Umarex entered the dart blaster field in 2020 with the OpFour rifle and the OpSix single shot pistol. Powered by 12g CO2 cartridges, the two blasters met with mixed reviews, due to inconsistency from the former and low velocities from the latter.
Now, the next blaster in the line, the Jury, is available online. Is this revolver an improvement on previous products? For sure. Is it perfect? Not quite. But does it have a place? Provided you have a venue for it, of course!
The Jury is a single OR double action revolver, meaning you can fire it in two way. You can set back the hammer, rotating the cylinder and leaving a hair trigger for firing, or you can do a single, harder pull to everything in one motion. The former is nice for being ready for firing on opponents, and the latter for when you need to fire of multiple shots in a row.
The blaster takes proprietary six-round cylinders, and fires short darts (it comes with twelve, all with relatively hard heads, but accepts other short darts). You can pop the cylinder out the left side after releasing the retention pin, or you can reload via a slot on the right side. The blaster ships with two cylinders, but twin refill packs are also available, should you anticipate extended battles. I ordered two of the packs, to have six cylinders total.
The blaster requires one 12g CO2 cartridge to operate. Installation involves popping a side panel off, inserting the cartridge, then tightening the bottom screw to push the cartridge up and puncture it. There’s a screw bit already fastened into the side panel, making the process easy. Once the cartridge is empty, just loosen the screw and remove it (doing so will lose any pressure that was left).
The blaster is a little heavy, in part due to the need for metal internals to handle the expansion of CO2 gas during firing. But it feels great in hand, and is comfortable to use.
Those cartridges do add an extra cost. However, if you’re buying a box of them, it comes out to $1 or less per unit – not as expensive as expect, if you’re investing in the ecosystem and staying.
@blasterhub When the CO2 cartridge in the dart blaster is fresh…and the wife is being sadistic. #rekt #blaster #blasterhub #snowday #testing #ouch ♬ Do You Really Want To Hurt Me – Remastered 2002 – Culture Club
Dart velocity on a fresh cartridge is actually on the high end. While there were consistency issues (a 20fps spread either way), my Jury was averaging 145fps to start. Ambient temperatures, dart fit, how fast you fire between shots, etc. can all affect the end result. After firing off six cylinders here and there, I was still averaging in the 130s, with slightly less variation.
Rate of fire is as fast as you can pull the trigger (about two darts per second), and endurance is helped by the quick swapping of cylinders. However, it should be noted that high rates of fire will drastically reduce the longevity of the CO2 cartridge. Pressurized CO2 tanks work by having the liquid at the bottom boil to replace that which has been used; in theory, as long as you have liquid in there, the pressure should remain around 850psi. Rapid firing, however, can actually lead to using gas faster than it can be replaced, especially as gas expansion cools everything down. So while going full cowboy may be fun, an occasional shot here and there as a sidearm will lead to far better longevity and consistency.
For the moment, I’m leaving the blaster intact. In short, however, the hammer of the revolver impacts a valve on release, opening that valve temporarily. This lets out a relatively metered amount of gas.
I’ll post pictures once I find my small screwdrivers in the pile that is my basement. Oops.
The Rekt Jury is a fun blaster to use, though it clearly can fire shots far above the advertised 130fps. The fact that it uses pressurized cartridges can also limit its use, depending on how strict local ordinances are (i.e. you could use it in your backyard or a paintball park, but not the local park war). Even with the limitations and some inconsistencies (the reason for the 7 in User Friendliness), having a semi-auto revolver firing at high speeds is a ton of fun.
The $55 price tag is a bit much, though the $8 twin cylinder refills are not. In the end, the Jury is a fun sidearm and plinking blaster, with its potential determined by how trigger happy you may be. In the right hands, however, I’d call it a must buy.