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- Last updated: 26/04/2019
It’s a nice change to see a C02 multi shot pistol that is not a licensed copy of a ‘real steel’ firearm! The Nemesis from Webley is very much its own thing, if that makes sense and is not modelling itself on anything, even though it does look a little tactical. It is pleasing to the eye, well balanced and a multi-shot too! So, what’s not to like? Let’s take a closer look.
As you can see, the pistol is constructed from polymer and to be fair, is pretty damn tough. The pistol grip is ambidextrous and has subtle stippling on each side as well as on the rear. The front of the grip has three finger grooves, again with stippling to offer decent grip. The bottom of this handle has a small Allen tool neatly hidden into the base of it; push this forward and it slides out. Let’s put that to one side, as we will need it shortly! Now, inside the grip is where the tandem rotary magazines are stored. This double mag contraption is quite clever because once you have used all the pellets from the first side, it’s just a case of pulling it out of the gun, turning it around and sliding it back in.
The .22 version that is on test will take six pellets in either side, so 12-shots in all. The .177 takes seven and if I’ve done my maths right, results in a total payload of an impressive 14-shots. The mags are easy to load and are like a small cassette style that are under spring tension as you rotate them. As you operate the bolt to load the pistol, pretty much like a conventional bolt action, it indexes the magazine and the next pellet. But, unfortunately the test gun seemed to lose its spring tension in its mags after several reloads and I ended up have to manually cycle them with my finger at the same time as operating the bolt. Hopefully though, this was just a gremlin on this particular gun.
Phew! Right, back to the tour of this gun! As it is an ambidextrous pistol, you will notice when held that it has a thumb shelf on either side to enhance comfort and control. The cocking bolt is also ambi and can be unscrewed and swapped around to the other side, great idea for us whinging lefties! It is metal in construction and has a polymer handle to aid reloading. Moving down to the trigger area, you will notice that the trigger may remind you pistol lovers of a Glock (don’t cry Pete) as it has a very similar profile. The blade is polymer and is very smooth and broke nicely on my trigger pull gauge at just over 4lbs.
Just above the trigger is a cross bolt safety which is colour-coded on the top. It works perfectly and is non-automatic, which is what you want on a multi-shot gun. The sights are my favourite type, fibre optic and offer a great picture with a red dot either side of the rear U-notch and green one inset into the blade up front. Unfortunately, though, they are non-adjustable, which is a shame, but the Nemesis has a full-length dovetail tail along the top, so throwing on an optic of some description would be no problem at all. A compact red dot would be my choice.
Moving along to the front end, where the rifled steel barrel is, what would be the slide on a semi auto pistol are vents, or as I like to call them, fish gills. They are not functional but are just for the cosmetics of the gun. The muzzle protrudes slightly and is threaded 1/2” UNF, so you can easily add a moderator if you wish. If you want to add anything else to it, then there are a handy few inches of Picatinny rail at the front end underneath the barrel, so I’d say it’s begging for a light or laser! So, I bet you have been wondering whereabouts the 12 gm CO2 bulb goes, haven’t you?
Well, back to the muzzle end and, just underneath the barrel, there is a metal screw cap that is undone via an Allen key or wrench, or maybe something like that thing from the bottom of the pistol grip that we put to one side earlier! Yep, just unscrew the cap with the provided tool and slide in a CO2 bulb then just screw the cap back up to pierce the bulb and charge the gun. Once that is done, then play time can begin!
Accuracy wise, it wasn’t bad at all, with. 1.5” groups at 15 yards from a standing position shooting two handed. With a red dot fitted, I expect the groups would get tighter, but for a CO2 gun that fluctuates on the power scale, as all CO2s do, plus me in the driver’s seat, not bad at all. I found it to be quite pokey and on my chronograph, the average speed of Accupells flying out of it was around 390 fps on the first 20 or so shots with a fresh CO2 bulb in.
So, overall I think that this pistol is pretty good, especially for those of you who just want function rather than all the bells and whistles of a replica blow back. Yes, it looks a little tactical and yes it’s a multi-shot, but when you pop in the single shot tray that is supplied by the way, then what we have here is a nice budget target pistol of sorts that works well and is accurate! Safe shooting! – Rack.
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