Tokyo Marui Hi-Capa Custom Dual Stainless

In replica terms, hype is a double-edged weapon. It can mean that you assume something is going to be good before you ever pick it up but it can also mean that you have expectations so high that the reality is bound to be disappointing. For these reasons, it’s not easy to approach a review of a Tokyo Marui replica pistol completely objectively. After all, TM have a reputation for producing some of the finest airsoft replicas. But hey, this is the Pistol Place and the word “objective” is right up there on the site banner, so, let’s put those preconceptions aside and take a look at the TM Hi-Capa Custom. Is it really as good as they say? Is it worth the money? Will I run out of superlatives before I finish the review? Sit down, strap-in, grab a mug/glass of your favourite beverage and let’s take a detailed look at this iconic replica.

The first question to address is: what is this a replica of? The Tokyo Marui Hi-Capa Custom Dual Stainless doesn’t claim to be a direct replica of any specific firearm, but it is obviously very similar in appearance and function to the Hi-Cap 1911s produced by companies such as Springfield Armory and STI, so that’s what I’ll be discussing here.

1911 Hi-Cap

The 1911 by John Moses Browning has been a popular handgun since it was first introduced in the early 1900s. However, one of the limitations of this design is that its slim grip accommodates a magazine which holds just seven .45 ACP rounds. By the 1970s and 80s, many shooters were switching to 9mm semi-automatics which had much larger capacity magazines. In response, companies like Springfield Armory and STI in the US and others elsewhere began producing 1911 pistols with wider, double stack magazines which could hold up to 14 rounds. These designs, which quickly became known as “1911 Hi-Caps”, often also added other features which addressed shortcomings of the original 1911 design such as ambidextrous manual safeties, accessory rails and extended grip-safety beavertails to avoid hammer bite. This resulted in new pistols which lost the wonderfully slim grip and clean look of the original, but became in many ways much more practical handguns.

The STI Edge, a custom 1911 Hi-Cap

Illinois based Springfield Armory Inc. started trading in 1975 after purchasing the rights to use the famous Springfield Armory name (the original Springfield Armory in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts closed down in 1968). Springfield Armory is now one of the biggest firearm manufacturers in the US producing the XD range of semi-automatic pistols as well as several 1911 designs and automatic rifles.

The Springfield Custom shop produce a range of very high-quality handguns which are used both by competition shooters and carried by law enforcement agencies. For example, in 1996 the FBI Hostage Rescue Team set out on a very exacting series of tests in order to select a new handgun. The winner was the Springfield Professional 1911 A1 produced by the Custom Shop. Springfield Armory produce several variations on the Hi-Cap 1911 theme.

A 1911 Hi-Cap by the Springfield Armory Custom Shop

Although you won’t find any Springfield Armory markings on the TM Hi-Capa Custom, things like the angled front and rear slide serrations and the use of black and polished stainless on the slide make it look very like a custom version of the basic 1911 design produced by Springfield Armory. It’s also possible to buy a replacement metal slide for this replica from airsoft customizing manufacturer Intrudershop which includes full Springfield Armory markings.

TM Hi-Capa Custom fitted with an Intrudershop Springfield Armory metal slide

The Tokyo Marui Hi-Capa Custom Dual Stainless

The TM Hi-Capa Custom is a replica of a railed 1911 4.3 Hi-Cap. It is constructed of a mix of high-grade plastic and metal. The slide, outer barrel and grips are plastic while just about everything else (including the frame, guide rod, trigger, hammer, sights, safety and grip safety) is metal. The inner barrel is brass with hop-up which is adjusted via a small wheel under the barrel. A full size, metal, drop-out magazine holds up to 28 BBs and there is an ambidextrous manual safety which can only be engaged when the hammer is fully cocked. The hammer can also be manually de-cocked to a half-cock position in which the pistol cannot be fired. This replica is an improved version of the original Tokyo Marui Hi-Capa design which is claimed to be more accurate and to incorporate “Hi-Kick” blowback for increased recoil effect. TM also produce a similar 5.1 Hi-Capa version, but not in this distinctive Dual Stainless finish.

