Umarex Boys Club

James Thorn­ber shares his thoughts on the Umarex M&P40

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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.

CON­TROLS

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.

SAFETY CATCH

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.

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