SEE THE C-15
Blow-back CO2 pistols always have that extra level of fun, the editor tells us
Phill Price tries out the all-metal C-15 from Gamo; a great CO2 plinking pistol
As with many things in life, choosing a CO2 plinking pistol is all about compromises. Do you want the maximum number of shots you can from each CO2 capsule? Or do you prefer the added realism of a blow-back action? The choice is easy for me – blow-back every time! Gamo recently sent me their C-15, which has a nice heft because of its all-metal build. Even the slide is metal which adds momentum to the movement as it cycles back and forth.
It’s styled long the lines of a modern 9mm service pistol with its ambidextrous moulded plastic grips. The grips might be ambidextrous, but the high-mounted safety and magazine release buttons are placed for right-handed shooters only.
Loading a 12- gramme CO2 capsule is child’s play. You first release the plastic assembly that comprises the back strap and magazine extension, then drop in the capsule and drive it up into the action with the toggle screw in the base. The magazine is much more interesting and original. At each end it has an 8-shot rotary magazine for 16-shot total capacity. Better still, it drops free of the mag’ well with a press of the release button, allowing a fresh one to be instantly loaded. This makes it a good choice for rapid-fire drills that dictate reloads.
Being double-action, the trigger’s movement is very long, but well suited to smaller hands. Where the trigger actually breaks, the blade is right back against the grip, so those with big hands should try before you buy to make sure that it will suit you. The combat-style open sights are not adjustable, but they are big and bold, enhanced with white dots to add clarity. They shot just slightly high and right for my two-handed hold, but I still had no trouble keeping all my shots on a typical IPAS-style target, even during rapid fire. Three-inch groups at 10 yards with the first pellet I picked up tells me that this gun has lots of potential when the right pellet is found through careful testing.
The trigger does two jobs. Firstly, it rotates the magazine to line up the next pellet with the barrel, and secondly, it drops the hammer to strike the valve that releases the CO2. If you don’t allow the trigger to go all the way forward with each shot, the pistol will fire on an empty chamber, but I soon adjusted to this after making the mistake once or twice.
This is a great little pistol and tons of fun. The build quality feels good and I note that Gamo has these made in Japan where they have a great reputation for building reliable guns. Overall, I’d say this is a great little plinker with the bonus that it has the potential to compete in action sports as well.
“Three- inch groups at 10 yards with the first pellet I picked up tells me that this gun has lots of potential”
What you see here is a recipe for guaranteed fun The magazine has an 8-shot rotary pellet holder at each end