Type: BB air pistol
Model: Browning Hi-power Mark III
Materials: Plastic (polymer) and some metal construction
Weight: .92 pounds
Barrel: 4.5 inches, metal smooth bore
Propulsion: 12 gram CO2 x 1
Action: Semi-auto, single and double action
Ammunition Type: 4.5mm steel BBs
Ammunition Capacity: 18-shot full size drop out magazine
Trigger Operation: The trigger action on the Umarex Browning Hi-Power Mark III offers a moderate resistance that becomes slightly more pronounced with a full BB magazine, as the initial portion of the trigger movement loads a BB into the chamber in both single and double action modes. The single-action firing mode provides a smoother experience despite a slight initial resistance. Overall, the trigger pull is moderate, and as demonstrated in my firing tests, it did not compromise accuracy.
Precision: Outstanding for a BB pistol; I achieved a compact 1-inch group with 7 shots at a distance of 20 feet in a semi-supported stance, using only the pistol's iron sights. Additionally, engaging in rapid-fire in double action, I maintained a commendable 2.5-inch spread over 36 shots. The velocity was slightly below the manufacturer's specification, averaging 369 fps over 8 shots, which is a common occurrence with airguns. Although the Umarex Browning Hi-Power Mark III exceeded 100 shots per CO2 cartridge, I would have preferred a slight reduction in shot count for increased power.
Construction: More metal components and operational features would have enhanced this replica. As it stands, it's primarily constructed from plastic and is notably lightweight, yet it showcases decent build quality, ensuring durability over time.
Authenticity: This licensed replica closely resembles the real Browning Hi-Power Mark III pistol in appearance. It benefits from the absence of visible assembly screws typical of many plastic airguns and includes a functional ambidextrous safety and magazine release, mirroring the actual firearm. The primary drawback is the airgun's weight, which at .92 pounds, detracts from the realistic feel, rendering it somewhat insubstantial. An all-metal design with a functional slide would significantly improve realism, and I would willingly pay more for such enhancements.
The Umarex Browning Hi-Power Mark III BB CO2 pistol is an impressive replica of the actual Browning Hi-Power Mark III, especially in appearance. Its plastic construction and lighter weight may reveal its identity as a replica upon handling, yet it shines in terms of accuracy and the design of its full-sized, easy-to-load metal magazine, a rare find in budget-friendly airguns. Although it could benefit from a heavier, more metallic build and a working slide, its faithful replication, accuracy, and unique position as the sole airgun model of the Browning Hi-Power make it a notable option for enthusiasts.
|4.5 mm (.177 cal)
|300 to 350
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