If you like shooting pistols, you’ll love what semi-automatic BB pistols offer. The CO2 power plant system works great to simulate the semi-auto action of a traditional firearm. In this article, we’ll look at some of our favorites. Our suggestions are in no particular order, just products that we feel will put a smile on your face.
Umarex SA 10 Pellet / BB Pistol
Let’s start with a great pistol from Umarex. The SA 10 looks great and feels amazing to shoot. The unique magazine can hold pellets or BBs. It has three 8-round cylinders that can be quickly swapped into place for 24 shots. The fixed sights provide quick target acquisition, and the rifled steel barrel helps with increased accuracy. The SA 10 is certainly an awesome dual-purpose, semi-auto pistol.
Beretta APX Blowback BB Pistol
Next, we have an ultra-realistic replica from Umarex USA, the Beretta APX Blowback BB Pistol. This compact BB Pistol is a ton of fun to shoot. It delivers 19 rounds as fast as you can pull the trigger, and the snappy blowback provides additional realism. It features a metal slide, polymer frame, and Picatinny rail for accessories. Compact and fun to shoot, it’s a great choice for a lightweight, realistic, semi-automatic BB pistol.
Beretta M92A1 BB Pistol (more fun switch)
Sticking with the Beretta line, we move up to the M92A1. This full-frame replica from Umarex USA features an all-metal body and slide, realistic blowback recoil, 18-round drop-free magazine, manual safety, and fixed front and rear sights, but that’s not all the M92A1 has up its sleeve. The M92A1 features what we like to call the “more fun” select fire switch. When semi-auto just isn’t fun enough, you can switch to “more fun” and run full auto. It’s a ton of fun to rip all 18 rounds full auto, drop the mag, toss in another mag, and go again. It’s an awesome BB pistol.
Springfield Armory XDM
The Springfield Armory XDM 4.5” replica checks all the boxes for those looking to train cost-effectively with a 1 to 1 model of the actual firearm. You can check out the full feature list on the product page, but suffice it to say Springfield has gone out of its way to deliver a product that not only looks like the real deal but also keeps the same weight, switches, striker indicator, and even field strips like the real firearm. Shooters can fire 20 rounds, as fast as they can pull the trigger, from the 20-round drop-free magazine, swap the mag, and keep right on going.
Colt 1911 Special Combat BB Pistols
We can’t talk about semi-automatic BB guns without having at least a couple of 1911 variants on the list, and here’s our first one. The look and feel of the Colt 1911 Special Combat really sets it apart from the 1911 replica pistols. It features a fully adjustable rear sight, blowback action, 20-round drop-free magazine, weaver rail, and it gets up to 100 shots per CO2 cartridge. It’s an absolutely beautiful piece.
Glock 17 Gen 4 BB Pistol
Glock is one of the most recognized handgun brands in the world. When Umarex approached them to create proper replicas of their iconic firearms, they insisted they live up to the Glock name. Fortunately, Umarex has been making awesome replicas for decades and nailed it with their line of Glock semi-auto pistols.
The Glock 17 Gen 4 BB Pistol features blowback action, authentic controls, traditional fixed sights, a full metal slide, and an 18-round drop-free magazine. Additionally, the Glock replicas fit most duty holsters, making them a great training option.
Crosman P1 BB Pistol
We can’t have just one select-fire BB pistol in the mix. The Crosman P1 features semi-automatic as well as fully automatic operation. It features a full-metal frame and slide, double and single action, fixed front and rear sights, removable 20-shot BB magazine with integrated CO2 housing. Adding another layer of fun, this model comes with a rail-mounted laser.
Smith & Wesson M&P 9 M2.0
The Smith & Wesson M&P 9 M2.0 is based on the actual 9mm firearm. It shoots up to 400 fps and makes for an exceptional training pistol. It’s such a close replica that sitting on the table next to the real thing, it’s hard to tell the difference without picking them both up. Other features are a blowback action, a drop-free 18-round magazine, an ambidextrous slide release, and 3 interchangeable backstraps for customization. Stay on target with an adjustable front sight, fixed rear sight, and Picatinny accessory rail for light and lasers. It’s an outstanding and fun replica semi-auto BB Pistol.
Tanfoglio Witness 1911 Blowback BB Pistol
Long live the traditional 1911, and few do it as well as the Tanfoglio Witness 1911. This full metal replica features a functional slide, an 18-round drop-free magazine, and sends rounds downrange at 320 FPS. Unique to this model is an adjustable hop-up, allowing shooters to tune their guns for the best accuracy. If you love the 1911 form factor, you’ll love the Tanfoglio Witness 1911.
SIG Sauer 1911 “We the People” BB Pistol
Let’s go ahead and wrap things up with our final 1911 variant from Sig Sauer. The 1911 “We the People” BB Pistol is a commemorative pistol featuring all-metal construction, weathered appearance, realistic blowback, field-strippable, fixed white dot sights, and skeletonized trigger and hammer. It features a 17-round drop-free magazine and smoothbore barrel, pushing BBs downrange at 340 FPS. It’s rounded out, having “We the People” and “1776” engraved on the side and 50 stars on the grips (25 on each side.) It’s a piece of history you can hold and enjoy shooting in your backyard.