Type: BB air pistol.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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: