1: Ordering from abroad
Maruzen M870 grip version.
(A shotgun enthusiast’s
musings on ordering from abroad and the shotgun itself)
The countdown After viewing the new release
section on Den Trinity I saw to my amazement the new version of the M870.
Having always been interested in the full stock version of this replica, though
never realistically opting to add it to my personal armoury due to its size.
I was virtually over the moon when they told me that it would cost around
the same as your average GBB pistol ($179 plus shipping) With that in mind,
I set about the ordering process.
The chase Having heard on good authority
(take note Arnie, as this is you) that Iescrow was the best course
of action for ordering from abroad, I went ahead and got my quote. At a little
over $330 (Just over £200) including postage and Iescrow’s fee I decided
to trust my fate with the people in Hong Kong. With funds and charges agreed
it was down to credit card details. Now for some strange reason, Iescrow don’t
believe in secure servers, instead they would rather have you fax them a copy
of the statement on their page.
Now for someone
without a fax machine, this was rather infuriating to say the least, but never
the less I went about securing myself some fax software with relevant licence
agreements, which was cheaper than buying a fax machine by at least £50.
With this in hand, I printed off my documents, signed them, scanned them in
and faxed them off. To my dismay I received an email saying that my fax document
was too dark and a request for me to send again. 3 attempts later and several
filters via PhotoShop I had my statement verified, only to have a request
for a credit card statement with billing stub attached.
one to keep all my paperwork, I thought this to be somewhat of an inconvenience.
Though low and behold I find a statement with stub attached, I must have somehow
managed to curb my spending that month. With my statement scanned and faxed
off, I sat and waited patiently for my package.
wait With everything that I needed to do, done, I waited and
waited some more for my package, eagerly checking with TNT online tracking
for my package. A day later my consignment had been delivered to Edinburgh
Airport, “result” I thought to myself. Not so
cleared the next day and was passed onto the Aberdeen depot. A day later I
was rather concerned that in one day the package had flown from one side of
the planet to the other, and in another day a couple of hours up the road.
Though this day it hadn’t managed to travel a measly 18 miles to my house.
Checking up again with TNT it had been re-shipped to Edinburgh for customs
to have a good shifty at. Accompanying that great news, an email arrived with
a gloomy statement from customs and excise. At this point I was a little worried
to say the least.
that some ham-fisted goon from customs would have a good rummage around inside
my replica and then dismantle it into as many pieces as he possibly could.
A simple phone call later and all possible doubts in my head were removed.
It had already been inspected and was on its way back up to me.
I thought. I should have it tomorrow by the latest then. Again, not so. It
was only on Tuesday, 4 days later, that I actually received my package, an
entire 8 days after it was shipped from Hong Kong and around 20 days from
my initial inquiry.
Summary Well, with my shotgun in my gun case and my pocket
being slightly lighter. I say that ordering from abroad is a worthy way to
purchase your Airsoft products. With most overseas having a money back guarantee
on the products being seized by customs and Iescrow holding your money until
you actually get your product and are completely happy with it, there is no
real way of getting screwed over. The savings you make buying from abroad
are well worth the little extra trouble thrown in with setting up the purchase.
But from now on, all future purchases by myself will be a lot faster, with
my account already set up with Iescrow.
Gunning down on realism In my time as an
airsofter, little has impressed me more than the general realism of the replicas
used by the participants. In my opinion the most realistic replicas are the
Maruzen range of shotguns. For example, each shot fired uses a whole shell and
either ejects it automatically (M1100, though not the M1100 combat shorty) or
expels the used cartridge after it has been cycled through the use of the pump
action (all M870 models). This differs from Marui’s range, which I find frankly
disappointing in the stakes of realism. This may not bode well with all airsofters
that are there to fill the surrounding area with as much plastic as they can,
but for the enthusiast this is just perfect
“Yowzer” was my first thought after I peeled back the rather lack
lustre green cardboard box from the m870. On first appearances I thought that
the majority of the m870 was constructed from metal parts, due to it’s weight.
Though this isn’t true.
The metal parts made up most of the moving parts, but not everything. The
pump fore grip and the pistol grip itself are made from a marble effect ABS
plastic, which frankly looks stunning. The body of the shotgun is made from
a matte effect ABS plastic which is a very convincing shade of black, much
better than Marui’s efforts in the metal receiver stakes.
Another problem with the
m870 itself is the ejection of shells. If the pump action isn’t cycled all
the way back, the shell may not be ejected but another is fed from the shell
tube. Resulting in 2 shells stuck where only 1 is meant to be. Again removing
the front end and fishing about a bit solves this. Obviously, these points
go to show that the m870 isn’t the most practical replica out there, though
with at least 25 shots from one gas fill, you can’t complain at this for a
backup weapon or even a main in a CQB environment.
photo to go here
M870 Manual – The official manual for the real-steel Remington
Tac Mount – A Page with details of kits to mount Surefire lights
and lasers onto the shotgun
Extension Kit @ ATI Gun Stocks – details of magasine extension
tubes for the M870/M1100
Manual – the official US Government’s operators guide to the M870
Remington 870 laser mounting – a custom method for
fitting a laser unit to the end of the 870, not a method I would recommend
– 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”
Wednesday, May 9, 2001 9:37 AM copyright 2001 ArniesAirsoft