Improving the accuracy of the Cybergun S&W M&P 9c

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If you have read my review on the Cybergun S&W M&P 9c, you’ll know that I like it a lot. It’s a replica I shoot often and it gives consistent groups at six yards (the range at which I most often shoot). However, after a few hundred shots it shoots just over 2″ low using the recommended 0.2g BBs at that range. Now, I find that very irritating. I prefer a pistol that shoots high to one that shoots low, so I wondered if it might be possible to do something about it? The M&P 9c doesn’t have adjustable sights, I can’t easily modify the sights to improve things and I don’t want to fit a laser or some form of optical sight. So why not adjust the hop-up I hear you say? Well, in my experience with GBB pistols, hop-up makes little difference at six yards. It’s not completely ineffective, but I have found that adjusting hop-up will change the point of impact by only ½” or so at this range. Useful for fine-tuning, but not to correct an error of over 2″.

All the targets shown in this article were downloaded from the Umarex Boys Club forum (http://umarexboysclubforum.myfineforum.org/index.php), though I filled in the centre circle in black, just to give a clear and consistent aim point for testing.

Establishing a baseline

There is no point in trying to improve the accuracy of your replica until it is giving consistent results. A combination of the pistol wearing in and you getting used to it is likely to change where your shots are striking over the first few hundred shots. I have now used my S&W M&P 9c enough to be confident that, with 0.2g BBs, it shoots just over two inches low and a hair to the right at six yards. For all testing, I used the pistol rested (to remove as far as possible errors due to my technique) and for each test I fired a string of ten shots with a fresh fill of gas. Although I show only one picture of each set of results below, I shot many, many more in the course of researching this article.

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Ten shots, six yards, rested, 0.2g BBs. Group is 2″ and the centre of the group is just over 2″ below the point of aim (centre of the black circle)

BB weight

So, I have established the problem. But what’s the solution? The first thing to consider is BB weight. The recommended BB for this replica is 0.2g. In general, heavier BBs will lower the point of impact while lighter BBs will raise it. So, the first thing to try is 0.12g BBs to see if that will raise the point of impact.

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Ten shots, six yards, rested, 0.12g BBs. Group is 3.75″ and the centre of the group is approximately 1½” below the point of aim (centre of the black circle)

Sure enough, using the lighter BBs has raised the centre of the group by around ½”, but the grouping is much worse. It’s clear that I won’t be using 0.12g BBs in this pistol. Just to check, I also try heavier 0.25g BBs.

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Ten shots, six yards, rested, 0.25g BBs. Group is under 2″ but the centre of the group is almost 3″ below the point of aim (centre of the black circle)

As expected, the heavier BBs hit the target even lower, around 3″ from the point of aim. Grouping is good, but using different BB weights doesn’t seem to be the answer here.

So, what is the answer?

Next, time to have a look at the pistol and see if we can find anything that might be causing the problem. It doesn’t take long to find that the inner barrel is a very loose fit inside the outer barrel. With the pistol held level, the inner barrel is actually drooping slightly, which may be contributing to shooting low. The reason is easy to see.

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The brass inner barrel is fitted with an O ring near the muzzle end. This is generally a good idea, because it helps to stabilise the inner barrel inside the outer barrel. Unfortunately, it isn’t working at all here.

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What can you do about it? A suppressor which screwed into the threaded part of the outer barrel might do the trick. If I had access to a lathe, I’d be tempted to cut a new O ring groove on the inner barrel about 15mm to the rear of the existing groove. This would then seat the O ring within the narrower (unthreaded) part of the outer barrel. However, I don’t have a lathe or a suppressor, so I need a simpler solution. The easiest is to add some packing to the bottom of the inside of the outer barrel, which will make the inner barrel sit straighter. After some experimentation, I used two layers of packing, each made up of a 3mm wide strip of duct tape approximately 40mm long, stuck inside the bottom of the outer barrel. Depending on what you use as packing you may need more or fewer layers. You’re aiming to have the inner barrel still able to move freely inside the outer barrel, but to be supported at the bottom. It’s a little fiddly to place the packing precisely, but it’s worth taking time to get it straight as if it’s off to one side, it will push the barrel off-centre.

