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Friday
Jan082016

My Top 5 BB Pistols for Early 2016

In this video I feature my top five favorite BB pistols for early 2016. That said there are lots of other BB pistols I truly love and enjoy but I had to pick 5 so these are them! You may notice that many of them are blowback, I do like the blowback guns after all and this is my top 5 pick so naturally many of them will have blowback action.

Here is a list of my top 5 guns featured in this video not necessarily in order of choice:

Umarex Colt Single Action Army CO2 BB Revolver

KWC-Cybergun 1911 CO2 Blowback BB Pistol

 Baikal MP-654K Makarov CO2 BB Pistol

ASG Bersa BP9CC CO2 Blowback BB Pistol

KWC-Cybergun CO2 BB Blowback Mini UZI

Wednesday
Nov042015

KWC Makarov PM CO2 Blowback BB Pistol Table Top Review

Type: BB air pistol.
Manufacturer: KWC.
Model: Makarov PM.
Materials: Mostly Metal.
Weight: 1.6 pounds (737 grams).
Barrel: 3 inches, smooth bore.
Propulsion: CO2 x 1.
Action: Semi auto, single action only.
Ammunition Type: Steel BB's 4.5mm.
Ammunition Capacity: 15 rounds.
FPS: 303 fps/ 92 m/s.

Trigger Pull: The trigger pull on the KWC Makarov PM CO2 Blowback BB Pistol is really nice. It is single action only since it is a blowback pistol that requires racking the slide to chamber the first round. The take-up of the trigger is slight with a crisp light release, the trigger is definitely not going to get in the way of the accuracy of this pistol.

Accuracy: The accuracy and true feet per second performance will be tested when I do my future Field Test Shooting Review shortly (weather permitting).

Build Quality: Excellent, the KWC Makarov PM CO2 Blowback BB Pistol seems to be really well built like the other full blowback KWC BB and Airsoft pistols I have reviewed and shot in the past. The fit and finish is very good but I expect the electromagnetic black coating to wear off in the high spots fairly quickly but this does give the slight worn in real gun look. In terms of quality it looks like KWC may have even gone to extra effort to beef up some of the areas perhaps prone to breakage like the trigger guard since this pistol is made out of Zink based metals rather than hardened steel like you would find in the real firearm.

Realism: I have to say the KWC Makarov PM CO2 Blowback BB Pistol is a really nice replica overall, perhaps one of the best considering it has full cycle blowback with an all metal full sized drop out magazine. Sure the Baikal MP-654K takes the cake in terms of realism since it is practically a real Makarov rechambered to shoot Steel BB's but the MP-654K lacks blowback operation and the ability to fire quickly using a single action trigger. A couple of drawbacks with the KWC Makarov PM CO2 Blowback BB Pistol that are different from the real steel Makarov PM are the thicker trigger guard and butt plate.

Pros:

  • Has full cycle blowback operation.
  • Nice heavy blowback spring makes slide nice and snappy, should have good blowback operation.
  • All metal build.
  • All metal full size drop out magazine that holds the BB’s and CO2.
  • Fully field strip-able.
  • All part function like a real Makarov.
  • Open ejection port and reassessed barrel.
  • No ugly CO2 tab.
  • Seems to have a really nice single action only trigger.
  • Internal fixed hop-up for improved accuracy and sustained trajectory.

Cons: 

  • Lower fps because of short barrel and presumable heavy blowback operation.
  • Magazine base sticks forward a bit more and is thicker than a real steel Makarov.
  • Trigger guard looks to be thicker than a real steel Makarov.

Comments:
The Makarov is one of my favorite pistols, it's a true classic! So the fact that there is yet another Makarov Air pistol on the market is fine with me. And perhaps the KWC Makarov PM CO2 Blowback BB Pistol might just be the best all around Airgun Makarov hitting all the hot spots us Replica Airgun enthusiasts love... Like full blowback operation, a nice light single action trigger, a full size metal magazine that holds the ammo and the CO2 and of course an all metal build with all those working bits and pieces like you would find on the real steel Makarov PM. But you will have to decide for yourself...

My YouTube Video Review for the KWC Makarov PM CO2 Blowback BB Pistol:

Buy the KWC Blowback Makarov PM in Canada

Saturday
Oct312015

KWC Makarov PM Blowback - Mac M11 - CQBP M45 A1 BB and Airsoft CO2 Pistol Preview

Wow! Some new 4.5mm Steel BB and 6mm Plastic Airsoft guns and they are all brought to us from KWC. I would expect all of them to be available eventually in both 4.5mm Steel BB and 6mm Plastic Airsoft but for now I have the M11 in both Steel BB and Plastic Airsoft and the Makarov PM and CQBP M45 A1 in Steel BB.

This is just my quick preview video so make sure to watch it as I do show you around the guns fairly nicely but you can expect some more upcoming detailed Table Top and Shooting Videos shortly...

Here are some of the basic specifications for each gun...

