The Umarex Legends Ace in the Hole looks the part of a classic Colt Army Shopkeeper revolver.
Everything has its purpose in life, even airguns. Sometimes that purpose is competition. Sometimes it’s hunting. And sometimes, or maybe much of the time, that purpose is just plain fun.
Such is the case with a new air revolver that’s been getting a thorough workout in my backyard. The Umarex Legends “Ace in the Hole” is a six-shooter reminiscent of the classic Colt Army Shopkeeper. The original Shopkeeper looked like a standard Army model, but with about 1 ½ inches of barrel lopped off.
The Ace in the Hole includes six cartridges but you can buy additional ones.
Like the original, the Ace in the Hole sports a 3 1/2-inch barrel with a spring-loaded ejector rod to extract spent cartridges. "What," you say? It’s a pellet gun! What cartridges? That’s where the “fun” purpose comes in. The Ace in the Hole fires .177 caliber pellets in a most interesting way and with a polite nod to authenticity. This nifty revolver comes with six shiny cartridges that look a heck of a lot like .357 Magnum cases. However, instead of a primer on the bottom and a bullet on top, there is a .177-caliber hole drilled right through, top to bottom. You place the pellet into the base of the cartridge and then proceed to load the cartridges in your six-gun for shooting. The air pressure blasts the pellet through the faux cartridge and into the barrel. When finished with all six, drop those cartridges out and reload them with new pellets. I guess that makes these "green" cartridges?
The Ace in the Hole uses standard CO2 cylinders available most anywhere.
The ”cool” factor starts as soon as you open the (heavy) box. And there you have it. The Ace in the Hole feels like a real six-shooter. Made of actual metal, it’s got the right weight and feels legit. The finish is worn, weathered, and rustic – on purpose – and it looks great. The grips are smooth plastic with an Ace of Spades logo on each. The hammer has a large knob for “speed cocking” not that you’ll be fanning the hammer on this revolver like those gunfighters in bad spaghetti westerns. The only thing that's not quite authentic is the plastic front sight. Presumably, due to a production economy of scale to keep the price down (that’s a total guess on my part), it’s a plastic front post that snaps onto the barrel with three half-circle “clamps,” for lack of a better word. There are spares in the box in case you lose or break one.