Dropping the Hammer
Umarex dropped an absolute Hammer at the SHOT Show last month in Las Vegas, literally. If you cruised the show floors, the most-talked about guns were the Sig Sauer P365, Ruger PC Carbine or the Glock 19X. But, the Umarex Hammer is one people should be talking about.
Perhaps the reason people aren’t giving the Hammer the attention it deserves is that they haven't jumped on the air gun hunting scene like I have. Granted, I am new to the game, but I often wonder why I waited so long.
The Hammer is a .50-caliber air rifle capable of launching a 550-grain lead slug at 760 feet per second, producing 705 foot-pounds of muzzle energy. With this type of performance using the Umarex ARX projectile, the Hammer is perfectly suited for big game animals like deer or wild hogs.
Umarex developed a new air valve that provides an instant pulse of air, measuring up to 3,000 PSI, and that is what sends a heavy slug at speeds reaching 760 fps. All that air has to come from somewhere. An on-board air tank made from carbon fiber provides storage for 24 cubic inches of air pressurized to 4,500 PSI.
This isn’t the old air gun we used to know. I think that’s what is so appealing about the Hammer. This is a legit hunting platform that generates the energy needed to pursue big game. When you sit behind the stock of this gun, don’t expect it to barely tap your shoulder. It is a .50 cal, so there will be some punch.
If you haven’t taken time to get into the air gun hunting game, give yourself a new challenge. The Hammer would be a great option. ~ KJ
Kevin Jarnagin (KJ) hails from Oklahoma, but quickly established Louisiana roots after joining the Gun Talk team. KJ grew up as a big game hunter, and knows his way around a bass boat. Whether it’s making his way to British Columbia for elk or training with pistols, Jarnagin always seems to find a gun in his hands and adventure on his mind.