This week on Americana Outdoors presented by Garmin, we’re diving into a whole new world of hunting using air bows and air guns! The sport of hunting with air rifles has grown in popularity over the last several years, but what exactly are Air Bows and Air Guns, and how do they perform under pressure in real world scenarios? We’ve had the opportunity to take both the Umarex Airsaber Air Archery Rifle and the .50 Caliber Umarex Hammer Hunting Rifle out to the field on multiple hunts and witnessed first hand the sheer power of these hunting applications.
To kick things off, we’ll be joining Michael Wersig for an exciting hog hunt where he used the Umarex AirSaber Air Archery Rifle for the first time. The Umarex Airsaber is capable of being charged up to 3,625 PSI, and can shoot up to 450 feet per second, which makes it an incredible hunting platform. After Michael takes some time to give us the run down on this hunting platform and shows us how to properly charge it, he’ll take the AirSaber high up in a tripod and we’ll have the chance to watch this lethal mode of hunting in action!
After having a chance to witness just how powerful the Umarex AirSaber is in the field, we’ll take a look at another hunting platform from Umarex, the .50 Caliber Umarex Hammer Hunting Rifle. This American-made .50 Cal Umarex Hammer is the perfect air rifle for hunters and shooting enthusiasts alike thanks to its innovative engineering. As the creators over at Umarex will tell you, “The Hammer didn’t alter the laws of physics, it just took advantage of them.” For our first outing with this rifle we’ll check out a couple hunts where the Hammer defied those laws and helped Kevin Giesecke take down some animals that have been on his bucket list for a long time!
As we tested out the .50 Cal Umarex Hammer, A key feature that caught our attention was that it only took about two pounds of effort to operate it’s straight-pull bolt, cock the rifle, and advance the two shot magazine. As with learning any new hunting platform, things don’t always go according to plan, and we put that magazine and bolt action to the test on a Sika hunt recently when Michael Wersig had to think fast to put the animal on the ground.
For our last field test with the .50 Cal Umarex Hammer, Michael wanted to see how this incredible rifle would hold up against a whitetail buck and headed out to the field for an evening hunt. As the daylight began to fade into darkness, Michael was running out of legal shooting light when one of the nicest bucks he’d seen walks into frame. Tune in and see what will make Michael say, “Hunting with any platform… If you can have confidence in it that you can make an ethical shot, if it’s going to have the power to make an ethical kill… it’s a blast!”
After putting the Umarex AirSaber and the Umarex Hammer through the wringer and testing them out on a variety of animals, we feel these well-thought out products are shooter friendly, have sleek and modern appearances, and are functional for any avid outdoorsman and shooting enthusiasts. In every state there’s a lot of regulations on using air guns and air bows. Be sure to know your state’s laws regarding these hunting applications and know how to use them to make a clean, ethical kill, and get out there and have fun with these shooting platforms that are taking hunting world by storm!