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HAM’s Top Ten Most Popular Air Pistol Reviews 2019

Next we have HAM’s Top Ten most popular air pistol reviews for 2019…

The whole HAM Team would like to thank all Hard Air Magazine readers – every one of you! In 2019, you read 600,000 HAM test reviews – that’s an increase of 100,000 from the previous year.

In total, you spent 40,000 – yes FORTY THOUSAND HOURS – reading HAM reviews this year. Thank you for your support! We hope that you continue to find HAM test reviews informative, useful and interesting 🙂

So these are your choices for 2019’s most popular air pistol reviews for 2019.

Most Popular Air Pistol Reviews


In Top Position – Glock 19 Generation 3

The Glock 19 CO2 BB gun offers great realism, high FPS, strong shot count, very good accuracy and a low price. It’s an easy HAM Gold Award winner.

Note that this is not a blowback pistol. While blowback brings operational realism, it also usually takes away FPS, shot count and accuracy. For now and for the future, the Glock 19 CO2 BB gun is an outstanding replica of the iconic firearm.

It can be used as a firearms training tool or just a fun shooter. This is your chance to get a Glock for $70. Don’t miss out!

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Umarex Glock 19 Gen. 3 CO2 BB Air Pistol 0.177

Number Two – SIG SAUER P226 Pellet Pistol

A second pellet-firing SIG Air pistol in this list is a good, functional version of the P320 firearm. Its size, weight and trigger pull make it ideal as a training piece for the P226 firearm. It is also suitable for plinking and general recreational shooting.

The shot count is good, as is muzzle velocity. And the unique SIG SAUER cam lever system for loading CO2 cartridges is outstandingly easy to use. This P226 scored 73% in its Hard Air Magazine test review.

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SIG SAUER P226

Number Three – SIG SAUER P320 M17

The SIG Air P320 M17 air pistol is the latest and best pellet-firing air pistol from SIG SAUER.

It’s an outstanding replica of the US Army P320-M17 sidearm. There’s a strong blowback, drop-free magazine and it field strips realistically. CO2 cartridge loading is the easiest there is, due to SIG’s cam-loading system. Shot count was very good on test, as was accuracy.

Overall, the SIG SAUER P320 M17 air pistol easily wins a HAM Silver Award. It will make many owners very happy!

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P320-M17 Air Pistol

Number 4 – Weihrauch HW44

The HW44 is the only PCP pistol in the list. Furthermore, the HW44 is the only “traditional” air pistol in that it’s not CO2-powered firearms replica.

For the money, you receive a superlative trigger, great accuracy with a wide range of pellets and a very interesting multi-shot, regulated, side lever PCP air pistol. It won an easy Gold Award in its HAM test review.

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Weihrauch HW44 Air Pistol, FAC Version

In Fifth Position – SIG SAUER P320

SIG Air dominates Hard Air Magazine’s 2019 top ten most popular air pistol reviews with five models. That’s a clear testimony to the brand power and widespread interest in SIG products.

The SIG SAUER P320 ASP CO2 pistol is a good shooting training tool for users of the P320 firearm. Its overall size, weight, balance and handling are strong suits. It’s also accurate, shoots to the point of aim with BBs and light pellets and is sufficiently powerful for the intended use.

Last year, the P320 was just a nose ahead of the third place P226 in this ranking. This year it’s just a little behind. But they’re still close! The P320 scored a creditable 81% in its HAM review.

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SIG SAUER P320 Pellet Pistol, Coyote Tan

Number Six – Umarex Legends MP40

Is it a pistol or a rifle? The HAM Team struggled to decide. In the end we ranked it in the 2019 top ten most popular air pistol reviews as that’s how the Wehrmacht saw it. MP stands for Maschinen Pistole (machine pistol) in German, of course.

This is a very accurate replica of the iconic German MP40 submachine gun, one of the coolest-looking subguns ever manufactured. Shooting it gives maximum smiles per minute, particularly on full auto…

We loved it and this CO2-powered MP40 won an easy HAM Gold Award.

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Umarex Legends MP Full Auto BB Gun

Number Seven – Umarex Legends P08 Blowback

HAM Publisher Stephen Archer loves Lugers – and the Umarex Legends  P08 is no exception! This is an extremely accurate replica of a regular, WWII-era P08. The blowback action is great, in spite of using a lot of CO2 to make it happen. It’s a HAM Silver Award winner.

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Umarex Legends P08 Full Metal Pistol with Blowback

Number Eight – SIG SAUER 1911 We The People

Another outstanding CO2-powered, BB-firing replica of a custom 1911 SIG firearm! And a Silver Award winner in the Hard Air Magazine 2018 top ten most popular air pistol reviews.

HAM's Top Ten Most Popular Air Pistol Reviews 2019

In HAM Publisher Stephen Archer’s personal opinion is that this is the best SIG SAUER ASP pistol to date. As with the P08 blowback, he’ll sacrifice a little accuracy and shot count for the great additional realism…

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SIG Sauer 1911 We The People CO2 BB Pistol

Number Nine – Smith & Wesson 586

The S&W 586 is an oldie but a goodie. This pellet-firing CO2-powered firearms replica is the only wheel gun in HAM’s 2018 top ten most popular air pistol reviews.

Great accuracy, good shot count, fine finish and adjustable sights are other attractions of this German-made gun.

If you’re plinking soda cans or shooting paper targets, the S&W 586 air pistol is a solid choice. It’s far from the cheapest air pistol available, but you won’t regret spending a little extra this time!

It won a HAM Bronze Award with a 90% score and was only held back by its relatively high price.

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Smith & Wesson 586

Number Ten – SIG SAUER 1911 Max Michel

HAM liked this pistol and found it a useful training tool for shooters at all levels. It also stands squarely as a fun plinker and BB pistol. Sadly, it’s currently not available for sale.

The price was outstanding for an air pistol of this quality. As a BB-firing version of the tricked out firearm used by SIG Shooting Team Captain Max Michel, it was a cool $1602.01 cheaper than the firearm and yet – apart from the ammunition – really tough to tell the difference! It’s a HAM Gold Award for SIG…

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Again, thanks to all of you for reading HAM’s test reviews throughout the year! In the final post in this series, we’ll check out the most popular airgun pellet reviews of 2019.