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With the packing in place, I tried shooting some more, concentrating on 0.2g BBs.

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Ten shots, six yards, rested, 0.2g BBs, with barrel packing in place. Group is over 2″ but is centred much closer to the point of aim

OK, this is much better. It’s now time to start fine tuning by adjusting the hop-up. Moving one increment at a time, I tested until I was able to produce reasonable groups which are centred for elevation precisely on the point of aim.

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Ten shots, six yards, rested, 0.2g BBs, with barrel packing in place and hop-up adjusted. Excluding the flyer on the right, the group is under 2″ and is centred for elevation on the point of aim

Conclusion

Well, that was easy! With a minimum of effort, I have been able to improve the accuracy of my Cybergun S&W M&P 9c.  With a three inch barrel it’s never going to be a tack-driver, but at least now I’m consistently producing groups right on the point of aim. The additional packing inside the outer barrel can’t be seen at all, and after around 100 shots is showing no signs of coming loose or affecting the performance of the pistol.

A poor fit between inner and outer barrels is a common issue on GBB pistols. Sometimes it doesn’t cause major problems, though it can contribute to inconsistent grouping. In the case of the S&W M&P 9c, it seems to have been the cause of the pistol shooting low and this simple fix it has increased my enjoyment of this replica.

Buy:

You can buy the S&W M&P 9c at Pyramid Air here.

Related pages

Cybergun S&W M&P 9c review

Cybergun Smith & Wesson M&P 9c

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As you’ll know if you have read the review (link at the end of this article) I really liked the 6mm Walther PPQ M2 produced by VFC for Umarex. I looked around to see what else VFC have done, and found the S&W M&P in full size and compact versions, produced for Cybergun. I really like compact pistols and I rather like Smith & Wessons, so finding the next pistol to review wasn’t difficult. But would it be as good as the Walther? Well…

Real steel background

By the late 1980s, Smith & Wesson was in decline. Gun sales, especially in the lucrative US market, were relatively flat. Military and law enforcement agencies, the traditional market for S&W revolvers, were looking to swap their revolvers for semi-automatic weapons and Glock and Beretta were taking large chunks of the market away from S&W. By 1986, profits were 41% down compared to 1982. In 1987, S&W was bought over by British firm Tomkins PLC.

In 1994, S&W released their first polymer framed semi-automatic pistol – the generally unfavoured Sigma. In 1997 the firm were sued by Glock for trademark infringement which led to a multi-million dollar payment to Glock and modification of the Sigma. So there was a lot at stake when S&W started development of an all new semi-auto pistol intended primarily for law enforcement use in the early 2000s.

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S&W M&P 9mm

The outcome in 2005 was the S&W M&P series of semi auto pistols. Although these may look similar to other hammerless, polymer framed, short recoil operated, locked breech pistols, there are actually a couple of important differences. First of all, rather than being all polymer, a stainless steel chassis is cast inside the grip and frame. Providing, S&W claim, the lightness and good ergonomics of a polymer framed pistol with the strength and durability of a steel design. The design of the stainless steel slide is also different as the slide runs on four ovoid metal blocks at the corners of the frame. The M&P was initially available chambered for 9x19mm, .357 SIG and .40 S&W cartridges and with barrel lengths from 3″ – 5″. In 2007 a version chambered for the .45 ACP cartridge was released with a 4.5″ barrel.

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S&W M&P 9c

In 2006 the M&P Compact was released, featuring a shorter grip, smaller magazine and 3.5″ barrel. The Compact version is functionally, technically and visually similar to the full size M&P. Like the full size version, the Compact is provided with a steel reinforced polymer frame and is available chambered for 9x19mm, .357 SIG and .40 S&W cartridges.

