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I was on the road not too long ago and sitting in my hotel room bored i came across this HK USP pistol that shoots bb's with a co2 cartridge. It looked pretty good, so i decided to pick one up for 39 bucks from amazon. I thought it would be fun for the house, and maybe even be a decent training tool.
It came yesterday and im pretty happy with it. It has the look, feel and weight of a real one, with the LEM trigger. It holds 22 bb's with the co2 in the mag that drops out as normal. The trigger feels similar to my friends .40 uspc. It has a normal HK safety. The slide does not blow back (which is good, cause that uses co2). The slide is steel, frame is polymer, its made by umarex.
We set up a phone-book in the office, and its not bad at all!! Its decently accurate, and works well. I think it would be a great tool for quick-drills at home, hand/eye coordination, draw/shoot practice...etc. Or just cheap fun. I mounted a laser i had on it, which is pretty interesting.
Thats all. Just figured id throw it up there incase someone else was thinking of something like this.
Here is a pic:
I got it on sale for 40, but here it is on amazon:
meh, whats the point.... i used to not understand people that bought .22lr guns (i get it now) but these, no clue....
I want the airsoft pistol of a USP for practicing in doors without need for a range. Mostly move and shoot and drawing/holstering along with engaging multiple targets. (stuff most ranges don't let you do unless you have a badge )
The Rap4 stuff, I can see for training unit tactics and maneuvers and IIRC I saw some article of some PD's using them for the swat teams.
If you want a close simulator, look towards the higher end airsoft stuff, like from Tokyo Marui. All those have near same weight, exact dimensions, real-life operations, exact style magazines, and slide blow back.
The only downside is they cost nearly as much as real gun, but to me better then a .22 to which few pistol operate similar to "normal" guns.
I did buy a Walther P22 for practice, but the gun simply doesnt operate close enough. With airsoft, I can use the exact holster I use to carry, and too practice realistic reloads. If you plan it out right, you too can practice failure drills to some extent.
Here's my TM 1911, it did cost around $300 but I do get to shot inside the house, and plastic BBs are super cheap and can at worst leave a mark if you hit someone. :
The only downside is the low recoil, and slightly lighter then most 1911 trigger. The combine tend to cause you to be able to shoot far faster then normal, then when you do switch to the real deal can throw you off a bit. So they are of course no replacement for real deal practice, but certainly a great aid.