Umarex Boys Club
The Umarex Boys Club’s Paddy Egan reports from the British Shooting Show
Paddy Egan and crew report on their fantastic day out at the BSS
Umarex Boys Club founder, Jason, and I went to the British Shooting Show on the Saturday for a mix of official duties and meeting up with fellow UBC members, and what a day we had! Our first port of call was the Umarex stand, to see Bevin Lesueur, UK Sales Manager, and Oliver Lux, Export Director, because they’d invited us to have a chat, and to show us their new products.
Bevin went into the store room, brought out a box containing the New RP5 pistol, and led us to their own firing range, which was free to the general public – the right way to go, in my opinion. The pistol has a 5-shot magazine, it’s Co2-powered, constructed in black polymer, and you pull back the fore stock and then push it forward to cock it.
Jason had a go first, shooting at a rat target at about 15 yards. He knocked it straight down, and then it was my turn. I knocked the same target down twice, just to prove the first one wasn’t a fluke. Jason had been the first person in the UK to shoot this pistol because they hadn’t brought it out on the Friday, and less than 10 people in the world had shot with it – another first for the UBC. Our first impression of the pistol is that it is awesome; the weight and feel are spot on, the mag’ is easy to load, and the fore-grip pump is very easy to cock. We have got our names down for one each.
I could easily turn this into an RP5 review, but they had another pistol to show us, the Glock 19 4.5mm CO2 pistol, and its fit and finish looked spot on. The magazine is a stick-type, and the base plate on the mag’ is sturdy enough to grab. Within a few seconds, I’d worked out how I could have a pouch for multiple magazines and do quick changes. Jason and I were pleasantly surprised to hear that the Glock will retail at around £130 and will be released in about three weeks’ time. The RP5 will be around £250, release date expected in April, and there will also be an option of a stocked, slightly longer-barrelled carbine rifle version of the RP5 at near full power. I am really looking forward to that one! It looks like a proper airgun and not a replica of a real steel pistol. There will be full in-depth reviews of these pistols very soon.
We then went on to our meeting to discuss a closer working partnership with various new ideas and concepts, details of which remain part of the UBC and Umarex Official Secrets Act 2018!
Once the meeting was over, Jason and I were buzzing, to say the least, so we had a sit down and then went on to enjoy our jolly because this was the first time we had been there not on duty, so to speak. After a few phone calls, we met up with two UBC members, Kevin and Luke, before continuing our tour of the show. We started to look around the non-airgun areas first because although I knew I wouldn’t be buying anything, it would be cool to see what else was out there. On one stall they did
specialist shooting packages to Kiev, and on the back of the leaflet there was a silhouette of an RPG launcher and I asked jokingly, “Do you get to shoot that?”
The gentleman’s reply was, “Yes, for £900 extra!” Okay …. Our next port of call was the AGW Stand to say hello to Terry Doe and Phill Price.
I introduced Kevin to Terry, who complimented Kevin on the articles that he has submitted for us. He also told the public who were there what a great job we do for the airgun community, and that meant a lot to us.
We went off on our travels again – the aisles were getting rather crowded – and landed at the Airforce One stand because I have been in contact with Mike Hurney regarding the up-and-coming SMLE CO2 rifle. The rifle that they had on the stand was a prototype example, with parts that were 3D printed, so the furniture wasn’t the same as will be on the final production model. They are expecting the first run to come into the country in April, and I have been invited along to their unit as soon as the rifles arrive. They had the Mauser counterpart next to it, which is full metal with proper wood furniture. This one felt a whole lot better and very solid. I was assured that the SMLE will be to that standard, so I am really looking forward to my visit to them in the near future. Whilst we were at the stall, Jason eyed up a few bargains and snapped up a Gamo MP9 for £69.99 and a Umarex Beretta Mod 84.
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Throughout the day, we kept going back into the stalls to have a look for bargains and to see if we had missed anything. On one stall, there was a Milbro M16 spring rifle for £100, that Jason had been eyeing up, but he kept on taking his time, so Kevin decided to buy it.
Jason said, “Well, that saves me buying it then.”
“It’s all right ,” the seller told him. “I have three more in the van.”
So, Jason bought one and then I got coerced into buying one too, because it ‘we can have our very own competition with these rifles!” It was then Luke’s turn to be persuaded, but he was on strict orders not to buy a gun – or even a knife – so what did do? He bought a fish cushion! We’re a strange bunch.
Now all of us were bagged up to the max with goodies, we decided our best option was to put the stuff in our cars and then come back because it was still early. Er … time check … it was actually 3.20pm, and the show closed at 4pm. Where had the time gone? As the saying goes , ‘Time flies when you’re having fun’. After saying farewell to Kevin and Luke, Jason and I made a mad dash to the car and arrived back in the show at 3.40pm so we could have a final chat with the Umarex Team. Again, that went really well and at the next show we might be running a pistol area with them.
What a great day it was! I got to spend time with mates that I usually only get chance to talk to via the Internet, have a laugh, and hold a meeting that will continue to benefit the airgun community in a positive way. Sadly, I didn’t get chance to see Alan from Armex, but I did see a few of the lads from there and I had a good chat with them, which was nice. I do hope everyone who attended the event enjoyed it as much as we did. See you next year, for sure!
Happy meeting, happy days.
The Glocks are coming.
A pump-action, CO2-powered, multi-shot? Oh yes!
I was one of the first to shoot the RP5 pistol and I loved it.
Jason, UK’s number 1 – was, first to shoot with it.
Can this shoot further than six yards?
UBC’s new Home Guard.
Targets on a can, ‘Can’ you believe it?