Umarex Makarov Ultra Legends CO2 Blowback BB Pistol Table Top Review

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Type: BB blowback air pistol.
Manufacturer: Umarex.
Model: Makarov Ultra.
Materials: Mostly metal with a few plastic parts.
Weight: 1.5 pounds.
Barrel: 3.5 inches, metal non-rifled.
Propulsion: CO2 x 1.
Action: Semi auto, single action only.
Ammunition Type: 4.5mm steel BB's.
Ammunition Capacity: 16-17 round full size drop out magazine.
FPS: 350.

Trigger Pull: The trigger pull on the Umarex Legends Makarov Ultra is fairly long but in term of resistance is about a medium pull, there is no double action so single action only but the pull is longer than most single action triggers to accommodate the BB chamber mechanism on the magazine. Basically a BB is pushed into the breach/barrel during the first half of the trigger pull, then the trigger is released.
Accuracy: I tested the Umarex Makarov Ultra Legends from 30 feet back shooting at a paper target using a semi rested position (sand bag up front and standing in the back). My 10 shot grouping was just a bit below the bulls eye but fairly well center left and right and all 10 BB's stayed within 2 inches with most of them grouping even tighter than that. Not bad at all! This pistol also got a respectable 333 fps on this not super warm day so I would expect it to hit the claimed 350 fps during summer weather.

Build Quality: Being a pretty much all metal gun, makes the Umarex Makarov Ultra feel solid and sturdy. The only plastic parts on the Umarex Makarov Ultra where the grips and some magazine parts like the CO2 tab. The painted finish is a nice metallic dark grey, a definite improvement over the previous Umarex non-blowback Makarov glossy black finish.
Realism: The Umarex Legends Makarov is a licensed replica of the Makarov PM 9x18 Russian military and police pistol. It is a very close copy in both looks and feel, has a very heavy blowback action and field strips just like a real Makarov. You'll also find a full size drop out magazine that holds the CO2 and BB's and a working slide catch/release that locks back when the magazine is empty.
Available in the: Canada Replica Airguns Store & US Replica Airguns Store.


  • Good price for what you get!
  • Decent accuracy, power and CO2 usage combo.
  • Nice replica of the original Makarov PM.
  • Heavy Blowback action.
  • Working slide catch and release (Locks back after last shot).
  • Realistic working metal safety.
  • Full size dropout magazine that holds BB's and CO2.
  • Can be field stripped like original Makarov.
  • Fully Makarov licensed.
  • Much better finish than original Umarex Makarov. 


  • Has the exposed CO2 tab on the bottom of the magazine.
  • No recessed barrel.
  • Trigger is a bit long because of how BB's are chambered.
  • Safety does not de-cock the hammer like original.

Umarex really addresses the majority of the shortcomings found on the original non-blowback 4.5mm Steel BB shooting Makarov. They added the much asked for blowback operation, made the slide catch/release operational, upgraded the magazine to a full size drop out CO2 and BB magazine, gave it a more realistic paint job and even replaced the plastic safety with a metal safety. The only tradeoff is the loss of the short take up single action trigger and perhaps a few fps. All in all a big improvement over the first version which even today is still a very good BB pistol.

Watch my YouTube Review for the Legends Umarex Makarov Ultra CO2 Blowback BB Pistol:

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