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  1. Inari

    Tokyo Marui M9A1

    Skin Deep/At a Glance: FPS: Circa 280 w/0.20g BB, depending on weather WEIGHT: A reasonable 0.73kg ACCURACY: Equal to Marui 1911/Hi-Capa/PX4 CONSISTENCY: Provided you don't shoot too fast, it's perfect RELIABILITY: Pull this from your holster and this will do the job, everytime! ECONOMY: By the time it lands you're looking at €200. Running costs are negligible, and considering how long this will last it's money well spent. In-Depth: The M9A1 is one of the latest pistols released from Tokyo Marui, and is easily one of the most anticipated - it marks a seminal moment in their history; they updated one of their designs, using everything they've learned since they released their first M9 pistol, quite a ways back. Being a huge fan of the Beretta M9, I for one couldn't believe it and so the moment it was released I'd put in my order from WGC Shop. So what's the fuss about? Well, as I've said already I've had this pistol from pretty much the moment it came out, and have held off doing a review until such a time as I had sufficiently put it through its paces - what's the point in merely giving initial impressions? I figured I'd wait until I could tell you what it's like to use it Some basic history for those who aren't aware - the original Marui M9, is one of the oldest pistol designs around. It had a fixed hop up which lent itself perfectly to shooting straight for circa 20 meters, and then dropping dead all of a sudden. TM's original offering for the M9 was a light-weight plastic gun that relied solely on the magazine to add weight and substance to the pistol, giving it a rather hollow feeling. Of course the clones offered metal bodies for more substance, as well as using a small grub screw to create an adjustable hop up, which in a rather rare situation made them more attractive to some people. The problem was of course that green gas + metal slides doesn't really get on too well, especially in the cold. With the advent of KJW's Co2 M9, pretty much all others became obsolete - you got proper feedback for the first time, as well as an unmerciful bang. Of course KSC had already come out with their own M9, which was vastly superior to all other green gas versions featuring a functioning decocker, as well as far more accurate weight distribution and better balance. Its downfall was simply that the magazines were stupidly expensive (€50 each), as well as the not-so-good ball-bearing hop up. It was in drastic need of a redesign. Many speculated that it would happen, though when TM released a 15th Anniversary Biohazard Samurai Edge (Chris Redfield edition), it seemed like that day had come. It had been rumoured to have adjustable hop up...it didn't. All hope seemed lost. Then all of a sudden Tokyo Marui redesigned their website, announced a GBB MP7 and released a revised M9A1. Godzilla was smiling, apparently (Sorry...couldn't resist )! So what's changed since then? The M9A1 is still plastic; that hasn't changed. What has changed however is that TM have taken what they've learned from the PX-4 and put in a functioning ambidextrous de-cocker; when you flick the gun onto safe, the hammer drops. For any fans of the M9 this is an important feature to replicate, as well as being far more practical. On top of that they've had a go at fixing the weight distribution and balance of the pistol, using the same technique they use with their 1911's i.e. via the addition of weights in the grips, however they have also added a weight on the inner barrel. It works, exceedingly well. The gun feels as good with the magazine out as it does with the mag in. It also now has the lower picatinny rial indicative of the M9A1, which enables you to add any lasers or torches etc if you are so inclined. The plastic rail is durable, so no problems there. Marui M9A1 seen with White-Dot front & rear sights, adjustable hop up (requires partial disassembly) and the pistol field stripped (note grey weight added around inner barrel) So it's now better balanced, better functioning, and if you're a fan of the M9A1 over the traditional M9, then it is better looking as well (especially given the markings engraved into the plastic - this pistol looks very good), but all of that is purely an ancillary bonus; it is only when you strip the pistol do you really see it. You now have the impressive Tokyo Marui adjustable-wheel hop up in the body of an M9A1. It might sound like hokum, but it means that this pistol will now be more accurate than your rifle. You point, you shoot, and you hit...that's all there is to it. There is no skill involved...this pistol does all of the work for you, and it is a work horse. It is important to remember that Tokyo Marui are a Japanese company, and are forced to design their guns with the 1 joule limit in mind. Since they are working under restrictions, they innovate like no other. They invented the hop up system, and no one does it quite like they do. The quality of materials they use is what sets TM apart from the rest; high quality brass barrels for range, soft hop up rubbers sourced exclusively for performance at one joule. For sidearms in Ireland, you really shouldn't look any further than TM. Note Marui's realistic imitation trademarks They're a nice touch, look realistic and are completely inoffensive It all sounds fantastic, right? Well it is, but don't get me wrong it is not all roses. Thanks to the plastic slide it is economic on the green gas magazines, but it does still suffer from the fatal flaw of the M9-style green gas magazines; shallow gas reservoir. Rapid shots cause the pressure to drop pretty quickly, rendering your gun useless unless you have another magazine to slap in. Even though the plastic is a necessary evil, it is still an evil aspect - try as you might, plastic does not feel like metal, and it can be a large obstacle to overcome. KSC's M9 feels infinitely better than TM's, although there is no doubting that the Tokyo Marui M9A1 beats it around the park every day of the week in performance...sometimes it's not all about how it shoots. Propellant-wise, TM's are only rated for 134a. However I've been running it off of green gas without a single issue. Remember it's designed for 134a in Japan, where 15* C is considered cool, and 35* C is a summers day...we're in Ireland where 15* C causes everyone to strip into summer clothes and go to the beach. Green gas is fine, though when it gets in to the teens (temperature) use with caution, as the pressure is greater which causes more stress on the gun, and at the time of writing there are no aftermarket parts. Due to the plastic slide you get excellent performance from the gas, easily emptying the full load of BB's (especially when using the TM mags). When it is colder, you need to be a little more conservative - rapid shots drop the pressure quickly, so if you're fast on the trigger make sure you have spare magazines to compensate for cool down. Which brings me beautifully onto another excellent point of the TM M9A1 - it uses the same magazines as previous TM-system M9's (e.g. WE, HK3P, KJW, HFC etc) which are very easy to come by. I have personally used this gun on TM magazines, KJW magazines, HK3P mags, WE mags and HFC mags. TM perform the best, then KJW, followed by WE/HK3P. HFC sucked, but I've never liked those anyway. If you have the spare monies go straight for the TM variants; better quality valves straight from the box. KJW do the job nicely, but can do with some TLC out of the box. Now, with the above in mind comes the contradiction. One of the more disappointing things about this gun is the lack of a magazine redesign. Yes it's great that it is backwards compatible, especially considering I already had 11 M9 mags...but with the improvements they made to the P226 magazine, I kind of expected more. The thing to remember is that the magazines are smaller than a hi-capa which means they're more susceptible to cool down, so rapid-fire performance is not going to be as good, but it will still be better than the single stack 1911. Accuracy is no surprise for any of those familiar with TM; this gun is a laser beam - it's on par with the PX4, but not as good as the Five SeveN (which still has my vote on most accurate). It is extremely consistent, though due to being green gas it does suffer cool down thus affecting consistency in rapid fire situations (pressure drop drastically reduces FPS, which can negatively impact on accuracy). In perfect circumstances this pistol is extremely consistent, but does take some getting used to for those coming from Co2, or larger capacity green gas guns (such as glock extended magazines etc). Ergonomics of the gun are nice - if you're a fan of single-stack 1911's, then this will feel a little obese to you, but once you're used to it, it's a dream to hold and shoot. Weight balance and distribution is excellent, and thankfully it doesn't feel like plastic while holding it. Recoil is nonexistent - sure the slide moves, but you don't feel it at all. It looks great, but if you're a fan of the KJW Co2 M9 (which I am), you can't help but feel a little disappointed...though that fades immediately as you realise that this gun is a force to be reckoned with; the shots you can make are incredibly impressive. So in summary - do you like the M9? Do you skirmish? Do you use a pistol? If yes, then buy the TM M9A1 and you will not regret it. If you don't skirmish, pick yourself up a KSC M9 as you'll not need to worry about its shortcomings, and can instead enjoy the enhanced feel of the metal body.
  2. So much this. Please. I would sell so much of my current collection just to appease the airsoft gods at something that awesome being released. Even more so if they managed to make it pump & semi!
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    Tokyo Marui HK45

    Normally I hate the two tone look...but I have to admit, that looks tasty
  4. 3 shells? Sounds like you didn't fill the gas tank to the brim. Mine takes an inordinate amount of time to fill, and lasted a half-day's gaming without needing refilling. 7x shells each game, 5 games total, and still loads of gas in it.
  5. Picked one of these up last weekend, and finally got out to use it yesterday evening. To say I was impressed does not even come close to describe the feeling using this gun. On a single fill the tank lasted all day, and I was using TM + clone shells; no misfeeds or anything unusual. Reloading I found to be a little slow (same as the tri-shots), but the shooting of it was more than enough to make up for it. I started out on six shot, but reverted to 3 as I was having to change shells a little too often. The noise was intimidating enough for people not to come down the corridor, and peoples reactions were priceless upon getting hit by it - insanely fun!
  6. Either you're here for the community, in which case you post, or you're here just to sell stuff in which case you don't bother. I think that's the point of the limit, and it does work. Arnies is not a Sales website by design, and instead has it tacked on. It is a community driven discussion forum, and although that is waning I would agree with an earlier poster...would you rather see it die a death after a glorious fire, or limp on as a mutated shell of its former self. I definitely sit firmly in the former's camp.
  7. What's nice about the 100 posts is that when done right, you forget about trying to get your post count up, and instead just immerse yourself into the community. As this happens you get a sense of those in the community, and they get a sense of you. That sort of thing is invaluable when sending expensive products around the world, particularly where money is ridiculously hard to get out of people if anything went wrong. I do see the point Skarclaw is making - does that put people off becoming a member of the community? I don't think so. Personally, from all the forums I'm on, I think that it's just the way it is...forums are dying (said in best '2012' voice ). People seem to be favouring the more instant methods of communication as opposed to the more in-line side of the forum. Tis a shame, but things like IM groups are drastically making smaller forums redundant. I think places like this still have their merit, but it just means that traffic will reduce.
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    Beretta Picture Thread

    Amen. I just can't justify the price tag...even though I've spent more for things I want less, which is annoying. I hate how my brain works.
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    Major site access issues?

    It goes down regularly enough for me - just won't be able to get on for a day or two, then it's back. Happened there on Sunday for a couple of hours, but then came back
  10. One of the lads has provided pretty good instructions in response to my query for how to do it...back a couple of pages, but definitely makes sense. I'm in the same boat as you though...want the look, not sure if I have the patience/skill
  11. Got it in one. On 134a/144a in our respective climate and current weather it's just not going to work - the pressure isn't great enough. Cool down sets in far quicker, and you end up with a gun that's spitting BB's as opposed to slinging 'em. Switch to green gas and you'll be far better off. The pressure is greater, the cool down effect lessened and the power increases. As leo said, it shouldn't go above 325fps w/0.20g so will be fine even for CQB. The difference between green and 134a in this weather is astronomical. If I remember (and that's a very big if) I'll try record the difference on Sunday. I can understand if you're a little nervous running it off of higher pressured gas, so I'd go with something like Ultrair...it's not as high pressured as the likes of the Cybergun red-label (still green gas, by the way) gas, but greater than 144a.
  12. What was the grip like to fit? Need any modifications, or just drop in?
  13. Mine is still chugging a long like a champ. I've found that the mags take an absolute age to fill, and loading up my 7x mags used up about one third of a gas bottle (750ml). Using Cybergun green gas (APS3, red bottle) it fires strong at just under the joule, with nice snappy recoil. On sustained burst fire, toward the end of the mag cool down began to set in (lessened recoil, slightly slower cyclical rate). Change of mag, and right back to where it should be. Used all day in 4 degree weather without a single hiccough. Like others have noted, the mags are a bit prone to dirt clogging the BB's - worth disassembling for scrubbing with a wire brush on the BB channel. I have 3x spare nozzles ready to go should I need them, and it's still running perfectly stock. Kinda wish I hadn't shelled out for the unnecessary nozzles
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    1911 Picture Thread

