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Saturday
Jul232011

Umarex Smith & Wesson M&P 45 CO2 Airgun Review

Type: Pellet & BB air pistol.
Manufacturer: UmarexUSA.
Model: Smith & Wesson M&P 45.
Materials: Plastic (polymer) and metal construction.
Weight: 1.35 pounds.
Barrel: 3.3 inches, metal rifled.
Propulsion: CO2 x 1.
Action: Semi auto, single and double action.
Ammunition Type: .177 caliber Pellets and 4.5mm BB's.
Ammunition Capacity: 8 shot rotary magazine.
FPS: 360.
Trigger Pull: The trigger pull on the Umarex Smith & Wesson M&P 45 is better then with the Umarex PPQ and not only because you also get a single action trigger with the S&W M&P 45 but the double action trigger is also smother with less force required. Shooting this gun pre-cocked in single action mode is great for when you want to zone in on a target but you can always shoot double action when it's time to just blast!
Accuracy: I shot this air pistol at a target from 20 feet away in a free standing position, and it performed well getting a decent 2 inch grouping with both the pellets and the BB's very close to the center of the target. I found it performed equally as well in both single and double action. As I shot this gun I seemed to get more focussed and I ended up getting tighter groupings with it. The sights can be adjusted for windage if your aim is off to one side or the other. My Chrony Chronograph testing using 6.9 grain lead pellets and standard weight BB's averaged about the same in the 330-340 fps.

Build Quality: This is an almost all external polymer air gun with a good deal of metal components on the inside giving the S&W M&P 45 a decent overall weight and heft. I actually felt the stated weight seemed a bit low, it would be interesting to put this one on a scale and find out for sure? Some of the external metal parts worth noting are the safety switch, slide release, and trigger. The fit and finish is very good on the PPQ and the plastic is the good stuff just like the similarly made Umarex PPQ.
Realism: The Umarex S&W M&P 45 is a licensed replica of the actual Smith & Wesson M&P 45 semi auto pistol. It is a very close looking copy with the exception of the missing extractor pin and right side slide release. There is a lot of attention to detail that helps make this gun very believable like the large diameter barrel opening and Smith and Wesson markings throughout the airgun!
Provided by: UmarexUSA.

Pros:

  • Very reasonable price for a well made full featured airgun.
  • Excellent reproduction of the real S&W M&P 45 semi auto pistol.
  • Shoots both pellets and BB's.
  • Rifled barrel.
  • Easy to use yellow dot sights adjustable for windage.
  • Slide catch and safety are realistic and functional.
  • Single and double action trigger.
  • Well designed CO2 access both hides the CO2 and makes it easy to install.
  • Good combination of power, accuracy and CO2 efficiency - I got 10 good magazines
  • Even though there is a lot of plastic on the outside, there is a lot of metal on the inside giving this airgun some good weight and heft.

Cons:

  • The plastic exterior may put off some customers looking for metal guns.
  • Missing extractor pin takes a bit away form the realism.
  • Could have just a bit more power - would be worth getting less shots per CO2.

Comments:
The Umarex Smith & Wesson M&P 45 Pellet and BB CO2 air pistol really impressed me. I was already fairly impressed with the Umarex PPQ and how far a little bit of money went with that very similarly designed Umarex model. But I have to say for me the S&W M&P 45 has the clear advantage mainly because of the addition of the single action trigger. The Umarex S&W M&P 45 really has a lot going for it: Great entry level price point, it shoots both Pellets or BB's, it has a rifled barrel, an adjustable rear sight, good accuracy with decent power and CO2 efficient and great looks. As with the Umarex PPQ, these qualities make it very easy to overlook the mostly plastic exterior!

My YouTube Video Review for this versatile Smith & Wesson Pellet and BB CO2 Pistol:

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Tuesday
Jul122011

Umarex Walther SG9000 and S&W M&P 45 CO2 Airgun Preview

Before I get into my full reviews of the Umarex Walther SG 9000 BB Shotgun and Umarex S&W M&P 45 Air Pistol, I thought I would do a quick Preview so you could get a quick look at both of these fine Umarex products.

A few highlights worth mentioning about each air gun:

  • The Walther SG9000 shoots in both single shot and a 3 shot burst that fires all 3 rounds at exactly the same time, in the same manner that an actual shotgun would simultaneously fire all the buck shot.
  • The Walther SG9000 is capable of 480 fps and uses an 88gram CO2 cartridge so you can refill the 40 rounds spring fed magazine a multitude of times before needing to replace your CO2.
  • The Walther SG9000 does not come with any actual sights so you will need to add either a Red Dot Scope or Laser on to one of the many provided Picatinny rails located on the shotgun.
  • The S&W M&P 45 can shoot in both double action and also single action by pulling the rear portion of the slide back to cock the internal hammer allowing for a very light single action trigger.
  • The Smith & Wesson M&P 45 has a very nice solid weight to it, I was actually surprised at how hefty it was considering it has a mainly all plastic outer shell, my best guess would be close to 2 pounds. I think it's time to invest in a scale!
  • The S&W M&P 45 also has a recessed barrel giving the muzzle the large caliber look of a real 45 auto adding to the realism of this replica gun.

