The ed­i­tor tests a great WW2 replica from Umarex

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When I saw this pis­tol listed I jumped at the chance to try one out im­me­di­ately. “Can I test one of those Umarex Lugers, please?” I asked. “It’s not a Luger, it’s a P08” came the re­ply. Bet­ter do my home­work then. As a young­ster I of­ten watched films about WW2 in which the Ger­mans al­ways car­ried these pis­tols, and we call called them Lugers. They were de­signed by a man called Ge­org Luger, but its proper des­ig­na­tion is the P08. What­ever, it’s a great-look­ing replica and the all-metal build feels good and weighty in your hands. Like many other pis­tols of this kind, it func­tions with the 12 gramme CO2 cap­sule be­ing car­ried in the grip and a drop- out magazine hold­ing the BBs. All well­proven stuff.


Where it dif­fers from more mod­ern de­signs is in the han­dling. The grip sweeps back at a far more rad­i­cal an­gle than most, which I thought would make it feel muz­zle-high with a re­laxed grip, but it wasn’t that no­tice­able. I only needed a slight down­ward cor­rec­tion to align the sights, which are non-ad­justable and quite rudi­men­tary, as were the orig­i­nals. In my hands, they were spot on at six yards. These are not the kind you can find in a hurry and the ‘ V’ notch rear sight isn’t as easy to align as a square one. How­ever, these are au­then­tic which is what mat­ters.

The man­ual safety is also in an un­usual place, high on the left side of the frame, al­most in the web of your strong hand and I found it eas­i­est to op­er­ate with my weak (left) hand. When en­gaged it fully dis­con­nects the trig­ger. The only con­ven­tional con­trol on this gun is the magazine re­lease but­ton, which is lo­cated be­hind the trig­ger guard on the left of the grip.


I shot first with the rec­om­mended 4.5mm steel BBs, which func­tioned flaw­lessly, and then swapped to my favourite pel­let, the Ex­cite Smart Shot, cop­per- coated lead ones. These also fed with­out prob­lems so I stuck with them for the du­ra­tion of the test. Be­cause they’re lead, they de­form on con­tact with my steel catcher and the chance of a re­bound is hugely re­duced. The trig­ger is dou­ble-ac­tion only mean­ing that it cocks the ham­mer at the be­gin­ning of the stroke and re­leases it at the end. This nat­u­rally means that the move­ment is long and heavy, but not overly so, and I found it pre­dictable, which is a great aid to ac­cu­rate shoot­ing. With the Smart Shot I was get­ting sub 2” groups at six yards, eas­ily good enough for my plink­ing needs.

This is yet an­other win­ner from Umarex, be­ing a great replica and a work­ing gun too. If WW2 col­lect­ing is your thing, or you just like his­tor­i­cally cor­rect pis­tols, then you re­ally do need to see one of these fine guns.

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