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    I am thinking about buying a S&W M&P45 pellet gun. With the difficulty in obtaining .22 ammo for my S&W M&P, and the expense of .45 and .380, I still want to practice. We got fed up yesterday and pumped out a couple of hundred bucks worth of ammo. FUN, but we will be eating rice and noodles for the next couple of weeks. Does anyone here use an air gun for practice? How well does it work? Is there a real carry over to your other handguns????

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    I use air soft guns for practice both in the house and in the yard. It's easy to set up cardboard cut out silhouettes through the house (best is if someone else sets them up so you don't know where they are) or to set up any kind of scenario you want in your back yard or garage. Wife and I often practice together working as a team.

    A word of warning... be careful where you set those silhouettes in the house because those plastic air soft pellets WILL dent dry wall.

    The air soft guns that work without cocking for every shot are best. And you can get one for around $150 or less. There are some that are the spitting image of many real guns.

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    (I have no financial interest in any air soft businesses)

  4. I have used a Beeman P1 for years. Good for target acquisition and first shot placement. I even use the same grips that are on my Commander.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silvercliff_46 View Post
    I am thinking about buying a S&W M&P45 pellet gun. With the difficulty in obtaining .22 ammo for my S&W M&P, and the expense of .45 and .380, I still want to practice. We got fed up yesterday and pumped out a couple of hundred bucks worth of ammo. FUN, but we will be eating rice and noodles for the next couple of weeks. Does anyone here use an air gun for practice? How well does it work? Is there a real carry over to your other handguns????
    I know a couple of folks that practice with airsoft for steel plate challenge matches. Search airsoft idpa on youtube and you'll come up with a hit or two.
    I'd be doing it myself but I don't want to spend a couple of hundred on a good airsoft pistol right now.

    I have used my buddy's and it would be good practice for sight picture and target acquisition running plate racks.
    You won't get the same recoil obviously although you can get pistols where the slide works.

    Edited to say: The good airsoft pistols are very close to the weight of the real thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silvercliff_46 View Post
    I am thinking about buying a S&W M&P45 pellet gun. With the difficulty in obtaining .22 ammo for my S&W M&P, and the expense of .45 and .380, I still want to practice. We got fed up yesterday and pumped out a couple of hundred bucks worth of ammo. FUN, but we will be eating rice and noodles for the next couple of weeks. Does anyone here use an air gun for practice? How well does it work? Is there a real carry over to your other handguns????
    Fairly common question.

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    I like this answer ^^^^
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    Nope. I use the real thing. Just doesn't make sense to have to adjust for the slightest wind blowing your little plastic bb around so you can hit your target and then have a bad habit carry over to your carry gun.

    Maybe if you have a CO2 gun or something and practice making that first shot count. I have a little $35 crossman for those stupid annoying birds that keep building nests right outside my bedroom window. No matter how many I kill, new ones show up every couple of days and wake me up at 5 am. Hitting those little 3 inch tall bastards while half asleep from 25 feet below is a challenge! Especially when the first one falls and they all fly around frantically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tricolordad View Post
    Nope. I use the real thing. Just doesn't make sense to have to adjust for the slightest wind blowing your little plastic bb around so you can hit your target and then have a bad habit carry over to your carry gun.

    Maybe if you have a CO2 gun or something and practice making that first shot count. I have a little $35 crossman for those stupid annoying birds that keep building nests right outside my bedroom window. No matter how many I kill, new ones show up every couple of days and wake me up at 5 am. Hitting those little 3 inch tall bastards while half asleep from 25 feet below is a challenge! Especially when the first one falls and they all fly around frantically.
    If you have access to a range, public or private, that allows safely practicing live fire scenarios that include responding to threats in up to 360 degrees... or inside a home type environment.... well Sir... I deeply envy you! No joke or sarcasm intended in my comment at all!

    But I don't have the luxury of being able to practice the types of scenarios that the real world could possibly present me with (like inside my house or multiple attackers some of which are beside/behind me) so, despite the fact that air soft isn't the real thing, it's still better than not practicing.

  9. I have to admit I am pretty lucky in the range department. I live in the National forest and have about 7 acres that's bordered by a trout stream. While that sounds like I got major bucks I don't, me and the wife get by on our property that we scrimped for, for years. Anyway our range is about twenty yards from our front door. I think somehow I mislead you guys. I'm NOT talking about an Air Soft, I a talking about a co2 replica .177 pellet gun made by Smith & Wesson (at least their name is on it) to look and feel like it's M&P .22 cal pistol (which I also own). It's a real "You can put your eye out" pellet/bb gun. Not having shot a pellet/bb gun in 60 years (never a hand gun) I am just wondering if the accuracy would be sufficient to keep my aim up instead of using my regular guns so much. By the way if I ever shot my wife in the @$$ with it, I am sure I would have one of her .380's coming back.

  10. One more thing it is an 8 shot semi auto loader.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikenut View Post
    If you have access to a range, public or private, that allows safely practicing live fire scenarios that include responding to threats in up to 360 degrees... or inside a home type environment.... well Sir... I deeply envy you! No joke or sarcasm intended in my comment at all!

    But I don't have the luxury of being able to practice the types of scenarios that the real world could possibly present me with (like inside my house or multiple attackers some of which are beside/behind me) so, despite the fact that air soft isn't the real thing, it's still better than not practicing.
    Well, if you call killing annoying birds that start screeching 35 minutes before sunrise 360 degree practice...i wont argue .lol. It does do wonders for my first shot though. Since the shortage, i have found that not being in constant practice puts my first shot an inch low left of where i want it. It's not much considering i practice at ranges between 5 and 25 feet, but it could be a potential problem with an adrenaline dump were i to need to fire at a BG. Those birds keep me in practice! This morning, two were fighting. I missed them both and gave up after emptying all 11 bbs from the mag. Sleeping on the couch hurts my neck but its better than listening to a few birds fight at 80 decibals.

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