    Always loved the look of the full length guide rod; much nicer look in my opinion!
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    Tokyo Marui Series 70 Nickel Finish

    It's the same with any nickel plated/chrome finish plastic guns; they look fine but ultimately are too shiny and end up just feeling like a cheap poundshop toy I have the same issue with the Marushin SAA; looks great on display, but once in your hand...*shudders*
  16. OMG you too?! I'd post pictures, but the shrapnel destroyed my camera...I nearly died!!
  17. Pfft, this is Marui...it's the new innovative blow-up. It uses up one whole gas tank at a go, but the shock and awe it inspires is worth the decrease in efficiency
  18. This is a pretty severe problem - I would be taking pictures and sending them into the retailer you purchased the guns from, and if they're not replying, or not doing anything I would be straight onto paypal and filing a dispute...like it or not, these goods are not up to standard. Not to mention that it is plain dangerous
  19. Jesus - any chance of a picture of the warping tank?
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    That's much in muchness what it would be here for the kit; €39 (approx. £32). The valve alone would be €12, or £10 approximately. I wouldn't have thought there would be much market for the tool on its own...just goes to show you though!
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    Just for the record, in case people think there's dodgy dealings, that NPAS valves are sold separately as well as in a kit. It means that for folk like myself who've got 6+ NS2 systems means I only needed one $35 NPAS kit, and 5 $7 NPAS valves
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    SIG Picture Thread

    It looks like the ICS version:
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    What's your backup?

    They flat out don't sell - they sit on our shelves here in work as well. They seem to be an acquired taste, though anything that uses proprietary magazines tends to be. Personally I have always loved the SIG 552 - it just looks the business, and I'm not going to lie...playing Counter-Strike did have a lot to do with it. The range out of the TopTech 552 is superb, though ROF sucks - throw in an SHS Neodymium magnet high torque and you're sorted. Battery space is limited, so 7.4v lipo is the way forward Plus, the weight of it just feels...deadly
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    What's your backup?

    I find this thread very odd - it seems that a lot of people's back ups are their unflinching egos, relying on their ability to convince people that they've actually hit them. This thread exists to discuss back ups, and by virtue the merits of using them. As argumentative as IBMedic can be, he does bring up valid points - most peoples backups are there for show, and never get used effectively making him dead weight. That said the counterargument being that should you need it, it's there, is also equally valid; the condom argument from AVP (an otherwise terrible movie ) "I'd rather have 'em and not need 'em, than need 'em and not have 'em" Personally I find that a good pistol is an excellent back up. I carry 4x spare magazines, which means if my primary goes down that I can stay in the game and enjoy the rest of my day, rather than packing up and leaving. It takes up a lot less space than a spare rifle, and is just overall easier. I would be lying if I said that's my main motivation for using one - it's not. I think pistols are cool, and they're a helluva lot more fun than using AEG's, and the TM series of pistols are extremely accurate. I'm limited to 1 joule here in Ireland, and as such people don't have a power advantage on you. The reason why I play airsoft is for personal enjoyment; I couldn't care less about 'winning' - to me I'm just playing cops and robbers with much cooler looking gear. The game is the enjoyment, not the outcome. Don't get me wrong I like competitive sports, but airsoft is not one of them. It's a pure hobby to me, so as a result I structure my gear for maximum enjoyment. I carry enough spare magazines for my primary, but no more than I would use in a game - this creates the situation where I am more cautious about shots, and also means I am more likely to use my pistol. Similarly whenever I get into closer quarters I will draw the pistol, and sling the rifle - you're a lot more manoeuvrable, and it's just plain more enjoyable. My primary at the moment is my TopTech SIG SG552, and back up is my Inokatsu 1911, though it will toggle between a range of TM pistols depending on my mood.

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