Training is essential in order to develop good gun-handling skills, safety, accuracy and familiarity with weapons operation. It is also costly on the ammunition side, but a lot of training, right through the trigger pull, can be duplicated with these live-action, CO2-powered air pistols for just a fraction of the cost, and every operating feature is virtually identical to the corresponding cartridge-firing model.
Umarex Smith & Wesson 327 TRR8
Revolvers are still used by many law enforcement agencies as well as private citizens as either primary or backup guns. At the forefront in modern CO2 air pistol design, Umarex produces one of the most authentic revolvers available, the Smith & Wesson 327 TRR8. Accurate enough in handling to use for firearms training purposes, reloading drills and target acquisition exercises, the gun has green fiber-optic front and rear sights. The rear sight is also adjustable for windage and elevation. The TRR8 loads six BB cartridges that are carried in a speedloader, with extra BB cartridges and speedloaders available.
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It has the size, the exact weight (35 ounces), the look and ergonomics of the actual S&W Performance Center TRR8. What it doesn’t have is an eight-shot cylinder, but considering the rest of the gun’s features, two rounds is a small price to pay for what is arguably the best looking tactical BB revolver in existence. The Umarex version has a 6-inch barrel, versus the Performance Center .357 Magnum’s 5.5-inch barrel, the same integral lower accessory rail and an added top rail for optics. The grip profile and texture is virtually identical to the cartridge-firing model. Press the thumb latch forward and the cylinder swings out for loading. Pull the thumb latch back and it acts as a manual safety. Everything on the Umarex works smoothly and feels like the actual TRR8, making this gun perfect for low-cost training purposes.
ASG Dan Wesson revolvers
There are nine Dan Wesson Signature series models available as .177-caliber BB guns with 2.5-, 4-, 6- or 8-inch barrels, and three models, with 2.5-, 6- and 8-inch barrels, chambered for 4.5mm pellets. In addition to barrel lengths, there are two standard finishes, black or silver, plus a special-edition model with a gold finish and a 2.5-inch barrel.
The Dan Wesson wheelguns have the inlaid “DW” emblem in the large combat style finger groove grips with the general design of the gun based on the Dan Wesson Model 15-2 series. The 6- and 8-inch-barreled models also feature a full-length barrel shroud and vent rib. There is only one noteworthy exterior alteration for the air pistols. The traditional Dan Wesson cylinder latch (located in front of the cylinder) is absent, and in its place is a frame-mounted S&W-style thumb latch that also serves as a manual safety.
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Manufactured by ActionSportGames (ASG), they are all good-looking air guns with a heft and balance (longer barrel models) that make them easy to handle and fire accurately. The weight on the 6-inch model is 33 ounces empty, which is 5 ounces lighter than the current 6-inch-barreled Dan Wesson Model 715 in .357 Magnum. The air gun’s hammer is very wide for easy cocking and single-action accuracy; the double action runs smoothly and cleanly stages the cylinder as you pull through. Trigger pull during double action averaged 8.5 pounds and 6.25 pounds on single action.
The grips have a traditional pebble grain finish and break at the frontstrap to allow the one-piece main panel to slide back and expose the CO2 capsule grip channel. The CO2 is easily seated, and a hidden turnkey moves the capsule up until it is pierced. Then just slide the grip panels back and you’re ready to load.
A six-round speedloader comes with each gun and makes filling the cylinder as fast as a real cartridge revolver. And loading BB cartridges for the Dan Wesson (and the TRR8) is equally fast. You simply place them in the speedloader, pour BBs into a jar lid (or an old pellet tin) and push the cartridge’s nose down into it. The hollow-point, plastic bullet tips easily find a BB to seat into the opening.
For the 4.5mm Dan Wesson pellet gun, having at least two extra sets of cartridges is a must. Each brass cartridge has a hollow-point, plastic bullet that must be unscrewed before a pellet is inserted and then threaded back onto the bullet case. It is a slow process, but the return is a level of accuracy from the rifled-barrel pellet gun that BB pistols can rarely match.
Tanfoglio Gold Custom 1911
The best semi-auto air pistols are those with blowback actions and authentic operating features, including replicas of the Colt Model 1911, the Beretta Model 92A1 and the Walther PPS. There are numerous advantages to using live-action 1911 air pistols for training exercises as these duty-sized handguns operate the same way as a cartridge-firing Colt in .45 ACP. Specific training regimens can be practiced with blowback air pistols, including loading the magazine, chambering the first round and pulling the trigger.
This also helps to improve skills such as trigger control and sight acquisition, because the slides on Umarex 1911 Colt Commanders and other 1911-based models like the Tanfoglio Gold Custom actually function with each shot. All that is missing is recoil. You can train for only pennies with steel BBs rather than .45 ACP or 9mm ammunition.
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Tanfoglio’s Gold Custom air pistol is based upon the 9mm model used by five-time IPSC Open Division World Champion Eric Grauffel, and the air gun is almost indistinguishable. The .177-caliber air pistol shares the same design features and is a blowback-action semi-auto. While internally it is the same blowback action used in the 1911-style air pistols, the Tanfoglio has a completely different trigger design, grip configuration and uses a unique Tanfoglio-designed magazine that is contoured like a double stack and based on the competition magazines made for the 9mm Witness Match Xtreme. Standard Colt 1911 air pistol magazines will not fit in the Tanfoglio’s flared, beveled grip well.