The Cybergun Smith & Wesson M&P 9c

The Cybergun S&W M&P 9c is a replica of the 9mm compact version of the S&W M&P pistol. This is a gas powered, blowback, 6mm replica featuring a metal slide, polymer frame and grip (though without a steel chassis) and with full S&W markings. Cybergun also offer a full-size S&W M&P. The Cybergun S&W M&P 9C and the full size M&P are manufactured in Taiwan by Vega Force Company (VFC).

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There are a couple of other version of the M&P available in 6mm: KWC produce a version of the full-size M&P and WE Tech produce the Big Bird and Little Bird, which look very similar to the full size and compact M&P but aren’t licensed. And, by the way, a note to whoever chooses the model names at WE: Come on guys, “Big Bird” and “Little Bird” may sound fine in Taiwanese, but in English these are just really stupid names for guns, OK? Umarex also do two CO2 powered replicas of the M&P: the 4.5mm BB shooting M&P 40 and the .177 pellet and 4.5mm BB shooting M&P 45. Neither of the Umarex versions feature blowback.

Spec;

Calibre: 6mm

Magazine capacity: 14 BBs

Propellant: Airsoft gas

Barrel length: 3″

Weight: 580g

Overall length: 170mm

Sights: Front: fixed, blade, white dot. Rear: Windage adjustable, notch, white dots.

Action: SA only

Packaging and presentation 2/5

The Cybergun S&W M&P 9c comes in a rather plain card box and features the pistol, one magazine, two alternative backstraps and a short user manual.

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sw6This replica also comes with a small plastic bag containing some very tiny parts. There is a serial number plate (featuring what appears to be a unique serial number) and inserts for the front and rear sights. The sight inserts take the form of very small, opaque circular white inserts, and really tiny transparent inserts which fit inside these. Why VFC don’t just fit these at the factory, I can’t imagine. Take great care when fitting – one sneeze and they’re gone! Oh, and you also get a magazine insert which allows the pistol to be fired without BBs and without the slide locking back.

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My M&P 9c arrived totally lacking any lubricant and required a full lube before the slide would cycle reliably.

Visual accuracy 10/10

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S&W M&P Compact (above), Cybergun S&W M&P Compact (below)

Like the VFC Walther PPQ M2, this is about as good as it gets for visual accuracy. The Cybergun S&W M&P 9c is indistinguishable from the original firearm. Every line and contour of the original are replicated and all markings are precisely the same as on the original. There is nothing here that isn’t on the original -no “F” mark for the German market, no “Cal. 6mm“. Look, I particularly hate white safety text printed on my replicas, but even the safety text here (CAUTION CAPABLE OF FIRING WITH MAGAZINE REMOVED”) printed on the right of the slide is a copy of the text on original. Even the inner barrel is deeply recessed and difficult to see. I don’t see how you could have a better visual replica than this – full marks

Functional accuracy 14/15

At under 600g, the Cybergun S&W M&P 9c is light, but its small size makes the weight seem reasonable and it has very good balance. And it’s only around 20g lighter than the (unloaded) cartridge version.

sw9The slide moves through a full range of travel and locks back on empty. Both left and right slide release catches work (after a little modification – see the Quality and Reliability section below for more information). The takedown latch works as per the original. The S&W M&P 9c has no manual safety and can’t be de-cocked, once it is cocked, the only way to decock is to discharge the pistol without gas in the magazine.

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The magazine latches and releases as per the original. The trigger is a good replication of the original, with a short, light action. Even the two-piece trigger safety works as it should. If you try to pull the upper part of the trigger only, the pistol will not fire.

This is a very, very good functional replica and would make a useful training and practice weapon for users of the firearm version.

Shooting 28/40

Whether it shooting BBs or bullets, a pistol with a short barrel is generally going to be less accurate than a pistol with a long barrel. Part of the reason is that the longer barrel gives the projectile more time to stabilise, making flyers less likely. But the main reason is that the sight radius (the distance between the front and rear sights) is smaller on a short barrelled pistol. The shorter the sight radius, the harder it is for your eyes to detect minor changes in the position of the front sight. The S&W M&P 9c has a sight radius of just 140mm. Combine this with a 3″ barrel, and it’s clear this isn’t going to be winning any accuracy prizes.

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However, a small number of compact pistols have a grip that fits my hand perfectly, and the the S&W M&P 9c falls in to this category. The front of the grip is just long enough to allow a good grip with all my fingers, and the shorter rear of the grip has a curved end which fits precisely into the hollow of my palm, at the base of my thumb. The result is a pistol which seems to lock in to my hand perfectly, making it a pleasure to grip and shoot.

The blowback on this replica is strong and snappy, making it feel more powerful than it is. The sight inserts, though fiddly to fit, are easy to acquire and the sight picture is very good indeed. The result is a pistol that will shoot 2″ groups at six yards, which isn’t bad, though it does shoot about 1½” low with 0.20g BBs. However, it excels at rapid fire snap shooting, which does spread the groups out a little. It also locks back reliably on empty and (now that I have fixed the slide release – see the Quality and Reliability section below for more information) is completely ambidextrous. The magazine holds just 14 BBs (the manual says 16, but it’s not actually possible to squeeze more than 14 into the stubby loading chamber).

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Ten shots, six yards, 0.20g BBs, free standing

Target downloaded from: http://umarexboysclubforum.myfineforum.org/index.php

One of the things that really surprised me with the S&W M&P 9c was gas efficiency. With a relatively small size mag, I had expected two mags worth (28 shots) per fill. Maybe. What I got (at around 70°F and using Umarex Elite Force airsoft gas) was 55 – 60 full power shots per fill, with maybe 5 or six more before it ran out ofpuff. After around 50 shots, power and accuracy were dropping, but still, that’s almost four mags worth of full power shots from a single fill of a short, stubby magazine. Highly impressive.

Quality and reliability 9/15

There some really nice detail touches on the S&W M&P 9c. I like the unique serial number, the slide casting is very good indeed and the distinctive serrations are well replicated and crisply moulded. The outer barrel and slide rod are metal rather than plastic and the front sight is drifted in place rather than moulded. The finish on the slide is nicely done (though I don’t suppose it’ll be any more durable than the finish on any other Taiwanese replica) and matches the finish of the polymer frame very well. The alternate rubberised backstraps are a nice feature and ensure a good grip for most hand sizes and the sight inserts work very well. The finish on the slide looks reasonably durable and matches the finish on the frame and grip.

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However, there are things that just aren’t done well. Take the ambidextrous slide release for example. As a lefty, this is important to me, and it’s one of the reasons I bought this pistol. The internal mechanism appears to be faithfully modelled on the original, and should work on both sides. However, the operating arms and the sear which engages with the notch in the slide are made of plastic, and if you try to use the control on the right side of the gun, the whole arrangement flexes so much that it fails to release the slide. Looking on-line, most owners report the same thing (most other reviews actually describe the right-hand slide release as “non-functional“, which is sort of correct, but it certainly isn’t designed to be that way!), so I don’t think this is just a fault with mine. I find this very disappointing. What’s the point in spending time and money designing and manufacturing a feature to work, then executing it so poorly that it can’t possibly function? Beats me. It’s easily fixed (I’ll post a how-to article if anyone is interested) but it shouldn’t need to be.

And what about the outer barrel? It’s threaded, presumably to take a silencer, but the process of threading has caused the front 15mm or so to bulge slightly on mine, occasionally making it bind in the slide which fails to move fully forward. It’s also notable that the hole in the slide is oval rather than round, which is evident when looking at the front of the pistol and may be part of the reason it shoots low. And the magazine release is a one-piece plastic moulding which feels as if it’s made of the same soft plastic that was used on my Airfix toy soldiers back in the 1960s. These things don’t ruin this replica, but they do make me wonder if testing and quality control are concepts VFC are familiar with. And using plastic parts in hard-used components like the slide and magazine releases makes me question how long it will all keep working?

This isn’t a terrible quality replica by any means, but my feeling is that it’s not up to the standard of some other modern Taiwanese replicas and it certainly isn’t as good as, for example, the Walther PPQ which VFC also make. This seems as though it has been built down to a price to make a good visual replica but without ensuring efficient, reliable and long-lasting function.

Overall Impression 12/15

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Size comparison with the Umarex Walther PPQ M2

If replicas were dogs, this would be a Jack Russell puppy – small, a little ugly and a bit snappy, but kind of cute and lots of fun. Quality isn’t always fantastic and it’s not the most powerful or accurate shooter. But visually it’s indistinguishable from the cartridge version and it fits my hand perfectly. High quality, precision tool? No. But lots of fun all the same.

Conclusion

As noted above, I have mixed feelings about the Cybergun S&W M&P 9c. It has a couple of faults (the poor fit between outer barrel and slide, the bulge in the outer barrel and the non-functioning right hand slide release, for example) which could and should have been sorted before it left the factory. It’s also fairly light, I worry about how long some of the internal plastic components will last and the full-auto mode seems like a pointless gimmick.

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And yet, here’s the thing – I like it and enjoy shooting with it far more than the score below might suggest. It’s my go-to gun when I want a quick blast of airsoft therapy. It seems to fit my hand very well indeed and it’s just such fun to shoot. Snappy blowback, very good gas efficiency and just about enough power and accuracy to be lots of fun. I also like the way it looks – it’s difficult to see how you could have a more visually accurate replica. So, I’ll probably have to leave you to make your own decision on this one. If you like compact pistols, try handling and shooting one of these. If it feels as good to you as it does to me, you may want one despite its faults. If not, well, the VFC Walther PPQ M2 is still a fine replica…

Total score: 75/100

Buy:

You can buy the S&W M&P 9c at Pyramid Air here.

Video review

Related pages:

Umarex Walther PPQ M2 review

WE Bulldog (PX4 Storm) review

Links

S&W M&P 9c on the Cybergun site

Cybergun SIG Sauer P226 X-Five

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The Cybergun X-Five was the first replica I ever bought, so I have to admit having a particular fondness for this pistol. However, it’s also a pretty good visual and functional replica with good weight and heft and a fair shooter and I believe that it would appeal both to anyone interested in replica handguns.

Real steel background

Schweizerische Industrie Gesellschaft (SIG) is a Swiss company which designs and manufactures a range of semi-auto pistols. However, Swiss laws on the export of firearms are very restrictive. In order to facilitate export sales of their products, SIG entered a contractual agreement with German firearms manufacturer J. P. Sauer und Sohn GmbH. This joint venture became identified by the trade-name SIG Sauer and handguns bearing this name are manufactured either at the Sauer manufacturing plant in Eckernförde, Germany or at the SIG Sauer Inc. facility in New Hampshire, USA.

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SIG Sauer P226

The SIG Sauer P226 is a locked breech, short-recoil operated semi-automatic pistol which is available chambered for 9mm, .40 S&W or .357 SIG cartridges. It is a development of the SIG 220 and was designed and introduced to enter the US Army XM9 Joint Service Pistol Trials in 1984. The XM9 trial was intended to find a replacement for the venerable Colt M1911A1 as a US service sidearm. The Beretta 92F was eventually selected, but only by a narrow margin over the P226. Despite losing out to the Beretta, the P226 went on to achieve a great deal of commercial success, being adopted by police, military and special service forces around the world. A licensed copy of the P226 is manufactured in China as the Norinco NP226. Unlicensed copies are also manufactured in Myanmar (as the MA-6) and Iran (as the ZOAF) and used by the armed forces of those countries.

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SIG Sauer P226 X-Five

The P226 X-Five is a competition variant of the P226 with a longer 5 inch barrel, extended beavertail and an adjustable rear target sight. The X-Five is generally provided in polished metal finish, often with wood grips and is a replacement for the SIG210, one of the most highly regarded target shooting semi-auto pistols ever made. The X-Five is available chambered for 9mm or .40 S&W cartridges and each pistol is hand fitted and finished before being factory tested to confirm that it is capable of a sub-2″ grouping at 25 yards. The X-Five Tactical is a variant available only in 9mm and featuring a black Ilaflon finish, black plastic grips and fixed rear sights.

The Cybergun SIG Sauer P226 X-Five

x56Introduced in 2009, the Cybergun SIG Sauer P226 X- Five is a CO2 powered, all metal (other than grips and internal parts), blowback replica of the X-Five Tactical. It is 4.5mm calibre and comes with a full-size, drop-out, 18 round magazine and a smoothbore 4.4″ brass inner barrel. No adjustable rear sights are provided, but it does come with a standard size accessory rail below the barrel. It’s sold by French distributor Cybergun and I suspect is probably produced on their behalf by Taiwanese manufacturing company KWC.

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Cybergun P226 X-Five Open

In some markets the X-Five Open (also known as the “Sight-rail” or “Combo“) is available. This is a kit comprising the standard Cybergun X-Five, a (non-functional) compensator, an “X-Mount” sight rail (which allows a red-dot sight to be fitted) and fully adjustable rear sights. The removable compensator does not hide an extended barrel, so this is mechanically identical to the standard X-Five, though the grip and magazine base look to be slightly different.

Spec;

Calibre: 4.5mm

Magazine capacity: 18

Propellant: CO2

Barrel length: 4.4″

Weight: 2.55 lbs

Overall length: 8.85″

Sights: Fixed front and rear

Action: SA/DA

Packaging and presentation 3/5

x55The Cybergun SIG Sauer P226 X-Five comes in a sturdy cardboard box with a an expanded polystyrene insert with cut-outs to fit the pistol and accessories. The pistol comes with a magazine, a ¼” allen key for tightening/piercing the CO2, a spare CO2 retaining plug and a small box of Cybergun steel BBs.

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Oddly, the 4.5mm X-Five box and manual both mention an “adjustable shooting system” and “BAXS“, the proprietary version of hop-up seen on a number of Cybergun replicas. However, the 4.5mm version does not have BAXS or any trajectory adjustment – it isn’t possible to impart the required spin to the heavier metal 4.5mm BBs.

Visual accuracy 7/10

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SIG Sauer P226 X-Five above, Cybergun P226 X-Five below

The Cybergun X-Five is a very good visual replica indeed. Other than markings, it’s actually difficult to tell the replica from the original. All controls are correctly replicated and every contour and detail on the frame, slide and grips is identical.

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Markings on the left side are reasonable, comprising white painted “SIG Sauer“, “X-Five” and “Germany” on the slide and “SIG Sauer” on the grips. On the right side of the frame, things are spoiled slightly by a large, ugly block of white safety text.

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Finish is semi-matt black painted, and looks fairly good. However, the paint doesn’t appear to be particularly thick, is prone to scuffing on high points (the paint on the ambidextrous safety on my X-Five for example, wore off very quickly indeed) and is easy to scratch.

Functional accuracy 14/15

The Cybergun X-Five shoots in single and double action. The magazine release, slide release and takedown lever all look and function as they do on the original. Applying the safety catch locks the hammer and no de-cocker is provided – as on the original, de-cocking is done by carefully lowering the hammer.

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The Cybergun X-Five can be field stripped for cleaning and lubrication in the same way as the original. The magazine must first be removed and the slide racked back and locked. The takedown lever on the left of the frame is then rotated through approx 100° and can then be released and slid forward off the frame.

Overall, this is a very good functional replica indeed and would make a good training weapon for the original.

Shooting 33/40

When you first pick up the Cybergun X-Five, you’ll realise that this is a very heavy replica. At 2.55 pounds, it’s very close to the weight of the original. However, it isn’t a particularly large pistol and unlike (for example) the Cybergun GSG92, I find the X-Five fits my hands very well.

