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WE-Tech Full Metal 1911 GI Full Size Airsoft GBB Pistol (Color: Black)

89 Customer Reviews

by Matt W. on 08/15/2008
"This pistol is great. It is reliable, very accurate, and when fired, has a very hard kick accompanied by a loud bang. I like thiis pistol a lot.
by Alex M. on 06/10/2008
"This is the best pistol that I have ever bought. Some CQB games I will go in only with this and not die. All I can say is that it is freakn amazing. One time I was versing my brother with his echo m16 and box mag and he was winding it behind a tree so I ricocheted a shot off a tree and hit him in the head. That is a true story by the way.
by Garrett K. on 06/04/2008
"this is an exellent secondary i just got it and the range on it is unbelevable it goes very far just with the hop up off. it packs very good recoil it moves your hand very good and it stings to be shot with i will be using it in a match soon but this is not my primary my primary is an M4-A1 i recomend this gun to any one it is realistic it blows back like advertised the only plastic on it is the brown grips and the loading tube inside of the slide other than that the gun is full metal and the slide will lock back in place when the mag is empty this is the best choice for a 1911 the kjw has plastic hop up and the range ain't as good this has metal hop up and like i said this is a good 1911 model its reliable and very affodable and hopefully yougo with this choice.
by Benjamin B. on 01/16/2018
I made the terrible mistake of doing so, green gas performs very poorly in colder areas, much worse than you could imagine. I can get off maybe 2-3 bbs every full mag during the winter at around 20-30 degrees.

The magazine tip for the gun is very weak. Although it's full metal, the tip used for feeding is plastic and if you pull back the loading spring too hard, that thing will fly right off.

OVERALL: The gun itself is reliable, accurate, comfortable, and simply just fun to use.
by Connor K. on 12/02/2017
"This gun is a 6 out of ten. It's well constructed and has a great look to it. It also feels rlly real in the hand. The main issue with this thing is the sights. Now I know it's supposed to be the original but these sights take so long to line up bc they r just so damn small and r the same color. When u first get this gun the hop up is WAY to far up. U want to adjust it to the lowest it can go. That will give u pin point accuracy at about 40 feet. This gun is over pretty solid. However I would recommend the glock 19 as your sidearm. That baby is flawless.
by Kevin M. on 05/16/2017
"I bought this roughly two years ago to use in my backyard as a training aid in lieu of my real RIA 1911 GI. It also gets it use as my dedicated cockroach killer. I have never played airsoft with it. It's survived the 2 years well, at the time that I ordered it I also ordered pretty much every upgrade part available on this site: Angel Custom piston head and rocket valve. RA-tech 6.01 barrel, Guarder 150% recoil/hammer springs, and the reinforced nozzle return spring. I only shot a few mags worth before changing out all of the parts, and honestly can't objectively tell a difference. It's still not very accurate with .2 bbs (hop up off/lowest possible setting) when shooting at a 6" steel plate at about 15 yards. But it is reliable. I swapped out the included extended slide catch with a GI style one made by WE to match my real 1911, but the slide catch doesn't actually lock the slide on the last shot since there isn't enough material to be pushed up by the mag follower (currently attempting to remedy this with some JB weld). Iíve also replaced each valve in my magazines with the Angel Custom high flow valve in an attempt to fix some sticking valve issues the OEM ones had. Seems good so far. A big plus is that it fits into my custom molded kydex OWB holster, and the mags also fit into my kydex molded mag carrier, though a little tight. Pretty good stand in for the real thing albeit a tad lighter in heft, and obviously the shooting dynamic is completely different. The gas consumption is still fairly inefficient with my upgrades, but propane is cheap. Build quality is decent for airsoft and finish quality is what I would call par or subpar. The frame/slide finish is a nicer matte parkerizing look-alike but all of the small parts on it look like they were painted with cheap paint and it rubs off very easily. All in all, definitely worth the $90 bucks in OEM form, probably not worth the almost $160 total cost with the upgrades.
TLDR summary:
- Itís cheap
- Mags are cheap ($15 on sale usually)
- Itís pretty much dead on dimensions-wise with a real 1911, will fit in holsters made for a 5Ē 1911 without a rail
- Fairly powerful, recoil is enjoyable
- Easy to maintain
- If you have a real 5Ē 1911, you would like this

