KJ Works M9

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Coming of age as an American boy in the 1980’s, there was no more iconic handgun than the Beretta 9mm. It was a co-star of many films for my generation. During that same decade, it became the standard sidearm for the U.S. Military. As an adult, one of the must have firearms in my collection is a Beretta 92FS that I purchased new in 2006. I have been delighted with an Airsoft Pistol that closely duplicates the real pistol in both form and function. The KJ Works M9 is a satisfying replica of the Beretta M9/92FS 9mm that captures the look and handling qualities of the genuine article.

Real steel background

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The Beretta 92 Series is derived from the lineage of the Beretta 1934 and Beretta 1951 models. It inherited a unique, open-top slide design that is intended to reduce “stove-pipe” jams where spent cartridge cases get hung up in the ejection port of conventional pistols. The Beretta 92 sports a double column magazine that holds 15 rounds of 9mm Luger. The Beretta 92’s double/single action trigger mechanism was modeled after Germany’s Walther P-38. It is a “safe” method of carrying a round in the chamber with the hammer down in a relaxed position. The first round is discharged by pulling a long, double action first shot.

Subsequent shots are fired single action after the hammer is cocked by the reciprocating slide. When the shooting has abated, the pistol’s hammer may be decocked by manipulating a slide-mounted safety lever downward. The weapon may be carried with the manual safety on or off depending on the circumstances.

The Beretta 92 Series was introduced in 1975 and owes its creation to multiple Italian designers. It became the standard pistol for the U.S. Military in 1985 after controversial pistol trials. It later was stigmatized by stories of cracked slides that caused facial injuries to U.S. Soldiers.   The cracked slides were later attributed to high-pressure lots of 9mm ball ammunition. Beretta added a slide retaining device to the 92FS models to keep the slide on the frame if it suffers a fracture.

The Model 92 is the flagship pistol of Beretta. Many variations have been introduced over the years. The Stainless Steel version is called the “Inox.” The other common caliber offered is the .40 S & W which is known as the Beretta Model 96. There have also been slightly more compact models produced, such as the Centurion and the Model 92 Compact. There are models available with beefed-up slides, such as the Elite II and the Brigadier. The Beretta M9A1 and the Beretta Elite have “tactical” rails incorporated to their frames for attaching accessories.

The KJ Works M9

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The KJ Works M9 is a full-metal gas blowback pistol, made in Taiwan, that is said to use a Toyko Marui inspired design. Unlike TM Pistols, which have ABS Plastic Slides, this replica is built to withstand propane, CO2, red, or green gas. A CO2 magazine is available as an accessory or sold with some guns. The KJ Works M9 is the latest incarnation from KJW, which was redesigned in 2008. It is part of the “PTP” series, which is intended for realistic training by military and police units. KJ Works offers other variants that have frame accessory rails to emulate the Beretta Elite and Beretta M9A1 Pistols.

Spec;

Calibre: 6mm

Magazine capacity: 25

Propellant: Propane, Green Gas, or CO2 (with CO2 magazine)

Barrel length: 5”

Weight: 907g

Overall length: 8.5”

Sights: Fixed, white dot

Action: SA/DA

Packaging and presentation 3/5

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The Pistol is shipped with one magazine housed in styrofoam within a cardboard box with graphics. It is supplied with a small quantity of high quality 0.2 BB’s, a small Allen Wrench, and a tubular BB loading device. It is a sufficient means of storing the pistol when not in use, but not really useful for display purposes. I sometimes discard shipping cartons, but I have retained this one to store the pistol when not in use.

Visual accuracy 8/10

m99Visually, this is a very good replica of the Beretta 92. It’s finish is a subdued, flat black that looks a lot like Beretta’s proprietary “Bruniton” coating. However, this pistol does lack Beretta Trademarks. It is my understanding, by looking at discontinued models on Airsoft Vendor websites, that it used to be offered with Beretta “Trades.” This would have completed the look down to the last detail. The three white dot sights are indistinguishable from the sight picture of the real pistol. Here in the U.S., it is mandated that Airsoft guns be sold with orange barrel tips to readily identify them as non-firearms. This certainly takes away from the realism, but the manufacturer has done a good job of minimizing the presence by just coloring the barrel protuberance that emanates from the slide. There is some debate about the legality of removing the orange tip by the end user, so as long as the pistol is not to be resold. However, I don’t want to find out the hard way and have to wear an orange jumpsuit as a guest of Uncle Sam for ten years! The virtue of the orange tip is that it readily distinguished the pistol from a real firearm. This is important for training scenarios which is the intent of the KJ Works “PTP” line.

