So the marketing is going to be for competitors - as in, create a sport specifically for air guns styled around IDPA and make a gun that fully meets the demands of that sport. Secondly, they are training tools. I could go on a rant right here, but I mostly covered it in Part 1 so let's get into the gun itself.
UPDATE: I was right to be), and I'm the one thinking this is a great idea. I shot the gun a little and I was like, meh. If you're someone who competes or shoots plenty, plinking just gets old. I have to mix it up. That's when I discovered that my CED7000 set to the highest sensitivity WILL (and somewhat reliably) pick up the shots from this air gun. Yes, CED makes an airsoft version, no, I'm not going to drop a bill to get one just yet when I have this shot timer sitting around gathering dust. So long as the CO2 is strong, the CED7000 works. In fact, the timer will tell me when the CO2 is getting weak because it stops picking up shots. That's somewhat useful for consistency, plus I can just set a par time if I must milk every drop from the CO2 cartridge.
pistol-training dot com and practiced virtually all the stuff I would practice with a firearm and had a damn good time doing it. No ear protection, shoot in the shade, shoot in any direction (in a rural community where the next house is half a mile) - stuff I don't get when shooting a firearm. I said this before, it's not a replacement, but let's face it, it makes shooting more fun when you can relax, not worry about money, and mix up the dynamics of the range safely. Steel BBs can cause harm, so there is no reason to get lax with the safety and I believe this improves gun handling in situations where you aren't just standing on a range with one safe direction for that muzzle. The bottom line? So far this gun works and appears to be well made. I foresee a paint job in its future just for giggles and I'm having fun getting back on the range for very little money. The way the gun is designed you are forced to do slide release reloads from slide lock - it cannot be sling-shot charged because the notch for the slide catch does not nudge the catch down when you draw the slide fully rearward the way a real 1911 would. Beyond that, I've got nothing to complain about. Ok, that's a lie. I talked about the base pad issue in Part 1 and that holds true. I dumped every mag, on every reload on the ground, and with a grassy range that's fine. I am still skeptical about just how well they will fair on harder surfaces and pads might not save them given their weight. All the same the pads do more to assist the reload itself and I think I might be in luck. I found a new airsoft version of this gun WITH base pads on the mags. It's only a matter of time .... I hope.
|Didn't get too fussy about my Kydex work, just needed something to get going.|
|Bunch of CO2 got released into the atmosphere that day.|
|There is the CED7000 and all the necessary equipment for a good day.|
|If you recall from Part 1, I had some issues with the mag not dropping free. About 5 minutes with a Scotch Brite pad fixed that problem and now that magazine (the one on the left of the image) is shiny! The others work fine.|
|I just used whatever I had for the holster but it works great.|
Decided I needed to include my short list (and wish list) just in case someone cares - in the order they should probably be made. These are no-brainers.
- Glock 19/17: doesn't matter which, probably both eventually and possibly a 34.
- Smith & Wesson M&P: I think the .45 would be cool, probably the 9mm makes more sense.
- Springfield XD: whichever.
- CZ SP-01: whichever. Though there is a gun very similar to this that recently came out.
- SIG something: the X-Five already exists so I personally want a P229 with the beavertail.
- Commander length 1911 with full length dust cover, rail and bobtail. Or a copy of Fusion Firearm's T-Comm. This really belongs at the top.
- A Timberwolf Glock would make me want a Glock.
- Custom Hi-Power: modern fixed sights, beavertail, ring hammer, extended safety.
- Thread the inside of the outer barrel (of all guns) to accept a suppressor adapter - just for cool factor. Or offer extended threaded barrels or whatever.
- Detonics MTX: I just discovered this and it's pretty wild so just for fun.
- EAA SAR K2: for something different. It's like a CZ and SIG got mashed together.