Smith & Wesson M&P Action
-Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Smith & Wesson really hit on something when they developed the M&P series semi-automatic handguns. The first time I shot one of these pistols was about 14 years ago when I was still teaching school for a living. One of my colleagues owned a few Smith’s and he brought them over one cool Saturday morning for a little plinking at my house. I had a very popular compact pistol from another manufacturer at the time. We had a great time and worked on closing the group size from the 7-yard line. While I really like the handgun I had at the time, my friend’s S&W M&P 9 left an indelible impression upon me. Smith & Wesson successfully made a serious contender to the then exploding concealed carry handgun market.
For some reason, it crossed my mind that some of my scattered unpreparedness may not just be mine and that maybe you could use some reassurance that there is always someone who is doing a worse job than you at keeping all your air gun stuff together--namely me.
Airgunning has officially turned a new leaf. Pre-Charged Pneumatics are gaining a full head of steam and have become a considerable segment of the airgun market. As such, more and more shooters are picking up PCP rifles as well as the gear needed to run them. When we first introduced the Origin .22 caliber PCP with its Ever-Pressure Tank System, we included a hand pump with it to create an all-in-one product to help entice people who were on the fence with PCPs to take the jump.
One of the most appreciable features of blowback air pistols is how similar they are to the firearms they are based on. In this day and age of manufacturing it is no trick to replicate the looks of something, but to nail down the functions as well-- especially considering the massive power differences between the two platforms is really quite something else.
I always get excited when I get wind that the Umarex Legends Series is growing. This collection of full-functioning BB shooting replicas has proven itself time and time again to be the coolest thing going in the world of airgunning. Oh sure, powerful PCPs and modern blowback replicas are good and great and all, but nothing comes close on the cool factor scale to these historical replicas.
The warmer temperatures are here and that means you can fling BBs with impunity with your favorite CO2-powered air gun. CO2-powered airguns work best when temperatures are between 65 and 85 degrees and that means now is the time to get in some trigger time.
So what are we shooting this summer? Read on and find out!!
What’s catching on faster than inflation and global instability? Pre-Charged Pneumatic airguns are! Okay, that may have been a terrible comparison to start out a blog on airguns but two things are for sure, 2021 has brought on some deep changes to the social fabric and PCP air rifles are flying off the shelves and into the hands of all kinds of airgun shooters. The reasons are plenty but can be summed up with some degree of accuracy by saying PCPs are fun to shoot, easy to shoot, and crazy accurate.
Of all the elements you need to take into consideration when using PCP air rifles, where you source your compressed air is the most critical, especially if you don’t know someone with a high-pressure air compressor. Not all air is created equal. When looking for a place to fill your external tanks for pre-charged pneumatic air rifles, understanding the questions to ask will help you find the right places to go and avoid frustration.
We are finally entering the warm summer months of the year, the months where getting outside for BBQs, fish-fry’s, and, of course, trigger time is made much more pleasurable by virtue of longer days and warmer temperatures. But these days it isn’t just BBQ attendees pulling the trigger on BB guns to knock over a tin can while waiting on the ribs. No, there is a whole new contingent of air gun shooters who have suddenly picked up an air gun as a training alternative to their centerfire pistols. Since Umarex has license agreements with firearm manufacturers like Beretta, Colt, GLOCK, HK, S&W, and Walther, our .177 and 6mm replicas are a natural fit for the firearm shooter looking to train with air.
This past year has led to empty warehouses and store shelves in retail sporting goods isles. Among the items that we’ve been shuffling out of our doors as fast as we can get them in are break barrel air rifles. Break barrel rifles still make up the largest share of the air rifle market, chiefly for these two reasons- 1. They are simple. 2. They are affordable.