"A very high quality pistol, considering the manufacturer cost. I've heard lots of feedback questioning whether barrel length is good, bad, or indifferent, and I have no answer. Ordered a UA938 6" black, so I'll drop a review there too once I've compared ballistics, but my point for this review is that it is an excellent pistol.
Let's break it down a bit.
-It's 25 bucks and gets almost 200 FPS I'd say. That's hard to find, especially for the durability and reliability.
-Adjustable rear sights. Not super easy to tweak, needing an external tool, but the sights themselves are nice and simple, and the front sight is orange, so it's near impossible to miss in lower visibility conditions.
-Compact. I mean, it's a 2" barrel, so no kidding.
-Lovely fashion. No fancy finishes, but for the plastic molded I find its base look magnificent. Bias because I love snubs.
-Can be decocked, cylinder and all parts can take a hit (swinging cylinder won't murder the dang thing), and it comes with its own nicely fitted rubber barrel plug.
-Spread seems reliable enough, despite low price and short barrel.
*Fairly easy to cock, and hence, it's about the fastest refire springer you can get. It's also dual wield capable, unlike basically all springers. If you fan it, you can drop 6 shots in 3 seconds or less, depending. And I'm not even a strong guy. If you have small hands, one handed cocking (dual wield important note) might require a shift in posture instead cocking as is. I have small hands, so I can vouch.
-Comes with 2 spare shells. I love that somebody thought of this but I haven't lost one yet.
-Dirt simple in operation. Many springers (especially cheap ones with less FPS and/or fire rate than this model) have BB's get jammed in slides, double feed, have rounds drop from the chamber, and other annoying catastrophes. Here, you put a BB in a shell, press it in, throw it into the chamber one position CCW from chamber, run that angled spring hammer, and squeeze the trigger. BB's don't drop, it's virtually impossible to jam, and if it DID somehow jam, I can't imagine it'd be any level of challenge to unjam. You'd think a spring action revolver would be complex, but nope, they nailed the basics to a T.
-Operates extraordinarily well. This isn't like some weapons where you can only handle it so well and from there it's about marksmanship and SLIGHT returns from skill, but rather you can learn to load it, shoot it, draw it, cock, etc faster and better. To me, this is just awesome. If you're looking into revolvers, you're probably liking the vanity of being a cowboy type. Well, time to become the fastest gun in the west, son.
-Relatively low FPS, but for the price and mechanism, it's to be expected.
-As mentioned above, if you have small hands, it's hard to cock.
*A pain to fit CA regulation tape on. If you live in a non-taping state, congrats and ignore this bulletin.
-Rounds seem to be heavily affected by the wind, and hop up is quite odd and limited. I fired 0.12's out of this so far, so I'm holding off for some 0.2's with my black UA938 for more testing. That being said, you learn a lot about wind and compensation using this gun. In its own way, it's a plus, but mostly a downside.
-Loading process takes a fair amount of time. Once the 6 shots have been emptied, you need to open it, prepare your pistol style loader, and inject those 6 BB's, then press them in. I've put in _12 hours practice for this process alone, and have basically quintupled my loading speed in preparation for this downside for live combat. My load speed is probably about 3-5 seconds range for the whole process, depending how I do. If you're dual wielding, you might have to use some quite ornate loading technique to load both weapons and press in the rounds, and you can expect a drop in speed as well. I'm determined to test dual wielding validity on my UA938, so I'll prob review the plausibility there.
-Related to reload/unload, if you tilt the cylinder wrong, your casings can pour out, causing a bit of a ruckus. Personally I just limp wrist it and let it hang where gravity tells it to, and that works every time.
-Comes with ejector rod for no reason, but it works I guess. Cases don't need to be dropped, and moreover, the cases don't expand and get stuck due to heat and expansion like an actual firearm. Strangely useless.
Overall if you're looking for a fun range toy, a reserve CQC gun, a well balanced starting pistol for a conservative price, or maybe just a spring pistol with more style or ROF, this gun is exceptional. I've met the 3rd role already, and I'm ordering it a counterpart. I had high expectations of a revolver already, but man, this one exceeded my expectations. It's just an amazing piece of hardware all around.
I'd give it a 5 to me, but objectively I'd call it more like a 4, as not everyone will love every inch of it like I do.