Packaging and presentation (2.5/5)

The TM Hi-Capa Custom comes in a polystyrene base with cut-outs for the pistol, magazine and accessories and a colourful, printed card lid. This replica is supplied with a single gas magazine, a small bag of TM BBs and a plastic clearing rod. It also comes with what may well be a comprehensive user manual, but as it’s entirely in Japanese, I can’t be certain about that.

The information on and inside the box is slightly confusing. For example, it gives the caliber of this replica as .45ACP and the magazine capacity as 13 + 1, both of which are true of the original firearm, but not this replica (which, of course has a caliber of 6mm and a magazine capacity of 28 + 1). At first I assumed that this information simply referred to the original weapon, but the box gives the weight of the pistol as 865g, which is close to the replica but much too light for the original.

Visual accuracy 8/10

Although this isn’t a replica of a specific firearm, it’s a good general visual replica of a custom 1911 Hi-Cap with a 4.3” slide and barrel. The markings on the slide (“OPS Tactical .45”, etc.) don’t have any particular meaning or refer to any firearm as far as I know.

Functional accuracy 14/15

Functionally, this is very good replica. It has blowback over a full range of movement, a full-size magazine and all the controls are located and work just as they would on the original. Even small details like the fact that the front and rear sights are separate metal parts which are fitted on to the slide replicates what you’d find on the original. This replica can be stripped in the same way as the original.

Shooting 36/40

The first thing you need to do is to load the magazine with gas but, unlike most of the other airsoft replicas reviewed on this site, the TM Hi-Capa Custom is designed to use HFC-134a gas rather than the more usual HFC-22 (Green Gas). Many Japanese designed and manufactured replicas, such as those produced by Western Arms and KSC as well as TM, are specifically designed to work best with HFC-134a. This gas is a refrigerant (chemical composition 1,1,1,2 tetrafluoroethane) and is quite different from Green Gas which is simply propane. The main reason that Japanese replicas are designed to use HFC-134a is that there are very strict power limits on replicas in Japan and the use of this gas ensures that replicas won’t exceed these limits. You can use Green Gas in any gas-powered replica, and it will give more fps and a stronger blowback compared to HFC-134a, but many Japanese replicas use plastic slides and restricted flow gas valves and these can be damaged by using higher pressure Green Gas. That said, I know that some people have used Green Gas in Tokyo Marui replicas for years without any adverse effects – you’ll find a link at the end of this article to a review of a TM 1911 that has been run on Green Gas for over six years without any problems!

For some reason, I found it more difficult to load the HFC gas into this replica without leaking that I do when filling Green Gas magazines. It wasn’t a major issue, but there was always some leakage when I filled this magazine. Once it’s filled with gas, you can add up to 28 BBs. The follower doesn’t lock down so you have to hold it down while you add the BBs to the wider part of the opening on the front of the mag. The mag inserts and locks positively. Rack the slide to queue up the first BB in the breech and you’re ready to go. Incidentally, the slide racks with a very satisfactory sound – it may be made of plastic, but at least it doesn’t sound like it! The ambidextrous manual safety can only be engaged with the hammer fully cocked and it moves precisely and smoothly. The pistol will not fire unless the grip safety is depressed, and this is also smooth and light in operation.

The sight picture is simple and very clear. There’s only one white dot, on the front blade, but it’s easy to acquire a good sight picture. The single-action only trigger is short, precise and very light indeed – so light that I had a couple of unintentional discharges before I got a feel for it. This isn’t particularly loud and the recoil effect provided by the Hi-Kick blowback simply isn’t as strong as it is on some replicas with heavier, metal slides, but the blowback action is very snappy. I know that some people don’t like the feel of the blowback action on plastic slide equipped TM replicas but, while I agree that it isn’t as powerful as some other replicas, it seemed to me to provide an entirely satisfactory shooting experience. This has good weight though, like many airsoft replicas, around 30% of the total weight is in the magazine, which does give it a slightly butt-heavy feel.

The fat, polished metal double stack magazine certainly holds plenty of gas – I was able to get more than 70 full power shots from a single fill of gas. Which also suggests that the gas efficiency of HFC-134a is as good as claimed. It also seemed to me that cooldown was far less noticeable using this gas than either Green Gas or CO2, though that’s a subjective thing which I can’t confirm by measurement.