KWC Mac11 M11 BB/Airsoft NBB Gun:

KWC CQBP M45 A1 BB NBB Pistol with Metal Slide:

  • Material: Metal & ABS
  • BB Capacity: 21 Rounds
  • Operated on CO2 in full size metal magazine
  • Recoil: Non-Blowback
  • Energy 2.5 Joules
  • Velocity: BB 394 fps/ 120 m/s
  • Ammo: Steel BB
  • Safety: Manual

KWC Makarov PM All Metal Blowback:

  • Material: Full Metal
  • BB Capacity: 15 Rounds
  • Operated on CO2 in full size metal magazine
  • Recoil: Blowback
  • Velocity: BB 303 fps/ 92 m/s
  • Ammo: Steel BB
  • Safety: Manual
  • Fixed: Hop Up

Thursday
Mar192015

2013 Baikal Makarov MP-654K CO2 BB Pistol Field Test Shooting Review

If you have not already watched my Baikal Makarov MP-654K CO2 BB Pistol Table Top Review, make sure to do so so for info on features and specifications.

During this Field Test Shooting Video Review of the Baikal Makarov MP-654K, I take a look at the actual real world velocity  using my Chronograph along with some accuracy testing using paper targets with a controlled shooting position.

I shot 5 rounds through my Chrony Cronography and got an average fps of 306 which was not super high but just fine for plinking. I would expect to get well over 100 shots with my Baikal MP-654K Makarov since the CO2 being released with each shot is fairly conservative. The temperature on this day was under 10 degrees Celsius.

Moving on with my accuracy results from 30 feet back in a semi rested position, I was able to get a 5.5 inch goruping with 10 shots. The Baikal Makarov CO2 BB Pistol does have a rifled barrel which may work better when using lead BB's but you would have to be careful not to load too many at a time since the magazine follower spring is rather heavy and could deform the softer lead BB's making them jam in the gun. Hard Steel BB's do not deform or jam in the gun but are not optimal for rifled barrels since they do not grip the rifling very well and can give sporadic results. My grouping was also centered a bit to the right but not by too much.

The 2013 Baikal Makarov MP-654K CO2 BB Pistol may not be the best performer I have tested in terms of velocity and accuracy but it is for sure one of the best built and most realistic BB pistols I have reviewed.

Buy the 2013 Blued Baikal Makarov MP-654K In Canada

Saturday
Feb072015

2013 Blued Baikal Makarov MP-654K CO2 BB Pistol Table Top Review

Type: BB air pistol.
Manufacturer: Baikal.
Model: MP-654K.
Materials: Weapons grade steel slide, frame and most parts.
Weight: 1.7 pounds.
Barrel: 3.8 inches, metal-rifled.
Propulsion: CO2 x 1.
Action: Semi auto, double and single action.
Ammunition Type: Steel/Lead BB's 4.5mm.
Ammunition Capacity: 13 rounds.
FPS: 380.

Trigger Pull: The trigger pull on the 2013 Blued Baikal Makarov MP-654K CO2 BB Pistol is good in single action mode (When cocked), when shooting in double action mode it is a bit heavy but it seems like over time the gun is working its self in a bit as the metal is hard and as with many Russian made guns, they need some break in period. The trigger springs are heavy so don't expect light trigger pulls.

Accuracy: The accuracy and true feet per second performance will be tested when I do my future Field Test Shooting review.

Build Quality: Excellent, the Baikal Makarov MP-654K CO2 BB Pistol is made side by side using the same machine sand same materials as the original Makarov PM (9x18) firearm that it is Replica of. There simply is not another airgun made to this quality level or that is as accurate a replica of it's real steel version.

Realism: You simply can not get any closer to how close this gun resembles the original Makarov PM (9x18). You can even field strip this gun exactly like the original. The only acceptation is when it come time to fire the BB gun version, The Baikal MP-654K is not designed to have blowback operation which is understandable as it would be impossible to fabricate this gun so close to the original and still give it blowback operation.

Pros:

  • All Steel construction
  • Made side by side in the factory to the real steel version with same build quality and on same machines.
  • The closest BB gun to a real gun you can get in terms replicating the parts and being made out of the same materials as the real version.
  • Can filed strip like the real version.
  • New 2013 version has recessed barrel.
  • New 2013 version has the flush CO2 screw.
  • New 2013 version is the PM style with narrower handle and PM grips.
  • Can field strip like the real version.
  • Shoots in single and double action.
  • Safety works as a de-cocker.
  • Made in Russia!

Cons: 

  • Expensive compared to other airguns.
  • No blowback operation.
  • Only a 13 round magazine.
  • Gun requires some breaking time.

Comments:
The new 2013 Blued Baikal MP-654K PM Styled BB Air pistol is one of those must have airguns if you are a collector, sure the price is a lot more than most airgun replicas out there but the 2013 Blued Baikal MP-654K is built like no other airgun. Rather than creating a replica gun around existing airgun parts, Baikal takes a different approach and reworks a real Makarov backwards so it is made to shoot steel BB's using CO2 rather than 9mm rounds. You could say it is a real Makarov but chambered to shoot steel BB's and use CO2. These guns are rarely available in Canada since they often get stuck in customs because they are so realistic. I was actually very surprised when we located a secure that had some that they where willing to give up!

My YouTube Video Review for the 2013 Blued Baikal Makarov MP-654K CO2 BB Pistol:

Buy the 2013 Blued Baikal Makarov MP-654K In Canada