Like the 9mm competition model, the air pistol has a special silver finish; an oversized triggerguard; a finely checkered, flat mainspring housing; a checkered front gripstrap; a ported slide and compensator; Xtreme aluminum grips; an Xtreme hammer; an Xtreme trigger; a flared and beveled magazine well; an oversized checkered magazine release; a permanently affixed scope mount; a slide racker; and thumb rest safeties.
The smooth-bore barrel is 5 inches in length, not counting the ported compensator, and overall length for the pistol is 9.84 inches. Height, without the rail or optics, from the base of the magazine well to the top of the slide, is 5.25 inches.
Umarex Beretta M92A1
The latest blowback-action semi-auto on the market is the Beretta Model 92A1, which combines the current A1 version with a variation of the legendary Model 93R’s selective-fire mechanism. The 93R was only produced for Italian military and law enforcement use from 1979 to 1993. The “R” stood for raffica, Italian for “burst” (as in burst of fire). The burst-fire mechanism counted shots, and after three rounds in rapid succession, the trigger had to be pulled again, thus eliminating the tendency to empty a full magazine with one pull of the trigger. This same type of device is used in the new Umarex Beretta Model 92A1, only the selector has been moved to the right side of the receiver.
For handling, the Beretta provides the exact feel and operation of controls for firearms familiarization. This includes practicing your draw stroke, thumb safety release, sight acquisition, fire drills, reloading drills (both full and tactical reloads), and even mock clearing and second-strike practice. It even has the latest Beretta white-dot sights and a rounded triggerguard.
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The DA/SA trigger works identically to the cartridge-firing model, with the first round fired in DA and the slide cycling back after discharge to cock the hammer and chamber the next BB. You can also cock and decock the gun manually. The air pistol uses a Beretta-style magazine that contains both the BBs and the CO2 capsule for the most authentic handling and reloading. All current holsters for the 92 FS also fit the air pistol. For remedial training on the Beretta 92, you could not ask for a more accurate copy of the cartridge pistol.
All of these air pistols feature all-metal construction and are licensed copies of the manufacturer’s cartridge-firing arms down to the smallest detail, name and model. They all have recessed .177-caliber barrels shrouded by 9mm (or .45 ACP) sized muzzles as well as authentic-looking sights, slide serrations and finishes. They are as close to the real thing as it gets without firing centerfire bullets.
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Colt is broadening its Expanse M4 carbine product line with the release of the new CE2000.
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“This was a natural move for us,” Justin Baldini, Product Director for Colt, said in a press release. “We simply listened to what our customers and our Colt Stocking Dealers were telling us, and the story was simple. Folks want the added features of a real Colt dust cover and forward assist, and they want it to come that way from the factory.”
Building on what customers know and love from the original Expanse M4 CE1000 — the Colt forgings, bolts and other parts used on the Colt M4 line — the new Expanse M4 CE2000 now includes a Colt dust cover and forward assist.
“We couldn’t be happier to deliver to our customers exactly what they want,” said Paul Spitale, Senior VP at Colt. “It’s a proud moment to be able to build on the success we’ve had with the Expanse™ M4 in a way that provides an even better ownership experience to the discerning firearms enthusiast.”
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Chambered in 5.56 x 45 NATO (.223 Rem.), the CE2000 is a great option if you’re looking to build your ideal modern sport rifle or if you’re a collector. The Expanse M4 CE2000 is available at a retail price of $749.
About Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC
Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC is one of the world’s leading designers, developers and manufacturers of firearms. The company has supplied civilian, military and law enforcement customers in the United States and throughout the world for more than 175 years. Our subsidiary, Colt Canada Corporation, is the Canadian government’s Center of Excellence for small arms and is the Canadian military’s sole supplier of the C7 rifle and C8 carbine. Colt operates its manufacturing facilities in West Hartford, Connecticut and Kitchener, Ontario. For more information on Colt and its subsidiaries, please visit www.colt.com.
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Concealed carry is a practical matter. Choosing a pistol for everyday carry means you need to be comfortable carrying and shooting the pistol. Subcompact pistols are easy to carry in both warm or cold climates, no matter what you are wearing. A step up is compact pistols and revolvers. These are typically easier to shoot and manipulate for the simple fact that they are larger. Being larger means it also takes a bit more to conceal these pistols. Concealing garments like shirts, vests and coats help.
Finding a practical CCW pistol also means finding a practical caliber. The most popular calibers for pistols are the .380 ACP, 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP. In a revolver it is .38 Special and .357 Magnum. All of these calibers are proven defense loads. The best advice is to fire as many different calibers as you can in as many different platforms as you can. This will help you decide on the perfect pistol that fits your hand and offers comfortable felt recoil while allowing you to shoot accurately. Remember, you want to choose a pistol that you will carry with you as easily your cell phone and car keys.
Finally, your budget will have a say in your final choice as well. Above is a gallery of proven and popular concealed carry handguns to help you take control of your personal defense.
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Rock Island Armory “Baby Rock”
Bersa Thunder 380 Combat Plus
Chiappa Model MC27
CZ P-01 Omega
EAA Witness Polymer Carry
Glock 19 Gen4 MOS
Grand Power CP 380
IWI Jericho PSL
Kahr CT380 Tungsten
Kimber Amethyst Ultra II
MRI Baby Desert Eagle III Semi-Compact Polymer
Sig Sauer P225-A1
Springfield 1911 EMP 4″
Taurus Slim 709
Walther PPS M2
Wilson Combat Compact Carry
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