My most wanted replicas for 2022

We are at the beginning of another new year and, if I’m honest, in terms of replicas coming out in 2022 there just isn’t much new stuff out there that really grabs me. Umarex have announced a new Gen 5 Glock but I find it difficult to get terribly excited about something that’s just slightly different from what has come before. The same goes for yet more iterations of the Colt 1911, Beretta 92 and various models of Sig handguns. I mean they’re all great pistols, but haven’t we done that already?

What I’d really like to see is something completely new and different. So, not in any particular order, here are three replica pistols I’d especially like to see coming in 2022.

A blowback Browning Hi-Power. OK, I know, there is a WE 6mm, green gas replica of the Hi-Power, but it’s pretty old now, it’s not a great shooter and it’s a replica of the ugliest of all the Hi-Powers, the hump-backed Inglis version. There’s also an Umarex 4.5mm BB shooting Hi-Power, but it’s all plastic and lacks blowback or even a moving slide. What about a metal, blowback version of the original Hi-Power, or maybe the later Mark III version?

A Hi-Power MK III

A decent, blowback Walther PPK. The Umarex PPK/S was one of the first CO2-powered replicas to feature blowback, but it has been around for some time and it’s really showing it’s age now. The non-functioning slide-mounted safety is a problem, it just doesn’t shoot well and the grip is weirdly elongated. I know that a CO2 powered version of the original PPK must be technically possible because Umarex also produce a very reasonable replica of the Walther PPS, and that has the same overall dimensions as the original PPK. So, what about an accurately sized, CO2-powered blowback PPK with a working slide safety?

Small, but perfectly formed. The Walther PPK

Colt Model 1903/1908 Pocket Hammerless. Over half a million examples of the original .32 Colt Model 1903 were made up to 1946 plus many more of the basically identical General Officers Pocket Pistol which was issued to senior officers in the US Army up to the 1970s. The .38 Model 1908 is visually identical. This design remains so popular that, in 2015, Colt resumed limited production of the Model 1903. So, how come there aren’t any CO2 or gas-powered replicas of this incredibly iconic handgun?

One like this, please. With solid rubber grips if possible.

Personally, I’d love to see decent new replicas of any of these. I appreciate the efforts that manufacturers put in, but the truth is that I’m bored with seemingly endless ranges of replicas of Glocks, Beretta 92s, Sigs and Colt 1911s and I’d love to see replicas of some more historic handguns.

What do you think? Don’t be shy – feel free to disagree and/or to add your most-wanted replicas in the comments below. Who knows, someone from a manufacturer may actually read this and see a new commercial opportunity…

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New Umarex Heckler & Koch MP7A1 SD

Umarex announced a couple of new replica airguns at the SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade) show recently. One that caught my eye is this all-new replica of the H&K MP7A1 SD (a compact, lightweight version of the MP7 machine-pistol).

However, this is actually a break-barrel, single shot, .177” calibre airgun. I’m not really sure if you’d class this as an air pistol or air rifle, but it certainly looks interesting.

Few details are available, but this seems to be a conventional, break-barrel design with the mock-silencer provided to make cocking easier. The stock is collapsible and three accessory rails are provided so that you can add sights or deck it out with any extras you fancy.

Overall weight is just under 2kg, power is claimed at “up to 7.5 Joules” and overall length is a whisker over 560mm. This is a licensed replica that includes H&K markings and it looks like a reasonable visual replica of the original.

I haven’t seen any indication of price or availability for this one, but it’s certainly different and I look forward to hearing more about what looks like a very interesting new addition to the Umarex range of replicas.

New Swiss Arms 18th Century Pirate Flintlock

I really like replicas of historic handguns, but this one may be going a little far even for me. This appears to be a soon to be released 4.5mm, CO2-powered replica of a flintlock pistol!

It’s made by Swiss Arms and is claimed to be an “authentic replica of an 18th century pirate flintlock pistol“. It’s powered by a CO2 cartridge hidden inside the butt under the pirate’s head butt-cap, it’s over 16 inches long and it weighs a meaty 2.6lbs, though I assume that the wood butt and frame are actually plastic.

Operation sounds novel. It comes with an imitation leather holder for BBs. You remove the loading rod below the muzzle and use the holder to pour up to 30 BBs into the concealed loading tube. Then, each time you cock the hammer, a BB is queued up in the breech. It’s single action only and shoots steel BBs at a slightly worrying 415fps.

That’s worrying because, just like the original, this has no form of sights. You point it in the general direction of what you’re trying to hit and pull the trigger. Good luck with those ricochets – just make sure you wear good eye protection or you may end up wearing one of those pirate-style eyepatches for real!

This replica will be available in two versions, with plain steel and a more ornate gold finish to the metalwork. It even comes with instructions in the form of a rolled parchment! There is no word on whether a treasure map and parrot are also included.

If you fancy trying a Yo-Ho-Ho vibe in your replica shooting, this should be available from the end of October 2021.

In the meantime, here’s a link to this replica on the US Pyramydair site:

https://www.pyramydair.com/product/18th-century-pirate-flintlock-co2-bb-pistol?m=5489