Exactly one month ago today I picked up an Umarex Colt Peacemaker in .177 pellet (rifled barrel).
I can honestly say that I am surprised by how much I have really enjoyed shooting it!
Just roughly estimating, I'd say I've put 1500 shots through it since picking it up. It MOST DEFINITELY scratched the single action-fixed sight-western revolver itch I had and if it breaks today I'll start shopping for another!
Here are my thoughts so far.
First, grips and CO2. The left side grip panel comes off to expose the CO2 cartridge’s compartment, at the bottom of the grip is an attached hex key to screw in the CO2 cartridge from the bottom. Very similar to a lot of CO2 guns in operation but no “twisty tab” hanging down at the bottom of the grip. The wrench in the panel also helps a little with the weight and “feel”. They sound a little hollow and plastic-y when tapped with a fingernail with the worst area being the top of the right (fixed) grip panel. It bothers me less and less so I'm moving away from thoughts of adding a dab of epoxy under that little spot.
Balance and feel. The balance is VERY close to a New Vaquero I can compare it to. I'd say it’s a little lighter in the grip making it slightly more nose heavy. If you're looking for an EXACT match for balance it wouldn't be hard to find a little space in the grips to add some weight and not much would be needed. It feels very solid and aside from not being able to remove the base pin and pull out the cylinder, it's remarkably similar in size, feel, and operation to its powder burning cousin. The grip is a little bigger because of the CO2 cartridge but this just means I don't have to drop my pinkie under the grip with this one.
Pellets load into the “bullet” shaped cartridges and are held at the end by a soft plastic sleeve. The inside of the cartridge tapers down and acts as a small smooth bore section before it enters the barrel and rifling. The cartridges are .357 in size despite the “cloned” .45 engraving on the left side of the barrel. It came with six silver cartridges, I've been buying brass colored cartridge sets online to fill more bullet loops for reloading before having to stop to really reload.
There's no four click C-O-L-T cock. It sits uncocked at what would be the first cock so you get -O-L-T when pulling the hammer back to full cock from rest. The loading gate will open regardless of hammer position but needs to be at “half” cock or better to rotate. I stick to old school loading. Load one, skip one, load four, down on an empty chamber. After loading, “third” click is pretty weak but full cock is nice and solid. After writing all that, I wonder how forum filters will deal with all those “cocks”.
It fits every piece of leather I have for a SAA/clone and the “bullets” fit .357 cartridge loops. LOTS of fun throwing it in a holster, loading up the loops and feelin’ old time-y.
It's as accurate as I could hope for. The front sight is MUCH lower than the Ruger I can compare it to but since I've been shooting it at mostly 5 meters it's been fine. I've got the stainless version and glare on the front post from strong light on one side or another can effect my aim so I have to be aware if I'm going for small targets. This may not be as big of an issue for the blued versions. I do get occasional fliers which I'd attribute to either cheap pellets or possibly being seated a little funny before firing. If I was going for a “cowboy action” type session with big targets (maybe paper plates) at close ranges (5 to maybe 10 meters) I think I'd do okay even with the fliers. I mostly shoot small paper targets, spent CO2 cartridges set up like bottles, and 3/4” to 2” spinners at 5 meters and switch between one and two hands. I think most of the time when I miss, it's me.
The trigger feels pretty good, is relatively light (I don't have a scale), and breaks really nice with a smooth steady pull.
It's really quiet compared to the other CO2 guns I've had. Not as quiet as something with a TKO but I have no problem playing in the basement when someone is asleep in the house.
I'd say I'm getting around 70-80 shots per CO2 cartridge. This is a low power plinker not a hunter. Perfect for practicing SAA/Cowboy shooting, basement galleries, and knocking down cans.
I think a perfect afternoon could be spent with a pack of paper plates, a sack full of soup cans, and a split rail fence to shoot ‘em off of!!!