Air Venturi HellBoy M4 CO2 BB Rifle Table Top Review

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Type: BB Rifle.
Manufacturer: Air Venturi.
Model: HellBoy.
Materials: Metal & plastic.
Weight: 5.2 pounds (2.4 kilograms).
Barrel: 14.5 inches, smooth bore.
Propulsion: 12 gram CO2 single cartridge.
Action: Non-Blowback - double action only.
Ammunition Type: 4.5mm steel BB's.
Ammunition Capacity: 18 rounds.
FPS: 495fps.

Trigger Pull: The trigger pull on the Air Venturi HellBoy M4 CO2 BB Rifle is a double action only trigger since there is no blowback action to set the trigger in single action mode. So it will be a bit heavier than a true single action trigger. That said the trigger is not bad at all and can be activated very quickly for tons of fast action shooting or at least until your 18 rounds are all gone :) I would say the trigger pull is between light and medium with a medium pull length and not that much take-up at the beginning.

Accuracy: So far I have only played around with the Air Venturi HellBoy M4 CO2 BB Rifle shooting at clay pigeons from various distances and it was surprisingly accurate for me off hand shooting like this. I could easily hit a clay pigeon from about 50 feet away with most shots. Watch my "Having Fun with the Air Venturi HellBoy M4 CO2 BB Rifle" video if you want to see how it did. In terms of velocity, I have seen other reviews that show it getting pretty close the 495 fps claimed so until I do my actual Field Test Shooting Video we will have to go on this info.

Build Quality: The Air Venturi HellBoy M4 CO2 BB Rifle is made in China, some people will not like that but I found it to be very well built in general, fit and finish are as good if not better than any Taiwanese airgun I have reviewed so quality control in the factory must be good. You are going to find metal parts where you would expect them to be on a real M4 (AR) like the receiver, barrel, buffer tube, magazine, carry handle, forward assist, charging handle, sling mounts, safety and magazine release. Plastic parts are going to be the rear stock, hand guard, and pistol grip.

Realism: The Air Venturi HellBoy M4 CO2 BB Rifle is a 1 to 1 replica of the M4 or AR platform and even has some interchangeable parts with real AR or M4 like the hand guard and rear stock. You can even take this gun down into the two halves, upper and lower which makes for barrel cleaning or BB jam removal pretty easy. Even though there is no blowback action or internal bolt, you can pull the charging handle back which opens the dust cover just like the real deal. Other working moving parts are the magazine release, selector switch, forward assist and adjustable rear stock.

Pros:

  • Great to have another full size Rifle available to purchase in a BB gun version.
  • Metal where it is expected and good overall weight. (Metal receiver, barrel, magazine)
  • Can be field stripped, carry handle is removable.
  • Can swap out hand guard and rear stock with real steel AR parts.
  • Full size drop out metal magazine that holds the BBs and CO2.
  • Great looking replica of the real steel M4 AR, operation and weight.
  • Variety of sling mount hook in points for varies styles of slings.
  • Fully adjustable rear sight with duel apertures.
  • Working, dust cover, forward assist, magazine release, selector switch.
  • Price point is reasonable for this type of full size mostly metal BB rifle.

Cons:

  • Semi auto and double action only trigger only.
  • Magazine only holds 18 rounds and a single CO2.
  • No blowback operation.

Comments:

I think the Air Venturi HellBoy M4 CO2 BB Rifle is a super addition to the replica rifle lineup. I know we all wish it had blowback operation and shot in full auto mode too but there are trade-offs here and you can still have boat loads of fun shooting the Air Venturi HellBoy M4 CO2 BB Rifle even in semi auto only mode. The fact that it does not have blowback allows for some generous fps velocity and more shots per CO2. It looks really great, feels really great and shoots really great all in a mostly metal build which is what everyone has been asking for and at a reasonable price. I think the Air Venturi HellBoy M4 CO2 BB Rifle is a total winner and recommend it 100%. You will not be disappointed!

  • My YouTube Table Top Video of the Gletcher TT-A Tokarev CO2 Airsoft Pistol:
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Categories: 4.5mm / .177 cal, BB, CO2, Comparison, Review, Rifle, Semi Auto, YouTube Video Tags: HellBoy, AirVenturi

Having Some Outdoor Fun with the Air Venturi HellBoy M4

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It's been a while since I made a just for fun shooting video, especially a multi-camera kinda tactical shooting video. Well the weather was nice, I had the perfect CO2 Air Rifle for the job, the Air Venturi HellBoy, and I need to keep things simple since I am in contest prep for a fitness show I am doing this weekend and being so low on calories and high on activity messes with the brain a little bit which makes it hard to focus.

This all made for the perfect opportunity to get outside the the Replica Airguns indoor Sea Can Airgun Shooting Range and shoot my Air Venturi HellBoy CO2 BB M4 at some different targets.

To make this video as interesting as possible I have several cameras setup to capture the action from multiple angles. So watch me have some outdoor fun with the Air Venturi HellBoy M4 CO2 BB Rifle as I slay as many clay pigeons as I can...

Categories: 4.5mm / .177 cal, BB, CO2, Field Test, Review, Rifle, Semi Auto, YouTube Video Tags: AirVenturi, HellBoy

Air Venturi HellBoy M4 - John Wayne 1911 - V10 Match Pistol Preview

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In this table top preview video I take a look at three new products from Air venture that we are now carying in our Online Replica Airguns Store.

First off is yet another rebranded KWC 1911 CO2 Blowback BB Pistol, this time with John Wayne Licensing in the classic 1911 A1 version with a distressed look. What can I say, people just can't get enough of these KWC 1911's and with all the choices out there you are sure to find something you like!

I then show you around a new Competition Target Pistol called the V10. The Air Venturi V10 Competition Target Pistol shoots .177 caliber pellets at around 400 fps with only a single pump! The Air Venturi V10 has adjustable sights, trigger and even the grip is adjustable. I am expecting some decent actuary out of this one...

Last up but perhaps the most unique product from Air Venture is the HellBoy CO2 BB Firing M4 Air Rifle. The Air Venturi HellBoy has an all metal receiver, magazine, carry handle, buffer tube and barrel with only plastic used for the stock and fore grip which is to be expected. The Air Venturi HellBoy shoot in semi auto only with a double action style trigger and does not have blowback action. You can expect to get 18 4.5mm Steel BB's in the all metal magazine that holds the CO2 as well and a top velocity of 495 fps. Did I mention you can fully field strip the Air Venturi HellBoy?

Categories: 4.5mm / .177 cal, BB, Blowback, CO2, Pellet, Pistol, Review, Semi Auto, Single Shot, YouTube Video Tags: AirVenturi, HellBoy, V10 Pellet Pistol, John Wayne 1911

KWC CQBP M45 A1 CO2 Airsoft Pistol Field Test Review

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Another Field Test Shooting video coming to you this week from the Replica Airgun Sea Can Indoor Airgun Range! Today I test out the KWC CQBP M45 A1 CO2 Airsoft Pistol to see what kind of real world velocity it gets and how accurate it is shooting a rapper target form about 30 feet away.

Starting with my Chronograph velocity results, the KWC CQBP M45 A1 CO2 Airsoft Pistol is really powerful! It shot right up to and just over 500 fps using a brand new CO2 with .20 gram Plastic Airsoft BB's. The temperature was decent right around the mid 20's Celsius which is not too hot or too cold.The actual 5 shot average was 497 fps with the fastest shot hitting 503 fps and the slowest hitting 492 fps so all pretty close in velocity.

Next I placed 10 rounds down range at my paper target using a rested seated shooting position (Sand bag up front and seated on chair in the back). I did find the KWC CQBP M45 A1 CO2 Airsoft Pistol shot a bit high but windage was well centered. My 10 shot grouping produced about 1.5 inch fairly tight group with one outlier that came out a bit.

Overall the KWC CQBP M45 A1 CO2 Airsoft Pistol is a pretty well rounded Airsoft 1911, it's mostly metal with good weight, has lots of power, maybe even too much for anything close range, produced some decent accuracy and it isn't going to set you back too much at the end of the day. Just be aware that because it is a none blowback pistol it does only shoot in double action which is not typical of most 1911 pistols.

Categories: 6mm, Airsoft, CO2, Field Test, Pistol, Review, Semi Auto, YouTube Video Tags: KWC, CQBP 45 A1, Colt M45 CQBP

Gletcher TT-A Tokarev CO2 Blowback Airsoft Pistol Field Test Review

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I have already done a Field Test Shooting Video Review for the 4.5mm Steel BB version of the Gletcher TT-A Tokarev, and even Table Top Reviews for both Airsoft and Steel BB but so far I have not made a Field Test Shooting Review so I thought why not finish up the series...

Let's keep it short and simple and get right to my results. My five shot Chronic Testing to find out the real world velocity for the Gletcher TT-A Tokarev CO2 Blowback Airsoft Pistol shooting 5 rounds of .20 gram plastic Airsoft BB's with a brand new CO2 resulted in an average of 434 fps, not bad at all for a Blowback Airsoft Pistol!

For some reason I thought the Gletcher TT-A Tokarev CO2 Blowback Airsoft Pistol was shooting high so I originally time my first 10 shots at the bottom ring on my paper target and pretty much missed the target with every shot. My second go around aiming dead center on the target setup 30 feet away was much better resulting in 9 out of the 10 shots hitting all within about 3 inches of each other pretty well centered but just a tad bit low. Respectable for sure!

The Gletcher TT-A Tokarev CO2 Blowback Airsoft Pistol blowback is fairly heavy and it also has a fair mount of power for a CO2 Blowback Airsoft Pistol so you may want to use it more in an outdoor setting where you are not so close up and personal. The double action trigger is a little bit heavy but not bad and easy enough to get shots off quickly. Not a bad pistol overall and worth considering.

Categories: 6mm, Airsoft, Blowback, CO2, Field Test, Pistol, Review, Semi Auto, YouTube Video Tags: Gletcher, TT-A, TT

Sig Sauer We the People 1911 CO2 Blowback BB Pistol Field Test Review

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The Sig Sauer We the People 1911 CO2 Blowback BB Pistol is really simply another KWC rebranded and license 1911 and I have already made a tone of videos on the KWC 1911 for guns like the Cybergun Tanfoglio Witness 1911, Swiss Arms 1911, several Umarex KWC 1911 rebrands and a bunch of Cybergun Rail Gun versions. So why make another Field Test Shooting video? Well Why not and at the end of the day the KWC 1911 BB / Airsoft Pistol has been one of our top sellers over the last several years for the time when it came out.

Getting back to the Sig Sauer We the People 1911 CO2 Blowback BB Pistol Field. It really is a beauty and I think it's the only one with metal grips! So how did it shoot? In terms of Velocity it shot just like all the other KWC 1911 Co2 Blowback BB pistols and averaged right around 320 fps, not super fast but perfectly fines for an action pop can plinker. I was using a brand new CO2 and did place 5 shots through my Chronograph of this  test result. The temperature in my indoor  shooting Sea Can Airgun Range was about 17 degrees Celsius or 63 degrees Fahrenheit.

When it came to accuracy these KWC 1911's usually get anywhere from a 2-4 inch 10 round grouping and the Sig Sauer We the People 1911 CO2 Blowback BB Pistol was no excepting shooting about a 4 inch group. My first 4 rounds did all hit the 1.5 inch bullseye so perhaps the following 6 where on me :) Even so a 4 inch grouping at 30 feet back is good enough to punch holes in pop cans all day long.

I do really like the Sig Sauer We the People 1911 CO2 Blowback BB Pistol, it's perhaps one of the most unique and eye catching of the bunch with its distressed and black highlight features. The white dot sights, metal star pistol grips and skeletonize trigger are also great touches. If you can find a Sig Sauer We the People 1911 CO2 Blowback BB Pistol in your area for sure pick on up, we also have a tone of other version of the KWC 1911 CO2 Blowback Airgun in Steel BB and Plastic Airsoft over in our Replica Airgun Online Canada and US Stores...

Categories: 4.5mm / .177 cal, BB, Blowback, CO2, Field Test, Pistol, Review, Semi Auto, YouTube Video Tags: Sig Sauer We the People 1911, M1911 A1

Sig Sauer X-Five ASP CO2 Blowback Pellet Pistol Field Test Review

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The Sig Sauer X-Five ASP CO2 Blowback Pellet Pistol is Sigs latest ASP (Advanced Sport Pellet) air pistol and like the Sig Sauer APS P320 has a high capacity bet fed magazine along with an easy load CO2 system. So who did the Sig Sauer X-Five ASP CO2 Blowback Pellet Pistol perform compared to my preview testing of the Sig Sauer P320 ASP?

For my velocity testing I placed 5 rounds through my Chrony Chronograph using a brand new Sig Sauer CO2 along with Sigs Match Ballistic Alloy 5.25 grain pellets. This was the same setup when I  performed the Sig Sauer ASP P320 testing. The Sig Sauer X-Five ASP CO2 Blowback Pellet Pistol shot an average of 359 fps which was lower than my testing of the Sig Sauer ASP P320 as it shot an average of 413 fps. I am not sure why there was such a difference since both guns use similar internal mechanics but I have a feeling the CO2 may not have been pierced fully since some of the shots seemed to be weaker than others and CO2 output did not seem consistent even causing the blowback action to not fully cycle on a couple of shots.

Moving onto accuracy, my Sig Sauer ASP P320 shooting an 8 round group got around a 2 inch spread. I was able to get a tighter 1.5 inch grouping with my Sig Sauer X-Five ASP CO2 Blowback Pellet Pistol and this was with 10 shots rather than 8 so the Sig Sauer X-Five ASP CO2 Blowback Pellet Pistol may have shot a bit slower but it did seem to be a little bit tighter in terms of accuracy. The Sig Sauer X-Five ASP CO2 Blowback Pellet Pistol was shooting a bit low and to the left for me in my accuracy testing but the rear sight is fully adjustable for windage and elevation so this can be easily corrected.

I strongly feel something did not go right when the CO2 was pierced using Sigs proprietary Cantilever Easy CO2 Loading system. There is only one way to do it so I know it was not human error in this case. perhaps the Sig Sauer X-Five ASP CO2 Blowback Pellet Pistol needs a little bit of break in time is all?

Overall the Sig Sauer X-Five ASP CO2 Blowback Pellet Pistol is a really well made and fun gun gun to shoot. I love the high capacity belt fed magazine with is not heavy on the trigger at all like some other guns. The fully adjustable rear sight is something you don't often see on CO2 blowback action shooters so hopefully this is a new trend?

Categories: 4.5mm / .177 cal, Blowback, CO2, Field Test, Comparison, Pellet, Pistol, Review, Semi Auto, YouTube Video Tags: Sig Sauer ASP, Sig Sauer X-Five ASP, Sig Sauer X-Five P226

KWC M40 Extended Barrel CO2 Blowback Airsoft Pistol Field Test Review

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In this Field Test Shooting Review I put the KWC M40 Extended Barrel CO2 Blowback Airsoft Pistol through my typical Sea Can shooting tests to see what the real world velocity and accuracy are. I made sure i had a brand new 12 gram CO2 in the gun and I used .20 gram plastic Airsoft BB's for the entire test. The temperature was around 17 degrees Celsius which is not too hot or too cold.

Starting with my Chronograph Feet Per Second testing I placed 5 shots with my KWC M40 Extended Barrel CO2 Blowback Airsoft Pistol through my Chrony Chronograph and averaged a nice 397 fps, the fastest shot was 408 fps and the slowest was 387 fps.

Moving on to the accuracy portion this indoor Sea Can Field Test I setup a clean paper target 30 feet down range and placed 10 shots into it using a rested and seated shooting position. The grouping was a bit all over the place but the bulk of the roods did hit pretty close to the center of the target in about a 3-4 inch grouping. 2 of the shots did go a bit high on me. I feel that perhaps because of the higher velocity that heavier Airsoft BB's may perform better in the KWC M40 Extended Barrel CO2 Blowback Airsoft Pistol.

All in all the KWC M40 Extended Barrel CO2 Blowback Airsoft Pistol is a nice shooter with heavy blowback and a light Single Action Only Trigger. The high velocity woful make it a great out doors Airsoft Sidearm.

Categories: 6mm, Airsoft, Blowback, CO2, Field Test, Pistol, Review, Semi Auto, YouTube Video Tags: KWC, S&W M&P40, M40

Umarex Strike Point .22 Caliber Pellet Pistol Field Test Review

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The Umarex Strike Point is a lot like the Crosman series of bolt action multi-pump pellet shooters at least in design. Sure it has a more futuristic and plastic build to it but mechanically it works pretty much the same as the Crosman Bolt Action Multi-pump Pellet Pistols. What I really wanted to know is will the Umarex Strike Point .22 Caliber Pellet Pistol perform as good?

Umarex states that you can pump the Umarex Strike Point .22 Caliber Pellet Pistol 10 times maximum so that's what I will did for my Feet Per Second Testing and the Umarex Strike Point .22 Caliber Pellet Pistol was very consistent producing a 427 fps 3 shot string using fairly heavy 14.3 grain lead pellets. Of course lighter alloy pellets should go right up to the claimed 500 fps. I also tested out a 5 pump shot to see what kind of velocity I would get since you don't always need maximum power for basic plinking and target shooting. The velocity did drop as expected but not that much getting 356 fps which is plenty fast for all intents and purposes.

Moving on to my Target accuracy testing, I placed 6 shot in total on my paper target setup 30 feet down range using a rested and seated shooting position. My first 4 shots made a single half inch hole but then my shooting table seemed to move on my 5th and 6th shot making me use a slightly different hold and I believe this caused these 5th and 6th shots to drop a bit. Based on my first 4 shots I expect the Umarex Strike Point .22 Caliber Pellet Pistol to shoot consistent half inch groupings from 30 feet away especially once you get use to the trigger and sights. The shots where all a bit low but this is not a problem since the rear sight on the Umarex Strike Point .22 Caliber Pellet Pistol is adjustable for windage and elevation.

All in all the Umarex Strike Point .22 Caliber Pellet Pistol is a nice target and even small pest control air pistol for at least closer up shooting. The trigger is not as light as the Crosman series but it works just fine. If you want something a little more up to date than what Crosman is offering in a bolt action multi-pump Pellet Pistol then you may want to consider the Umarex Strike Point .22 Caliber Pellet Pistol as an option.

Categories: .22 cal, Field Test, Multi-pump, Pellet, Pistol, Review, Single Shot, YouTube Video Tags: Umarex, Strike Point

Umarex Strike Point - KWC M40 - Cybergun Kalashnikov AK47 Preview Video

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Some more Airguns to show everyone! Today I have three very different styles for you... In this Preview video I show off a Multi-pump Pellet Target Pistol, a CO2 Blowback Airsoft Pistol and an AEG AK47 Kalashnikov with all the bells and whistles!

First off is the Strike Point Multi-pump .22 Caliber Target Pellet Pistol from Umarex. It's kind of like the Crosman 1322 Pistol but with more plastic parts on the outside so it's a little bit more bulky than the Crosman. Other than that both Multi-pump Target Air Pistols share similar bolt actions, cross bolt safeties and adjustable rear sights. With 10 pumps you shoudl get around 465 fps form a standard .22 caliber lead pellet so the Umarex Strike Point Multi-pump .22 Caliber Target Pellet Pistol should even be OK for small pest control as long as it proves to be accurate.

I previously reviewed the KWC M40 in it's standard barrel length, the KWC M&P 40 Extended Barrel Airsoft Pistol is pretty much the same Airsoft pistol but with an extended slide and barrel along with higher sights and a vented slide. I also like the stainless steel barrel which give the KWC M&P 40 Extended Barrel Airsoft Pistol a nice tow tone look.

Lastly I take a look at a full featured AEG Kalashnikov Tactical AK47 Airsoft Rifle that comes with everything you are going to need including the battery, charger, two 550 round magazines and an included fore-grip. The AK47 Kalashnikov Tactical 60Th Ann. Airsoft Rifle feels really good in the hands with its near 7 pounds of weight. I look forward to giving this AEG Airsoft rifle a test run for sure!

Categories: .22 cal, 6mm, AEG, Airsoft, Blowback, CO2, Comparison, Full Auto, Multi-pump, Pellet, Pistol, Review, Rifle, Semi Auto, YouTube Video Tags: Kalashnikov AK47, Cybergun, Umarex, KWC, S&W M&P40, Strike Point

Sig Sauer X-Five ASP and We the People 1911 BB Unboxing Preview

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You may remember back at SHOT Show this year I showed everyone some new products from Sig Sauer, well two of those pistols showed up for me to review so why not start off with an Unboxing before I get into the full Table Top and Shooting reviews.

The two pistols I received from Sig are the Sig Sauer X-Five ASP CO2 B blowback Pellet Pistol and the We the People 1911 Co2 Blowback BB Pistol. Sig was also kind enough to send me out some of their 12 gram CO2 and Match Ballistic Alloy Pellets to use with these Airguns.

Here are some of the basic specifications for both of theses fine Airguns...

Sig Sauer X-Five ASP CO2 B blowback Pellet Pistol:

  • Distributer: SIG Sauer
  • Caliber: .177 cal. Pellets
  • Velocity: 430 fps
  • Action: Semi automatic Blowback SAO
  • Barrel Style: Rifled
  • Gun Weight: 2.7 Pounds
  • Overall Length: 8.7 Inches
  • Barrel Length: 5 Inches
  • Magazine Capacity: 20 Rounds
  • Mechanism: CO2 12 Gram
  • Trigger Pull: 5.5 Pounds

We the People 1911 Co2 Blowback BB Pistol:

  • Distributer: SIG Sauer
  • Caliber: .4.5mm Steel BB
  • Velocity: 340 fps
  • Action: Semi automatic Blowback SAO
  • Barrel Style: Smooth bore
  • Gun Weight: 2.2 Inches
  • Overall Length: 8.5 inches
  • Barrel Length: 4.5 Inches
  • Magazine Capacity: 17 Rounds
  • Mechanism: CO2 12 Gram

Watch my full Unboxing Video for the Sig Sauer X-Five ASP and We the People 1911 Airguns:

Categories: 4.5mm / .177 cal, BB, Blowback, CO2, Comparison, Pellet, Pistol, Review, Semi Auto, YouTube Video Tags: Sig Sauer ASP, Sig Sauer X-Five P226, Sig Sauer We the People 1911, Sig Sauer X-Five ASP

Pocket Shot Slingshot Field Test Shooting Review

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I've already made a Table Top Video Review for the Pocket Shot Slingshot so make sure to check that video review out for details on the product and some nice closeup video.

I have been wanting to get outside and test out the Pocket Shot Slingshot since I was not confident in my skills and didn't want to shoot inside the See Can Indoor Shooting Range. Well today was the day and the weather was pretty much perfect, just a little bit overcast but still warm enough for some shorts and a light shirt, my kind of weather!

The overcast lighting helped me get some good Chronograph FPS readings for the 1/4 inch and 3/8 inch Steel Ball ammo I was using for my testing. The 1/4 inch Steel Ball was around 16 grain and I was able to get an FPS reading of around 270 feet per second, this gave me a foot pound energy of 2.66 foot pounds using the 1/4 inch Steel Ammo.

Stepping up to the heavier 3/8 inch Steel Ball Ammo, the FPS did drop a bit down to about 244 feet per second. Since the 3/8 inch Steel Ball are heavier at almost 55 grain, the Foot Pound energy went up to just over 7 foot pounds so more than double the energy of the 1/4 inch Steel Ball.

In terms of accuracy, shooting any Slingshot setup is going to come down mainly to the person using it and I am by no means an avid Slingshot user. That said I was able to hit several of the targets I setup about 20-25 feet away with my Pocket Shot Slingshot, some as small as a few inches in diameter so I was pleased with myself for at least hitting something on camera for you all :)

Let me know what you all think of the Pocket Shot Slingshots...

Categories: Field Test, Non Airguns, Review, YouTube Video, Slingshot Tags: Pocket Shot

Goat Guns Replica Mini Model Guns Review

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Todays Video Review is really something different from Replica Airguns but I felt that it might be something that our viewers and customers would find interesting and perhaps consider picking up something like this for themselves down the road? So make sure to let me know what you think and if I get enough positive feedback I'll take a look at getting some of these mini replica rifles in our online store.

The product I am reviewing today are there 1/3 scale replica rifles from Goat Guns. The M4A1, the AK47 and the Tommy Gun. They are non-firing highly detailed mini versions of the real steel guns they are models of. You even build them nearly the same since they come in a kit. All the metal parts you would find on the real steel version are metal in the Goat Guns replicas. You will even find working bolts and triggers, removable magazines, adjustable sights and they even include three small metals bullets you can load into the magazine.

If you're a gun person I'm pretty sure you will die these highly detailed miniature non-firing replica rifles from Goat Guns and the price is really not that bad considering what you get, only about $30-$40 US.

Categories: Review, Rifle, YouTube Video, Non Airguns Tags: Goat Guns, Colt M4A1, Tommy Gun, AK-47

Which is Better - Plastic or Metal Airguns?

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We often think that something that is more expensive and perhaps built with what we consider to be better materials is going to be the best option. That's not always the case! In this YouTube Video I talk about some of the Pros and Cons to buying a Plastic Airgun versus a Metal Airgun. Of course this applies to BB, Airsoft and Pellet shooters.

Price
In most cases a Plastic Airgun is going to be less expensive, so if you have limited funds then your only option may be a Plastic Airgun and at the end of the day both airguns are going to probably get the job done much the same.

Realism
Generally speaking, most Metal Airguns are going to have more moving parts, often times with working slides and even blowback operation. This is not always the case but even a Metal Airgun that has few working parts will still feel more realistic simply because of the additional weight to the Airgun. Metal has that cold hard feel to it that makes you feel like you're holing something of substance. Plastic Airguns on the other hand can feel light and cheap and usually are very simple in design with less working parts.

Shooting an Airgun with blowback operation simulates the recoil action and in many cases allows for true single action operation of the trigger and hammer. This is going to feel a lot more realistic than shooting a non-blowback Airgun which again is generally what you get with Plastic Airguns.

Durability
Most people assume that because an Airgun is Meta, it is going to be stronger and more durable. This would be true if the Metal used in the Airgun was actually hardened steel but with almost Metal Airguns, they are made using a zinc alloy metal (Pot Metal) that is much softer then hardened steel and can wear and break a lot easier. When you also consider a Metal Airgun is going to be a lot heavier than a Plastic Airgun, a drop onto a hard surface will have a lot more impact which can cause breakage a to a heavy Metal Airgun versus a Plastic light weight Airgun.

Plastic surfaces are also a lot less prone to showing scratches since the Plastic material will usually be black all the way through versus a Metal Airgun that has a painted surface that when scratched hard enough will show through right to the bare metal. You also get wear marks on painted Metal Airguns that will make it look used and older, some people like this look but other do not.

Reliability
Again people are going to assume a Metal Airgun is going to be more reliable simply because it has more metal parts and metal parts are stronger right? Not the case if the parts are made out of zinc alloy. Now some companies will upgrade some high use parts in Airguns to hardened steel but it's hard to know for sure. You can use a magnet to determine what parts are Metal and what parts are hardened steel.

As we mentioned before, Plastic Airguns are generally pretty simple in design, less working parts means less to go wrong at the end of the day so just because you have a Plastic Airgun it doesn't mean it's going to break on you quickly. Actually it may even outlast your Metal Airgun since all those working parts will eventually wear out.

Now I am the first person to admit that I prefer Metal Airgun over Plastic Airguns, I don't mind spending the extra money for more realism and I'm willing to accept the fact that it's not going to last forever but the fact remains, a Plastic Airgun does have some advantages going for it so don't rule them out completely.

Categories: 4.5mm / .177 cal, 6mm, AEG, Airsoft, BB, Blowback, CO2, Comparison, Full Auto, Pellet, Pistol, Q&A Video, Revolver, Rifle, Semi Auto, Single Shot, YouTube Video Tags:

The Best Way to Hold Your Airgun

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I made a similar video about how to hold your airgun a while back but sometimes they get a bit buried in all the video I make. I feel it's really important how you grip your gun even if it's only an airgun with very little kick or recoil. Proper pistol grip is something you should use no matter what so that you can carry it forward to what ever gun you are shooting.

More kick or recoil means a firmer grip is required to hold the gun so when shooting a powder burner with lots of kick grip becomes even more important.

In this video I go over the proper two handed grip to use when holding a pistol, which hand to hold lose and which had to grip tight, how to overlap your fingers and thumbs.

Categories: Airsoft, BB, Break Barrel, CO2, Blowback, How To, Non Airguns, Paintball, Pellet, Pistol, Real Gun, YouTube Video Tags:

Umarex Combat Zone Enforcer CO2 Airsoft Pistol Table Top Review

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Type: BB air pistol.
Manufacturer: Umarex USA.
Model: Combat Zone Enforcer
Materials: Pastic outer shell.
Weight: .9 pounds (400 grams)
Barrel: Metal non-rifled (4.25 inches).
Propulsion: CO2 x 1.
Action: Semi auto non-blowback, double action only.
Ammunition Type: 6mm Plastic Airsoft BB's.
Ammunition Capacity: 15 round metal stick magazine.
FPS: 400.

Trigger Pull: The trigger pull on the Umarex Combat Zone Enforcer CO2 Airsoft Pistol is medium to heavy but since it's a double action only trigger, this is to be expected. There is a fair amount of take up with the entire pull being about 8-9 pounds and the release point happening right at the very back of the pull, you get a bit of a clicking sound warning right before it releases. If you are used to shooting other lower priced double action triggered Airguns where the barrel protrudes out of the front of the gun when you pull the trigger, then you will know what to expect with the Umarex Combat Zone Enforcer CO2 Airsoft Pistol.

Accuracy: This part of the review is yet to be determined as I have not done my Field Test or Shooting test. I have tested out the Umarex XBG in the 4.5mm Steel BB version and it shot really close to 400 fps and produced about 2 inch groupings on a target setup 30 feet away using 10 shots.

Build Quality: The Umarex Combat Zone Enforcer CO2 Airsoft Pistol has pretty much all the mechanical parts moulded into the shell of the airgun with the exception of the Trigger, safety and magazine release. Again, most of the build materials are plastic with the exception of some internal parts, the magazines, the barrels and the triggers. This simplistic design does work well and since there are less moving parts there is less that can go wrong.

Realism: The Umarex Combat Zone Enforcer CO2 Airsoft Pistol is not a licensed replica but sure looks a lot like the XDM 9mm 3.8 Compact. Of course since the Umarex Combat Zone Enforcer CO2 Airsoft Pistol is all plastic and has no blowback operation or a moving slide it won't fool anyone once they pick it up but form a slight mistaken it looks real enough.

Available From: The Canada and US Replica Airgun Stores.

Pros:

  • Very low cost, around $50 bucks.
  • Should have a nice combination of Shots per CO2 and FPS because of efficient design.
  • Universal metal Stick magazine works in in a bunch of guns, can mix a and match.
  • CO2 tabs are fairly well hidden.
  • Rails for adding accessories.
  • Constructions screws are  less obvious (Smaller).
  • Tried and true design that works and is reliable.
  • Swing up CO2 door will not get lost.

Cons:

  • Mostly all plastic.
  • Not a lot of actual working parts except for the trigger and magazine release. All else is molded in to the plastic.
  • Double action triggers are a bit longed and heavy.
  • No adjustable sights or hop up adjustments so hopefully it shoots straight?

Comments:

Personally I prefer spending a few more bucks to get air pistols that have more metal and more working parts, but not everyone has 100+ dollars to spend on an Airsoft Gun or do they need it to be super ultra realistic. Some people just want a gun that is easy on the wallet but still offers decent performance and reliability, and to be honest, a simpler design with less moving parts to wear out or malfunction is probably going to give you better reliability at the end of the day. It just depends what you are looking for. Even if you have a few ultra realistic high end airguns, why not pick something like the Umarex Combat Zone Enforcer CO2 Airsoft Pistol to plink around with and save some of the wear and tear on your more expensive Airguns?

My YouTube Video Review for the Umarex Combat Zone Enforcer CO2 Airsoft Pistol:

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Gletcher TT-A Tokarev CO2 Blowback Airsoft Pistol Table Top Review

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Type: Airsoft Pistol.
Manufacturer: Gletcher.
Model: TT-A (Replica of Tokarev).
Materials: Metal & plastic.
Weight: 1.37 pounds (620 grams).
Barrel: 4.5 inches, smooth bore.
Propulsion: 12 gram CO2.
Action: Blowback - single action only.
Ammunition Type: 6mm Airsoft BB's.
Ammunition Capacity: 13 rounds.
FPS: 263fps. (80m/s) Claimed?

Trigger Pull: The trigger pull on the Gletcher TT-A CO2 Airsoft Tokarev is single action only, the blowback action cocks the hammer after each shot but you will need to either draw the hammer back or rack the slide on the first shot. I did find the the SAO trigger to be rather heavy for a single action type trigger? Perhaps it will loosen up a bit over time? The take-up is kind of long since there is no real reset that takes place after the hammer is drawn back. The release point is sudden but does take some effort to release the trigger.

