Umarex Boys Club

Join the boys of the U.B.C., for a great week­end at the 2018 Mid­land Game Fair

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Paddy Egan and crew re­port on the Umarex range suc­cess at the Mid­land

“a week be­fore the show, I had ev­ery­thing packed, la­belled and ready to go”

Hi, it’s Paddy Egan, here, one of the founder mem­bers of the Umarex Boys Club. Back in Fe­bru­ary, Umarex asked us if we could run their range at the Mid­land Game Fair. They would sup­ply the Air­guns, CO2, air and pel­lets, whilst we could use our own tar­gets, set-ups and themes. When it was time to get the team to­gether I asked UBC mem­bers, Luke and Ade, if they could help, and then Ja­son, the club founder. Next on the agenda was tar­gets, so I asked Mark and Paul from Air-Tar­gets if they would like to join us and they gladly ac­cepted – their tar­gets are amaz­ing – and by a week be­fore the show, I had ev­ery­thing packed, la­belled and ready to go.

Nor­mally, I like to go the day be­fore to help set up and get a clear pic­ture of the venue, but with this one I had to work on the Fri­day af­ter­noon, so set­ting up was left to Mark and Paul, with Bevin and the rest of the Umarex guys.


On the Satur­day morn­ing we all met up and sorted out the air­guns, in­clud­ing LGV, LGU spring ri­fles, 850 Mag­num, Walther un­der­levers, CX4 Storm CO2 ri­fles and RM8 PCPs. We didn’t have the same va­ri­ety of pis­tols be­cause they are harder to con­trol safely in such an open, busy en­vi­ron­ment, but we’d brought the new Glocks and a Beretta 92FS. Gen­er­ally, at shows like these, ri­fles are more prom­i­nent and that’s some­thing we would like to change in the fu­ture.

Mark and I were on the Air-Tar­gets booths, with the Umarex un­der­lever and Beretta Storm – both guns are ideal for the il­lu­mi­nat­ing tar­gets and the pub­lic loved it. There were eight cir­cle tar­gets with lights in the mid­dle, which lit up one at a time, ran­domly. I set the bench mark with 11.06 sec­onds and a young lad smashed my time with 9.55 sec­onds. I was happy for him - hon­est!

Mark was look­ing af­ter the booth to my left and he had the Beretta Storm. I tried it on the 16 il­lu­mi­nated plate tar­get and boy, was this fun! Mark was ex­tremely good with the pub­lic, show­ing them how to shoot, and he also coached the ladies who soon got into the swing of things.


The range area was very spa­cious and big­ger than some clubs I’ve seen. Un­box­ing the kit was fun and gave me a chance to fa­mil­iarise my­self with some new stuff. I haven’t had

much ex­pe­ri­ence with PCP ri­fles, but af­ter some tips from Ja­son, I was con­fi­dent enough to be able to demon­strate ev­ery­thing on of­fer.

The ma­jor­ity of peo­ple had some ex­pe­ri­ence of ri­fles and were knock­ing down the tar­gets out to about 50 yards with­out too much trou­ble. Some of the younger shoot­ers had a lit­tle dif­fi­culty be­cause we only had adult-sized ri­fles, but with some help with load­ing they were able to hit some­thing.

I spent some time with the pis­tols and found it in­ter­est­ing that vir­tu­ally all the younger shoot­ers were drawn to these first. I’d es­ti­mate that 90% had never shot a pis­tol be­fore, but some were ob­vi­ously nat­u­rals be­cause they were hit­ting those mini-ter­mi­na­tor fig­ures time and time again. The non-blow-back Glock 19 was very pop­u­lar and show-go­ers were pleas­antly sur­prised when told the price was around £99. The Glock 17 with blow-back was avail­able on the Sun­day and this was also very pop­u­lar, es­pe­cially when peo­ple learned it was a pre-pro­duc­tion model.

It would have been good to have more va­ri­ety of pis­tols, es­pe­cially as we are pri­mar­ily pro­mot­ing pis­tol shoot­ing, but we’ve al­ready got a plan to present to Umarex, to make the ex­pe­ri­ence even bet­ter for peo­ple at the Bri­tish Shoot­ing Show.