- Gas efficiency is poor even after upgrades
- Not going to win any marksmanship contests even with a 6.01 RA-tech barrel
- Finish on small parts will come off with ease
by Jared P. on 10/26/2016
"This is a great pistol. It's weighted correctly, sized correctly, good authentic feel to the grip and to cocking it-- plenty of functioning safeties and slide-catch, and comfortable enough to hold and use. What more can you ask for from a good gun? Well, the reason this review isnt 5 stars is simply because the paint caught me off guard. Every gun I've gotten from WE-Tech (Lugers, Browning HP, etc) have had smooth metallic-black paint, while this one comes with a somewhat rough matte-black paint. That's not a bad thing, but it feels like i could scratch the paint off with a fingernail-- like its flaky-- and it gives the entire gun a more rattly, plastic feeling than anything else. Don't get me wrong, though! This gun is metal, and its SOLID. The only internal issue I have is an aesthetic one, and it's because I dislike the blue gas bit inside the slide-- which is fair, because I originally saw it depicted in the gun's preview images, so it's not like it was a big surprise.

FOR ANYONE WANTING TO REMOVE THE ORANGE TIP, IN ORDER TO INSERT THE INCLUDED THREAD-ADAPTER OR TO SCREW IN A SUPPRESSOR: **This has worked in less than 10 minutes for ANY WE-TECH pistol I've used.**-- simply field-strip the pistol, taking out the external barrel, and place this into a small container of acetone. If you do not have pure acetone available, then use nail-polish remover that includes acetone. Let it sit and "dissolve" in this for a bit until the plastic becomes soft and easily malleable. Then, wipe off the metal portion of the barrel-- making sure to leave the plastic tip damp-- and heat the entire thing with a hairdryer. Get it nice and hot, not to the point of burning you but it should at least prick a bit when you touch it. Then, carefully remove the tip with a pair of pliers, being sure not to snap/bend/break the plastic-- if you find yourself turning or tugging and only damaging the plastic, rather than not removing it, re-place it in acetone for a bit longer and restart the process. Twist the tip out counter-clockwise, and if you've done it correctly, it'll come right out. ** ONLY REMOVE THE TIP IF YOU PLAN ON USING SILENCERS, AND DON'T TAKE NON-TIPPED PISTOLS OUT IN PUBLIC AS IT'S AGAINST THE LAW IF YOU'VE RECEIVED A GUN WITH AN ORANGE TIP.*

Only other advice I can give is to be super-duper careful if your gun (such as any of WE-Tech's Lugers) have paint on the barrel, as excessive acetone dissolution or the slightest scratching from your pliers will chip the paint off and reveal its metallic-silver underneath.

The pros to this approach rather than doing one or the other (heat OR acetone) is that the acetone will begin to dissolve the plastic, which helps with the super-glue but makes the plastic too malleable to twist or wrench out. The heat from the dryer will not only re-harden the plastic, but will heat up the acetone already on the glue/plastic to amplify the heat it receives, giving a nice two-combo-punch to twist the tip out.
by Ian B. on 11/12/2013
"I love it. The orange tip is metal and threaded, so it actually looks cool compared to plastic orange tips. Looks identical to call of duty zombies pistol (just saying for zombie lovers) I love it so much except for the barrel. The barrel wobbles like hell. i'm not sure if it is like that because it needs to because its blowback, but it annoys me
by Vanessa L. on 06/13/2013
"for starters this was my first gbb and i was super excited to finally have one but mine seems to go full auto some times but i think its my sear anyways

full metal
tm compatible

no rail
no ajustible sights
gas guzler
by John O. on 05/30/2013
"I got this as a backup sidearm and it's my fourth GBB. It's mostly metal giving it a good weight and the kick is comparable to a .22 (in my experience). It has a stigma because of the infamous WE quality but if you put a little effort into it, it could easily be a CQB primary.

