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Saturday
Oct042014

Umarex T.A.C. Converter XBG CO2 BB Pistol Combo Full Review

Since I have already doen dedicated reviews for both the T.A.C Converter and XBG BB Pistol, I won't drag this written reviw on too long since yuo can read my other dedicated reviews for each product.

In a nutshell, when you buy the Umarex T.A.C. Converter XBG CO2 BB Pistol Combo, you get the XBG CO2 4.5mm BB Pistol preinstalled in the T.A.C Converter, you also get the included fore-grip which is renovable by the way can coudl be used stand alone on any other gun with an under barrel Picatinny rail.

Keep in mind that this combo kit only works with the XBG Pistol since there are no included adaptors for the other Umarex pistols designed to work with the T.A.C Converter. (H&K USP, S&W M&P40, XBG, CZ Enforcer, Walther P99 DAO, SA177).

The addition of the T.A.C. Converter to the XBG really improves the shoot-ability since the rear folding stock allows for a much more stable hold position. You also have the addition of whit dot sights front and back with the rear sight being adjustable for windage only. I would recommend a compact light weight red dot sight for this gun since using the included open sights are hard to keep in focus because of how close the rear sight ends up being to your eyes when in the shouldered position.

With the top, bottom, and side picatinny rails you can add litterally all types of accessories to this package including a tac light, laser, optical sight, red dot, folding metal sights to name a few.

The XBG BB Pistol has a nice combincation of 400+ fps with tuns of shots per CO2 and respectible accuary with easy access to the Drop out metal BB magazine.

For under $60 in our Canada Replica Airguns store this is a really fun package!

Buy the T.A.C. Converter XBG Combo in Canada - Buy Umarex Airguns in the US

Thursday
Sep252014

Umarex TAC XBG - CP88 Competition - Baby Desert Eagle - ASG STI Duty One NBB Update Video

This video is to give you a heads up on a few guns I will be reviewing shortly. Most of them are different version of guns I have already reviewed except for the Baby Desert Eagle which so far has eluded me :)

ASG STI Duty One CO2 4.5mm Steel BB Pistol (Non Blow Back)

  • 4.5mm Steel BB
  • 12 gram CO2
  • 20 Round Drop Out Metal Magazine
  • 407 FPS
  • 1.8 Pounds

Umarex CP88 Competition CO2 .177 Caliber Pellet Pistol

  • .177 Caliber Lead Pellets
  • 12 gram CO2
  • 8 Round Metal Magazine
  • 407 FPS
  • 2.56 Pounds

Umarex Baby Desert Eagle CO2 4.5mm Steel BB Pistol

  • 4.5mm Steel BB
  • 12 gram CO2
  • 15 Round Drop Internal Magazine
  • 410 FPS
  • .9 Pounds

Umarex TAC XBG CO2 4.5mm Steel BB Pistol

  • 4.5mm Steel BB
  • 12 gram CO2
  • 19 Round Drop Out Metal Magazine
  • 410 FPS
  • 1.85 Pounds
Saturday
Oct122013

Umarex XBG and TDP 45 CO2 BB Pistol Field Test Shooting Review

This is my Official Field Test Shooting Review for both the Umarex XBG and Umarex TDP 45 CO2 BB Pistols, make sure to also check out my Umarex XBG and TDP 45 Table Top Review for more information on features, specifications and photos.

As usual with my Field Test Shooting Reviews I test out both Umarex pistols using my Chronograph and put five rounds through it with each CO2 BB Pistol to get a real world average fps. Umarex claims around 410 and I got pretty close with both pistols using a brand new Umarex CO2 cartridge in each gun. The temperature was not overly warm as we are now into fall here in Canada BC but so there may be room for a bit higher fps out of each Umarex CO2 BB pistol.

I decided to shoot both 4.5mm Pistols at the 20 foot target potion of this review since I had not done any pre tests. While shooting from a semi rested position at 20 feet back I was able to get pretty much a 2 inch 10 shot group with each gun, the XBG seemed to group a bit tighter for me than the TDP 45 and both BB Pistols shot pretty well centered on target. The trigger pull is very typical for this style of double action only trigger, kind of long with a slight sticky click in the middle while the BB chambers and then some more trigger pull with a fairly predictable release right near the back.

Both Umarex BB Pistols should get right around 6-7 consistent magazines worth of shots before having to change the CO2, that is 120+ shots! And even on the last magazine the fps seemed to stay nice and high.

Both Umarex CO2 BB pistols performed pretty well considering the super low cost and make great inexpensive plinkers that will get you decent power, more than adequate accuracy and lots of shots out of a single CO2.

My YouTube Field Test Video Review for these Umarex CO2 BB Pistols:

Buy the Umarex XBG in Canada

Buy the Umarex TDP 45 in Canada

Friday
Sep202013

Umarex XBG and TDP 45 CO2 BB Pistol Table Top Review

Type: BB air pistol.
Manufacturer: Umarex USA.
Model: XBG - TDP 45
Materials: Pastic outer shell.
Weight: XBG .9 pounds (400 grams) - TDP 45 .8 pounds (390 grams)
Barrel: Metal non-rifled (4.25 inches).
Propulsion: CO2 x 1.
Action: Semi auto non-blowback, double action only.
Ammunition Type: 4.5mm BB's.
Ammunition Capacity: 19 round metal stick magazine.
FPS: 410.

