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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Its scope has stadia lines for various distances. Just put the line for the right distance on target and press the trigger.
The Umarex AirSaber is shipping now and MSRP is $369.
|AMMUNITION||Umarex Straight Flight Technology Arrows : 22.63″ w/field tip|
|VELOCITY||Up to 480 FPS|
|ENERGY||Up to 178 FPE|
|WEIGHT||6.3 lbs w/0 scope|