m98Functional accuracy 11/15

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The KJ Works M9 has impressed me with its functional accuracy as I compare it to my real Beretta 9mm. Unloaded, it weighs 907 grams as compared to 925 grams of the unloaded real pistol, as measured on my postal scale. This is less than an ounce differential between the two. I measured the trigger pulls on a Wheeler Trigger Pull Scale which only goes up to 8lbs. The “real steel” Beretta’s double action trigger pull exceeded the 8lb limit and wasn’t measurable beyond that. However, its single action pull checked in consistently at 5.5lbs. The KJ Works Replica had an average double action pull of 5lbs and 2.5lbs for single action. However, both replica trigger pulls are very smooth and consistent. I surmise that most shooting will be done single action, and a light trigger pull is very conducive to accurate shooting. The KJ Works Green Gas magazine supplied with the gun holds 25 balls. It’s nice that it holds this many and one could certainly load only 15 or 16 to match the capacity of the firearm. This replica can be fully field-stripped with one caveat. I find that it is a chore to remove or replace the recoil spring guide. I do remove the slide assembly for lubrication purposes, but I usually leave the recoil spring guide in place. When shooting, this replica never fails to lock open on an empty magazine just like the real gun. This replica has a manual safety that works like the original with the exception that it does not decock the pistol.

Shooting 35/40

m914I am a shooter first and foremost. A pistol’s appearance, while important, is secondary for me. This replica does not disappoint. Its fixed sights shoot to point of aim with Umarex 0.2 BB’s. I choose to wear foam ear plugs when shooting any airgun inside or outdoors. The gun is sufficiently loud that bystanders plug their ears when in close proximity indoors. This gun has good mechanical accuracy. I was able to keep six shots inside a inch and a half bulls-eye at 6 yards while rested. Groups opened up a bit when fired “off hand.” However, this gun is one of the most accurate Airsoft pistols that I own. It is only equaled by my KWC Sig Sauer X-Five in the accuracy department. The gun includes a small allen wrench for adjusting the hop up which I have not had to do. Why mess with a good thing? While I don’t have access to a chronograph, this gun is rated in the lower 300fps range. Plastic balls break apart when shot at my metal bullet trap. Its recoil is smart; it is similar to shooting a .22 rimfire pistol. Others who possess the CO2 magazine claim that it has an even sharper recoil at the expense of increased wear and tear on the internals. My Gas Magazine is able to discharge an average of 20 shots of its rated capacity of 25 per Green Gas fill. I use King Arms Green Gas and only fill a magazine with a 4 second count. I am satisfied that it is able to get through at least the 15-16 shot count of the analog firearm. All in all, this is a very pleasurable pistol to shoot.

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Quality and reliability 12/15

KJ Works has a good reputation for producing reliable products that don’t have many issues. Products coming out of Taiwan have really improved in quality in the last decade or so. It reminds me of the old cigarette commercial, “you’ve come a long way, baby!” The only report of a problem that I was able to find was a member of a forum reported an issue with a safety spring getting dislodged on a similar KJ Works model. He attributed the problem to his over-manipulating the safety catch during use. He promptly resolved the issue by replacing it with a spring from a ball point pen! I am not one to use safety catches on air guns, so I don’t foresee any issues with it.

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The pistol’s finish has held up quite well, and still looks new. It seems to generally be well made. Am I expecting to pass this one onto the grandchildren? Probably not, but I expect to get a very good service life out of it, and it represents a good overall value.

Overall Impression 13/15

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I own several 6mm Airsoft Pistols. This one is such a joy to shoot and behold that it sees more use than the others. I have a significant pride in ownership when it comes to this pistol. I would argue that it is not a toy, but an action air pistol and training tool. It is also a good conversation piece to show visitors how close Airsoft Pistols are to the real deal. The amount of money that I have saved in shooting this 6mm pistol over using actual 9mm ammunition through my Beretta 92FS has easily paid for the replica many times over.

