This article was originally posted on Thefirearmblog.com
There have been three things that have kept me from considering a Heckler & Koch UMP clone build. First, rather than a more typical three-lug muzzle attachment system, the UMP’s barrel comes standard with the mushroom-esque flange that only a few silencer manufacturers have been able to master. Second, the UMP operates on a direct blowback system rather than the roller-delayed action found in its older sibling the MP5. Lastly, is price. Ok, let’s face it, nothing H&K is going to be inexpensive – but with manufacturers like Zenith making H&K style pistol caliber carbines in the sub $2000 category, these guns are becoming more affordable. However, Omega has just announce the Gideon Shadow – a UMP that is entering the relm of obtainable for the masses.
On the positive side, the UMP is lighter, features a last round boot hold open and with the addition of a kit, calibers can be changed in a matter of minutes. The Gideon Shadow is a sharp looking gun that includes a pistol stabilizing brace from SB Tactical.
The newly released Omega Gideon Shadow (GS) pistol is recoil operated, closed bolt, lightweight, durable and easy to maintain semi auto pistol. Each pistol covers 3 of the most popular calibers in 9mm, .40 and .45 respectively. The end user can simply swap the barrel, bolt and magazine and the end user can change the caliber in a matter of minutes. Weighing in at less than 5 lbs. the Omega GS pistol is a superior subgun range performer. Each Omega GS pistol receiver is made from high impact glass reinforced polymer. A superior pistol platform providing enhanced strength, durability, light and nimble operation. The Omega GS pistol is a highly effective range performer sure to please shooters of any background or shooter skill level. Comes with 1 magazine .
- This is the 9mm model built with a combination of original UMP and US parts.
- Made from high impact reinforced polymer and steel components
- End user can swap caliber kits in a matter of minutes in the field, no gunsmithing required
- Caliber conversion kits are available in 3 calibers 9mm, .40 & .45
- 9mm & .40 calibers use 30 round & 15 round readily available magazines
- .45 caliber use 25 round and 15 round readily available magazines
- Simple to assemble and service NO gunsmith needed
- Superior materials and ergonomics
- Accepts folding UMP stocks or pistol braces
- Accepts either German HK UMP or USA made parts & accessories
- Integrated hard mounted point for the addition of the optic rail
- Integrated tri-rail mounting points for lasers, lights and grips, Rails sold separately
- Hand stop with ambidextrous sling attachment points
- Tool less disassembly and ease of cleaning pistol
For your caliber conversion kits or other HK related parts & accessory needs: WWW.HKPARTS.COM
OMEGA GIDEON SHADOW PISTOL 9mm .The Gideon Shadow is a straight blow back closed bolt weapon that can easily be converted between 9mm, 40 cal and 45 ACP with just the change of the barrel, bolt and magazine. No other parts of the gun have to be changed or replaced to change the caliber. The pistol has a 7.87″ barrel length weighing in at about 5 lbs. total weight, magazine unloaded. The receiver has an integrated rear hinge for a folding stock / arm brace. There is a rear sling attachment point on the left side of the weapon making for convenient single point sling attachment. With the front finger guard it allows for a two point sling attachment. The Gideon Shadow receiver is made of a high grade glass filled nylon giving it not only high strength but as well as giving it toughness, helping it to resist fractures and brakes if dropped. This platform provides 935 ft/s (45 ACP) with an effective range of 100 m in 9mm and 65 m in 45 ACP. The feeding system is a 30 round magazine for the 9mm and 40 cal and a 25 round magazine for the 45 ACP. The 40 cal and 45 ACP both have a straight box magazine while the 9mm has a curved box magazine. All three magazines lock into the same lower. The barrel is easily changed while being held in with only a barrel pin. The lower is held into place with one rear push pin. The front of the lower is locked into position with a molded in swing down in the receiver. There is no head spacing required like in the roller lock platform. The lower has a last round hold open device locking the bolt open when the magazine is emptied. With a quick jab of your thumb after inserting a new magazine the bolt closes and primes the chamber with a live round. It is simple and efficient and now wasted movement.There is no gunsmithing necessary for this weapon. There are no special tools needed for assembly or disassembly. With the use of the quick change barrel pin, made by Omega, the entire weapon can be disassembled down to the bare receiver, including the removal of the barrel. Making for ease of cleaning of all internal parts including the barrel. There are brass threaded inserts molded into the receiver allowing for attachment of two front side rails (for lasers and flashlights), a front bottom rail and a top scope rail.