Umarex Boys Club
James Thornber shares his thoughts on the Umarex M&P40
When I sit and write reviews, I always start by getting to know the product and taking it out before even thinking about flashing up the laptop. When I’m reviewing a pistol, I try to research the real steel version, so that I can establish its heritage, and find out for whom it was actually intended. I have to say that I’m really pleased I did this for the Umarex Smith and Wesson M&P40, because after only a few minutes of research, a rather large elephant walked into the room.
The M&P is often referred to as Smith and
“I walked out with one because after handling it, I was sold”
Wesson’s attempt to create a ‘Glock killer’, and over the years it’s been marketed at everyone from the military and police forces (M&P) to your everyday shooter. It’s available in a variety of calibres, and frame configurations, that all follow a similar trend of a polymer lower, metal slide, and easy-to-use controls. I can certainly see the appeal to anyone looking for an alternative to something like a Glock 23, for example.
When I picked up the M&P40 for the first time, out of the box, I was pleasantly surprised. Umarex have been running various M&P pistols over the years, and until they released this blow-back model, they just hadn’t caught my eye enough to go out and buy one, but after a quick visit to the Sportsman’s Gun Centre, in Exeter. I walked out with one because after handling, it I was sold. Compared to their previous attempts, this really is worlds apart.
It seems to fit me like a glove straight out the box, but for those of you with slightly manlier hands than mine, there is a selection of
“you might have noticed that I haven’t yet mentioned the safety catch”
replaceable backstraps included, so that you can swap out the stock ones for something a bit more profiled, without the use of any tools. Along with some free steel BBs to get you started, this is a nice addition and something that seems to be lacking with some of the other manufacturers out there.
The controls are all exactly where you’d expect to find them on a pistol such as the M&P; the magazine-release catch can be found on the left-hand side, along with the slide release and take-down lever, all functioning exactly as they should.
It’s also worth noting that the slide-release catch can also be found on the right-hand side of the frame. The sights on this pistol are just your average painted dots, which are easy to pick up and get on target, but are nothing too out of the ordinary, but they have included some neat features that are found on the real steel M&P, such as the chamber indicator. Essentially, it’s just small cut-outs on the slide and breech block, so you don’t have to pull the slide as far back when doing chamber checks.
Going back to that elephant; some of you might have noticed that I haven’t yet mentioned the safety catch, which for the record, is ambidextrous and really easy to use, with a positive engagement in both ‘safe’ and ‘fire’ positions. I haven’t mentioned the fact that the M&P40 is a fully-licensed gun with all the trademarks you would expect to find on an M&P40, either – and there’s the problem.
The Smith and Wesson M&P40 shouldn’t have a safety catch such as the one found on this Umarex replica. The M&P22 should, which coincidentally was made in Germany by Walther, rather than S&W in the States. So,
M&P locked back and magazine ready to go.
Chamber indicator is the same as the real deal.
I’m really impressed with my new edition.
Magazine release functions as it should.
Standard 3 white-dot sights - quick and easy.
Ambi-safety like on the .22 version.
Full trades on this Umarex model.
Under-rail for torches and lasers.