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Ah yes.  It seems like KWA always has an Ace up their sleeve.  Last week, for those of you that didn't know, was one of my favorite events of the year: Shot Show 2013.  It went down, as usual, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and while I was there, I stopped by the KWA booth to see what was new and exciting for 2013.  Sure, they had some cool things at their booth.  I came. I documented these things.  I left, thinking I obtained all the info there was to know.  Well, sure as I am bald, they threw a curve ball in the mix on Friday, the final day of the show.  They made more announcements previously undisclosed to the general public or even whispered in the dark corridors behind the scenes.  

For starters, one of their more exciting pistols to be released (maybe) this year, is a licensed replica of the Sphinx SDP (Special Duty Pistol) Compact.  If you've ever had the luxury of shooting a Sphinx firearm, you'd know just how wonderful these handguns are.  They're comfortable, accurate and easy to handle.  I would imagine the KWA airsoft version will cover all those bases for a home run as well.

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According to the copy supplied by KWA on their website, they're marketing this as the "airsoft training counterpart to the Sphinx SDP Compact."  With a statement like that, I'd expect them to attempt to mimic the firearm in every way allowable, which, undoubtedly, will make for a great Airsoft gun. 
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Here is a copy of some of the features & specs, which I've literally copied & pasted from their website:
"The Sphinx SDP (Special Duty Pistol) Compact by KWA is the exclusive airsoft training counterpart to the Sphinx SDP Compact. The disassembly procedures, interchangeable grips, and standard fire controls found on the firearm are recreated. The Construction of the Sphinx SDP frame combines aluminum alloy and polymer for dubilty and weight savings."

Here are some technical specifications ("Tech Specs") on the KWA Sphinx SDP Compact:
Magazine Capacity: 21 rounds
Propellant: Green gas
Inner Barrel Diameter: 6.05mm
Weight:2.09lbs
Velocity: 340-350 FPS, with .20g BB
Special Features:
  • Gas-operated recoil blow back
  • Realistic construction & field stripping
  • Full metal alloy slide
  • Metal alloy upper frame with polymer lower frame
  • Adjustable hop-up
  • Interchangeable grip inserts
  • Ambidextrous decocking lever
  • 3-dot combat sights
  • Front and rear slide serrations
  • Accessory rail   

Some of you readers might be all current on all things Airsoft, so you may have already seen the news update on this particular gun from other channels who posted about it last week.  So let's get to the newer stuff that wasn't really talked about during the show.

Just to give you a hint or two, there is a new brand license and something cool and KRISS Vector-related.

CHECK ALL THAT OUT AFTER THE JUMP...
 

Well, here it is, gas gun fans.  A battle for the ages.  I have thrown the KWA LM4 PTR, King Arms Colt M4A1 & the G&P WOC M4 Kit into the ring together to see which one(s) will make it out alive. 
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 Here on the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog, I will cover the good, the bad and the hideously ugly of these three rifles.  I will freely admit that these are not the only gas blowback M4 rifles out on the market, but are the only ones I had access to.  In an ideal world, I would have liked to include the KJW/Tanio Koba M4 GBBR, the Inokatsu M4 GBBR & maybe the Bomber M4 GBBR as well. Maybe someday.  But for now, these three rifles will have to do.
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 Feelings will not be spared.
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 So let's cut the crap, shall we?  

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Now that my dislocated shoulder has healed up enough that I can hold a rifle again, I went out to the Insight Interactive Airsoft CQB Arena here in Southern California to do some more performance testing of the gas blowbacky goodness of the KWA LM4 PTR.  It continues to tickle my fancy with delightful accuracy and reliability.  I have yet to encounter any sort of defect or issue.  I can't say the same for some of the other gas blowback rifles I'm currently reviewing, in comparison to the LM4 *cough* King Arms Colt M4 GBBR *cough*.  But I'll dive into that mess a little later.  For now, check out the footage I got at Insight Interactive while playing with the KWA LM4 GBBR.

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When I first got the new KWA LM4 PTR, a gas blowback rifle, from Pyramyd Air, the first thing I wanted to do after test firing it was to get rid of that boring front handguard and put a sweet rail system on there.  Well, while I was extremely impressed with the accuracy of the LM4, I was extremely disappointed with how difficult it was to get the rail system on there, specifically getting the delta ring to screw all the way onto the threads of the LM4 upper.  The circumference of the threads on the LM4's upper was just a tad too large, partly due to the paint.

Click here to see how I resolved the issue after the jump...