First Look At The Umarex Legends Cowboy Rifle
The Legends Cowboy Rifle is a long-awaited introduction from Umarex. We first saw it at the 2018 SHOT Show.
But now it’s here and it’s definitely been worth the wait!
The Legends Cowboy Rifle is a very close replica of the famous Winchester Model 1894. It’s very close to the right size, weight and appearance.
What’s more is that it loads by using individual “cartridges” – each pre-loaded with a BB -pushed into the side loading gate. Just like the firearm original. Even better, operating the lever action ejects the empty cartridge skywards from the action – just like the original!
At least it does if you offer a vigorous tug down on the lever…
This is fantastic operational realism that cannot help but bring a smile to your face!
Particularly if you’re shooting outside, it means that you’re likely to need a large supply of spare cartridges to account for those that will fly into another life, lost from sight in the grass. (I’m speaking from experience here, you’ll understand).
So, the operational realism of the Legends Cowboy Rifle is simply outstanding!
Also outstanding is the stock. Yes, the buttstock and forend are made of plastic, not wood. But this plastic is the most outstanding articicial wood representation I’ve ever seen!!!
The photograph below attempts to convey the complexity and realism of the material. It actually looks and even feels like “real tree wood”. I’m not kidding – it really is outstanding and waaaaay better than any other fake wood effect I’ve seen before.
The Legends Cowboy Rifle is powered by two 12 Gram CO2 cartridges. These are inserted into the butt “back to back” and held in place using the metal spacer seen below. The buttplate doubles as the piercing pin screw and locks back in place once the cartridges have been pierced.
It’s very clever and well executed!
Experience with CO2-powered airguns did lead me to apply a drop of oil to the flat end of either CO2 cartridge before loading. (I used Pellgun Oil). In addition, I added a couple of drops of air tool oil to the threads of the spacer piece and the green plastic O ring surrounding it.
Of course, we’ll be giving the Legends Cowboy Rifle a full, comprehensive HAM test review. But it’s clear immediately that this is another extremely-realistic Legends airgun that’s a pleasure to look at, hold and operate. Great job, Umarex!