Type: BB Pistol.
Model: GOLD APS (Stechkin)
Materials: Metal & plastic.
Weight: 2.29 pounds (1040 grams).
Barrel: 5.5 inches, smooth bore.
Propulsion: 12 gram CO2.
Action: Blowback - single & double action.
Ammunition Type: 4.5mm Steel BB's.
Ammunition Capacity: 22 rounds.
FPS: 394fps (120m/s)
Trigger Pull: The trigger pull on the Gletcher GOLD APS Stetchkin is nice in both double and single action modes. Double action is fairly light as the hammer spring tension is moderate. The blowback operation will of course pre-cock the hammer allowing for single action shooting on almost all of your shots but the trigger pull length remains the same in both single and double action. The only difference is that in single action mode, the first part of the trigger pull, or should I say the take-up portion is much lighter until it gets to the hammer release point where you will notice more pressure and a short crisp release point.
Accuracy: I have already done a field test shooting review for the standard blowback Gletcher APS Stechkin which other than the finish is the same gun and will perform exactly the same. Make sure to checkout that shooting review for more info on how the Gletcher APS performed. In summary, I was able to get very close to the claimed 400 fps even on a rather cool early spring day (under 10 degree Celsius). I also shot with around a 2 inch 10 shot grouping from my standard target setup of 30 feet back in a semi rested position.
Build Quality: The Gletcher GOLD APS Stechkin CO2 Blowback BB Pistol is well made, the Gold and black etched finish looks really nice but may not be to everyones personal taste, kind of a love it or hate situation when it comes ot Gold guns ;) The fit is good, not a lot of slide wiggle and pretty much the entire pistol is metal including the frame, slide, trigger, slide catch-release, safety, hammer, magazine and inner barrel. The only plastic parts would be the grips, outer barrel and some internal seals and o-rings.
Realism: The GOLD CO2 BB Gletcher APS is a 1 to 1 replica of the Stechkin Soviet Military sidearm, all the mechanical parts function just like you would find on the real steel version other than the full auto mode located on the safety, which has been disabled, perhaps for the European markets where full auto airguns are not allowed. The barrel opening and the stick magazine are the real only tell-tale signs that this is the airgun version rather than a real Stechkin.
- Come in a nice Velvet lined Wooden Box.
- Gold Plated with etching )either love it or hate it)
- Very solid and weighty gun. Mostly all metal.
- High capacity 22 round all metal stick magazine
- Blowback operation is pretty heavy, slide locks back on last round.
- Operational parts all work like they should (slide catch, safety, hammer, elevation adjustment, mag release)
- Field Strippable.
- May be able to attach a stock on it?
- Shooting performance, good trigger pull, around 400 fps and got about a 2 inch grouping from 30 feet away.
- No reassessed barrel opening.
- Would have liked to have seen full size drop out metal magazine on this gun.
- Full auto feature disabled on safety.
- Gold version is a lot more expensive than the standard blowback version. ($349 versus $179)
When I saw this pistol in the Gletcher catalog, I did not realize how large it actually was, I was expecting the Gold Gletcher APS Stechkin to be a bit larger than the Makarov but it really does dwarf the Makarov. Being that it is a large pistol it does have some weight to it but it does not feel heavy for its size. The grips are long front to back but not overly thick side to side so even medium sized hands should be OK shooting this BB air pistol. I am really happy to see another historic airgun added to the available Replica Airguns at our disposal and it's a bonus that we also get this one with blowback operation. You do have your choice when it comes to what you are looking for in terms of finish and operation, there is of course the APS GOLD blowback BB Version being reviewed in this video, the standard black/grey none blowback APS BB version, the black/grey blowback APS BB version which again is mechanically exactly the same as the GOLD. If your prefer Airsfot you can even find a Gletcher APS Blowback Airsoft model to fit your needs. All you have to decide is which one is for you!
My YouTube Table Top Video of the Gletcher APS Stechkin CO2 Blowback BB Pistol: