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Saturday
Mar262016

Gletcher GOLD APS Stechkin CO2 Blowback BB Pistol Tabel Top Review

Type: BB Pistol.
Manufacturer: Gletcher.
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.

Pros:

  • 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.

Cons: 

  • 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)

Comments:
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:

Buy the Gletcher GOLD APS Stechkin Blowback BB Pistol

Wednesday
Feb172016

ASG Dan Wesson 715 - Umarex Combat Vet - Gletcher Stechkin Gold Preview

Another preview video with some pistols from Umarex, ASG and Gletcher. Two of these Airguns I got to see whiel I wa sin SHOT Show this year so it was nice to be able to spend a bit more time with each one now that I have them in person for review :)

Lets start off with the ASG Dan Wesson 715, mine happens to be the Stainless version in 4.5mm Steel BB. What an upgrade over the original Dan Wesson Revolver and I thought those where already really good! The all new ASG Dan Wesson 715 is super solid coming in close to three pounds with its mostly solid metal construction. 

  • Type: BB Revolver
  • Manufacturer: ASG
  • Model: DW 715
  • Materials: Metal and imitation Hogue rubber grips
  • Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Barrel: 6 inches
  • Propulsion: 12 gram CO2 cartridge
  • Action: Single and double action 
  • Ammunition Type: 4.5mm Steel BBs
  • Ammunition Capacity: 6 rounds
  • FPS: 430 fps

Next up is the Umarex Combat Vet 1911 which is essentially a KWC 1911 distributed and Colt licensed via Umarex. The Umarex Combat Vet 1911 is a limited edition product made to look weathered and used and it does look amazing! 

  • Type: BB Pistol
  • Manufacturer: Umarex (KWC)
  • Model: Combat Vet 1911
  • Materials: Metal with plastic grips
  • Weight: 2 pounds
  • Barrel: Metal non-rifled
  • Propulsion: 12 gram CO2 cartridge
  • Action: Single action only
  • Ammunition Type: 4.5mm Steel BBs
  • Ammunition Capacity: 18-19 rounds
  • FPS: 350 fps

Lastly the Gletcher Stechkin in a Gold finish shipped in a real wood box with velvet lining. This is the same Airgun as the Gletcher APS but blinged out a bit, the Gold finish is lined with black etching to really make this gun look unique. 

  • Type: BB Pistol
  • Manufacturer: Gletcher
  • Model: Stechkin Gold
  • Materials: Metal with plastic grips
  • Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Barrel: Metal non-rifled
  • Propulsion: 12 gram CO2 cartridge
  • Action: Single and double action
  • Ammunition Type: 4.5mm Steel BBs
  • Ammunition Capacity: 22 rounds
  • FPS: 361 fps
Monday
Mar092015

Gletcher APS Stechkin CO2 Blowback BB Pistol Field Test Review

Make sure to watch my full Table Top Video Review for the Gletcher APS Stechkin CO2 Blowback BB Pistol where I go into details about the features and specifications and also show you around this pistol.

This video focuses only on the shooting performance of the Gletcher APS. I test the (FPS) Feet Per Second performance first using my Chronograph to see what the actual real world velocity is and then I take my Gletcher APS Blowback BB pistol out to the 30 foot range and shoot 10 rounds on a paper target from a semi rested position.

So how did the Gletcher APS Stechkin CO2 Blowback BB Pistol do? Pretty decent overall. Gletcher claims around a 400 fps max velocity and got an average 5 shot reading of 394 fps on what I would consider to be a rather cool day (under 10 degree Celsius). I was of course using a brand new CO2 to get optimal results.

When I tested the accuracy for the Gletcher APS Stechkin from my standard semi rested 30 foot position, I got failry typical results for a BB pistol at right around a 2 inch grouping, more than adequate enough for shooting small to medium sized targets around the yard.

The Gletcher APS Stechkin CO2 Blowback BB Pistol is bigger than I thought it would be, you can see this in my Table Top Review where I show it side by side to my 2013 Baikal Makarov BB Pistol. The Gletcher APS weighs in at over 2 pounds and has larger than average grips so small handed shooters may not be comfortable shooting the Gletcher APS. I found the blowback action to have a nice firm snap too it and the trigger pull was long but had a good feel and nice and easy to predict release point.

