The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide 2017 [UNDER $50]

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Smith and Wesson M&P Air Pistol

Did you really think we were going to get through this list without including at least one thing that shoots? Of course not.

If you’re a longtime Patriot Caller reader, you know that we’re big proponents of simulations to maximize training time and technique. If you are getting someone familiar with firearms for the first time, this is an excellent place to start.

While it’s true that no simulation beats actual range time, some training tools can be just as much fun. That’s where the M&P air pistol comes in. Air pistols have come a long way in recent years, and not just in terms of accuracy. The major strength of today’s air pistols comes in the fact that many are scale replicas of popular firearms like the 1911, Beretta F92, etc.

Case in point, the M&P 40 Air Pistol is an accurate replica of the highly popular M&P 40 and fits in the same holsters. It even mounts the same type of tactical hardware (if you’re so inclined) on its integrated Picatinny rail.

For anyone looking to get more handling time without drastically increasing your trips to the range, this can be your backyard sidearm. In fact, you can safely run tactical shooting drills in your own space that virtually no public range would ever allow; and do it safely to boot!

The M&P 40 air gun features a blowback slide, magazine release, and thumb operated safety. It’s pretty much as identical as possible to the original M&P 40. In fact, the magazine holds 19 BBs, which is somewhat realistic at only 4 more rounds that the .40S&W version. The magazine itself holds both your ammunition and the CO2 cartridge, which fires the .177cal BBs at an advertised 480fps.

Made by Umarex, a well-respected name in air guns, this replica air pistol will be a heck of a lot of fun for anyone, whether or not they count tactical shooting among their favorite pastimes. This $35 gift is almost guaranteed to come straight out of the box once unwrapped. Don’t forget ammo and CO2 cartridges. Remember: no one wants to get a battery-operated item without batteries, so you shouldn’t give someone an air pistol without the supplies necessary to try it out.

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