Preparing the X-Five for shooting is simple. The plug in the base of the base of the magazine is removed using the allen key provided and the CO2 cartridge is installed. The plug is then replaced and tightened until the cartridge pierces. This usually happens without drama or undue leaking. When tightened, the plug fits flush to the base of the magazine, which looks good. Up to 18 steel BBs can be loaded into the magazine though there is no retaining catch, so you have to hold down the follower while loading. Some people have noted that loading all 18 BBs can cause misfeeds and jams, and recommend loading only a maximum of 15 BBs, though I can’t say I had any issues using a full magazine. The magazine is then inserted until it locks and the slide is racked and released to move the first BB to the chamber ready for shooting. Racking the slide also cocks the hammer.

x516The sights are fixed but well sized – it’s easy to centre the foresight (which has a white dot) in the relatively narrow notch in the rear sight. The trigger operates in both single and double action, but as this is a blowback pistol, in practice you’ll be using it almost exclusively in single action. In this mode it’s light, smooth and has a clearly defined and consistent break point. On pulling the trigger you’ll immediately notice the sound and recoil. The X-Five fires with a satisfying bang and the recoil is strong and pronounced, causing the gun to jerk upwards after each shot. This means that you’ll have to re-acquire the target after each shot, but this realistically replicates the use of a real semi-auto pistol. The slide locks back when the last shot is fired.

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Six shots, six yards, free-standing, Blaster steel BBs. Inner (black) circle is 1″ diameter.

Cybergun claim 300fps, but I generally found that using Blaster steel BBs and a fresh CO2 gave around 310 – 320 fps. Not especially powerful, but BBs do hit the target with an authoritative “thwap” from six yards. Cooldown is an issue though – rapid fire will see the fps dropping dramatically. Accuracy was good on my X-Five – grouping at around 1¼” at six yards, with BBs hitting the target about 1″ above the point of aim at that range. CO2 usage is reasonable for a blowback pistol – I got around 45-55 full power shots from a single CO2.

Unlike the Cybergun GSG92, the X-Five is semi-auto only. No great loss considering that the GSG92 gobbles CO2 and is wholly inaccurate in full auto mode.

Quality and reliability 11/15

The finish on the Cybergun X-Five doesn’t seem to be especially durable. It rubs off easily on high spots and can be very easily scratched. Some users also report misfeed/jamming issues if you try to fill the magazine to capacity. However, other than for these issues, I’m not aware of any major problems with this replica.

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After less than 200 careful shots, the inner barrel and guide rod on one of my X-Fives had started to shed paint. High-spots were also wearing thin.

Overall Impression 13/15

I really can’t recommend this one highly enough. It’s reasonably well made but fairly inexpensive. It’s hefty enough to feel realistic but not so chunky that it’s unwieldy. The blow back is strong, it doesn’t seem to have any major technical or mechanical issues and it shoots well enough to be challenging and fun. If you can put up with the thin paint which will wear quickly, there’s a lot to like here.

Conclusion

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This is still one of my favourite replicas. Partly, that’s because it was also the first replica I ever bought, and I can still remember being stunned at how close it was to the real thing. Naively, I assumed that all replicas were this good. However, even allowing for my rose-tinted view of the X-Five, I still believe it’s a great replica. It’s chunky and hefty while still being a good fit for my medium sized-hands. It looks and functions just like the real firearm and it’s a powerful shooter with a satisfying bang, strong blowback and fair accuracy. OK, it’s a pity Cybergun didn’t include the adjustable rear sight on the standard version and the finish is pretty thin but then it’s relatively cheap and doesn’t seem to have major reliability issues.

Overall, if you’re interested in replica pistols, I can’t see any reason that you wouldn’t enjoy the Cybergun X-Five.

Total score: 81/100

Related pages:

Cybergun Tanfoglio Witness review

Cybergun GSG92 review

Links

Cybergun web page