The Umarex Gauntlet 2 is a powerful and accurate pre-loaded pneumatic air rifle that offers good performance at a modest price. With its strong accuracy and stable synthetic stock, it is a good option for knocking in hunting woods or in the range, even for experienced pilots, who may prefer to leave their large equipment in the safe. in less than perfect conditions.
Features of Umarex Gauntlet 2
- Type: PCP
- Action: Repeater of bolt action
- Caliber: .22 (tested); also available at 0.25 and 0.30
- Projectile type: pellets
- Feet per second: 1075 with light pellets
- Energy in the muzzle: 33 fpe at .22 (51 fpe at .25 and 99 fpe at .30)
- Images: Asnje; Picatinny / 11 mm pigeon tail for field mounting
- Weight: 8.5 pounds
- Required accessories: Scope; air tank or compressor
What kind of air weapon is the Gauntlet 2?
Although not exactly entry-level, the Umarex Gauntlet 2 is a low-quality PCP that, like the original Gauntlet, offers solid performance at a good price. It is quite accurate that it can serve as a good starting rifle for someone looking to test shooting water on the bench without throwing a pile of money, but, in fact, it is probably more suitable for hunting small animals and secondary and for general entertainment shooting at target. .
How does it work?
The Umarex Gauntlet 2 features a 24-cubic-inch air tank that fills through a Foster quick-release port on the right side of the front wing. The maximum filling level is 4500 PSI (310 bar), so a filling tank or compressor is almost mandatory, unless you are looking for some essential exercise at home to complement your regular trips to the CrossFit gym. A pressure gauge is in front of the filling gate.
The rifle contains a non-adjustable regulator, which is set at 1900 PSI (131 bar) in .22 caliber. The regime is set at 2100 psi (145 bar) for the 0.25 caliber and a strong 2,800 psi (193 bar) at 0.30. One bolt action uses the easy-to-load rotary cartridge, which holds 10 cartridges at 0.22 (8 cartridges at 0.25 and 7 cartridges at 0.30). The 28.25-inch barrel is confusing to maintain modest noise levels. The single-phase trigger is adjustable, but the tank and stock must be removed.
The simplicity of this weapon will appeal to those who are new to the PCP world or looking for a rifle that can provide consistent performance right out of the box.
I tested the Umarex Gauntlet 2
I have fired several different cartridges through the Umarex Gauntlet 2 over the last few months. Most of the shooting was at 25 yards in my backyard (Gauntlet 2 is relatively backyard friendly, but your neighbors will hear you shooting if they are outside) but I took it to the firing range a few times to test it up to 100 yards.
Equip the rifle with excellent Hawke Sidewinder 6-24 x 56 FFP range. This glass costs about double what the gun does, but good optics will help (and did) exploit the accuracy potential of the Gauntlet 2.
The Gauntlet 2 is not exactly as smooth as silk, but it shoots hard and straight.
Umarex claims that the effort to roll has been reduced by 15 percent from the original Gauntlet. However, bending this weapon requires some effort, especially in its infancy. After breaking the gun with about 100 shots, I placed the gun in a habit and used a digital scale to test for maximum traction, which consistently hit about 28 pounds. There are two holes in the stock for the bolt: one for when the pellet is in the sheath and the second to hold the bolt back under considerable spring pressure. Using this slot is a must for inserting and removing magazines. At first, the magazines fit very well, but inserting and removing them became smoother and easier over time.
The cause is not sophisticated and the fracture is somewhat mild. If someone wanted to shoot from the bench at longer distances, it would be worth spending some time on the trigger. I got used to it quickly and my accuracy results were good, so I did not try to try to fix it, mainly because I did not want to deal with removing the air bottle and stock, which is required.
Manual safety is on the right front of the trigger guard. He is a little stiff and clumsy. It was a little nervous that I had to pull the safety towards the trigger. It seems that a sliding finger could theoretically hit the trigger.
The synthetic stock has a fairly tight grip, which was quite comfortable. An adjustable comb allows for a good shooting position when using medium and high mounting alignment rings. There are M-LOK sockets for accessories on the bottom and sides of the forearm.
The Umarex Gauntlet 2 is quite accurate. I always like to take with me a second rifle, known when performing accuracy tests at 50 yards and beyond. This second rifle serves as a “check” for accuracy testing. The day I did most of the remote shooting with Gauntlet 2, I also had an FX Crown MKII on hand. The Crown MKII outperformed the Gauntlet 2, but only minimally, a change that could easily be attributed to the much better trigger in the Crown (which also happens to cost about four times more than the Gauntlet 2).
At 50 yards shooting from a Caldwell Lead base sled, The Gauntlet 2 consistently produced groups of five strokes under 1 inch (center to center), with groups shrinking closer to half an inch when wind conditions were more favorable. At 25 yards the rifle fires ragged groups with a hole. During testing I have never had good enough wind conditions in the outside beam to fairly judge the rifle performance at 100 yards. The level of accuracy of the rifle at 50 meters and above is definitely more than sufficient for hunting or injury.
The Gauntlet 2 favored some cartridges, which was expected given the lack of adjustability. I had my best results with diabolically shaped 18.13 grain cartridges from FX. H&N Baracuda Match pellets (21.14 grains) also turned out well.
I also tested Beeman Laser pellets, which with just one strand over 13 grains are almost as light as lead cartridges. Not surprisingly, they showed great speed, maximizing around 1075 fps. The accuracy, however, was terrible with a set of 10 strokes larger than 2 inches at 25 yards.
So what about slugs? I eagerly loaded a 22-grain FX hybrid magazine – and discovered that they would not be fed by the rotary cartridge in the holster without giving the bolt handle a heavy feel. They loaded a little easier from the tray with a blow that comes with the rifle. All that said, they did not group the best pellets so well, so that was a moot point.
How does that regulator work? Very good. For example, a 23-shot range with those 18.1-part FX Diabolos displays a speed of 949 fps with a low speed of 935 fps and a standard deviation of 4.2. In fact, all but two of the hits were in the 942-949 range. This durability compares favorably with much more expensive rifles. The average of 944 fps was just a nickname below 36 fps, a number that actually exceeds the power numbers from Umarex.
What makes Gauntlet 2 better
For general field use – including hunting and random target shooting – on a roughly $ 400 rifle, it’s hard to find much to be wrong about the Umarex Gauntlet 2. No, it’s not very adjustable. But the lack of adjustment will attract shooters who want good and stable performance, without having to invest a lot of time and effort to experiment with different parameters of the regulator and hammer systems.
The large rifle air tank is a good plus for days on the field. With a full charge it will produce more than 70 shots before the regulator drops below 1900 psi. You will want to have a refill tank on hand if you are at the border, but you will not need one during the hunt unless you are in an extremely goal-oriented environment.
The futuristic style will not be for everyone, but even as someone who likes the old school style in my rifles, I realized he grew up in me. If I were to own this rifle, one thing I would do is immediately remove the tank and paint it carbon black. The glossy black tank (with its bright red safety message) just looks out of place in the FDE stock.
What makes it worse
With its good barrel and very stable regulator, the Gauntlet 2 is a good out-of-the-box performer. It would be even better with an improved trigger. Several other manufacturers have been able to place good two-stage trigger on rifles with and even below this price point. Even if the trigger upgrade pushes the price a little higher, it would be a worthy compromise and could help the Gauntlet 2 compete even better in an air rifle segment that is becoming more and more crowded day by day with other good and budget. PCPs.
While many Gauntlet 2 shooters are likely to appreciate the simplicity of the rifle, the lack of adjustment limits the flexibility of the rifle. Instead of being able to tune the gun to certain situations and favorite projectiles, shooters will need to find which bullets work best for them and stick with them.
Is Umarex Gauntlet 2 fulfilling its mission?
The Umarex Gauntlet 2 is not meant to compete with expensive and expensive air rifles. It is a powerful and accurate workhorse that offers very good field performance for a modest price.
Many shooters like to confuse and tune their rifles and pistols to certain situations and / or to squeeze every part of the performance, but there is something to be said for simplicity as well. When you can spend roughly $ 400 on a gun that will shoot almost as much as a gun that costs four to five times as much, that’s quite attractive. It’s one reason Gauntlet 2 is likely to find a foothold not only with young shooters testing PCP waters, but with ardent pilots looking for a good, budget-friendly shotgun and pulse.