by B.B. Pelletier
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Today, I’ll start a look at another CO2 BB pistol. This one is from GSG and features blowback. I bet it’ll be a favorite among the BB pistol crowd, both for its great imitation of the Beretta 92 and the fact that it’s all metal. The last Beretta 92FS I tested came from Umarex and remember how wonderfully heavy and robust that one felt. Well, here’s another one, and this time there’s blowback!
The GSG 92 CO2 BB pistol (serial #W01101069200) is a 20-shot repeater with a drop-free magazine that houses the 12-gram CO2 cartridge and has a spring-loaded stick magazine in the front. All the controls on the gun — the magazine release, the slide release and the safety are fully operational; and with the one-piece heavy metal slide that operates exactly like the firearm slide and remains open when the last shot has been fired, a high degree of realism is achieved. Even the disassembly latch operates, and the pistol can be field-stripped, though the steps are not exactly the same as for a Beretta 92 firearm. You do have the luxury of disassembling the pistol, for an added touch of realism. The pistol weighs 42 ozs., which is 8 oz. heavier than an unloaded 9mm Beretta 92 (34 ozs.).
The ambidextrous safety is what makes this pistol a copy of the Beretta 92 and not the 92FS. The older and rarer 92 (5,000 9mm pistols made 1975-1976) had a safety mounted in the frame of the pistol as this BB pistol does. The 92FS safety is mounted at the rear of the slide.
The safety lever is mounted on the frame and is just a safety on the test pistol. Shown here in the intermediate (fire) position. All the way down is also off safe. Up into the notch cut in the slide is safe. There are no markings for these positions. On other variants of this gun, this switch is also a selector for automatic fire. Being ambidextrous, there’s a similar switch on the other side of the frame.
The safety does not de-cock the pistol like the firearm safety does. It’s just a manual safety and nothing else. The safety on the test pistol is ambidextrous, with levers on both sides of the slide. Unlike the Beretta 92FS pellet pistol made by Umarex, this safety does block the trigger and the hammer. If the gun is cocked and the safety is on, the hammer stays cocked and nothing happens. If the hammer is on half-cock and the safety is on, the trigger cannot fire the pistol, as it’s locked in position. You can see and feel some movement, but the gun won’t fire. The safety cannot be put on when the hammer is all the way down in the fired position. I would not recommend pulling the trigger hard when the safety is on, as it seems to stress the firing mechanism.
One more comment about the safety. When you push it up there are two detents. The lever stops at the first detent which is midway, but that’s not the safe position. When I first encountered this, I uncharacteristically read the manual and was surprised to find “To start shooting, aim at a target, put the selector (1) on the semi or auto position (according to your version).” By “selector,” the manual refers to the safety. Well, the test guns seems to be semiauto, only. The second notch (midway between down and up) did not function differently than the first one (all the way down). Only the uppermost position, where the end of the lever was up in the slide, made the gun safe. So, on the test gun, the “selector” is just a safety.
Obviously, the manual was adapted from an airsoft manual, because the gun is referred to as a softair in one place. In another place the pistol is called a rifle, so it’s pretty obvious that the manual hasn’t been edited by an English-speaking person. Like all airsoft manuals, this manual is very spartan, so you better be familiar with the general operation of airguns like this, or you’ll have questions the manual doesn’t address.
Thefront and rear sights are fixed. There’s a strange white marking below the notch on the rear sight that I’ve never seen on any other handgun. It looks like an attempt to make the sights look tactical, but it could also be an exotic Asian version of a tactical sight, I suppose.
The pistol handles just like a Beretta 92, which means a very wide grip for the double-stack 9mm magazine. Although the double-stack concept isn’t used in the BB gun, it does leave more room for the CO2 cartridge.
The magazine has a contoured floorplate that becomes an extension of the grip. This is a pistol that’s sized for medium to large hands.
The pistol can be fired either single-action or double-action; but because of the blowback feature, all shots after the first one will be single-action. The single-action trigger-pull is light and surprisingly crisp. The double-action pull is also very light and smooth.
Like many BB pistols, the magazine incorporates both the BB magazine as well as the CO2 storage. CO2 cartridges are very easy to install, using a large Allen wrench that comes with the gun. Remember to put a drop of Crosman Pellgunoil on the tip of each new cartridge before you pierce it. The oil will be blown into the interior of the valve, where it gets on all the seals and keeps them fresh and doing their job.
The manual refers to a speedloader, but the test pistol didn’t come with one, so I had to load it one BB at a time while holding down the spring-loaded follower. This is tedious until you get the hang of it, then it goes pretty quick. There’s no provision to lock down the follower, so you have to hold it down with your thumbnail.
The barrel moves to the rear a short distance when the slide recoils. When the slide moves forward, the barrel locks into the slide and the two become an integrated unit. It seems to lock in the forward position well enough, but I guess that’s what the accuracy test will determine.