Accuracy: So far I have only Field Tested the 4.5mm Steel BB version and of dun it shot in the upper 300 fps range with a pretty decent accuracy shooting a 10 shot group form 30 feet back all within 1.5 inches. Hopefully the Airsoft version can produce similar results...

Build Quality: The Gletcher TT-A CO2 Airsoft Tokarev is really nicely made overall, pretty much the entire pistol is metal except for the grips which are plastic of course. The finish looks really nice and the fit is good, not a lot of slide wiggle and all the mechanical parts function smoothly with the exception of the rather strange two piece trigger design. You really need to watch my video to see what I mean here!

Realism: I am lucky enough to own a Tokarev type semi auto real steel pistol and looking at the two of them side by side they look very much the same. Of course my Norinco Tokarev (Type 54) Model 213 is made out of hardened weapons grade steel and so it is heavier but the Gletcher TT-A CO2 Airsoft Tokarev does feel solid in the hand with it's all metal design. The working slide catch, magazine release and hammer are all in the right places and function as they should. Gletcher even made sure to have a recessed barrel and hidden CO2 screw which adds to the realism. The only real giveaways are again that rather strange looking single action trigger and the two pins near the lower front of the slide. Not a deal breaker!. I do have to mention the way the safety was implemented on this Gletcher TT-A CO2 Airsoft Tokarev, Gletcher placed it just inside the Slide Stop Retainer Clip in a kind of unobtrusive location.

Pros:

  • One of the only 6mm Airsoft BB shooting Tokarev replicas I have come across so far
  • Very solid and weighty gun for it’s size. Mostly all metal.
  • CO2 is well hidden.
  • 13 round all metal stick magazine once installed looks full size.
  • Blowback operation, slide locks back on last round.
  • Did a good job of making the safety discreet.
  • The Tokarev reminds me of a smaller more compact 1911 which is another gun I like.

Cons:

  • SAO trigger is rather heavy.
  • Trigger looks a bit funky compared to a real Tokarev trigger.
  • Would have liked to have seen a full size drop out metal magazine on this gun.

Comments:

So far I have liked all the Gletcher guns that I have come across, it's great that Gletcher offers a lot of unique guns from the past, for me the Tokarev is near and dear to my heart since it is very 1911 like and I truly love the 1911 design. It only makes sense that I would own not only a real steel 1911 but also the Russian Tokarev. I'm not really sure how the Gletcher TT-A CO2 Airsoft Tokarev is going to perform using the chronograph and during my paper target testing from 30 feet out but I am popgun ti will shoot a bit harder than  the claimed 263fps and if it can get similar accuracy as the 4.5mm steel BB version that will be great!

My YouTube Table Top Video of the Gletcher TT-A Tokarev CO2 Airsoft Pistol:

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Categories: 6mm, Airsoft, Blowback, CO2, Comparison, Pistol, Review, Semi Auto, YouTube Video Tags: TT-A, TT, Gletcher

Cybergun Colt 1911 Rail Gun Series CO2 Blowback Airsoft Pistol Shooting Review

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It seems like I am forever reviewing some version of the KWC CO2 Blowback 1911 either in Airsoft or Steel BB or distributed by Cybergun or Gletcher or Umarex or pretty much every company out there has their own rebrand of it. At the end of the day they are all made in the KWC factory and are all interchangeable, you can even swap out the Airsoft parts with the steel BB part if you want to...

So here we have the Cybergun Colt 1911 Rail Gun Series in Airsoft which I believe comes in 4 different finishes: Stainless, All Black, Two-Tone and Dark Earth. They are all Tactical 1911's with a rail on them. They just come in different finishes.

So how did we do in our See Can indoor Airgun Shooting test? As expected the Cybergun Colt 1911 Rail Gun Series CO2 Blowback Airsoft Pistol performed well. I placed 5 shots through my Chrony Chronograph using a brand new CO2 with .20 gram Airsoft BB's and averaged 373 fps which is about perfect for a full blowback CO2 Airsoft Pistol. If you're wondering the temperature was moderate at 16 Celsius or 61 Fahrenheit.

Next I placed 10 rounds downrange into my paper target 30 feet away using a rested position) Sand bag up front and sitting in the rear). My Cybergun Colt 1911 Rail Gun Series CO2 Blowback Airsoft Pistol was shooting a bit on the high side but the adjustable Bax Hop-up should allow for us to bring it down accordingly, that said my 10 shot grouping was just under 2 inches at 30 feet.

Even though I find myself reviewing or testing the various versions of the KWC 1911's. I don't really have a problem with it. They have been one of the most popular Blowback Airguns if not thee most popular and for a reason. They look and feel great, are reasonably priced, they perform well and have gotten more and more reliable over the years. All you ahed to do is pick which one of the Cybergun Colt 1911 Rail Gun Series CO2 Blowback Airsoft Pistols you want?

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Categories: 6mm, Airsoft, Blowback, CO2, Field Test, Pistol, Review, Semi Auto, YouTube Video Tags: KWC, Cybergun