Conclusion

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I think that the KJ Works M9 would be a wonderful addition to anyone’s collection. If you are a recreational shooter, history buff, or collector, I would have no reservations about recommending this pistol for its intended purpose. Are there better, higher priced replicas of the Beretta 92 out there? I am certain there are, but this one checks many boxes, and does so at a mid-tier price point. The fact that it is a delightful shooter makes me forget that it doesn’t say Beretta on the slide, and leaves a smile on my face.

Total score: 82/100

Ryan from the US  

Related pages:

Cybergun GSG92 review

WE Bulldog review

Links

KJ Works website

Tokyo Marui M1911A1

It was 2008 and having re-discovered my passion for shooting as a sport, as well as having made a number of visits to my local shooting range in Thailand, I was on the lookout for a 1911-style replica to shoot when not at the range. I already had a Tokyo Marui catalogue which I pored over every day and so, encouraged by the review offered by Snowman at “Just Pistols”, I decided on the Tokyo Marui M1911A1… and was very glad I did!

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Tokyo Marui M1911A1 “Colt Government”

A full description and history of John Browning’s legendary Model 1911 can be found as part of  Steve’s review of the Cybergun Tanfoglio Witness in the 4.5mm section.

The 6mm Tokyo Marui “Gas Blow Back (GBB)” version was introduced sometime around 2005 (it is listed in my catalogue as being a “new model” along with their Glock 17 which was already available in 2007). I think it would be unfair to say this pistol is similar to other replicas; let’s just say some others are similar to it!

02-TM1911A1 001-edWhilst having a plastic (I assume ABS) frame and slide, both are reinforced in all the important places using (a resilient) metal alloy. It features a full-size “drop-out” magazine and authentic “parkerized” finish.

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Spec;

Calibre: 6mm

Magazine capacity: 24

Propellant: HFC-134a (recommended) / HFC-22 (aka green gas or propane, but at the discretion of the user)

Barrel length: 122mm / 4 ¾ inches (approx. inner barrel from breech)

Weight: 800g (pistol = 600g, magazine = 200g)

Overall length: 220mm (measured)

Sights: Front post and rear notch (Patridge sights), non-adjustable (the yellow dot has been added by me!)

Action: Single action gas blow back

Hop-up: Variable

Packaging and presentation  5/5

I’ve always considered this to be one of the best presented airsoft replicas available; the lid itself is a work of art with authentic “Colt” trademarks (this is Tokyo Marui, after all!) and full specifications covering the cartridge firing pistol on which it is based. Inside, the gun is set in a dark green cloth with cut-outs for the pistol, magazine and a rather smart “box of shells”.

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There is also a manual with parts listing (in Japanese), some targets (again, a nice touch) and a cleaning rod (useful). The box of shells contains a small bag of 6mm BBs, a bushing wrench and muzzle cap. Whilst the manual is mainly in Japanese, there are two very interesting sections which have been left in English.

The first is a diagram on the inside of the front cover explaining the differences between a 1911 and a 1911A1:

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The second is at the back and details the various stamps to be found on the gun (full marks, there!).

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Visual accuracy  9.5/10

As to visual accuracy, it’s difficult to know where to start since it’s “the spittin image”! The colour chosen is meant to represent a “parkerized” finish and I think it does so very well indeed. Various patent, inspection, proofing and other marking stamps along with a (fake) serial number may be found as indicated in the previous diagram (when I say “fake” serial number, I mean it is copied on all versions and is not unique to this pistol; according to the manual, this s/n would have been found on a pistol made by the Ithaca Gun Company in 1943). All stamps are positioned correctly using the correct fonts. Comparison photographs are given below (photo courtesy of “Icollector.com”):

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Please note that a few years ago I dropped the magazine thereby breaking the protruding lip at the bottom of the magazine and have repaired this using an epoxy adhesive, strengthening the join using a small coin (25 satang!).

The grips are made of brown plastic and are of the correct design for an M1911A1. They are weighted and held securely in place. The outer barrel is made of black plastic. Bearing in mind the plastic slide and frame, the pistol still has quite a realistic “heft” to it with the magazine inserted. The only seam I can find – and that’s only if you look very carefully – is on the back of the hammer.

