THE BIG TEST

When is a pis­tol not a pis­tol? When it’s an RP5 Carbine, of course! Dave Barham checks out the ex­cit­ing new RP5 Carbine combo from Umarex

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The editor has fun whilst re­view­ing the RP5 Carbine from Umarex

Just be­fore Christ­mas, I was lucky enough to have one of the first Umarex RP5 pis­tols in the coun­try dropped onto my desk to play with. This in­no­va­tive, pump- ac­tion, CO2- pow­ered pis­tol comes with ei­ther a sin­gle- shot tray mag­a­zine, or a 5- shot in­line mag’ – and luck­ily for me, I’d been sent two of the 5- shot mag’s. How­ever, after play­ing with the pis­tol, I now wish it was avail­able with a 30- shot mag! what great fun it is to shoot!

Nat­u­rally, I took the RP5 home with me over the Christ­mas break and I had hours of fun in my back gar­den, whilst the rest of the fam­ily were sleep­ing off their Christ­mas din­ner on the big day. The open sights pro­vided are great for plink­ing, and I was look­ing for­ward to ask­ing for a red- dot sight to see if that spiced things up a lit­tle.

When I re­turned to the of­fice in the New Year, I re­ceived an email from Claire, at John Roth­ery Whole­sale, ask­ing if I’d like to take a look at the all- singing, all- danc­ing RP5 Carbine kit – ba­si­cally an RP5 with the de­tach­able stock fit­ted, a sin­gle- shot tray and a nifty hard case to keep it all in.

Of course, after hav­ing such fun with the pis­tol ver­sion, I was keen to see how it all trans­formed into a mini ri­fle. I wasn’t ex­pect­ing what hap­pened next, though.

ALL THE GUBBINS

A day or so after re­ply­ing to Claire, I re­ceived an­other email from her, this time ask­ing if I would be so kind as to present a cou­ple of sales videos for the RP5 set- ups, to which I replied ,“No prob­lem at all.”

When the ‘box of good­ies’ ar­rived in the of­fice for the film­ing, I was ex­cited to see that I’d been sent a plethora of add- ons, which trans­form the RP5 pis­tol turn into some­thing that re­sem­bles a tac­ti­cal ri­fle!

In the box there were var­i­ous Pi­catinny rails, a Walther 4x32 MINI DC il­lu­mi­nat­ing ret­i­cle scope, a Umarex TMB II bi­pod, an Airstream HiPower si­lencer and a Walther FLR650 laser sight/ LED flash­light. I couldn’t wait to get home and get build­ing.

The thing about this ‘pis­tol’ is that the per­mu­ta­tions and ad­dons are end­less. The de­tach­able, am­bidex­trous stock is a dod­dle to put on and take off – it’s held se­curely in place with a sin­gle Allen screw. With the Pi­catinny rails in place, you can at­tach what­ever your heart de­sires and build your own gun to which­ever spec’ you choose. If you want a red- dot sight, you can mount one on the Pi­catinny rail, or as I opted for, you can use mini- mounts and at­tach a scope di­rectly to the pis­tol’s own 11mm rails.

MEAN MACHINE

Once I’d fully built the ‘ri­fle’ at home, it looked like some­thing the Spe­cial Forces would use, rather than an air pis­tol. I was re­ally keen to get out­side and play with it, but it was dark by the time I’d fin­ished, so in my ex­cite­ment I just ran around my empty house in my boxer shorts with the laser sight switched on, reen­act­ing the Ira­nian Em­bassy siege in­stead!

The next morn­ing, I set about do­ing some chrono­graph work to see what this set- up was pump­ing out. It was cold out­side, re­ally cold,

in fact my bench had ice on it, and I won­dered how that would af­fect the power, bear­ing in mind this is a CO2pow­ered pis­tol.

SURPRISINGLY AC­CU­RATE

Time and time again, I had to tell my­self that this RP5 was a pis­tol, not a ri­fle. So when it came to set­ting up some targets and ze­ro­ing the scope, I paced out ten me­tres and set up a back­stop of slabs on which to pin my targets.

I loaded both mag’s, and cocked the pis­tol by de­press­ing the large but­ton on the pump grip and slid­ing it back. This moves the pin in the breech back so you can in­sert the mag­a­zine – it sim­ply pushes into the slot, as simple as that.

Then it’s just a case of push­ing the grip for­ward un­til it clicks, and you’re good to go.

It only took me ten shots to get the RP5 ze­roed, and after that I was pro­duc­ing five- shot groups smaller than a 5- pence piece, reg­u­larly. The bar­rel on the RP5 is smooth, not ri­fled, but it is choked, which means the bore di­men­sions re­duce slightly at the muz­zle to ‘size’ each pel­let just be­fore it leaves the bar­rel. This en­sures uni­for­mity, and it cer­tainly showed on the pa­per targets dur­ing my test­ing.

I shot stand­ing, kneel­ing and fi­nally back on the bench, each time emp­ty­ing a 5-shot mag­a­zine into each

“Time and time again, I had to tell my­self that this RP5 was a pis­tol, not a ri­fle”

tar­get. You can see from the photo how ac­cu­rate it is – very im­pres­sive!

I was hav­ing so much fun I com­pletely for­got to take note of how many shots I was putting through it be­fore I had to change the CO2 cap­sules. Oh well, I just had to start again. How­ever, be­fore I did, I called my mate, Roger, to tell him about the new set-up. He was itch­ing to see it, so I sug­gested I drive over to his place so he could have a play with it, too.

Roger has a large yard, with all man­ner of odds and sods in it, which gave me the per­fect lo­ca­tion for an ‘ur­ban air­gun range’ photo shoot, and by the time I got there, he had set up a few targets dot­ted around the yard, each with a suit­able back­stop. We were now in full- on ‘ran­dom tar­get’ mode, and the next hours flew by as we both took turns mov­ing from shoot­ing post to shoot­ing post, tak­ing shots at all the targets.

This time, I man­aged to keep a note of the shot count, which was bang on 50 shots for this .177 ver­sion. There was still a lit­tle gas in the tank, but I could hear that the pres­sure was drop­ping and the accuracy was be­gin­ning to drop away, too.

VERDICT

I think you can tell by now that I re­ally like the RP5 Carbine. It’s so

much more than just a pis­tol. It’s ac­cu­rate, re­li­able and great fun to shoot.

The build qual­ity is su­perb and Umarex are ex­tremely proud of this fact, stamp­ing ‘Made In Ger­many’ firmly on the breech block. Okay, the price tag might seem a lit­tle ex­ces­sive to some, but I be­lieve the qual­ity of this pis­tol com­mands it.

The Umarex RP5 and its op­tional ac­ces­sories cre­ate the per­fect set- up for those ‘I just want to go out­side and have some fun’ ses­sions. Highly rec­om­mended.

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The RP5 Carbine out­per­formed Dave’s ex­pec­ta­tions

ABOVE LEFT: Us­ing a bi­pod re­ally helped im­prove accuracy ABOVE RIGHT: The 5- shot mag sim­ply pushes in place BELOW: It re­ally looks the part with all the mods fit­ted

Step 1 Re­move the screw hold­ing the rear sight in place. You’ll need a flat­head screw­driver for this part. Step 4 You can now re­move the rear sight. It sim­ply lifts up and off like so. Step 2 Flip the rear sight up to re­veal the Allen screw hid­den un­der­neath it. Step 5 Slide the stock onto the pis­tol han­dle, mak­ing sure the lo­cat­ing pins un­der the pis­tol grip click in place. MAIN: Great fun on a cold morn­ing Step 3 Undo the Allen screw with the Allen key pro­vided - it’s fairly long, so be pa­tient! Step 6 Se­cure it in place with the Allen screw on top and an­other screw un­der the pis­tol grip.

BELOW LEFT: Accuracy 5 shots at 10 me­tres from the bench RIGHT: There is a man­ual safety but­ton

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