WA Colt Government 1911a1 Military

WA
Colt Government 1911a1 Military
by
Darren-Jon
Ashmore

(aka Nautilus)
edited by Arnie

Stock
Specifications
Model Colt
Government 1911a1 Military (Heavy Weight-R)
FPS
.79
joules (though this was in a 16 degree celcius
area – the gun, mag and gas had been stored at that temp for a
good while).
Length: 216mm
Weight: 925g

Ammo
capacity:

15+1 rounds

RRP 19,800
Yen


Why
the 1911a1?
That bloomin Matt Dean has a world of
to answer for. I think he must be in the pay of Western
Arms
or something like that ^_^ (you talk me into buying another
WA gun
this year and I will stick your “Castor
Troys
” up you so far you’ll shooting your tonsils every time you sneeze!
^_-)

So, I’m looking for
a WWII pistol to go with the Sten
and, though that top blokey Ash Nichols supplied me with a wonderful
Tanaka Browning, because I could not locate an airsoft Webley for the life
of me in a fit of depression I started looking at Western
Arms
guns for something to do. Then the words of good Sheriff
Dean
came wafting across my mind:

“Remember
the tooth….no, strike that…. Remember the 1911a1”.

Hmmmh, thinks I and
has a look. 3 seconds later a First
Factory
guy is being pressed up against the cabinet with orders
to get the bugger out for me to play with. In the hand she is heavy (925g
with mag) and feels real – even the paint finish on the body/frame looks
bang on for the real steel (AFAIAC). The only downside looks wise is with
the grips, which are so clearly plastic – though a quick pair of aftermarket
Altmonts later……..

The grip also sports
a retaining loop which is strong enough to serve as did the originals –
attaching the gun to the weilder. Finished in good quality metal, and it
makes the piece a great deal more useable in the field – as well as upping
the ‘stylee’ factor when you have her looped around yer neck all commando
fashion.

Loading
is 15+1 into a single column R type magazine (as if it would be any other
way ^_^) and the magazine is finished perfectly to match it visually with
the spec of the rest of the gun.

Firing is, well, as
good as any non Speedcomp Western Arms gun gets and even through
the fixed sights I can drop shots in easily as accurately as with my big
buck Infinty. The action (MAGNA!!!!!!!!!) is crisp, sound and cycles fast
enough to drop out double tap after double tap without risking jams or cycling
issues. The single column mag rather reduces potential cooldown problems
so I can’t speak for that, but repeated loading and firing did not bring
on any real problems during work at the 10m range at First.

Downsides:

The
paint finish is a gunmetal grey over a black frame and is prone to wearing
on moving area such as the outer barrel/breach cover. The trigger pull is
– while accurate – a shade short, but that could simply me because I am
used to working with Infinties with their more positive pull.

Finally and worst of
all, according to our First hosts, the gun has sold out at WA – who plan
to run off no more it seems – and so she is, though not strictly a limited
edition considering how many WA made, already becoming something of a sort
after item.

Then again I feel I
have to say that, unless you are collecting or going for a milsim outfit,
softees out there would be better off purchasing the Striker Standard (for
the rail mount), a Prokiller (just because), or one of the Inifity
series as (saving the Speedcomp series and derivatives) all WA guns seem
to be much of a muchness as far as power goes.

Appearance

5/5
Perfect copy

Build
Quality

5/5

As good as a Magna gets.

Performance

6/5

from First, 5/5 at RRP. Less than 20,000 yen
for the best pistol I now own. Sweet.

Value
for Money

3/5.

That paint finish is not going to last long.

Upgrade
Potential
4/5

Lots of internals, not much for the outside (as
you would expect).

Overall
Potential

4/5.

Fabulous purchase for milsim type but……………….

Darren-Jon
Ashmore

Prices as
of September 17, 2001:
19,800 Yen

First Factory
Price (valid as long as stocks last or until end of Dec 2001)
15,800 yen


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Links:

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Last modified:
Wednesday, May 9, 2001 9:37 AM copyright 2001 ArniesAirsoft




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