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Post by James Hensler on Fri Jan 08, 2021 7:19 pm

Since primers don’t seem to be an option anymore is there a quality air pistol that’s like a 1911?
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Post by chiz1180 on Fri Jan 08, 2021 7:41 pm

Steyr LP50 with a 1911 style grip is a popular option.


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Post by Outthere on Fri Jan 08, 2021 10:25 pm

See above^^
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Post by OldShooter43 on Sat Jan 09, 2021 8:00 am

The Steyr is a great pistol but, as you'll find, you're going to lay out about @$2300 to have one operational since you'll need a decent air compressor to charge it.  The Beeman P-1 is touted as a 1911 lookalike and it's a single pump pneumatic pistol sold for around $450.  I have one.  The only thing about it that's similar to a 1911 is the grip - on which you can actually mount standard 1911 grips. The trigger and sights are pretty decent.  My only problem is that the cocking effort requires about 35 lbs. of force and that's more than I want to deal with at this stage of my life.  I'll probably sell it soon.  You can check it out at https://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Beeman_P1_Air_Pistol/555

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Post by OldShooter43 on Sat Jan 09, 2021 8:27 am

Correction to my last.  The P1 is a spring piston gun, not a pneumatic.  I'll also add that contrary to what the description says, the cocking effort (on opening) is closer to 35 lbs., not 18 lbs.  See the review by Pelletier.

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Post by Pbmoser1954 on Sat Jan 09, 2021 9:28 am

Take a look at the Air Venturi V10.  I have been shooting it in my basement for the past six months. Being left-handed this was one of the options I had to purchase. I’m shooting 10 mm air pistol targets and I feel this gun is pretty accurate at that range. You can get it in both right and left hand grips. 
https://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Air_Venturi_V10_Match_Air_Pistol/61
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Post by OldShooter43 on Sat Jan 09, 2021 9:35 am

 "Take a look at the Air Venturi V10. "  Another good, inexpensive choice.  If I didn't have a Beeman P3, I would have tried one of these. 

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Post by john bickar on Sat Jan 09, 2021 1:09 pm

Pbmoser1954 wrote:I’m shooting 10 mm air pistol targets

Those sound like small targets!
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Post by OldShooter43 on Sat Jan 09, 2021 2:15 pm

Yup!  The 10 ring on the pistol target is 10mm in diameter.  I use them for practice in my apartment (another advantage of air pistols) and they're still challenging at 6 yards - at least for me with my 77 year old eyes and hands.

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Post by James Hensler on Sat Jan 09, 2021 3:37 pm

I’m left handed as well so I will definitely check this out!
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Post by SingleActionAndrew on Sat Jan 09, 2021 7:26 pm

I too am sold - thanks!

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Post by beeser on Sat Jan 09, 2021 10:23 pm

I have a Steyr LP50 and use a scuba tank for refills.  The 5 shot semi-automatic action is a lot like shooting my Pardini SP.  I have a 10m range set up in my barn, which provides excellent practice.

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Post by messenger on Sun Jan 10, 2021 12:03 am

I have the same set up. My son who is an electrical engineer built me a 10 second turning target system for Christmas and has helped me learn not to rush through rapid fire.

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Post by Outthere on Sun Jan 10, 2021 7:14 am

Re: LP50- I use a Hill air pump. It's much easier to pump if you fill when the cylinder reaches half-full.
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Post by bruce martindale on Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:34 am

See Umarex they have good guns. 

I have several high $ pcp and bulk co2 air guns. While they are excellent, they aren't similar to BE guns. A 500 g trigger isn't the same class as those with 2 lb and up.

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Post by Outthere on Sun Jan 10, 2021 1:57 pm

In the LP5/LP50, you can adjust the trigger all the way up to 3# to 3-1/2# weight.

I've found that the heavier weight isn't a detriment in shooting it.
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Post by James Hensler on Sun Jan 10, 2021 3:52 pm

Hey everyone I want to say thanks for giving a lot of good responses. As much as I know about our sport I truly don’t know anything about these Air Pistols
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Post by jejajones on Sun Jan 10, 2021 6:39 pm

Check out the Alecto/Zoraki air pistols. Great shooters at a middle price.  capable of 10x at 10 m.

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Post by Mac2 on Sun Jan 10, 2021 8:07 pm

LP50 - have with "3 pound" trigger.  Expensive when one includes the need to get 3000 psi.  Took a lot of plumbing (adaptors and size-converters) to go from high pressure tank to the small tank on the air-pistol.  Had to file part of the loading gate in order for the magazine to work.    Not many choices if one wishes to practice rapid-fire stage with an air-pistol.  Mac

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Post by machinist mike on Mon Jan 11, 2021 6:13 pm

If you want a 5 shot repeater you can look for a Steyr LP5. Just like the LP50, but CO2 powered.

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Post by Brent375hh on Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:58 pm

Mac2 wrote:LP50 - have with "3 pound" trigger.  Expensive when one includes the need to get 3000 psi.  Took a lot of plumbing (adaptors and size-converters) to go from high pressure tank to the small tank on the air-pistol.  Had to file part of the loading gate in order for the magazine to work.    Not many choices if one wishes to practice rapid-fire stage with an air-pistol.  Mac
Didn't yours come with the brass adapter to use with a scuba tank?

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Post by SteveT on Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:24 pm

machinist mike wrote:If you want a 5 shot repeater you can look for a Steyr LP5. Just like the LP50, but CO2 powered.
LP5 was available in both PCP and CO2. Mine is PCP. Same fill adapter as my old LP10.

In my opinion the 1911 adapter for LP5/LP50 does not feel the same as a true 1911. It is still good practice, but it isn't the same.
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Post by javaduke on Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:46 pm

How about this guy: https://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Ataman_AP16_Regulated_Compact_Air_Pistol_Silver/4129
A little pricey, but the grip seems to be just like 1911.
Anyone has any experience with it?

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Post by Asa Yam on Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:04 pm

Nice looking air pistol.  Specs seem to indicate shooter can get two strings of fire (14 rounds) from one fill of the air bottle.  Note the pressure rating of the bottle (4500 bar).  Might be a hard workout, standing on the pump and heaving away....  Suspect Suspect Sleep

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Post by -TT- on Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:37 pm

Have you seen this one? It's a springer, but definitely more 1911-ish than the Ataman, whose grip angle isn't really right.

https://www.airgunsofarizona.com/spring-piston-pistols/weihrauch-hw45/

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