Re­mem­ber when cow­boy films ruled the world? Then this limited edi­tion could be for you, the editor says

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Phill Price tries out the Colt 45, one of the spe­cial pis­tols of the ‘Gold Edi­tion’ range from Umarex

D ur­ing my an­nual visit to the in­cred­i­ble IWA show in Ger­many this year, I went along to see Umarex on their stand which was vast, as ever. The ‘Gold Edi­tion’ range of pis­tols caught my eye be­cause it was about as bright and shiny as you could ever imag­ine – as the photo shows, they haven’t been shy with the colour choices. On the Colt .45 SAA Peace­maker I have on test, the frame and bar­rel are brightly nickel-plated, whilst the cylin­der, ham­mer and trig­ger blade are gold- plated. To top it all off the grips are sim­u­lated ivory, with a lovely Colt badge inset in each side. Be­cause this is a li­censed gun, the Colt brand­ing is au­then­tic and cor­rect. I think it’s fair to say that this is a bit of a Mar­mite look, but I know from ex­pe­ri­ence that limited edi­tion, gold plated pis­tols sell like hot cakes!


Be­cause this re­volver uses dummy car­tridges, it loads and ejects just like the real thing. To be­gin, you half cock the ham­mer and then swing the load­ing gate out to the right. This ex­poses an empty chamber into which you drop the car­tridge, and the car­tridges ac­cept .177 pel­lets into their bases which is a quick and easy job. The 12 gramme CO2 cap­sule sits in the frame in the con­ven­tional place, and Umarex has clev­erly built the hex driver needed to com­plete the job into the grip, so you al­ways have it with you.

The des­ig­na­tion SAA stands for Sin­gle Ac­tion Army, telling us that the ham­mer needs to be man­u­ally cocked for each shot. This is slower to fire re­peat­edly than a dou­ble-- ac­tion re­volver, but it gives the huge ad­van­tage of de­liv­er­ing a crisp, light re­lease that’s an ab­so­lute plea­sure to use.


Guns of this era had very ba­sic sights, with a sim­ple front el­e­ment, and a groove in the top of the frame used as the rear sight. Th­ese are crude at best, but au­then­tic to the gun and any­way, I don’t imag­ine any­body buy­ing one of th­ese as a pre­ci­sion tar­get pis­tol. This limited edi­tion will ap­peal to those old enough to re­mem­ber when cow­boy films were ev­ery­where, and the hero al­ways gal­loped in and re­solved the town’s prob­lems with his ‘six-shooter’. It’s well made, has a good heft in the hands and is a plea­sure to shoot. Add re­al­is­tic load­ing and good ac­cu­racy and I bet this lovely re­volver will be an­other huge hit for gun shops ev­ery­where.

“this re­volver uses dummy car­tridges, it loads and ejects just like the real thing”

ABOVE: The hex driver used to load the cap­sule is built into the grip

TOP: This is the first we’ve seen from the Gold Edi­tion range from Umarex

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