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Umarex TR50 Gen 2 Review

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Bristol Airguns are thrilled to introduce the latest addition to the T4E range from Umarex – the new TR50 Gen 2. Formerly known as the HDR 50, this tactical revolver has undergone significant improvements that make it a must-have for fans of its predecessor. Let’s dive into what makes the TR50 Gen 2 stand out and how it compares to the old HDR 50.

A New Name with New Features

The TR50 Gen 2 is more than just a rebranded HDR 50; it represents a thoughtful evolution of the original model. While retaining the core functionality and robust design, Umarex has enhanced several key aspects:

  1. Improved CO2 System: The new TR50 features an upgraded CO2 system that ensures better reliability and performance. The system is activated by striking the bottom of the grip, piercing the CO2 cartridge only when you’re ready to use it. This prevents leaks and ensures your revolver is always ready for action.
  2. Enhanced Grip: The grip on the TR50 Gen 2 has been redesigned with more aggressive checkering, providing a firmer hold and improved control. This is particularly beneficial in high-stress scenarios or for those with larger hands.
  3. Superior Sights: One of the most noticeable upgrades is the new fibre optic sight system. The front sight now features a single bright dot, while the rear has two, making it much easier to aim accurately, even in low-light conditions.
  4. Tool-Free CO2 Loading: Say goodbye to hex keys. The TR50 Gen 2 allows for easy CO2 cartridge loading by hand. Simply unscrew the bottom screw, insert the cartridge, and hand-tighten. It’s that simple.
  5. Customisation Options: The TR50 Gen 2 comes with a top Weaver/Picatinny rail for mounting optics like red dots, and an additional rail underneath for accessories such as torches or lasers. This makes it versatile for various training and recreational purposes.

Performance and Power

The TR50 Gen 2 retains the formidable power of its predecessor, delivering a punch that is sure to impress. Firing .50 calibre rubber balls at approximately 374 feet per second, it generates around 5.5 foot-pounds of energy (7.2 joules). This power level keeps it within legal limits in the UK, making it a safe yet thrilling choice for practice and paintball sessions.

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Versatility in Ammunition

Whether you’re using reusable rubber balls, paintballs, frangible dust balls, or even light-up tracer rounds, the TR50 Gen 2 can handle it all. This versatility makes it perfect for various types of training scenarios, from tactical drills to backyard fun.

Comparison with HDR 50

When comparing the TR50 Gen 2 to the HDR 50, the improvements become clear:

  • CO2 System: The TR50 Gen 2’s improved CO2 system is more efficient and user-friendly.
  • Grip and Sights: The new grip and fibre optic sights on the TR50 Gen 2 enhance usability and accuracy.
  • Ease of Use: Loading CO2 cartridges without tools is a significant convenience upgrade.
  • Customisation: Additional rails for accessories offer more customisation options.

Pricing and Availability

The TR50 Gen 2 is available at Bristol Airguns for £159.95, making it an affordable option for a high-quality training revolver. Given its enhancements and the overall build quality, this is excellent value for money.

Final Thoughts

The TR50 Gen 2 is a welcome evolution of the HDR 50, combining improved performance, user-friendly features, and versatile customisation options. It’s perfect for handling training, recreational shooting, and enjoying some high-powered fun.

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