Satur­day morn­ing be­gan with me learn­ing how to gas-up and load the NBB Glock 19 pis­tol be­fore demon­strat­ing it. I hadn’t been very ex­cited about the NBB. I al­ready own sev­eral air­soft Glocks that I felt no need to re­place, but be­com­ing fa­mil­iar with the NBB 19 quickly changed my mind. I’ve spent some range time with a Glock 23 and 22, and the replica felt just like the real thing. The two Glock 19s fired some­where near 6000 BBs over the week­end with no fail­ures or stop­pages – an im­pres­sive per­for­mance, and they were ex­tremely gas-ef­fi­cient get­ting over 120 shots per bulb.

James from Umarex UK men­tioned that they had a cou­ple of blow-back, pel­let-fir­ing Glocks on the stand, but he wasn’t sure if they were func­tional due to be­ing pre-pro­duc­tion mod­els that had been to sev­eral shows al­ready. They’d had thou­sands of pel­lets out through them and days of be­ing re­lent­lessly dry-fired. An hour later, James reap­peared with a blow-back Glock and three mag­a­zines, we found that it worked flaw­lessly and were al­lowed to keep it for the next day’s demon­stra­tion.

To my sur­prise, de­spite the heavy blow-back I was able to hit the cen­tre of a knock-down tar­get at 10 yards re­peat­edly, and the shot count of 60-odd was re­ally good for a blow­back gun. The Glock was fan­tas­tic fun to fire and there were no ma­jor is­sues, aside from a lit­tle bit of cool down from be­ing rapid-fired again and again, which we re­solved by ac­quir­ing an­other gas mag’ from the Umarex stand. The only down­side was that I had to

“I asked her mum to take her to a range and nur­ture her nat­u­ral ta­lent”

load 1000 pel­lets into the mag­a­zines, but that was eased by the in­ge­nious built-in pel­let seater, which un­doubt­edly helped with the re­li­a­bil­ity demon­strated by the pis­tol.


It was an amaz­ing cou­ple of days, hard work and tir­ing, but amaz­ing. I spent the week­end on the ri­fle side of things, and all the guns per­formed per­fectly. Three-quar­ters of the peo­ple I met had never shot be­fore, so I got to see a smile when they first squeezed the trig­ger and hit a tar­get. The young­sters were even bet­ter – they got so ex­cited.

There was a young cou­ple in their early twen­ties – the boyfriend shot the RM8 and hit five out of eight tar­gets and bragged to his girl­friend, “I bet you wish you could do that!”

“She’ll out­shoot you, any­way,” I said and showed her how to shoul­der and hold the ri­fle. Af­ter a cou­ple of deep breaths, she hit six out of eight tar­gets. Her boyfriend wasn’t quite so smug af­ter that!

A while later, a lit­tle princess come up to me. She was only six and had an an­gelic smile and huge blue eyes. “Am I big enough to have a go, please?” Like I could say ‘no’ to that! All you dads out there with daugh­ters know the look. Her mum looked pet­ri­fied, but I re­as­sured her .I have taught hun­dreds of lit­tle ones to shoot. I grabbed an 850 Air-Mag­num and ex­plained how to hold, shoot and where to place the cross hairs. On her first shot, a 15-yard spin­ner spun for all it was worth, fol­lowed by three Dalek tar­gets out at about 30 yards. I was im­pressed, to say the least. Even­tu­ally, the only chal­lenge left was a 50-yarder, and I ex­plained that she had to aim above the kill zone to al­low for pel­let drop, and showed her where to aim. You could have knocked me over with a feather when that light went out. I said “Do that again,” and she did. I asked her mum to take her to a range and nur­ture her nat­u­ral ta­lent be­cause she could be a fu­ture Olympic cham­pion – good luck, Princess Sniper.

If you didn’t get a chance to shoot with us, have a look on our web­site where you can meet the gang on the fo­rum and join in our com­pe­ti­tions. Happy shoot­ing!


Thank you to Umarex for putting their trust in us in run­ning their range with our shoot­ing set-ups. I think we did both them and us proud. Thanks also to the guys who gave up their spare time – we never stopped, and we didn’t leave the con­fines of the range area. Peo­ple do­nated gen­er­ously to the char­ity box that the Mid­land Game Fair or­gan­is­ers asked us to put our range and we were later told that we’d raised the most money! What a fan­tas­tic week­end we had, made pos­si­ble by the equally fan­tas­tic peo­ple in our sport. See you next year, ev­ery­one! I

Umarex UBC and Air-Tar­gets - as one.

A ffne se­lec­tion of Umarex ri­fles.

Ter­mi­na­tor plates.

Star Wars plates.

Nice sniper hold there.

Even the dog was fo­cused on tar­get.

I was rather busy at times.

Air-Tar­gets por­ta­ble shoot­ing booths

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