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Saturday
Sep272014

Replica Airguns CA & US Stores

Saturday
Sep272014

ASG STI Duty One 1911 Non Blowback CO2 BB Gun Table Top Review

Type: BB air pistol.
Manufacturer: ASG.
Model:  ASG STI Duty One 1911 Non Blowback.
Materials: Metal slide and polymer frame.
Weight: 1.8 pounds.
Barrel: Metal non-rifled.
Propulsion: CO2 x 1.
Action: Semi auto blowback, single action.
Ammunition Type: 4.5mm BB's.
Ammunition Capacity: 20 round magazine.
FPS: 407.

Trigger Pull: The trigger pull on the ASG STI Duty One 1911 Non Blowback is fairly light in both single and double action. Take-up is the same in both modes but when in single action mode most of the trigger pull has little to no resistance until you get to the break point near the end where the hammer is released.
Accuracy: In an Earlier review I shot the Blowback version STI Duty One 1911 air gun at a target from 20 feet away in a free standing position, and it performed well getting a 1.5 to 2 inch grouping right in the center of the target. The rear sight is adjustable for windage which is always nice to have just in case you are shooting a bit to the left or right. For me there was no need to adjust the sights. My Chrony testing with an eight shot averaged result was 373 fps - very decent for a blowback pistol! It will be interesting to see how this Non Blowback version performs since there is more CO2 going to the BB and less gun movement without the Blowback operation.
 

Build Quality: ASG did a great job designing and making the STI Duty One 1911 Non Blowback BB gun, they didn't really compromise on anything other than going with a polymer frame! With that said all that important parts like the Slide, Slide Catch, Safety, Mag Release, Hammer, Barrel and Magazine are all metal. The fit and finish as with all the ASG air guns is very good!
Realism: The ASG STI Duty One 1911 Non Blowback version is a close replica to the real steel STI 1911, the only real giveaway is the trigger design, as a true 1911 trigger is not your typical lever type. Even with the different type of trigger the STI Duty One is a very good replica complete with STI licensing and trademarks.
Purchased From: The Replica Airguns Store.

Pros: 

  • No Blowback action but does have a working slide and slide catch.
  • Adjustable rear sight for windage.
  • Shoots in both single and double action.
  • Good quality control, very well made, fit and finish is good.
  • Should have good power and accuracy like the blowback version, perhaps even a bit better.
  • May have even better CO2 usage than the already good blowback version.
  • Metal drop out magazine.
  • Good STI Replica.
  • Holds really well in the hand.

Cons:

  • Trigger is not true to the real steel 1911.
  • No working grip safety like a real 1911.
  • Polymer frame rather than a metal frame.
  • CO2 can be hard to get out.

Comments:
In terms of comparing the Non Blowback version of the ASG STI Duty One 1911 to the Blowback version without actually shooting it, they are pretty much identical except for the double and single action trigger found on the Non Blowback version. Even the slide seems to work the same. The big difference will be when I shoot the Non Blowback ASG STI Duty One. Will it shoot with a lot more FPS and will the reduced slide movement give it more accuracy? I am assuming yes to both of these question but I guess we will all have to wait and see when I do my official Shooting Field Test Comparison...

Watch my YouTube Video Review for the ASG STI Duty One Non Blowback CO2 BB Pistol:

Buy the STI Duty One NBB In Canada - Buy the STI Duty One Blowback In the US

Saturday
Sep272014

Walther CP88 Competition CO2 .177 Caliber Pellet Pistol Table Top Review

Type: Pellet air pistol.
Manufacturer: Umarex.
Model: Walther CP88 Competition Matte Black.
Materials: Mostly metal construction.
Weight: 2.56 pounds.
Barrel: 5.5 inches, metal rifled.
Propulsion: CO2 x 1.
Action: Semi auto, single and double action.
Ammunition Type: .177 caliber pellets.
Ammunition Capacity: 8 rotary magazine.
FPS: 407.

Trigger Pull: The trigger pull on the Umarex Walther CP88 Competition is extremely nice in both single and double action mode with the single action having the lightest and shortest pull, making it really easy to shoot on target with accuracy.
Accuracy: Previously using my Standard CP88 (non-competition version), I shot this air gun at a target from 20 feet away in a free standing position, and it performed very well getting about a two inch grouping close to the center of the target and staying in the two inch sweet spot even with 3 magazines or 24 rounds shot, I shot just a little bit high and to the right. The good news is the sights can be adjusted for windage if you are shooting a tad bit to the left or right. My Chrony testing with an eight shot averaged result was 360 fps using 6.9 grain RWS pellets. I will be conducting a new Field Test Shooting review using my CP88 Competition version versus the shorter barreled version to see how they both perform in the exact same test environment.

Build Quality: This is an almost all metal air gun with great fit and finish and a nice dense 2.56 pound weight to it. It's made in Germany, so you know it's made right? The only plastic parts to speak of are the grips which are a hard matte black plastic which matches the rest of the airgun nicely. All the mechanical parts operation are as smooth as butter.
Realism: The Umarex Walther CP88 Competition is a licensed replica of the real Walther P88 semi auto pistol. It looks very close to the real steel with the exception of the break in the slide where the rotary magazine is accessible and the extra "C" in the name.
Purchased From: The Replica Airguns Store.

