Steyr Tactical Machine Pistol (TMP) Hmm where
to start? Well the TMP is widely renowned as one of the best GBBs in existence,
by anyone who knows anything, and so naturally I had to buy one sooner or
later, if just to see what all the fuss was about. I, of course, opted for
the full set, I couldnt resist the look of that huge suppressor and scope
suppressor is also lovely piece of work, and weighs a fair bit as well.
It has a blued steel finish with Steyr Mannlicher 9mm para in white lettering
at the end, and it screws very firmly onto the barrel once you have unscrewed
the standard metal flash-hider. Inside the suppressor youll find that a
brass inner barrel extension which goes about halfway along it and a set
of baffles very much like those you would find on a real one in the last
similar to the 93rs in that it is angled forwards slightly, which I find is
an improvement on the MP5k style vertical one. There is also a handy lip
in front of the grip just in case your hand slips, you wouldnt want to shoot
yourself in the finger a dozen times from that kind of range, would you?
hard to explain but rather than being nice and chunky like everything else
on the TMP its a curved thin piece of metal, and its also decidedly wobbly.
If you shake the gun around its the only part that makes any noise at all.
The last problem with the feel of the gun that Ive managed to identify is
the selector/safety switch. When moving it off the Safe setting its extremely
hard to put it straight into Semi, as theres no positive click when it gets
there. Having said that, why you would ever want to use semi on this gun is
almost certainly not fit in any holsters you might already have, due to the
front grip, so a special kind of sling is needed to attach to the one sling
mount on the back of the gun. The shoulder harness designed for the MP5k also
works for the TMP, if you need an extra secure way of carrying it.
The look and feel of the TMP are very good, but performance is where this
piece comes into its own. From 10 metres I was easily able to put 10 shots
on semi-auto within an inch grouping. With the selector on fully automatic
mode the 10 shot group widened to 3.5 inches. The suppressor did seem to
have an affect on the accuracy, some shots would be exactly on target and
others seem to fly off in random directions. This is presumably due to the
transition of the BB from the inner barrel of the TMP to the inner barrel
of the silencer. Either the BB travels through fine, and so the shot is
more accurate due to the doubled barrel length, or the BB is deflected as
it hits the side of the second barrel, and so it leaves the barrel at an
having a proper chronometer I cant accurately measure the power of the
TMP, but I do believe, from shooting various cans and boxes and comparing
the results to guns which I do know the FPS of, that with Green Gas it shoots
at between 310-330 fps, which is not at all bad for a stock gun.
Wednesday, May 9, 2001 9:37 AM
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