One slight difference (hence 9.5/10!) – and something that I don’t suppose could be avoided – is that on the right hand side of the frame it reads “ASGK Tokyo Marui Made in Japan” instead of “United States Property” where ASGK refers to “Air Soft Gun Kyōkai” which is the manufacturers’ association in Japan (photo courtesy of “ColtAutos.com”).

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Again, the attention to detail is amazing. For example, the stamp on the left hand side of the grip in the photo above is the “Ordnance Bomb” – pretty darn close, I’d say!

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Functional accuracy  14/15

The pistol is loaded by either “pouring” BBs into the base of the magazine or by loading via the “lip” at the top. Coincidentally, and although varying to some degree, I’ve found that about eight balls may be fired in quick succession without a significant reduction in muzzle velocity – this would equate to a full “real-steel” magazine of seven rounds plus one “in the spout”! The magazine has a solid feel to it and fits securely in place; pressing the release button will allow the magazine to fall under its own weight.

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The sights are non-adjustable although the rear “notch” is not moulded as part of the slide. The pistol is single-action only and both the grip and trigger safeties are identical to the original. However, unlike the original (if I remember rightly?), the hammer cannot be fully de-cocked – only moved to a “half-cocked” position. The slide locks-back after the last round is fired and may be released by either pressing down on the slide stop or by pulling back further on the slide thereby causing the stop to fall. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a jam or misfire with this pistol and there is no indication of any fatigue where the (metal) slide stop interfaces with the (ABS) slide.

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The Tokyo Marui M1911A1 may be field stripped in a similar fashion to the cartridge firing original, the only real difference being that if the barrel bushing is rotated with the spring assembly in place the plug will not slide out. Instead, to disassemble the airsoft version, you first remove the magazine, then align the slide stop with the notch in the slide, remove the slide stop, separate the slide and frame, remove the spring and guide rod followed by the plug, rotate the bushing (a tool is provided, but finger strength is all that is required) and finally slide the barrel assembly out the front (I should like to note that should you wish to proceed further – for example in removing the blowback assembly – then a much more detailed link courtesy of “OhioAirsoft” is given at the end of this review).

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Shooting  32.5/40

Gas is filled via the valve in the base of the magazine. Although Tokyo Marui recommend HFC-134a (aka Freon), I’ve found the metal reinforcements in the slide and frame allow for the use of HFC-22 (aka green gas or propane). Having said that, I have in the past generally used what is labelled “Freon” (or, in fact, “FLON GAS” under the company name “Bombe” Power-Up 500), but since conducting this review have found there to be little difference between the two (due to the tropical climate, no doubt). However, please don’t “do as I do” and if at all uncertain I would always suggest keeping with what is recommended by the manufacturer. There is a burst of gas from the valve when the magazine is full.

The magazine holds its charge well (for weeks at a time!), although recently I’ve found it to leak occasionally when filling; I think this is due to the filling valve getting stuck because it is an intermittent occurrence and soon rights itself following a quick spray of silicon oil and a fresh charge. Still, not at all bad for a well-used gas blowback pistol purchased over six years ago!

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The targets shown (designed by “Vin0114”, a fellow member of the Umarex Boys Club and based on the “Police Pistol” targets used in our competitions) have been shot using both gases; I would suggest that propane gives a louder report and has a slightly stronger recoil (but that could just be my imagination). Either way, the pistol is good fun to shoot with a more than satisfactory “blowback” action bearing in mind the plastic construction and that it’s “powered by gas”!

Unfortunately, on “racking” and releasing the slide there is a lack of “metallic” realism in the sound produced (it’s for this reason, plus the fact that more powerful full-metal CO2 blowback pistols are now available, that I’ve decided upon 32.5/40… but then it wouldn’t do to have full marks all round!). The trigger is excellent and the gun feels comfortable when shooting one-handed as well as with a two-handed grip.

Accuracy is good and using an unsupported, two-handed stance at 6yds it should be possible to obtain a grouping in the region of 1 ¼ to 1 ½ inches with outliers at two inches using good quality ammunition (remember, this is using the low-profile sights associated with an M1911A1 of this era).