Hop-up adjustment wheel (arrowed)

The hop-up is adjusted via a small, toothed plastic wheel under the barrel – you have to remove the slide to access it. Just like everything else about this replica, hop-up adjustment is precise and accurate. Using .2g BBs at 6m, the full range of hop-up adjustment moves the point of impact vertically by just over two inches. Even a small movement of the adjustment wheel gives a corresponding change in the vertical centre of the point of impact. Add to this the fact that the front sight is drifted into the slide and can be moved from side to side, and it should be possible to get the point of aim and the point of impact to coincide precisely. Out of the box, with the hop-up set to the minimum, mine shot precisely to the point of aim with .2g BBs.

In terms of power, my TM Hi-Capa Custom certainly isn’t going to break any records. I ran ten shots using .2g BBs over my UFC Pro chronograph on a fairly warm (20°C) day and I got the following results:



229 fps


228 fps

228 fps

228 fps

227 fps

227 fps

226 fps

Now, these readings are certainly low for a replica rated at 280fps and I can’t explain that. However, what is noticeable is that they are amazingly consistent. The maximum difference between the highest and lowest readings is under 2.5%. If you want consistency in shooting from your replica, what you need is consistent power, and the TM HI-Capa Custom certainly has that. Am I concerned about the lack of power? Not really. I use my replicas for target shooting and plinking only. For that, I need enough power for the BB to travel on a fairly flat trajectory and to have enough energy to pierce the target cleanly when it gets there. Any additional power is actually wasted. So for me, it’s largely irrelevant whether a BB is traveling at 200, 300, 400 or 500fps as long as it works for shooting, which this replica does. However, I know that other people (especially those who shoot at longer range) disagree and want as much power as possible from their replicas. All I can say is that, for me, the standard TM Hi-Capa Custom is adequately powerful.

A full magazine of 28 .2g BBs, shot freestanding at 6m range and fired fairly rapidly. Black, centre circle is 1½” in diameter.

Overall, the TM Hi-Capa Custom is very, very satisfying to shoot. It has, in my opinion, enough recoil effect to be satisfying, it feels good in the hand and it’s as accurate and consistent as any BB shooting replica can be. It also seems to work flawlessly (I haven’t had a single misfeed or failure to fire) and it’s frugal with gas. I’m not sure what more you can ask from any replica?

Quality and reliability 15/15

The TM Hi-Capa Custom feels very well made and constructed. The slide fits tightly on the frame and moves with a precise action. The fit of the inner barrel inside the outer barrel and the fit of the outer barrel in the slide are both very good indeed with very little play and no gaps. The grip safety and manual safety work smoothly, precisely and with very little effort. The shiny finish on part of the slide does manage to look a lot like polished stainless steel and there are no visible moulding seams anywhere on this replica (except for a barely noticeable seam on top of the outer barrel). Even the magazine is beautifully made and finished. It was also notable that my TM Hi-Capa Custom arrived well lubricated out-of-the-box, something that isn’t true of most of the replicas I test.

Hammer in the half-cock position

Overall, I haven’t had any issues with the quality or reliability of this replica at all and it seems to confirm that TM replicas are manufactured and assembled with a care that puts some other replica manufacturers to shame. Most people also say that long term reliability with TM replicas is also good. The only thing I did notice is that the slide on the TM Hi-Capa Custom is made entirely of plastic, unlike some TM replicas where metal is used to reinforce the plastic slide. This is one of the reasons that, so far at least, I have chosen to run this only on HFC-134a, as recommended by TM.

Overall impression 14/15

This replica feels good from the moment you pick it up. It has convincing weight and feels solid, balanced and very well finished. Everything about it works precisely, smoothly and without undue effort. And it shoots like a dream – it’s accurate and amazingly consistent and extremely frugal with HFC-134a gas.

OK, perhaps it isn’t especially powerful or as loud as some replicas and the recoil effect provided by the blowback isn’t as strong as some, but overall, I don’t think you’ll particularly notice any of those things while you’re enjoying shooting one of these.


