Umarex Chops the Hammer Model Down to Carbine Size — SHOT Show 2023

Umarex has had great success with the Hammer Model .50 caliber air rifle, but it was a bit cumbersome for some applications.

So obviously it made sense to develop a carbine version. This makes the rifle easier to hold up while shooting offhand, easier to maneuver while hunting, and a lot handier in confined spaces such as deer blinds.

Loading the two-shot magazine in the Hammer Carbine.

The new. Hammer Carbine is 6.75 inches shorter than the original Hammer, so the overall length should now be 37 inches. The reduction in length of the Walther barrel also cut the weight from 8.5 lbs down to about 7.7 lbs. The barrel is threaded and has a sound-absorbing shroud for quieter shooting.

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The Carbine utilizes a 4350 psi, 35-cubic-inch carbon fiber tank that is good for four regulated shots, and it comes with two of the Umarex patented two-shot magazines. The sub-3-pound trigger and Walther barrel make for an accurate rifle.

Four shots per charge of the carbon fiber tank.

The aluminum Picatinny rail supports scope mounting, and a cocking handle is located on the right side of the stock that must be manually cocked for each shot. Velocity out of the shorter barrel is 790 FPS for the 350-grain slug and 670 FPS for the 550-grain.

350-grain slugs fired

A few quick shots at SHOT Show Range day proved the Carbine was accurate enough to make good shots out to 50 yards, but we may be getting one here at GunsAmerica to do a full review and take hunting ourselves.

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Cocking lever and AR-style grip.

The Hammer Carbine should be available by mid-year and is expected to retail for around $1,000, similarly priced as the original Hammer.

If you are interested in hunting with an air rifle the Umarex Hammer Carbine looks like a fantastic option. Definitely worth checking out. For more information, Visit Umarex HERE.

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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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