Its difficult to explain why decided to
test a gun that cost less than £40.00, however and having a pending order with
a supplier in Germany, mostly composed with non airsoft issues and paid for a
flat shipping cost, added a P-90in the last minute. Mostly because was curious
about how is possible to promise so much for so little.
When I pick the package, immediately
realize how light must be the gun, enclosed in a fancy box including lots of
options, almost looking as a Xmas tree. Nothing unusual, as the target
customers are people with 14-18, at least according with German laws.
Inside, the gun and lots of accessories,
ranging from battery and charger to glasses and suppressor and lots of
catalogues from the supplier including almost anything from air guns to pepper
Ive started by removing the target, a very
typical folding model, with net to catch the bbs and a zipper to remove them easily.
Included are also a few paper targets suitable to the frame.
As a bonus, nothing to complain about,
just the doubt if the gun can hit it.
Then pick the battery and charger and start
to charge it. Is a 7.2 Volt, unknown capacity battery, made from AA
rechargeable cells and should be low capacity. The charger has all the
electrical indications and led lights up when charging. Connectors
are identical to the TM small batteries and wonder if this charger would be
able to charge an Academy 7.2 V battery.
Indication is that should be left overnight
or until hot when charging for the first time. Ive waited for near 8 hours
and the battery start to become hot, so was probably was time to disconnect it.
Meanwhile, spend a few minutes examining
the remaining items still inside the box.
A bag of yellow bb´s, labeled heavy
weight, that seems to be 0.12 g, a SOCOM type suppressor and a pair of shooting
glasses were the next to be examined.
The glasses are obviously impossible to use
as the yellowish plastic its very low quality for the purpose. I can imagine
that the main purpose can be to complete the kit providing some safety to the
The suppressor is almost identical to those
I use with my KSC Mk23, without any markings and being plastic instead of
metal. Only the thread its metal and attaches directly to the metal barrel of
With a little work and a black spray can be
visually improved and eventually used as a spare unit. The main advantage is
that the thread is compatible with my KWC Sigma 40F, using a inner thread
instead of a standard external 14 mm. The spray also can be of good use to
paint the metal barrel and the receiver parts, slightly improving the general
As I have lots of reliable bb´s from well
known sources, these are sent directly to the recycle bin without any testing.
The last items still inside the box are
the sling, very light, low quality with a metal hook in each end and adjusting
rings, and a so called Red Dot.
This RD is just a plastic part to me
mounted over the top rail and has a small transparent part with the sight
painted. Really, not useful and almost
impossible to use. If possible, the worst part of the whole set because is
impossible to adjust rendering it useless.
The image doesnt do justice to the real
problems trying to aim using device.
With all the items in place, its time to
install the battery. The compartment is in the rear and the door is kept in
place with a small plastic tab. The door also has the ring to attach the sling,
another potentially problematic feature. Was a much better idea to install the
ring in the receiver than using such a weak part.
Inside its a connector and the gearbox can
be seen in the receiver.
Another lets say interesting feature is
the gravity feed magazine. This mag doesnt have any spring inside and rely
only in the fact that is above the gun.
Dont have many doubts that this is cheap
and unreliable and cannot allow long bursts feeding reliably the gun. Maybe is
to avoid destroying the motor as the capacity is 450 bb’s, the same as many
The mag feeds the gun trough a hole in the
upper part of the receiver. This should be connected to a long inner pipe dropping
the bb’s in the chamber, near the release lever. Its a correct feature and
works without problems.
As with any P-90, installing and removing
the magazine its a matter of practice.
The mag have a small door in the top and
can be refilled while in the gun just by dropping bb’s . If using a large bb
container connected with the feeding door, the gun can fire as long as the batteries
The picture bellow shows the mag opened,
ready to be replenished with ammo. The door slide back, closing the container
and the process is complete.
The gun already have the battery charged
and in place, a few bb’s inside the mag, so its time to press the trigger.
After switching the safety to on, a quick press in the trigger shows a full
auto only gun as I expected. The TM system is too expensive and a trigger
safety only allow for one firing method. No problem, as it was to be an auto
gun according with the seller.
The gun is internally very different from a
TM gun, with only two gears and the parts including the motor being inside a large
gearbox externally shaped to be in contact with the receiver wall. Another
difference is the absence of a tappet plate and a moving loading nozzle, making
the design far easy than most gearboxes. This design is less efficient and much
cheaper to produce omitting a well known failure point and reducing the moving
parts to the gears, piston and motor.
The sight is dreadful, making impossible to
aim the gun; however the rails are standard and can be used with any RIS sight.
Also the small side rails can be put to work with a tactical lamp or a laser
sight without problems.
The selected target is the airsoft standard
for testing, the Coke can able to replace the chrono, currently not
operational. Obviously, Im not expecting to see any bb go inside, but a small
impact mark would be a good sign. Thinking better, to hear the target being hit
would be good enough.
The heavy barrel, with threads, isnt as
good as a TM barrel and with the help of bad sights, accuracy is bellow
standards, however hitting a Coke can at 3 meters is easy and the impacts are
easy to spot in the surface. Some of the bb’s hit the wall behind and broke in
half, others suffered extensive damage from impact, making difficult to believe
that this is a under 0.5 J gun.
Firing against a paper target shows that
impacts are dispersed all over the target, even with almost no movement from
the gun. Firing from 3 meters, most bb’s are inside a 15 cm circle and from 5
meters, the limit inside home, most hits are inside a 25 cm target.
As this is a CQB fully auto weapon, the
accuracy should be enough and the gun didn’t jammed ever, something that I
cannot tell from several TM guns. The large bb’s reservoir rattles as any
high-cap mag with any movement and seeing bb’s inside isnt aesthetical, but
still does the job and provides more than 400 shots. The feeding system relies
in the movement from the shooter to shake the bb’s and help loading them in the
Without the chrono working, its hard to
tell what energy is firing, but admit that can be over 0.5 Joule and much more
than a mini or an EBB. For somebody with limited funds, its a much wiser
choice than to buy an EBB, a mini or even most springers. If your choice is
CQB, then is difficult to buy anything else with only £40.00 available.
And as it works, deserves to have the
top receiver and suppressor painted and maybe a functional red dot later, just
to help aiming in a future playing session.
In the side picture, the receiver is
already painted, contrasting with the unpainted red dot scope and the metal
ring in place to hold a tactical lamp or a laser. Finish is better looking
after painted, however is still impossible to reach the level of plastic in a
What to conclude from all this testing? Its
still a toy, however can be also an entry level to those who don’t want to
invest in a real AEG and want to try airsoft with the pleasure of full-auto
fire. Its more affordable than a TM Boys range and real size, but lack the
semi-auto fire to faithfully reproduce the real gun. With a little more than
1.300 g, feels too light, but is construction made of two main parts feel more
solid than most springers Ive tested.
Maybe this is the dawn of bargain-soft.