Dave Barham relives his childhood with a Colt 45 from Umarex
Yeehar! Ride ‘em cowboy … was my initial reaction as I opened the rather intriguing box before me. As I lifted the lid I was greeted by the magnificent sight of this Custom Shop Edition Army Colt 45, immediately regressed nearly 40 years and remembered myself running around my parents’ back garden playing ‘Cowboys and Indians’ with my little brother – and as the next couple of hours would prove, boys never grow up.
This great little pistol is a very realistic replica of the Colt Single Action Army .45 revolver. Okay, so it’s not the full- on .45 Peacemaker that all the cowboys used, but it’s damned close and in reality the only visible difference it that it has a shorter barrel - 3.5-inches rather than the 5.5 to 12-inch barrels also produced. This shorter barrel was originally designed for the army to be used in closequarters combat, which cut down the overall weight of the pistol. This is the shortest version of the Umarex SAA .45 pistols, and it’s geared purely for fast, speed-shooting at closequarters – it’s a real tin- can smasher!
This replica fires .177 metal BBs at up to 400fps and has a realistic loading action with one BB loading into each shell. I’m new to the world of bespoke air pistols, so you’ll have to bear with me because I’d never come across this rather fun loading system before.
Authenticity is paramount, and just like the original, this pistol has a single- action trigger and you have to pull back the hammer for each shot to be fired.
The 12g CO2 capsule is housed in the grip – simply lift off the cover, insert the cartridge and tighten the large screw at the base to pierce it. The shells are loaded and ejected in exactly the same way as the original pistol – manually.
We must remember that air pistols are not toys, although this one certainly gets as close to the mark as I have ever experienced. I had great fun shooting this pistol and lost track of time in my back garden whilst destroying tin cans in my ‘rootin’, tootin’, shootin’ gall’ry’
If you’re into collectibles then you’re going to love this one. The finish is nothing short of superb, and it’s a great addition to any collection.
One thing to note is that it is designed to be shot single- handed, and it’s a real struggle to try to shoot two- handed, especially if you have big hands, like me. That just makes it all the more fun and authentic, though, and I don’t think it would have the same appeal if you could shoot it any other way.
The box it comes in really adds to the appeal
The side plate on the handle simply lifts off so you can insert a 12g CO2 cartridge Tighten the screw underneath to pierce and secure the CO2 cartridge
To remove or load the cartridges you must first slide this over Once you’ve inserted the BBs into your cartridges, half- cock the hammer and you can rotate the cylinder to load
There is a manual safety in front of the trigger guard, under the cylinder You have to cock the hammer in order to take a shot
This little lever is used to eject the shell casings for reloading You can see how the lever, when pulled toward the cylinder, ejects the shells