Using a selection of different brands of 6mm BBs (FireFly, “TK” and GoldenBall) and an Xcortech X3200 chronograph I’ve observed muzzle velocity readings in the region of 90m/s +/- 2m/s over eight shots in relatively quick succession using a propane/ silicon mix at 30° Celsius. Using 0.36g (green) FireFly BBs in 36° Celsius I’ve recorded 77m/s +/- 3m/s over eleven shots with six shots fired at target as if shooting a UBC Police Competition (this was using the “Bombe” Power-Up 500 gas).

The magazine will hold up to twenty-four 6mm balls, but as I use this pistol for target shooting as against to skirmishing, I very rarely do this. As to the number of shots per “full tank of gas”, I have managed approximately 15 good ones, but generally for my paper-punching would restrict this to eight as the muzzle velocity tends to fall-off after this (obviously the effect of the magazine cooling-down after rapid shooting will come into play here so these figures should very much be considered “ball-park”).

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I should also like to point-out that the hits on the pair of targets in the middle may well have been using 0.40g FireFly BBs (I had a bit of a mix-up at one point as FireFly produce both weights in black, only realising this because of surprisingly different velocity measurements) and that I tend to get slightly better results (at 6yds) using heavier ammunition. However, the last target was definitely shot using 0.25g BBs with none scoring less than an “eight” and nearly 75% scoring a “nine” or better 🙂

At longer ranges the hop-up comes into its own and a 20cm diameter target can be hit easily most of the time shooting 0.25g BBs from 20m with the balls flying straight and true for probably twice that distance.

Quality and reliability  14/15

Having had this pistol for over six years, and several (a few thousand?) rounds later, I would say it is both a reliable and well made pistol. It is extremely well finished and I feel that Tokyo Marui have done a remarkable job in reinforcing the plastic slide and frame (no doubt forced upon them by Japanese legislation) in order that people purchasing this gun will have something that stands the test of time.

Metal parts include the sear and trigger assembly, spring housing, the hop-up and inner barrel, the slide stop, spring guide, plug, bushing and piston housing. The plastic parts are made of a thick, durable plastic (ABS?) which appears to be especially robust where the plug fits into the slide (what is particularly important is that the rear of the plug comes into contact with metal in the frame when the pistol is fired, thus protecting the plastic from the shock of the blowback action, indicated by the arrows in the following photo).

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I assume the metal parts are made of some kind of alloy since they are not attracted to a magnet. Over time, they have become slightly discoloured, but still remain perfectly smooth and have proved to be very hard wearing (I think at some point I must have applied a small amount of Moly-lube to the metal rails).

A minor comment – and something the sharp-eyed may have noticed – is that the little “knob” on the slide-stop which protrudes from the right-hand side of the frame is not quite right; in fact, it is the head of a small nail which I had to use to replace the original which came loose and fell out (would you believe it, but of all the “interchangeable” parts between the Marui 1911 and the rest, this isn’t one of them… I think there’s a law beginning with “S” which accounts for this!).

Overall Impression  13/15

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As to my overall impression, I think the total score speaks for itself! The pistol is marketed as being “Hi-Kick and Hi-Grouping” and it is both of these (bearing in mind the predominantly plastic frame and slide)…. and this is without any of the upgrades which are readily available for so popular a gun. It is a pleasant pistol to shoot and one which stands alone when it comes to visual authenticity.

Total score: 88/100

Guest review by Adrian-BP

Links:

Airsoft Ohio

Related pages:

Cybergun Tanfoglio Witness review

Umarex Colt 1911 review

Best replica pistols – part 2

WE-Tech (WE) Tokarev TT-33

Having already acquired a Nagant M1895 and Makarov Model 59, both in 6mm, I was toying with the idea of getting the pistol which appeared between the two… the Tokarev Model 1933 (or TT-33). Being quite a fan of the venerable Colt 1911, I have always been intrigued by its (distant!) relative the TT-33, but found that it never really appealed; that is, until one was ordered for me by mistake and I got to see it first hand!

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Real Steel Background

The Tokarev Model 1933 was developed in the Soviet Union by Fedor Tokarev as a replacement for their Nagant Model 1895 revolver. Something in the region of 1.7 million pistols were produced, mainly during World War Two, with manufacture in the USSR ceasing in 1952 when it was replaced by the 9mm Makarov PM.