Overall I found the Gletcher APS Stechkin CO2 Blowback BB Pistol to be a really fun gun to shoot, it felt good in the hand with nice blowback operation, fairly high fps for a blowback gun and decent accuracy.

Buy the Gletcher APS Stechkin in Canada

Friday
Feb132015

Gletcher APS Stechkin CO2 Blowback BB Pistol Table Top Review

Type: BB Pistol.
Manufacturer: Gletcher.
Model: 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 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 done no preliminary shooting with this pistol so other than how the trigger feels I can not comment on the performance. The Gletcher APS Stechkin CO2 Blowback BB Pistol has a fairly long barrel length so it should get close to the claimed almost 400 fps and since the rear sight is adjustable for elevation I will be abel to make aim point adjustments up and down if need be. The slide does snap back with decent firmness so I am also expecting there to be a decent amount of blowback feel.

Build Quality: The Gletcher APS Stechkin CO2 Blowback BB Pistol is well made, the metallic dark grey finish looks really nice and 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 and outer barrel. The only plastic parts would be the grips and some internal seals and o-rings.

Realism: The 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.

Pros:

  • One of the only 4.5mm BB shooting Stechkin replicas I have come across.
  • Very solid and weighty gun. Mostly all metal.
  • High capacity 22 round all metal stick magazine
  • Blowback operation seems heavy, slide locks back on last round.
  • Operational parts all work like they should (slide catch, safety, hammer, elevation adjustment, mag release)
  • Field Strippable.
  • Should be able to put a stock on it?
  • Shooting performance pros yet to be determined… 

Cons: 

  • 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
  • Shooting performance cons yet to be determined…

Comments:
When I saw this pistol in the Gletcher catalog, I did not realize how large it actually was, I was expecting the 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.Let's hope the Gletcher APS Stechkin shoots as well as it looks!

My YouTube Table Top Video of the Gletcher APS Stechkin CO2 Blowback BB Pistol:

Buy the Gletcher APS Stechkin in Canada

Friday
Jan302015

Baikal Makarov - Gletcher APS - EKOL ES 66 CO2 BB Pistol Update Video

More guns to show off! Good for you and me! In this update video I show you some very interesting guns indeed! As many of you are aware, the Baikal Makarov MP-654K CO2 4.5mm Steel BB pistol has been really hard to find new here in Canada, making the price of used ones escalate up into the $700+ price range for one in as new condition. Well for those looking to buy a Baikal Makarov MP-654K we have located some and have them for sale now in our Canada Replica Airguns store (Very limited supply). These are the 2013 PM new design models with the narrow grips and mags, they also have the recessed barrels and cut out extractor. We sell them in the blued version only.

Another CO2 BB pistol that has been out of stock for some time is the EKOL ES series. I reviewed the ES 55 CO2 BB Pistol a while back but until now have not been able to show off the ES 66 Series which is more browning high power looking in design. The good news is we have both the ES 55 and ES 66 CO2 4.5mm Steel BB Pistol in stock in our Canada Store. These guns are mostly metal with full size drop out metal magazines that hold the CO2 and BB's, they also shoot in both single and double action and have pretty decent power! We are now selling both the ES 55 and ES 66 series of guns in our Online Canada Store.

I've looked at several Gletcher Airguns over the last little while and finally got my hands on the Gletcher APS Blowback CO2 BB Pistol which is a replica of the Russian Stechkin Soviet Military sidearm introduced back in the 50's. It's kind of a bigger brother version of the Makarov, i was surprised at how large it actually was when i got my hands on it! The real steel version had the ability to shoot in both semi and full-auto but my Gletcher APS 4.5mm BB replica only shoots in semi auto. Again, checkout the full line of Gletcher Products in our Canada Replica Airguns Store.

Last but not least I have a neat little 22 crimped blank pistol to show everyone. What makes it unique is the fact that it fits inside a belt buckle! We do see the ROHM Little Joe 22 caliber crimped blank pistols in our online Canada Replica Airguns Store but not this belt buckle version, kind of a one off I got form my supplier, I will be keeping it ;)  Make sure to watch my ROHM Little Joe Video Review and see all the ROHM products available in our Online Store.