On the real steel
Here are some
Ithaca M37 “MasterKey” Shotgun Playing
CQB scenarios, I wanted to be able to have a weapon that was both functional
and badass looking, a weapon with intimidating looks. So, when I saw the
pictures of the M4 “MasterKey”. It was love at first sight and
I knew it was my weapon of choice for CQB scenarios. Here are my impressions
of the KTW Ithaca M37 “MasterKey” Shotgun.
When I first opened
the box, it did not look as nice as the pictures that I had seen on various
websites (no surprise to me). None the less, it didn’t look bad either.
I picked it up out of the box and it was very light in weight, it weighs
850g, which is about 30 oz. That was one of my concerns about the shotgun
to begin with. I was worried that it would put stress on the front of the
M4. But, my worries were quickly dispatched due to how light it was and
the way it mounts to the M4. It doesn’t really put any strain on the front
of the weapon at all. It feels filmy and not very solid. Be sure to check
all the bolts and screws to make sure they are tight. All mine were loose.
Just don’t over tighten them as the threads could strip easily.
The rear mount
I recommend that
Once, you have
Now that you have
All the tools
The only bad thing
You could relocate
Magazine loading into lower tube
This shotgun is spring-powered
and it uses a magazine that loads into the front lower tube of the shotgun.
The shotgun came with two magazines and it says that they will hold 46 BBs,
but I have loaded 48 BBs in them with no problem. I wouldn’t put any more
than that, though. The magazines are about 8 inches in length and will fit
in a utility pouch or M16 mag pouch. To fire the shotgun, you load one of
the magazines into the lower tube underneath the barrel. There is a small
switch where the barrel goes into the receiver.
You can flip it forward
or backward. This is for firing one or two BBs at a time. When in the two-fire
mode, mine did fire three BBs sometimes. I don’t know if this will cause
any problems on down the line or not. There is also a switch located at
the trigger guard. You push it in to activate the feed for the BBs. Then
all you do is pump the handle like a real steel shotgun. Take the safety
off. It is located at the back of the trigger guard. Now, squeeze the trigger
and each time you want to fire a BB, you just pump the shotgun.
The shotgun comes with two magazines(left). Safety and Feed Activator
The power of the shotgun
is nothing to brag about, but it’s not bad either (I’ve seen worse). Supposedly
it shoots about 200 fps but this is unconfirmed at the moment. If I had
to guess, I would say it shoots somewhere between 180 and 200 fps. It does
have decent range, and I have hit targets out to 50 ft. Using .25g BBs,
but for CQB scenarios I will be using .2g BBs. It is primarily a close up
weapon and you couldn’t engage targets at any great distance. But, because
it is low in the power range, you could engage your opponents at close range
without the worry of seriously hurting them. The shotgun is really for CQB
and it is a plus having your back-up weapon ready and on hand. This is why
I chose the M4 “MasterKey” for CQB. If I decided not to carry
my pistol, I would still have a back-up weapon and a little extra firepower
when needed. Not to mention the fact that in airsoft, having the “one
badass looking weapon” is half the fun.
Well, that is my
modified: Wednesday, May 9, 2001 9:37 AM
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