Umarex XBG .177 Caliber, CO2 Air Pistol

Umarex XBG .177 Caliber, CO2 Air Pistol

The company Umarex USA was created in 2006 as subsidiary of famous German Umarex (Umarex Sportwaffen GmbH & Co. KG) established back in 1972. The Umarex USA has quickly become one of the premier providers of airguns to North America marketing sport shooting products for brands such as the RWS, Walther, Beretta, and Colt among other high quality airgun brands. They import and distribute world class products from Germany, China and other countries. Just like many airgun companies, some of their airguns are high quality, others they have built in PRC,then sold at low prices to make a profit.

If you are looking for an entry-level airsoft handgun Umarex XBG is a perfect introductary weapon for recreational shooters and shooting practice. With a smoothbore barrel length of 4.25 inches (108 mm) and a total length of 6.75 inches (172 mm), the Umarex XBG externally resembles to compact polymer-framed “wonder nines” such as Walther PPQ M2 and Springfield Armory XD (M) 3.8” Compact firearms. At this point, we should note that gun is very realistic looking from a distance, but with weight of only 0.7 pound (400 gram) still has a light & plastic feeling.

The Umarex XBG, multi-shot air pistol is chambered in .177 caliber (4.5 mm) and powered by CO2 gas. This compact and lightweight pistol is an affordable and a great starter air-soft BB gun. The Umarex XBG .177 Caliber Air Pistol is straightforward and easy to handle, and with fixed front and rear sights it has amazing accuracy at even a 40 feet distance. Though the only real metal part of pistol is 19-shot drop-free magazine the other metal internals are protected by a decent plastic material that “feels” good in the hand adding some good weight to the handgun.  The XBG pistol has an integrated Picatinny rail under the barrel and non-blowback system for high energy yield.

The gun is powered by a single 12 gram CO2 capsule housed in the grip and the compartment is easy to access. The CO2 chamber is very user-friendly, with a cover that flips up and stays hinged in place while you’re replacing the CO2 cartridge. Though one can fire about 140-160 shots before the trajectory starts to dip, the best results are under the 100 shots with single CO2 cylinder. The average shooter can shoot 19 rounds mag in about 22 seconds before he has to reload.

This nice well-made gun uses metal magazine of 19-shot steel BBs capacity and smart drop-free feature for quick reloading, but some shooters recommend to fill only with 16-17 BBs due to reliability.  Unlike original firearms there are no ambidextrous controls, as the magazine release is on the left side only, near the trigger guard. A manual safety is located in a similar manner to the S&W model M&P – right side on the body of the pistol above the trigger guard and has a solid feel. Since the pistol fires only from double action, or DAO, the trigger pull is relatively long and heavy, (as can be expected) but not overly hard, it’s about 8 pound.

With a muzzle velocity at 410 feet per second (120 m/s) and muzzle energy of < 7.5 Joule, this gun is perfect for plinking and mild target shooting. Despite the maximum shooting distance is about 325 yards this isn’t a hunting weapon for sure, but since the handgun marksmanship is a perishable skill Umarex XBG is an excellent for gun training. The lack of a rifled barrel and the use of BBs means that pistol won`t achieve ultra-accuracy but with an inexpensive ammunition this great pistol makes it much more affordable when trying to maintain firearm proficiency needed for combat shooting.  On the other hand, as introduction handgun, this .177 caliber air pistol provides a realistic feel and is great for learning how to properly hold and handle a firearm.

Of course the airguns with this price tag aren’t without imperfection and a common problem with lower priced CO2 powered guns are misfires, firing multiple BBs at the same time, and sometimes a BB will fall out the muzzle end while shooting.  The defective seal is another problem but it is less common flaw, and since the seal itself is not repairable, the only repair is for them is to replace the gun if it is covered under warranty.

Overall, the value of this air pistol is amazing and it performs better than some of the more “pricey” models while the reliability is at par with any other BB gun.