Take a quick look at these two Umarex products in my YouTube video:

Monday
Jul112011

Cross Border Airgun Trip Almost Lands Me in Jail

OK, right off the bat the title for this post is a bit dramatic but if it gets me a few extra hits why not!

So I went south across the boarder to pickup a few air guns supplied to me for review by UmarexUSA. Umarex is not comfortable sending airguns to me directly in Canada so I have Umarex send it to a place close to the boarder in Blaine that ships and receives items.

Todays trip I was bringing back a couple air guns - the Umarex SG9000 BB Shotgun and the Umarex S&W M&P 45. Both of which shoot under 500 fps and have an energy value of less then 5.7 Joules which classifies them as Un-Controlled Firearms in Canada. And what does this mean? The short of it is that in Canada we are not allowed "Replica guns" and so there are some Police and Border Guards that believe any airgun that looks like a real gun is a "replica gun" and so it is illegal to own or import into Canada.

It is kind of complicated but we have provision in our Canadian Firearms Act that addresses this issue but as I found out today, not all Border Guards are aware of this. Now I do not want to bad-mouth our Canadian Border Guards, for the most part they are very fair and they are just doing their job to the best of their ability.

Here is a link to the entire Memorandum that addresses this issue if you want to read it all (reference: CBSA Memorandum D19-13-2  pages 8-16)

Here are the parts that are important to my story!

Replica Firearm: 

  • A device that resembles a real firearm but cannot fire a projectile, or its projectile cannot cause serious bodily harm.  Replica firearms are prohibited devices (most AEG's and GBB pistols).  Prohibited devices are not the same things as prohibited firearms.

Firearm: 

  • A barrelled device firing a projectile able to cause serious bodily harm. For CBSA's purpose, all firearms are separated into either controlled firearms, or un-controlled firearms.

Controlled:  

  • A firearm with muzzle velocity above 500 FPS AND muzzle energy above 5.7 Joules.  Serial number, registration, Firearm Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) are required to import / purchase and possess any controlled firearms

Un-Controlled: 

  • A firearm with muzzle velocity below 500 FPS OR muzzle energy below 5.7 Joules.  There is no serial number, registration, license or permit required to import / purchase / own such un-controlled firearms

Exception:

  • The following goods generally do not meet the definition of prohibited weapon, and thus do not fall under tariff item 9898.00.00. Their misuse may nonetheless be punishable under other laws:
  • (a) an air gun or BB/pellet gun that resembles a real make and model of a firearm may not be a replica firearm if it is an “uncontrolled” firearm (see “Uncontrolled” firearms).

Sorry to make you read that but it is imperative to the rest of my story so that you understand that a Metal BB or Pellet gun that shoots under 500 fps with an energy level below 5.7 Joules is in fact an Un-Controlled Firearm or a barrelled device firing a projectile able to cause serious bodily harm and can in fact resemble a real make or model of firearm.

Unfortunately I did not print off Memorandom D19-13-2 (Note to self... Print it off before heading across the boarder to pickup Air guns!). Now last time I had no problems at all bringing my Umarex PPQ across the border, I guess my Border Guard that time was on the up and up?

Well this time I got sent right into the main building for "Question and Answer Time".

They took a look at the air guns and came back and said, "I can't let you keep these airguns because they are Replica guns."

So I said, "They are not Replicas, they are Un-Contorlled Firearms making them in fact not a Replica but an actual Firearm.

So they said, "Our documentation says that any airgun that looks like a Firearm, is a Replica and we do not classify airguns as Firearms".

So I said, "So all the places in Canada selling Replica Airguns are doing so illegally and if so, how are they getting all these guns past you guys?"

We went back and forth on this for about a half an hour and I was not disrespectful to the Border Guard and he also took the time to hear me out. After he realized that I was more then just your average uninformed tourist returning from vacation with an airgun keepsake, he went into the back and returned to tell me he had good news. "You can keep your air guns" he said! He had spoken with another Border Guard who knew more about the Airgun - Replica laws and was set straight on the confusing matter.

Yes it was a bit stressful at the time but I still have all my faith in our Border Guards, they where not in any way rude to me, but keep in mind I was not disrespectful to them either. It kind of makes you wonder how many fully legal airguns get confiscated at the border and more then likely destroyed?

So anyways - the good news is I have two more Umarex products that I will be reviewing very soon. So make sure to checkout the Umarex SG9000 BB Shotgun and the Umarex S&W M&P 45 when I do their upcoming reviews.

Monday
Apr112011

UMAREX S&W M&P 45 More Photos

I have some more photos of the Umarex S&W M&P 45 CO2 Pellet and BB Pistol.

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Saturday
Apr092011

UMAREX S&W M&P 45 SPECIFICATIONS AND PHOTOS

Sorry, I only have the one photo I could find of the Umarex Smith & Wesson M&P 45. This CO2 pistol shoots both BB's and Pellets and looks like it uses some of the design elements from other rotary magazine Umarex guns like the CPSport and CP88. Again I am not sure if the slide is metal or plastic because of the lower weight factor?

Specifications:

  • Uses 12 gram CO2
  • 4.5mm steel BB's and .177 caliber pellets
  • 380 fps
  • Double action
  • 8 rounds
  • 1.37 Pounds
  • Picatinny Rail

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