Pros: 

  • All metal construction - Very good weight and solid feeling gun.
  • German made!
  • Fully Walther Licensed.
  • Comes in a nice hard-shell case.
  • Very nice looking gun with the Matte black finish.
  • Adjustable rear sight for windage.
  • Both Double and Single action trigger pulls are very smooth and light.
  • Ambidextrous safety just like the real steel version.
  • Should have equally good accuracy to the standard CP88, and perhaps a bit more FPS with the longer barrel.

Cons: 

  • More expensive than many entry level guns but much higher quality.
  • Sights may be a bit hard to see on certain dark backgrounds since there are no white dots.
  • White warning engraving on the right side of the gun is a bit loud on the black color.
  • May be too heavy for some shooters? 

Comments:
I have to say I pretty much like mostly everything about this airgun. Its size, its looks, it's German build and quality and the way it shoots. The Umarex Walther CP88 Competition air pistol is one of those airguns I think everyone should save up for just to have the pleasure to own and shoot. It may not have blowback or a full size drop out magazine like some of the other newer styled flashier air pistols but I can tell you it is a real joy to shoot. When you hold it in your hand and point it at the target, all you can think about is how much fun you are having with this quality air gun that is sure to give you many years of enjoyment!

My YouTube Video Review for this quality German made Pellet Air Pistol:

Buy the CP88 Competition in the Canada Store - Buy the CP88 in the US Store

Thursday
Sep252014

Umarex TAC XBG - CP88 Competition - Baby Desert Eagle - ASG STI Duty One NBB Update Video

This video is to give you a heads up on a few guns I will be reviewing shortly. Most of them are different version of guns I have already reviewed except for the Baby Desert Eagle which so far has eluded me :)

ASG STI Duty One CO2 4.5mm Steel BB Pistol (Non Blow Back)

  • 4.5mm Steel BB
  • 12 gram CO2
  • 20 Round Drop Out Metal Magazine
  • 407 FPS
  • 1.8 Pounds

Umarex CP88 Competition CO2 .177 Caliber Pellet Pistol

  • .177 Caliber Lead Pellets
  • 12 gram CO2
  • 8 Round Metal Magazine
  • 407 FPS
  • 2.56 Pounds

Umarex Baby Desert Eagle CO2 4.5mm Steel BB Pistol

  • 4.5mm Steel BB
  • 12 gram CO2
  • 15 Round Drop Internal Magazine
  • 410 FPS
  • .9 Pounds

Umarex TAC XBG CO2 4.5mm Steel BB Pistol

  • 4.5mm Steel BB
  • 12 gram CO2
  • 19 Round Drop Out Metal Magazine
  • 410 FPS
  • 1.85 Pounds
Sunday
Sep212014

RØDE SmartLav Lavalier Lapel iOS Mic Quick Review

So this is not an Airgun related video or even a gun related product review, unless of course, like me you make Gun YouTube videos that require recording gear? In this video I showcase a neat little Lavalier (Lapel) Microphone called the RØDE SmartLav I picked up the other day. Mainly to let you know that the audio in many of my videos will sound a lot better since I will be wearing the RØDE SmartLav during any videos where I get away from the camera.

Camera Microphones usually sound pretty decent when you are up nice and close to them, but as you get further away from the camera (and built in camera mic), you start to sound like you are far away or in a cave. The room tone starts to get mixed in with your voice making the recording sound echoey and thin.

So in order to keep my voice sounding rich and clear, I will be wearing this RØDE SmartLav when I shoot videos that require me to be out front of the camera.

So what makes the RØDE SmartLav so "Smart"? The Smart part is that it works with a "Smart" Phone. All you need to do is plug the RØDE SmartLav into your smartphone, use a recording App like the RØDE Rec and record your voice directly to your Smartphone. Once you are finished your video shoot, you simply match up the audio to the video in your editing software and bingo - you have professional sounding voice audio in your videos.

And because you are recording "hard wired" directly into your iPhone or smart phone, there is no wireless signal to worry about which can often have interference or even cut right out. With the RØDE SmartLav you could literally walk a mile away from the camera and sound exactly as if you where right beside it.

So I think you understand the purpose for one of theses handy little Lapel mics, enjoy the improved audio in my future vids and for those tech savvy people out there, here are the specifications for the RØDE SmartLav:

  • Acoustic Principle: Pressure Gradient
  • Active Electronics: JFET
  • Capsule: 0.10"
  • Polar Pattern: Omnidirectional - picks up all sides equally
  • Address Type: End
  • Frequency Range: 20Hz - 20kHz (selected HPF @ 0)
  • Output Impedance: 0Ω
  • Sensitivity: -32.0dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (25.50mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz
  • Weight: 6.00gm
  • Dimensions: 1180.00mmH x 4.50mmW x 4.50mmD
  • Output: TRRS Output
  • Warranty: 1 year