Other countries were issued licences to manufacture the TT-33 notably in China by Norinco as the Type 54, Yugoslavia (Serbia) by Zastava Arms as the M-57, Egypt as the “Tokagypt 58”, North Korea as the Type 68, Romania as the “Cugir Tokarov” and Poland as the “PW wz.33” – the following diagram being taken from the Polish Instruction Manual (source: forgottenweapons.com).

02 tt33polishInternally it uses the short-recoil dropping barrel/ swinging link system invented by John Browning for the Colt 1911; externally it more closely resembles his earlier Model 1903 designed for Fabrique Nationale of Belgium (aka the M1903 and Browning No.2). It has a modular hammer assembly, simpler than that of the M1911, but no grip or hammer safety. It is chambered for the 7.62x25mm Tokarev cartridge (based on the 7.63x25mm Mauser cartridge) which is held in an eight round magazine, has a muzzle velocity of 480 m/s and an effective range of 50m (source: Wikipedia; photo from militaryfactory.com).

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The WE-Tech (WE) TT-33 (TT33)

WE-Tech (WE) started making steel moulds for airsoft manufacturers in the 1980s and their own airsoft guns, commencing with gas-blowback pistols, in 2003. A link to their website is given at the end of this review.

The TT-33 is one of their newest models. It is a 6mm gas-blowback single-action semi-automatic pistol featuring a full-size drop-out magazine. The slide and receiver are made of metal alloy with metal parts throughout except for plastic grips. It comes in either  nickel/ silver or black (I have not seen the black version).

Spec;

Calibre: 6mm

Capacity: 15 shot drop-out magazine

Propellant: Green Gas (propane)

Overall length: 195mm

Barrel length: 105mm

Weight: 685g (listed)

Action: Single-action

Hop-up: Variable

Packaging and Presentation 2.5 / 5

On opening the box, the pistol is presented in an “egg-shell” type packaging which is more than adequate for safe transportation, but rather lacking in aesthetics! It comes with one magazine, a manual and a spare magazine lip and follower (I presume this is because the magazine lip would appear to be the most vulnerable part of the unit and could get broken if dropped… update: I have already conducted an unscheduled(!) “drop-test” of the mag, but no harm done!).

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The manual could do with a little more information; for example, how to field-strip the pistol, any maintenance required and how to adjust the hop-up. There is a parts diagram and listing, but it is given only in Chinese. The outside of the box is made to resemble a military-style pistol case with “catches” painted on the side.

The photograph below shows the pistol fitted in a bespoke wooden 1911 case made by a fellow member of the Umarex Boys Club, forum name “trooper”, and illustrates the smaller size and different grip angle and shape between the TT-33 and a “Colt ‘45”. The February edition of Airgun World magazine features an article detailing Martin’s work and a link to his website is given at the end of this review.

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Visual Accuracy 9 / 10

Initially, this was the main reason I bought this pistol. At first glance I thought it looked pretty good… having had it for a few days I now think it looks even better! The only thing perhaps worth commenting upon is that the “iron” sights are black and so not quite in keeping with the rest of the pistol. Also, the front post is a slightly different shape, being not quite so high (as shown in the comparison photographs below – source: Pennsylvania Firearm Owners Association at pafoa.org).

The grips are black plastic as against to brown, but are virtually identical to the real thing (I should imagine the brown ones are bakelite, but IMHO the black ones look rather good against the light finish). Lanyard loops are included and although a safety has been fitted – I presume to comply with regulations in certain countries – it is very discreet and barely noticeable on top of the grip on the left-hand side (ensuring the little tab is raised about 1mm allows the pistol to fire). The quality of the nickel/ silver finish is very good, but tends to mark easily with finger prints… just like a real pistol!

Some markings are included on the left hand side of the frame and the top of the slide; these read as a couple of characters in Cyrillic text (a “YA” or “IA” and “ZH” in English transliteration) , a “serial number” 533, a “star” symbol and “1941”… the text and s/n looking as if they were stamped in a hurry and quite in keeping with a pistol made in 1941!

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Functional Accuracy 13/15

Short of being able to use dummy shells, I’m not sure that any improvements could be made with regards to functional accuracy. Field stripping the TT-33 is similar to that of the M1911, but not quite the same in that the metal clip on the right hand side is pushed back allowing the slide stop to be removed (in fact care must be taken as it can fall straight out once it is unclipped). The first time I tried this I was afraid that the clip would scratch the frame; my fear was unwarranted.