The TM Hi-Capa Custom makes me smile every time I pick it up. That’s all I can ask from a replica. Yes, there’s a price differential between this and some other replicas. But, believe me, there’s an even greater enjoyment differential. And if you don’t care for the standard version, the upgrade options for TM replicas seem endless. Would you like a metal slide and outer barrel with Springfield markings? No problem. Or a tightbore barrel? Or upgraded valves, springs or sights? Or custom grips in a range of eye-searing colours? Or internal and external changes that will allow you to safely use Green Gas? All of these and more are available, which means it’s possible to customize your TM Hi-Capa and make it into something completely unique (you’ll find links to a couple of places which sell custom TM parts at the end of this review). Just be careful – customizing TM Hi-Capas can be addictive, and some people have ended up spending a great deal of money on upgrade parts…

Before doing this review, I wasn’t sure that I’d care for TM replicas. The main issue for me has always been the use of plastic in their construction – I generally prefer metal replicas. However, although the slide is plastic here, just about everything else is metal which gives this replica a convincing heft and feel. Overall, I can’t recommend this highly enough. I can’t say if the Hi-Capa Custom is typical of all TM pistols, but this one is just as outstanding as the hype led me to expect. And that doesn’t happen often!

Coming soon: OK, I admit it, I have given in to the urge to upgrade this replica, mainly to allow me to safely use green gas. I’ll be posting up my findings soon.

Happy shooting.

Total score



Plastic slide and outer barrel.

Blowback isn’t especially strong.

Not powerful.

More expensive than some replicas.


Beautifully made and finished.

Shoots like a dream.

Worth every penny.

Lots of upgrade options available.

Related pages

Tokyo Marui M1911A1 review

Tokyo Marui Glock 26 review


Intrudershop replacement metal slide with Springfield markings for TM Hi-Capa Custom

Elite Shooting Centre in the UK is run by champion shooter Mike Cripps and sells custom parts for TM Hi-Capas

Tokyo Marui Glock 26 review

OK, so it has been a long time since I posted the last review here. Actually, it has been an astoundingly long time. The reasons are many, including an extended (three year plus) stay in Rangoon in Burma – a wonderful city, as you ask, but there are no replicas at all in Burma, not Airsoft, not anything. Now I’m back in Europe and rediscovering my liking for replicas and I see that a few of you still visit this site. Although it was off-line for a while (not through choice) it’s now back and pretty much operational though I see that some pages still aren’t working. My email has also changed since the site was last updated and I no longer have access to the old email adress (I have now updated the “Contact” page to show my current email), so, sorry if you have sent an email and I haven’t replied. I’ll see if I can find the time to fix the issues but in the meantime, finally, here is another review, this time of the Tokyo Marui Glock 26.

Hands-up if you find the Glock model numbering system confusing? Me too. Hands-up if you don’t understand the licensing (or otherwise) of replicas, especially those of Glock pistols? That’ll be just about everyone then. Yeah, I know, Umarex now produce the only “official” Glock replicas. However, many other manufacturers produce replicas that look an awful lot like a certain Austrian pistol, but they call them all sorts of names, mainly using the letter “G,” but certainly not “Glock”. No way! Because that would be illegal and the lawyers of that Austrian company are known to be very, very litigious.


Which is why I was more than a little puzzled to come across this TM replica which is sold as a Glock 26 and appears to carry full Glock markings. How does that work? Is the law different in Japan? I’m afraid I don’t know, but TM replicas have a great reputation so I thought I’d share my thoughts about this cracking little replica.

Real steel background

The Glock model numbering system started out simple and then got kind of complicated. The very first Glock pistol produced from 1982 was the Glock 17, so-named because, according to Gaston Glock, it was the seventeenth thing he had invented (but the first firearm). Given that the magazine also held seventeen 9mm rounds, that seemed like a pretty good name. Then there was a select-fire version, the Glock 18 and then a smaller version, the Glock 19. All in 9mm and nice and easy to understand. Then, it got messy.


A selection of 9mm Glocks – from the left, subcompact 26, compact 19, full size 17 and target pistol 34.

