Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Is anybody drinking the blowback Kool-Aid?

I am pretty curious to hear some feedback on blowback rifles.  I continue to see more and more companies releasing various blowback rifles, mostly gas powered from companies like WA, WE, & VFC to name just a slight few.  There are a few from Marui, CA and G&G that are electric, but the common denominator remains that they are blowback.  I have heard conflicting views about the general airsoft public's desire for blowback features on a rifle.  Some are down with it, and some feel like there are still many improvements that need to be made on the current Airsoft AEGs in terms of durability and accuracy that should be addressed prior to companies spending their R&D budget on building blowback guns.   Drop me a line with your thoughts.  I'm just curious if all these manufacturers have their finger pretty well dialed in on the pulse of the market or if they are obliviously creating Airsoft weapons for which there is no demand.

My personal opinion is this:  I appreciate the realism aspect that the blowbacks bring to the table.  However, I would rather have a gun that is really accurate than really realistic in terms of its look and feel. That being said, you'll be seeing a review from me coming up on the WE SCAR-L GBB wherein I profess my love for it on an overall basis despite my general disdain for the SCAR's outward appearance.  It's EXTREMELY fun to shoot.  That's all I'll say for now on that for now.

What are your thoughts on the blowback phenomenon?  Post them in the comments section below or if you're shy, drop me a line here


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