Trigger Pull: The trigger pull on both the Umarex XBG and TDP 45 is medium to heavy but since it is a double action only trigger, this is to be expected. There is a fair amount of take up with the entire pull being about 8-9 pounds with the release point happening right at the very back of the pull, you get a bit of a clicking sound warning right before it releases. If you are used to shooting other lower priced double action triggers where the barrel protrudes out of the front of the gun when you pull the trigger then you will know what to expect with these two guns as they are setup pretty much exactly the same.

Accuracy: This part of the review is yet to be determined as I have not done my Field Test or Shooting tests for these guns. I will put a link in here when I have done my official Field Shooting Test. For now all I can go on is some feedback from others which generally claim that these Umarex CO2 BB Pistols get good all around shots per CO2, Accuracy and FPS performance.

Build Quality: The Umarex XBG and Umarex TDP 45 internally share many of the same components and I am assuming they both use many of the same internal parts, they do have much different plastics shells which you will find to have all mechanical parts to be moulded into with the exception of the Trigger, safety and magazine release. Again, most of the build materials are plastic with the exception of some internal parts, the magazines, the barrels and the triggers.

Realism: The Umarex XBG and TDP 45 CO2 BB Pistols are not actual replicas of any specific gun in production, both are styled after modern mid sized semi auto pistols but it is hard to pinpoint any one specific gun for either of them, I am sure you will give me your feedback on this. They do look like real guns but their function is based more around what the easiest way is to build a BB gun rather than how can we make this gun function as close to a real gun as possible. That said they are very efficient and simple in operation which should make them very reliable.
Available From: The Replica Airguns Store.

Pros:

  • Very low cost, around $40 bucks.
  • Nice combination of shots per CO2 and FPS (accuracy to be determined).
  • Universal metal stick magazine works in a bunch of guns, can mix and match.
  • CO2 tabs are fairly well hidden.
  • Rails for adding accessories.
  • Construction screws are less obvious (Smaller).
  • Tried and true design that works and is reliable.
  • I like the SA177 style CO2 hatch.

Cons:

  • Mostly all plastic shell.
  • Not a lot of actual working parts except for the trigger, magazine release and magazine. All else is molded in to the plastic.
  • Double action triggers are a bit long and heavy.
  • No adjustable sights so hopefully yours shoots straight?

Comments:
Personally I prefer spending a few more bucks to get air pistols that have more metal and more working parts, but not everyone has 100+ dollars to spend on an airgun or do they need it to be ultra realistic. Some people just want a gun that is easy on the wallet but still offers decent performance and reliability, and to be honest, a simpler design with less moving parts to wear out or malfunction is probably going to give you better reliability at the end of the day. It just depends what you are looking for. Even if you have a few ultra realistic high end airguns, why not pick eitther the XBG or TDP 45 budged minded Umarex models for day to day plinking and put less wear and tear on your more expensive collector pieces ;)

My YouTube Video Review for these cost effective Umarex CO2 BB Pistols:

Buy the Umarex XBG in Canada

Buy the Umarex TDP 45 in Canada

Friday
Sep132013

Umarex XBG & TDP 45 - ASG Bersa Thunder 9 Pro & MK1 Preview Video

Getting back to some more gun videos! In this YouTube Video I take a look at some lower cost 4.5mm BB and 6mm Airsoft pistols. The two ASG guns coming in at right around $60 and the Umarex BB pistols right at around $40. So very affordable guns to say the least.

When it comes to making these replica pistol reviews I tend to stick with the higher end "flashy guns" with all the metal parts and realistic operation. It takes a bit of prodding before I pick up a low cost gun and review it but that does not mean they are not good value for the money. I just personally don't mind spending a bit more money to get more features and quality, but for some people spending over $100 on an airgun is out of the question. Hey you have to start somewhere and at the end of the day a lower cost gun and higher cost gun still both put BB's down range :)

In this Youtube Preview Video Review I look at four guns, two from ASG (Bersa Thunder 9 Pro and MK1) and two from Umarex (XBG and TDP 45), three are 4.5mm Steel BB shooters (XBG, TDP 45, and Bersa Thunder 9 Pro) one is a 6mm plastic Airsoft BB shooter (MK1). All are predominantly plastic and none of them have blowback operation. The 4.5mm Steel BB shooters all use CO2 with 19 shot stick metal magazines and the ASG Airsoft MK1 uses Green Gas with a 17 round full size drop out metal magazine. The BB pistols all shoot right around 400-410 fps and for the Airsoft pistol I am not sure so we will find out when I do the review for it in a bit...

All of these pistols look pretty decent and as I said for the money, I think you are getting good value here.

Make sure to watch my YouTube Video Preview to see all this pistols a bit closer up: