Glock 18C - Tokyo Marui
Glock 18 - MGC
Vz61 Scorpion - Maruzen
Jati-matic GG-95 PDW - Western Arms
Heckler & Koch MP5K - Maruzen
Beretta Cougar Warrior - Western Arms
Heckler & Koch VP70M - Tanio Koba
Cobray Ingram M11A1 - KSC
Beretta M12S - MGC
Strayer Voigt Infinity GIGANT - Western Arms
Glock 18C - KSC
Beretta M93R II - KSC
Strayer Voigt Infinity Prokiller 3.9" - Western Arms
Glock 18C - KSC
My second GBB purchase was to be a Glock. I'd like the KWC springer's feel and a quick check of the KSC range suggested that the Glock 18C was the one to get.
It's basically a select-fire version of the Glock 17, with a selector switch on the slide to let you decide whether it operates in normal semi-automatic pistol mode or turns into a compact, full-auto sub-machine gun.
I ignored the perceived wisdom which says the 18 is unreliable (I don't fire my guns a lot, especially on full auto), but listened to the advice to get the additional 49 round magazine (The standard 17/18C magazine holds 23 BBs), which was a good idea as, much like the Micro UZI, on full auto the BBs soon run out.
This is a much more accurate weapon to shoot than the UZI. On semi-auto, it's easy to place shots in a tight group at 20 ft and this is repeatable on full auto, although it's easier to roughly point the gun on full auto and then walk the gun onto the target but watching where the stream of BBs go. Once on target, it's easy to destroy a 2" target centre with the remaining BBs.
The KSC Glock 18C is also in a totally different class to the Maruzen UZI in terms of build quality. The whole thing is solidly made, with many metal parts, including the magazine release and the mag itself, whilst the ABS of the frame (replicating the polymer frame of the real thing well) and slide (Metal replacements are available and widely touted as a sensible upgrade, although they're said to require Green Gas to cycle properly) are also nicely solid.
The KSC Glock 18C replicates the compensator vents of the real gun well (although they are just for effect on the airsoft version, as the inner barrel is, sensibly, not vented), but the engraved Glock logo and trademarks on the slide are too shallow, although accurate in design.
In terms of reliability, I've had no serious problems with my Glock 18C - It's fussy about the quality of BBs (poor ones tend to jam in the mag) and needs to be well topped up with gas to cycle the slide properly (failure to do this leads to a venting of the remaining gas), but with those provisos will fire reliably both semi (accuracy is good, if not quite outstanding) and full automatic.
I think the KSC Glock 18C is a great airsoft pistol in stock form (especially given the reasonable price it can be bought for) and it has great scope for upgrading to make it even better.
Weight : 670g
For more information on the KSC Glock 18C, read the combined Glock 17/18C review.
Realism : *****
Quality : ****
Power : ****
Accuracy : ****
IMI Micro UZI - Maruzen
The Israeli UZI sub-machine gun is one of the most recognised guns in the world and this is an airsoft replica of the baby of the range, the Micro UZI or UZI pistol.
I bought this at the same time as my Marushin Mauser and it makes an interesting contrast to that gun.
The Maruzen UZI is a very simple gun, it's a full-auto only blowback (more on that in a minute), but the whole body of the gun is one big plastic moulding, into which the all metal magazine fits. Only the magazine release is made of metal and, without the magazine, the Micro UZI feels very lightweight.
However, once the magazine is fitted, it gives a reasonable heft to the gun and you can enjoy what this gun is really good at.
Flick the big plastic safety to fire, rack the bolt on the top (which opens the breech, allowing you to look in, if you wish, to see the BB sitting in the top of the magazine) and pull the trigger.
This gun is an absolute hoot to fire. First off it has an insane rate of fire (the speed at which each shot follows the other with the trigger pulled - no pulling the trigger for each shot, they just keep on coming, until you lift off the trigger or the 50 round mag runs out) and secondly it has a fierce kick, which means BBs spray everywhere. The gun also seems to shoot in a sort of cone effect. Firing at a static target, with the gun held on a flat surface, will see a roughly circular spray of holes on the target, around the aim point, rather than a neat row or large jagged hole.
This is not a precise, target shooting gun and, as such, a bit of an oddity for me. It's place is really on the Close Quarter Battle (CQB) skirmish field, where you can point it round a corner or through an open window and spray everyone with BBs.
Weight : 840g (claimed)
Realism : ***
Quality : **
Power : ****
Accuracy : **
FUN : ******
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