I remember quite a while back on here discussing various fun pistols with Boondock and the subject of air soft guns was covered, unfortunately I can't find the thread so I thought this might be of interest:
This is a copy of a Colt Government Model manufactured by Western Arms in Japan. Externally the pistol is primarily plastic, albeit with a very realistic looking finish, but contains many metal components so when handled the weight is pretty much the same as the genuine article.
The pistol is powered from a gas resevoir housed in the magazine, which also house the mgazine for the 6mm ball ammo. When fired the slide blows back as per the genuine item and locks open upon the last shot being fired. The pistol has a noticeable recoil approximately the same as felt firing a decent .22 pistol. All the controls on this replica work as per the controls on the real model 1911 pistol.
Accuracy from this pistol is pretty reasonable, I have got rapid fire groups of about 40mm at 10 metres and it has sufficient power to cleanly penetrate a cardboard IPSC item target out to around 20 metres.
Since the UK ban on handguns in 1997, this sort of pistol has kept practical pistol alive in the UK.
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