Wednesday, March 10, 2010

If I ruled the world...

Everyone would have an Airsoft pistol.

I'm a handgun fanatic. I don't know what it is, but I can't get enough of them. I mean, just look at some of the options available to Airsofters:

The wonderful aspect about the pistol party going on in this entry is: that's just the tip of the iceberg.

I have a partially true and heartwarming story for you now.

The other day, I woke up to find I had fallen asleep with a pair of Hi-Capa 5.1 GBB pistols in bed with me (mags out). I was laying on top of one, and was woken up from the discomfort developing in my ribs. Instead of being angry and irritable from having to wake up due to a mild pain sensation, I just smiled and laughed to myself because I love Airsoft way too much to be mad at something awesome like that.

Cool story, huh? I knew you'd agree.

I'd say the majority of people think of the rifles when it comes to Airsoft, but let me assure you that there is plenty of fun to be had in the pistol department. Pistols lend themselves well to the CQB/MOUT environment as well as outdoor fields, when there are tight areas of play. Most legitimate fields and venues require you to have a pistol to engage opponents inside structures or other CQB areas of the field. So it's a good idea to have at least one. I like to carry three. One on each hip or leg, plus a Tokyo Marui Mk23 SOCOM w/suppressor strapped to my back for shooting tangos on the sneak. It's an incredibly quiet gun with the suppressor attached, since it's a non-blowback. Is this a bit much? Probably. But that's how I roll and I want everyone to know it.

You really do need to have a reliable pistol for skirmishing. Like I said, most legit fields require them. Plus sometimes the event/game organizers will run pistols-only games. Perhaps one the best options to go with for a reliable skirmish pistol would be the double-stacked, Hi-Capa pistol. There are essentially three base models and a number of variations on each, designated by the numbers 5.1, 4.3, and 3.8, in order of largest slide length to smallest. The top two makers of the Hi-Capa models are going to be Japanese manufacturers, Tokyo Marui (TM) and Western Arms (WA). However, you're going to pay a higher price for either of those two brands. Do I think they're worth it? For the most part, yes. They both make extremely nice airsoft pistols, but like everything else in this world, they're not perfect. However, if the Japanese models extend beyond your budget, perhaps considering some very nice alternatives in the WE lineup. WE offers high-performance options at a lower cost, relative to the premium Japanese brands. Plus, the WE models are compatible with most after-market upgrade parts made for the Marui but come stock with metal slides and frames, where as the TM or WA pistols are made of ABS plastic. There are pros and cons to each brand but in the case of the WE pistols, I feel the value exceeds the cost, given their already lower price, metal bodies and ability to take most Marui upgrade parts.

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