Heckler & Koch P3000 (Raid 400) - WinGun/ASG
Sold under the same ASG brand here in the UK, the Raid 400, uses CO2 capsules and features a fixed slide, but in many other ways is quite different to the Sport 106 from the same manufacturer.
In the Box
The box is pretty basic, and far from solid, but it does the job.
The lid is green and features a selection of images of the 400.
Under the lid, the gun nestles in a plain white polystyrene bed along with the usual stuff, including a manual (Helpfully, in English), targets and a small bag of BBs.
The base appears to be general purpose as there's a cutout for a full sized magazine, which the 400 doesn't have.
The Raid 400 is more a like-alike, than a true replica, of the Heckler & Koch’s P30/3000 which seems to be the inspiration, but the 400 is a smart, modern design with good ergonomics.
The Raid 400 certainly feels good in the hand and comes onto target quickly and instinctively and the metal slide, although totally fixed, lends the gun a solidity that the slightly cheaper Sport 106 distinctly lacks.
The fibre optic sights are a bit toylike in appearance, but the grip looks and feels good, although it was a surprise that it was hard plastic, after the rubberised grip of the Sport 400.
At first sight, the stick mag's a bit of a disappointment, although it's fairly well made, much like a TM AEP's in design and size.
The Raid 400's biggest USP (Unique selling point, in this case) is that metal slide.
It's finished in the smart gunmetal grey familiar to anyone who has handled a WE or HFC all metal gun recently.
Unlike the slide on the Sport 106, you cannot move the Raid 400's at all, being truly fixed slide in design.
The slide is topped with a set of fibre optic sights which look rather cheap and toy like, but are bright and work surprisingly well at collecting light in even gloomy conditions.
Marking wise the 400 is rather sparse.
The hard, but comfortable grip features the WG logo (and the legend W3000) and a number of patents and the slide is marked with a 6mm BB calibre reference on the right side.
On the left side, there’s the warning about misuse and minors.
The 400 features a safety on the right side of the frame, which disconnects the trigger, a method which suggests a bit of engineering thought has gone into it and promises a reasonably prolonged life for the trigger mechanism. This is good as the safety on the 400 is likely to get more use than usual, because there’s no way to remove the CO2 capsule from the gun once it is fitted, until it runs out of gas.
The 400’s magazine release is much like any modern Heckler & Koch handgun’s, being within the rear of the trigger guard and ambidextrous.
None of the other controls on either gun, except the plastic magazine releases, are functional, being moulded in mainly, including the hammer, visible in the photo down the sights, above.
The trigger pull, like the Sport 106 is heavy, although it is quite smooth, making accuracy easier to achieve with some care than the notchy travel of the Sport 106 CO2 pistol.
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Carrying out my standard 5m/6 round, off hand test, I managed to put 5 rounds into a 30mm diameter (shown as squares on the target), comfortably in the target centre area.
Power wise the gun was a little 'warm' in UK limit terms - Probably just usable at the 18C I tested at, with an average of 334fps over 10 shots.
One big plus with these guns is the claimed consumption rate. The manufacturers reckon you can get up to 250 shots from one capsule, which works out cheaper (at around .3p per shot) than Green Gas, although Propane can run it close.
There is no way to field strip the Raid 400.
Overall, I much preferred the Raid 400 to the only slightly (£10 or so in the UK) cheaper Sport 106.
The metal slide lends it a feeling of reassuring solidity and the ergonomics of the gun are good, making it pleasant to handle and decently accurate to shoot.
Power-wise the CO2 capsules deliver and for a year-round sidearm, you could do worse than the Raid 400.
Just don't expect to impress your airsofting colleagues.
Weight : 600g (50g stick magazine)
Realism : **
Quality : ***
Power : ****
Accuracy : ***
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