99% metal
TM compatible
Easy to disassemble
Decent kick

Poor gas efficiency (easily fixed though)
Paint chips easily (could be a pro)

I recommend getting the Angel Custom DYNA piston head, some better O-rings, and a roll of gas seal thread tape ($6 at HomeDepot) to make it skirmish worthy.
by Joshua B. on 03/06/2013
"This is one of my favorites gbb's ever!

- Full metal upper and lower frame.
- Really nice trades.
- Lanyard is pretty cool.
- Nice gas efficiency.
- Cool down does not make this gun flinch, shot
it in 16 degree weather running green gas.
- Low vision sights.

- (Biggest one) The slide starts to get stuck on
the hammer when returning to firing position.
- Paint it really weak sauce.
- Novak emblems on the grip are glued on,
They will eventually Fall off.

That is about it, Other than that this GBB is one of the best I have seen.
by Jordan R. on 08/12/2012
"ALRIGHT! I've had this gun for about a week now, and its amazing! It's heavyish, but I can tell its made of aluminum and not steel, unlike most WE hi-capas. This is a great marksman pistol, the recoil is smooth, the sights are friendly, and it's a very reliable gun. Also, this model is flashy but not enough to give away your position. Overall:

Lightweight metal (aluminum)
Decent clip size
Friendly sights
Very responsive/ cycles fast

Cheap plastic grips
Clip it came with doesn't hold enough has and it gives the gun cycling problems. I have 3 other WE 1911's though, so I have all their clips and a few spares, and they work fine in the pistol. Other than that. No other bad things.4 stars because of the clip.
by Devin P. on 12/28/2010
"I've had this gun for about a month now and it is amazing. The look and feel of this gun is almost identical to a real m1911. it is a about 2 pounds. It also comes with a threaded orange tip as well as a normal orange tip. both are removable. all and all i give this a 4.5/5 (the only con being it only holds 15 rounds)
by bob m. on 12/25/2010
"this is a pretty good gun i did notice that if you bump it, it will scratch so be careful with it. the blowback is amazing it has a good kick for an airsoft gun but it did lack trademarks but then again thats why i didnt pay 140 bucks for the same gun. the duel safeties are nice field stripping it is easy

feeling in your hand
easy to take appart
mags are only 20 bucks
lots of accessories and upgrades

slide spring is kind of crappy
gas usage(not the worst but not the greatest)
onlyone mag
by Taegin S. on 12/11/2010
Recoil is nice and crisp, when you rack the slide, it gives you that satisfying clack that just sounds amazing. I got 3 mags with this, the easy load design is amazing, the loading spring gets locked, never falls out and snaps up, its perfect and easy to use. Orange tip is unusually easy to remove, which was great for me. Sort of dry out of the box, you might want to lube it a bit. No markings really aside from ".45 ACP" on the ejector port part of the barrel. Grips are obviously plastic but they still look nice and serve their purpose. The metal that this gun is made with is superb, no complains cosmetically. I disassembled it and saw nothing wrong, everything looked great, strips down just like the real steel. there were a couple flaws though that i hope are going to work themselves out. The safety is extremely stiff, i can't engage it with my thumb and i am not a weak person, the thing is almost stuck there but after a long day of playing with the gun, i think it's starting to loosen up. Also, when i'm firing, i've noticed the slide will randomly lock back even though there are bb's still in the mag. not much of a problem, i keep my second hand on the gun as well so its just a matter of flicking my thumb. I've HEARD that rapid firing this thing will cause it to freeze up and just stop firing so i tested this. No problems whatsoever, ran through the whole clip without any slowing down in fire rate. The hop up is accessible by removing the top half of the gun, and it's a wheel hop up so it's fairly simple to adjust. Overall, I am in love with this pistol!

Crisp blowback
Quality metal
great mags
easy loading feature
works like a charm
Easy to adjust hop up
Realistic Field strip
Orange tip comes off
80 bucks???? STEALLLLL

Safety (probably going to solve itself)
Slide locks back(wtf?!)

Overall, a really great gun, and for 80 bucks, the Pros outweigh the Cons.