Schimel GP-22

German Luger P-08 (9 mm)

Schimel GP-22
Replica Of:
German Luger P-08 (9 mm)
Made In:
22, lead pellet, single-shot
Air Source:
CO2, 8 g Powerlet
Recommended Pellet or BB:
Beeman H&N Match
Weight (lb)/Length (in):
2.4, 9.25
Body Material/Finish/Grips:
steel, gray, plastic
Barrel Length (in)/Material/Rifled:
6.25, steel, yes
Trigger Action:
Trigger Pull (lbs)/Adjustable:
5.5 (with gun charged), no
Sights (front/rear):
fixed, fixed
Velocity (fps):
not specified (see performance section)
Sound Level (dB): 101
Thickness of Pellet Holder (in): N/A
Manufactured Dates:
1949 - 1954
60%, yes (copy), no
Serial Number:
Comments: The Schimel GP-22 is a very good replica of the German Luger and was manufactured by Schimel in North Hollywood, California between 1948 and 1954 (the company was owned by Orville Wallace Schimel). It is thought to be the first CO2 cartridge pistol produced in the USA. The gun is fairly complicated to shoot, but has surprisingly good accuracy. Care must be taken in cocking and charging this gun as the pot metal is fragile and some of the pivot points are easily broken (see additional instructions below). This is one of the hardest hitting (and loud) CO2 replica pistols ever made. It's too bad production didn't continue with better materials and a few engineering improvements. More than 50 years later, few air pistols can match the Schimel GP-22's performance. This Schimel was re-sealed in 2005.

Schimel GP-22 Instruction Manual
Stoegers Catalog Ad for Schimel GP-22 and AP-22 (probably 1951)
Stoegers 1953 Ad for Schimel GP-22
Airguns that Look Like Firearms by Tom Gaylord
Blue Book Information (6th Ed.) on Schimel GP-22
American Vintage Airguns Repair Thread #1
American Vintage Airguns Repair Thread #2
Photos from J.B. Jenkins (from American Vintage Airguns)
Schimel Website (maintained by Schimel family members)

Performance: Measurements were made on 7/14/06 at a temperature of 83 F and 14' elevation. A nine shot string was fired from a bench rest at 15' using Beeman H&N Match pellets (13.6 gr). The highest velocity measured was 460 fps, the lowest was 412 fps (average of the 9-shot string was 434 fps). The Schimel fired a seven shot string with open sights that grouped at 0.34". Click the thumbnail below to see a larger image. Click here for a description of the measurement methods.

Test Firing Record:
April 15, 2007 - the following 5-shot groups were fired using H&N Match-Kugeln pellets (13.4 gr) and off-hand at 15'.


Right Profile 1:
Right Profile 2: After each shot, the reset button must be pushed forward to seal the chamber. Once this is done, the charging lever can be pulled back and then pushed forward. Pulling back the charging lever before pushing the reset button will result in the loss of all CO2. Be sure to keep the safety engaged during all charging and loading steps and keep your finger off of the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
Front View:
Right Side Markings: This shows a close-up view of the reset button and safety.
Left Side Markings:
Loading Pellets: Pulling the toggle back pulls the bolt probe out of the breech and allows a pellet to be loaded. H&N Match-Kugeln (13.4 gr) pellets work very well in this gun. Push the toggle down carefully to make sure the pellet is smoothly loaded into the breech.
Loading CO2: When loading a new CO2 cylinder, first make sure the reset button has been pushed forward. Then, pull the charging lever back and insert the new cylinder. Screw the cap on snugly (but not too tight). Push the charging lever forward -- this should pierce the cartridge. Test fire the gun. If it does not fire, then the cartridge either 1) did not pierce properly or 2) is pierced but is pushed in so tight that CO2 cannot get out to fill the chamber. Open and close the charging lever several times to complete the piercing process. When the cylinder has pierced properly, you will feel additional resistance when pushing the charging lever forward. If the gun is still not firing, let it sit for 5 minutes and then try opening and closing the charging lever several times again. If it still does not fire, carefully unscrew the piercing cap while keeping the cylinder opening pointed in a safe direction. This is a potentially dangerous situation, the cartridge may be pierced and under pressure and could shoot out at very high velocity.

To expel any unused gas, pull the charging lever back without pressing the rest button and then pull the trigger. Do not attempt to unscrew the piercing cap if there is still CO2 in the cylinder.



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