German Luger P-08 (9 mm)
22, lead pellet, single-shot
CO2, 8 g Powerlet
Recommended Pellet or BB: Beeman H&N Match
Weight (lb)/Length (in):
steel, gray, plastic
Barrel Length (in)/Material/Rifled: 6.25, steel, yes
Trigger Pull (lbs)/Adjustable: 5.5 (with gun charged), no
Velocity (fps): not specified (see performance section)
Sound Level (dB):
Pellet Holder (in): N/A
Manufactured Dates: 1949 - 1954
Condition/Manual/Box: 60%, yes (copy), no
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
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)
Measurements were made on
7/14/06 at a temperature of 83 ºF 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'.
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
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.