Maruzen M870

 

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Maruzen
M870 Pistol Grip Version Review
by
Mentall

Stock
Specifications
Model Remington
M870 ABS
FPS
430fps
HFC22 / 1BB
Length: 925mm
Weight: 2,200g

Ammo
capacity:

4 + 1 shells

3-10 bb’s
per shell



The gun itself

Maruzen
Remington M870 Pistol grip Version
This gun is an excellent
replica. It’s heavy and well made though consisting mostly of ABS plastic.

The weight is quite impressive.
It weighs in at 2kg (4 pounds) which is just right for holding it in one hand.
(U talkin’ to me punk? ;)

I choose the pistol grip
version over the full stock since I planned on using this for CQB and the
full stock would get in the way. (although still wanting the M1100 Fullstock
ever since I got this puppy)

Action:


The loading hatch

Loading the shells

The chamber

Shell being ejected

Shell being loaded

The gun’s action is just
like the real steel. You load shells under the gun (see above) and the gun
holds a total of 4 in the magazine tube and 1 in the chamber. You then cycle
the pump the front grip and thereby load a shell into the chamber. The simply
press the trigger and the BB’s go flying. Repeat as necessary…

Magazine tube extensions
are available for the real steel version which I _think_ will fit the Maruzen
version. I’m actually planning on ordering one from ASPI Tactical.

Update: I
found out, through a great review at Arnie’s
Airsoft concerning aftermarket parts
, that the Real Steel Remington
folding stock will fit the Maruzen M870.

Performance:
The gun shoots around 400fps (haven’t chronoed yet) with
1 0,20g BB. This is drastically decreased when using more than 1. And
when using 10 there’s much to be desired but still adequate for CQB.

The sound of the
gun is the biggest disappointment as it’s a mere “puf”. But
where the gun lacks “umpf” when shooting, the racking of the
pump-action makes up for.

The shells:
The shells
can hold from 1 to 10 BB’s at a time. And what does this mean? This
means that you can have either 1 BB that travels around 400fps and has
(a little) range or 10 BB’s that spread nicely. Very effective for CQB
purposes.

The
shell catcher:
This mounts on the right side of the
receiver. It can hold 15-20 shells before it prevents shells from
ejecting.

It’s
probably not the prettiest thing out there but it’s really effective.
It simply mounts on the receiver and collects the shell. It closes
at the bottom using Velcro, which means that you can easily empty
it during skirmishes.

The
gas tank:
A nice thing about this piece
is, that it uses loose gas tanks, which you can change in the heat of battle.

Update:
I tested one full tank and fired shells with different amounts of BB’s in
them. After I had fired 100 shots off the same tank I stopped. This gun ROCKS
when it comes to gas usage.


Skirmish ability:
As
mentioned earlier this gun is mainly usable for CQB/Building scenarios. It
simply does not have the range for outdoor/Woodland skirmishes when using
more than one BB. And that ruins the point of having a shotgun.

I’ve gotten some 0,12’s
tested and the actually spread very nicely. I found the best way was to use
5-6 BB’s per shell and still be able to achieve sufficient power. (shoot a
guy in the ass from 1½ meters…one word: FUN ;)

Conclusion

Build
Quality

4/5

Power

3/5
(when
using 1 BB that is)

Upgrade
Potential

4/5
(there’s
an upgrade valve somewhere but REALLY hard to find)

Skirmish
Ability

3/5
(Good
for CQB, horrible for longer ranges)

by ©Mentall
mentall_illness@ofir.dk

External
Links:

Reviews
“Airsoft
Base”

:M870 review -the only English review I could find (Arnie)
Doraguner’s
M870 Riot version review
– a review in Japanese
“Airsoft
Guns in Russia”
M870 review – a review in Russian

Other Interesting
links:
Remington
M870 Manual
– The official manual for the real-steel Remington
Pump action
SureFire
Tac Mount
– A Page with details of kits to mount Surefire lights
and lasers onto the shotgun
Magazine
Extension Kit
@ ATI Gun Stocks – details of magasine extension
tubes for the M870/M1100
Operator’s
Manual
– the official US Government’s operators guide to the M870
Custom
Remington 870 laser mounting
– a custom method for
fitting a laser unit to the end of the 870, not a method I would recommend
though.
“The
Tactical Shotgun

– an article about shotguns and their use in a tactical environment. It’s
a VERY good read

The original website is from this page here: http://www.angelfire.com/tx/ShotGun/
“The MultiPurpose Shotgun”

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




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