavy. Yes, it takes strength to cock. Yes, you need the stock/carbine configuration. But by God does it slam ’em downrange; at 450 f/s, it shreds pineapple cans. Add the scope, and I bet you’ll drive tacks with it. And if you need to de-varmint your yard, this is a great, inexpensive alternative to a full-size pellet rifle like a Diana or Gamo.
So far, it’s been solid and reliable, and everyone who shoots it, instantly wants one. Overall, I’d say this is an excellent value for the money and a perfect way to spend an afternoon with friends without breaking the bank.
Just check your local laws and ordinances before ordering, and always follow proper gun safety rules. Be safe. Be smart. Have fun.
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