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
this year and I will stick your Castor
Troys up you so far youll shooting your tonsils every time you sneeze!
So, Im 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:
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
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 cant speak for that, but repeated loading and firing did not bring
on any real problems during work at the 10m range at First.
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
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.
Wednesday, May 9, 2001 9:37 AM copyright 2001 ArniesAirsoft