New 450 fps Arrow Rifles From Umarex – SHOT Show 2020

Umarex’s new arrow rifles have energy and accuracy enough to hunt game.

Umarex USA has just released two new arrow rifles. The AirSaber and the AirJavelin launch arrows with precision and enough energy to make them viable hunting tools. True Pearce spoke with Umarex and took a few shots during SHOT Show 2020.

The AirJavelin is the smaller of the two guns. It’s powered by an 88-gram CO2 canister which yields about 30 shots. That canister provides enough force to shoot a 170-grain arrow at 330 feet per second (120-grain arrow with 50-grain tip). The Umarex rep says he already killed a hog with it.

AirJavelin has sport rifle styling.
The arrow slides over the tube under the shroud.

The arrows slide over the air tube inside the shroud. A CO2 canister attaches under the shroud and is covered by a handguard. The shroud has M-Lok slots, a full-length Picatinny rail, and includes open sights. Its adjustable buttstock helps it fit shooters of any size. The AirJavelin is available now and MSRP is $159.

The CO2 canister is attached under the handguard.

Are these really rifles? No, they don’t shoot from a rifled barrel that puts a spin on them. However, arrows are generally made with the vanes set at an angle that induces spin as they fly to stabilize them. It’s certainly an air gun; you can decide if you want to call it a rifle.

The AirSaber shoots a 350-grain arrow at 450 fps.

The AirSaber is a much larger gun and brings with it much more power. It shoots a 350-grain arrow at 450 feet per second. Using its included scope, Umarex boasts 3″-groups at 100 yards. Comparing it with crossbows, which are capable of similar ballistics, the AirSaber is faster than most.

A shroud protects the arrows when loaded, but the tip protrudes allowing for broadheads of any size.

Arrows slide over the air tube inside a shroud. It’s powered by an on-board air reservoir that you fill at home with a compressor. The reservoir fills to 3,625 psi and you get about 10 shots before the reservoir must be recharged. Once the reservoir is charged and you’re ready to shoot at a target, you load the arrow and then cock the gun. There’s a safety switch in the trigger.

The scope is included. The gun is cocked like a bolt action.

Its scope has stadia lines for various distances. Just put the line for the right distance on target and press the trigger.

There’s a safety button on the trigger.

The Umarex AirSaber is shipping now and MSRP is $369.

Specs: AirSaber

ACTIONBolt Action
AMMUNITIONUmarex Straight Flight Technology Arrows : 22.63″ w/field tip
WEIGHT6.3 lbs w/0 scope

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About the author: Levi Sim is an avid hunter, and an increasingly avid shooter. He strives to make delicious and simple recipes from the game he kills. He makes a living as a professional photographer, writer, and photography instructor. Check out his work and he’d love to connect on Instagram: @outdoorslevi

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  • Anthony kennedy January 23, 2021, 10:59 pm

    In localities that only have bow hunting, could these be used?

  • Rudy Rymal February 12, 2020, 5:26 am

    Can you compare report compared to compound and crossbows? I’ve played paintball which are around 300 psi and quite noisy and shot at relatively short distances. So I suppose these are using significantly higher air dumps at higher pressures to generate these speeds.

    • James February 18, 2020, 10:16 am

      They are unregulated it is 3625 no regulator it has a poppet valve the hammer hits and the remaining air closes valve back. Myself I noticed first shot dead on second 1/2 inch low 3rd 1/2 inch lower. I site in with full charge at 20 30 40 50 60 70 yards then I’m set ready to go

  • Phil's Reloading supplies February 11, 2020, 5:29 pm

    Need literature on this arrow gun

  • Lenard Sanders February 11, 2020, 4:44 pm

    Was wondering how you compress the air for it to 3625 pounds and how much would it cost to get the compressor?

    • Evan Haddick February 18, 2020, 9:24 am

      Umarex will be releasing a 4500 PSI compressor later this year for $500.

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