A Civilian Legal Bazooka? Meet the ‘Carl Gustaf’ from Umarex — SHOT Show 2023

The best thing to shoot at SHOT Show 2023 Range Day wasn’t even a firearm…

Umarex, who is well known for its precision and hunting air rifles had the best thing on the firing line: an airsoft anti-tank replica that fired a 2 ½ inch plastic ball filled with airsoft pellets.

When fired, the projectile opened up, raining hundreds of airsoft pellets downrange on the target. It would literally pelt a group of advancing attackers in an airsoft game.

The rear-loaded airsoft AT replica was named the “Carl Gustaf.”

Capsule separating and releasing airsoft pellets.

The onboard air cylinder is housed in the removable cartridge and has to be charged with green gas to ~110.

The cylinder is loaded in the shell housing and put on “safe.” The two-piece plastic projectile is filled with airsoft pellets and inserted in the top of the round.

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Cylinder installed in shell housing

The round is loaded into the rear and locked in place. The shooter shoulders the unit and utilizes the side-mounted sights and pistol grip to aim the weapon. Then, the shooter takes it off “safe” and presses the trigger to launch the ball of pellets downrange.

Pellet filled capsule installed in top of shell.

About 15-20 yards down range the two halves separate and all the pellets shower the target. Awesome!

Rear loading port, but there is no back blast on this one.

Unfortunately, Umarex was not able to give an actual release date or price for the Carl Gustaf. But check back for updates.

Grip and trigger for making the magic happen.

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About the author: Jeff Cramblit is a world-class competitive shooter having won medals at both the 2012 IPSC World Shotgun Championship in Hungary and more recently the 2017 IPSC World Rifle Championship in Russia. He is passionate about shooting sports and the outdoors. He has followed that passion for over 30 years, hunting and competing in practical pistol, 3gun, precision rifle and sporting clays matches. Jeff is intimately familiar with the shooting industry – competitor, instructor, RO, range master, match director. Among his training credits include NRA Instructor, AR-15 armorer, FBI Rifle Instructor, and Officer Low Light Survival Instructor. As a sponsored shooter, Jeff has represented notable industry names such as: Benelli, 5.11 Tactical, Bushnell, Blackhawk, DoubleStar, and Hornady. He has been featured on several of Outdoor Channel’s Shooting Gallery episodes and on a Downrange TV series. Jeff’s current endeavors cover a broad spectrum and he can be found anywhere from local matches helping and encouraging new shooters as they develop their own love of the sport, to the dove field with his friends, a charity sporting clays shoot, backpack hunting public land in Montana, or the winners podium of a major championship.

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  • Dwane Brown February 16, 2023, 5:58 am

    Are the pellets bio-degradable? I can see a mess out on the lawn.

  • Thoma Deconcini February 1, 2023, 12:19 pm

    Can I fill the ball with pepper balls from a pepper ball gun ??

  • Frank February 1, 2023, 11:22 am

    How do we buy one and how much.

  • August Brameloah February 1, 2023, 8:16 am

    You will put your eye out kid!!!

  • Robby Frumunda January 31, 2023, 12:15 pm

    What a wonderful device to greet the young males that test car door locks at 2am looking to steal whatever they can.

  • mike January 31, 2023, 11:44 am

    Looks Like a New 70th Birthday Present this year!!!

  • Jim January 31, 2023, 10:41 am

    As if I need more toys.

  • Jim Farmer January 31, 2023, 9:16 am

    What a crappy video . . . More Shooty – Less Talky, didn’t even see the thing fire
    Maybe fill this thing with pepper-balls ???
    Either that or it’s just a novelty item for the kiddies . . .

  • Thomas Smith January 31, 2023, 8:21 am

    Wish I could be at shot show!

  • Roger D January 31, 2023, 7:29 am

    Some Democrat will see this, immediately soil their underwear, and DEMAND that it be banned immediately.

    • D.J. January 31, 2023, 8:17 am

      I’m certain you’re right on that one , my man .
      Just the thought of “ the Serfs “ having access to such
      abilities will demand action by “ F-troop “ .

    • Rouge1 February 1, 2023, 10:20 am

      Grown men and citizens of the United States of America relegated to kids toys. That good ol American freedumb for ya.

      • Mike V February 2, 2023, 5:52 pm

        Exactly, I want the real one.

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