A version of the Glock 17 was produced chambered for the 10mm Auto round, and that was given the next available number to become the Glock 20. Then the 21, in .45 ACP. Then the 22, in .40 S&W. Glock gave each new version the next available number so that, by the time they got round to producing a subcompact pistol for concealed carry in 9mm in 1994, the next number was 26. So, the Glock 26 is a subcompact version of the basic Glock pistol design chambered for the 9mm round.

Then, there are the “generations.” The first Glock pistols, produced from 1982 – 1988 lacked an accessory rail and had a fairly smooth texture on the grip. A new version, the Gen2, was introduced in 1988 and that included different texture on the grip as well as chequering on the front and back strap. In 1998 the Gen3 models were introduced and these included for the first time an under-barrel accessory rail as well as thumb rest and finger grooves on the grip. In 2010 the Gen4 series was introduced and in 2017 the Gen5. Both featured improved ergonomics and reliability upgrades.


A Glock 26, Gen 2.

This replica appears to be of an early Glock 26, Gen2 manufactured between 1994 – 1998. Like all Glock 26 models, this lacks an accessory rail (the under-barrel area is just too small to reliably mount accessories) and as with all Glock pistols this features a steel slide and a polymer grip frame. The Glock 26 has a 3.43inch barrel and a magazine holding ten 9mm rounds. This tiny pistol weighs just over six hundred grams and is often used with a magazine base extension to provide a more ergonomic grip.

The Tokyo Marui Glock 26

The Glock 26 is one of a number of Glock replicas produced by this Japanese manufacturer; they also provide replicas of the Glock 17, 18 and 19 and, for all I know, many others. TM replicas have an enviable reputation for quality and durability though virtually all their replicas feature plastic slides and all are designed for use with Duster Gas, HFC 134a, rather than the more usual Green Gas. This generally runs at lower pressures than Green Gas and it provides less performance but it also places less strain on internal parts.


Some people claim that you can safely use Green Gas in TM replicas while others suggest that this will result in rapid wear to barrels and slides. To be safe, I use only HFC 134a and the replica functions perfectly well with this gas. My guess is that in lower temperatures, using Green Gas would probably be safe but at anything over 15˚C, I would only use HFC 134a.


The TM Glock 26 has  a plastic slide but despite that, it isn’t too far from the weight of the original, 575 grams for this replica compared to 610 grams for the (unloaded) original although half that weight comes from the metal magazine. It comes with two alternative baseplates for the magazine – one flat and one with an extended “pinky-rest.” The box also contains the usual instructions, a plastic barrel cleaning rod, a small bag of BBs and a couple of plastic blanks that can be fitted to the magazine to allow you to fire with an empty mag without the slide locking back.


Calibre: 6mm

Magazine capacity: 14 BBs

Propellant: HFC 134a

Barrel length: 75mm (2.95″)

Weight: 575g (1.27lbs)

Overall length: 163mm (6.4″)

Sights: Notch and post, non-adjustable, three white dots.

Visual accuracy 9/10

This is a very good visual replica of the Glock 26 Gen 2 – the main visual difference between the Gen 2 and 3 are extra serrations moulded into the front of the grip frame between the finger grooves on the Gen 3.

The size, proportions and placement of just about everything looks right and every pin visible on the frame and trigger of the original is replicated here. The plastic slide isn’t obviously plastic and it is actually a fairly good representation of the Tenifer-finished slide on the original. The sights include the same large white dots as the original.


It’s a plastic slide, but at least it doesn’t particularly look like a plastic slide…

All the markings on the slide, barrel, magazine and frame on the original are replicated here. The only differences in markings are on the right side of the frame where on the original it would say “Made in Austria…” this one says “Made in Japan, Tokyo Marui Co. Ltd.” A (non-unique) serial number is on the slide, barrel and on a metal plate under the front part of the frame.


Overall, this is a very good visual replica of the Glock 26.

Functional accuracy 14/15

The slide and magazine releases and the trigger safety work here as they do on the original and the slide locks back when the last BB is fired.

Disassembly is done as on the original – drop the magazine, pull down the two takedown latches on the front of the frame, move the slide back slightly and then release it forward and it can be removed from the frame.


Once the slide is off, the  captive guide-rod/spring assembly (which also looks a lot like the dual spring setup on the original) can be compressed to remove it after which the inner/outer barrel assembly can be removed from the slide.

The only thing which doesn’t work on this replica is the extractor, which projects slightly when a round is in the chamber on the original.

Shooting 45/50

Before I shot the TM Glock 26, I had to address a minor problem. On mine, the trigger safety was not working correctly, tending to catch on the frame even when the centre leaf of the trigger was fully depressed. Fixing this was simply a matter of trimming a tiny sliver of plastic off the inner bottom corner of the safety. I did this by removing the slide, pulling the trigger fully back and then using a sharp craft knife to trim off a tiny amount of plastic off the top edge of the safety from inside the frame. The trigger safety still works as it should, but it no longer snags on the frame as the trigger is pulled.


The arrowed area above is where I removed a tiny amount of plastic from the rear lower part of the trigger safety blade. Obviously, you should be very cautious about tampering with any safety device on a replica, but on my example of this replica, it was pretty much un-shootable out of the box and carefully removing less than 1mm of plastic has made the trigger work smoothly while the trigger safety still functions correctly.

The magazine is filled with HFC 134a gas in the usual way and it fills without leaks or dama. The follower must be held down while BBs are loaded one at a time from the top of the magazine. Although the box (and most other reviews) states that the magazine holds 15 BBs, I could only squeeze in 14.


Follower all the way down and magazine fully loaded with 14, not 15, BBs.

When inserted in to the grip, the magazine locks positively and cleanly. With the magazine in place and the slide racked, you’re good to shoot. Hop-up can be adjusted by removing the slide to access the knurled wheel beneath the outer barrel assembly. The sights are a simple notch and post design and the three large white dots allow a clear sight picture against any background. No adjustment of the sights is possible.


Unlike the original, this replica does have a manual safety – it’s the metal serial number under the front of the frame. Sliding this to the rear applies the manual safety and the pistol won’t shoot.


With the “pinky-rest” base on the magazine, I found the pistol comfortable to grip in my average-sized hands. With the flat base installed, the grip is notably shorter and I found it much less easy to get a comfortable grip like this.


The magazine release and slide release are on the left side only, so this isn’t a lefty-friendly replica. The slide operates through a full range of movement but being fairly light plastic it doesn’t return to battery with particular authority or with a satisfying “clank” though it always cycles correctly.

Once I had dealt with the issue of the snagging trigger safety, the trigger pull is short, light, creep-free and smooth with a predictable break. Blowback is snappy but, due to the light plastic slide, not particularly strong. This is a fairly quiet replica compared to, for example, others that use Green Gas, but it does fire with a subdued “crack.


Hop-up adjustment wheel

I wasn’t expecting much in the way of accuracy from this replica – with a barrel less than three inches long it should not generate much in the way of accuracy. How wrong I was… From the very first time I shot this replica, it proved to be astoundingly accurate at my usual range of 6m. The target below shows ten shots at 6m, freestanding. As you can see, all the shots are in or touching the black centre of the target, which is 1 inch in diameter. The group itself measures 20mm x 20mm. In my experience, this kind of grouping is very good indeed for any airsoft replica,  and for one with such a short barrel, it is little short of amazing. This is a fair representation of the results I get when shooting this replica – I don’t always manage such tight groups, but I think that’s down to me rather than any weakness in this replica.


I tried several weights of BB and found that using 0.25g BBs with the hop-up on a mid-setting, this little replica shoots precisely to the point of aim at 6m. The BBs are hitting the target hard and with no appreciable gap between the sound of the shot and the BB hitting the target, which made me think that power was pretty good. Then I ran six shots over the chrono using HFC 134a and 0.2g BBs and got the following results:

Shot 1; 211fps

Shot 2; 206fps

Shot 3; 205fps

Shot 4; 212fps

Shot 5; 211fps

Shot 6; 211fps

Stop laughing at the back there! Anyone used to shooting 4.5mm steel BBs or pellets or even most other gas-powered airsoft replicas will probably be horrified at how low these figures are.  Most reviews I have seen claim something in the region of 250 or even 300fps for this replica, but as you can see, I didn’t even get close to that on a warm (around 28˚C) afternoon. I will admit that I was surprised – when shooting, this doesn’t feel any less powerful than most other replicas I own, but it’s averaging not much over 200fps. Does this matter? Not to me – I only use my replicas for target shooting, generally at 6m, and at that range this has adequate power. However, if you are looking to hit targets at longer ranges or to use this in an airsoft game, it might be a problem.

