Fun Guns

The Umarex MP5K-PDW And Steel Storm BB Shooters

The world of airguns has changed dramatically as an ever-growing variety of highly-sophisticated models arrive on the market. One area where there is huge change is in the number of airguns mimicking the looks—and, in many cases, the operation as well—of real firearms. Most of the airguns in this group are superbly-designed repeaters employing CO2 (carbon dioxide) gas as their source of power.

One of the really big names currently in the area of CO2-powered guns is Umarex USA. This Arkansas-based company imports and distributes an impressive selection of CO2-powered look-alikes. From stunningly faithful BB and pellet pistols—as well as some long guns—the Umarex lineup gives a new meaning to “fun gun.”

Two of the top CO2 models in the Umarex line are actually BB repeaters that are light years from the traditional BB guns most of us grew up with. These BB blasters are dubbed Steel Storm and MP5K-PDW, respectively. Although the Steel Storm is not a look-alike of any specific firearm, most folks who know anything about modern police and military firearms will recognize the MP5K-PDW as the HK 9mm sub-gun of outstanding design and performance. In fact, Umarex’s MP5K-PDW is manufactured under license from HK, and bears the famous German company’s logo.

Thus, the BB-firing MP5K-PDW is a faithful likeness of the ubiquitous Personal Defense Weapon in widespread use by many para-military and personal-protection professionals all over the world. Power is provided by one disposable, 12-gram CO2 cartridge. The latter is housed in the rear of the receiver. Access to the CO2 compartment requires the removal of the folding stock. This model also features a drop-free magazine with capacity of 40 standard 4.5mm steel BBs, fed to the breech by a conventional, spring-loaded follower. Construction of this amazing BB spitter is molded ABS throughout, including the sturdy, folding buttstock.

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