08 TT-33-edThe slide may then be removed along with the recoil spring guide, spring, spring plug and barrel bushing. The barrel and hop-up assembly slide out the front. Two further points to note: the first is that the front post (circled in red) is held in place by the bushing and can fall out once the bushing is removed; secondly, the spring guide has a flat side to it and this needs to match with the face of the hop-up assembly (indicated by the red arrows). The rather handy canvas pistol bag is courtesy of the Toubo Makarov Model 59 (hint, hint!). The outer barrel is threaded for a silencer.

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Shooting  30 / 40

6mm balls are loaded into the magazine by holding down the follower and feeding them via the lip at the top of the magazine; there is no space for allowing them to be fed lower down. The magazine itself has a good weight to it and certainly looks the part! It fits nicely in place and is released by depressing the magazine catch which has just the right amount of tension to it.

The pistol is single-action only – as per the original. Pulling back on the slide will cock the hammer and feed a 6mm round into the chamber. Releasing the slide results in a very satisfying/ realistic metallic sound. As with the original, the hammer may be moved to a half-cocked position. One slight criticism would be the safety – no doubt forced on the designers – in that sometimes it is has to be disengaged to fire (even though it hasn’t intentionally been set to “safe”).

The slide locks-back once the last round is fired; a fresh magazine may then be inserted and the slide moved forward by pressing down on the slide stop (pulling the slide to the rear will not cause the slide stop to fall). Both the front post and rear notch sights are a little loose, but this is not really noticeable and the design of the pistol prevents them from falling out.

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As soon as I got home with my new gun I had a few shots at one of the many targets I have scattered around our garden… and found that whilst shooting well laterally, it required a fair amount of vertical offset (ie. it shot high). On placing a target at 6yds and loading with (good quality) 0.25g FireFly BBs I was quite pleased to be getting a grouping of around 2” with the occasional flier, albeit with me having to lower my POA 5” below POI!

However, one of the beauties of 6mm plastic ammunition is that you can vary the weight and so I thought I would try some 0.36g FireFly BBs in an attempt to reduce this offset; unfortunately, this made little difference to the POA… but reduced grouping to about an inch! I have since shot another couple of targets and have each time achieved a 1 to 1 ½ inch grouping.

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Measurements taken using a Xcortech X3200 indicate a muzzle velocity of 79 m/s +/- 2 m/s using 0.36g BBs in approximately 34°C (Thailand in March!). The magazine will hold up to 15 rounds and at least two full magazines can be shot from a single charge of green gas. The gun is not particularly loud and although it cycles efficiently is not of the “hard-kick” variety; however, it is still very satisfying to shoot none the less. There is a slight “cool-down” effect following rapid shooting, but IMHO it isn’t that great.

The hop-up wheel was very stiff when I first got the pistol and I found it necessary to apply a little oil in order to adjust it. However, even at its lowest setting, there is still a fair amount of rubber showing at the breech end of the barrel and this could well be why the pistol tends to shoot high. At longer distances the flight of the ball has quite a pronounced “arc” to it; a 20cm diameter biscuit tin lid can easily be hit at 15m, but by 20m it’s becoming more difficult to connect with the target (please remember I’m using relatively heavy 6mm ammunition).

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Quality and Reliability 13 / 15

First impressions tend to suggest a well made and reliable replica of the Tokarev TT-33. The magazine holds its charge of gas with no leaks (I like to keep a small amount of gas in the magazine when it is being stored). On inspection after field-stripping and approximately 300 rounds, the component parts appear to be of good quality and fit together well. The slide also fits well and the recoil spring is of an appropriate strength. My only comment would be the safety which has a tendency to set “on” unintentionally (IMHO moving the tab up to set safety “on” would have been better).

Overall Impression 13 / 15

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This pistol has made quite an impression on me and no mistake! It looks, shoots (if you don’t mind lowering your POA) and feels the part and has definitely rekindled my interest in 6mm gas-powered blowback guns.

Total Score 80.5 / 100

Guest review by Adrian-BP

Buy:

You can buy this replica at Pyramid Air here.

Links

WE site : http://www.weairsoft.com/

Trooper’s (Martin’s) website : http://artisan-cases.webs.com/

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