What is notable in the chrono results is their amazing consistency – the power just doesn’t vary much between shots and I suspect that this contributes to overall accuracy. For the type of shooting I do, I’m prepared to trade overall power for accuracy and consistency, so I’m very happy with the way the TM Glock 26 shoots. Although the magazine is small, I get around 60 full-power shots (more than four magazines-full of BBs) from a single fill of HFC 134a.  That is pretty good, and it is probably linked to efficient gas usage and the fairly low power.

I like replicas of compact and subcompact guns, but they often aren’t great shooters simply because they have very short barrels. For example, I really like the 6mm Cybergun Smith & Wesson M&P 9c as a replica, but it just doesn’t shoot nearly as well as this one (you’ll find a link to a review of the M&P 9c at the end of this review).

Overall I really enjoy shooting this little replica. In fact, it has become my go-to pistol when I want some quick shooting relaxation. It fits my hand well, the sights are clear and easy to read, it appears to be completely reliable, it is not so loud that it bugs my wife or neighbours or startles the cat and it is easily accurate enough to be challenging and satisfying to shoot. As a 6m target shooter, this little TM Glock 26 is about as good as it gets in terms of airsoft pistols.

Quality and reliability 13/15

Other than the minor issue with the trigger safety snagging the frame out-of-the-box, I haven’t experienced any issues at all with this replica. Once you have the BB weight and hop-up set to hit the point of aim at your chosen range, you just fill it with gas and BBs and squeeze the trigger until it’s empty, then rinse and repeat.


If you want fuss and hassle-free BB shooting, this does the job. I don’t see anything that suggests that this should be less reliable than any other TM replica (provided you stick to HFC 134a – if you use Green Gas, you may possibly run into wear problems). So far, mine is showing no undue signs of wear or distress. In fact, it still looks precisely as it did when I first took it out of the box.

Overall Impression 9/10

There is no way round it, I just don’t especially care for plastic slides on my replicas and I know that for many people a plastic slide is a deal-killer. That said, I have to admit that I tend to forget all about the plastic slide when I’m shooting this replica and I would not care to upgrade to a metal slide if that meant sacrificing reliability, consistency or accuracy.


One of the reasons I generally don’t like plastic slides is that they can make replica pistols feel way too light, something that can make them seem very toy-like. However, even with the plastic slide this replica is within 6% of the weight of the (unloaded) original and it certainly doesn’t feel jarringly light when you pick it up.

With the “pinky-rest” magazine base in place, this fits my hand really well. It’s fairly quiet and the recoil effect is minimal, but it’s never less than great fun to shoot. And I guess that is what matters most to me. I like shooting my replicas and I like them to shoot accurately enough to be a challenge. On paper, especially given its relatively high cost, low power and mainly plastic construction, this replica might not seem especially appealing. When facing a paper target 6m away, all that is forgotten in the pleasure of using a well-made replica that shoots very nicely indeed.


As you can probably tell, I really like the TM Glock 26. Given its diminutive size, I didn’t expect it to be much of a shooter and in that respect, it exceeded my expectations by a comfortable margin. Initially, I didn’t care for the plastic slide but I soon forgot about that when I got into shooting it. I don’t know quite how TM managed it, but they have created a decent airsoft replica of a subcompact pistol that is still an excellent shooter. And of course having a plastic slide does at least mean that you don’t have to worry about the finish chipping off!

It may cost a bit more than comparable replicas by some other manufacturers but If you like baby Glocks, you’ll enjoy this one. If you like target shooting, you may find that, like me, you really love it.

Total score: 90/100

Pros and cons


Seems well-made and finished

Reliable, consistent, fun and very accurate shooter

Good visual replica


More expensive than some comparable airsoft replicas

Not ambidextrous

Plastic slide

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