S&W M&P 45 .177 Caliber BB/Pellet Airgun Pistol Update 10-19 Tight groups - 80 To 96 Shots
After further shooting sessions I had to revise my review! All good! Check back for further Developments.
10-19 Just adding chronograph readings. Using JSB Exact Diablo pellets and Daisy CO2 capsules it shoots at a velocity of between 330fps and drops down to about 295fps slow firing 8 shots. Also the shot count leveled off at about 80 to 96 shots now.
9-9 It's had an ever climbing shot capacity as I've been using it. Out of the box it was only 48 shots and every new CO2 capsule has increased it by several shots. This last session was 112 shots before the power dropped off. Outstanding! None of the blowback models can do that. Obviously the gun has a break in period. Also I have no problem shooting in double action and shooting really nice groups. It's not a heavy trigger pull. The rotary mags are really quick to fill too by just dribbling pellets on them and most chambers will fill. The stick mags like the Gamo use, you have to insert each pellet one at a time. Very slow.
9-2 I was interested in the action of this pistol out of all the ones I've seen out there and this is the budget model for Umarex. The blowback slide models are very cute, but use up capsules quick. It's nicely made and shoots a very tight group especially with the $16 laser sight I installed. The rear sight is windage adjustable, but not too hard to knock out of alignment. Also the rear on mine had to be moved well to the right to bring the aim into center. It has a hex grub set screw but since it's threaded into plastic it's not going to do much. Maybe dab a bit of lock tight in the dovetail when you get it right would hold it.
I got 88 shots before the power dropped off. Very happy with that. Earlier I only got 48 shots. Break in period maybe? I like the drop in rotary mag in the top. Very easy. It has a BB mag too but I'd avoid using BBs since they'll put wear on the barrel rifling. Unless you get some lead balls which should work fine. I racked the slide for each shot in SA and it was no chore at all. Shooting DA worked very well and not real heavy.
One trick to quick load the mags. Place one rear side up in your palm and drop a handful of pellets on it and many will fall right into the chambers.
The pistol top and frame is a dense plastic that feels much like metal. The insides look all metal and nicely made. The safety is quite nice and easy to switch. One odd thing is that if it's cocked the safety will not engage until it's fired. The compartment access for the CO2 capsule is cute and unique. Flip the butt heel down and then the back frame strap pops open and hinges up.
Overall a really nice very accurate pistol for a budget price. My single annoyance is the easy to knock out rear sight. The best thing I like is the outstanding accuracy!
The photo shows the pistol with the laser mounted. The target photo was 8 rapid shots in double action and the other dot target was single action fire.