||Real Steel history
When the original Resident Evil was released, the standard sidearm was the M92FS.
In the later games and remakes, they changed some of the aesthetics and renamed it the
Samurai Edge STARS special. The externals were distinct, and the internals were of superior quality due to the continuous flow of funds though Umbrella and chief Irons. Otherwise, it was a standard sidearm, chambered in 9mm parabellum and based on a non-railed frame.
Tactical lights were either not used, or attached straight to the frame. The light resembled this:
STARS captain Albert Wesker had a slightly different Samurai Edge, the modifications are described later. Barry Burton had a heavily modified one, with fiber optic sights, a muzzle compensator and burst function, chambered in .40 S&W. Marui also makes it, minus the burst, but they are exceedingly rare.
The mostly ABS samurai edge has a distinct look to it, even with the overused Beretta base.
The recoil guide rod, controls, hammer, takedown and internals are all metal. Sights are 3 dot, the rear slightly longer then standard and secured by an allen screw. The dark matte finish is accented by the silver barrel and guide rod, along with the distinct STARS grips; wood outline with a polymer panel and the STARS medallion. Trigger and hammer are black, although certain versions of the Samurai Edge have silver ones. Trades are deeply engraved in the later style slide (the "elite" type) and display "STARS kendo custom". However, ugly seams run down the frame, slide and barrel, although they are somewhat hard to see
the Beretta 92 is one of the less comfortable sidearms. Its wide grip, combined with a long trigger and slide mounted safety, make gripping a firing difficult for those with smaller hands. I'm not one with small hands; I can fire the Desert Eagle and 1911 hi capa with one hand easily. It is not that the Beretta is oppressively big, just awkwardly set up. The trigger is decent through, double action first shot with a fairly smooth pull, both double and single. Safety is very awkward for one handed use, I recommend either learning to sweep it with your thumb (weak hand works best) on draw, or carry safety off hammer down. This also brings up another problem: the safety falls off very easily. Locktite the allen screw holding it on. The slide release is pretty decent however, and fairly easy to reach. (unlike the god awful one on the Glock series, or the slightly short one on the 1911) Grips are removable too, so you can use other grips that fit on the real steel, or if you really need to cut down on width, just wrap the frame with board tape.
Most of these issues are with the inherent design of the pistol, not the specific replica, and don't really degrade the overall quality of the pistol.
Hop up is fixed and tuned for .2 BBs. With them, it gets roughly 320 FPS on green gas. Most of Marui's older pistols wear down on green gas, but these take them in stride, and are very satisfying. Recoil is crisp and fast, and it makes a nice bang on each shot. It is sharper pitched then most, a BAP!! rather then a BOOM! The magazine can take roughly 2-3 full loads worth of gas and the pistol is fairly gas efficient. Accuracy, range and ROF is great, you can really hold your ground in CQB, maybe even outdoors if you're fast.
In Resident Evil 1, wesker carried a sidearm with slightly different aesthetics. However, you can get a similar look with some spray paint and molding.
In RE5 (from the trailers), his samurai edge has gotten several changes. The frame has rails and the sidearm is adorned with a M3 style tac light. There is a beavertail (think the grip safety on 1911s, but it doesn't work as a safety, only to keep the hammer from biting your hand), which is pretty hard to add to a Beretta.
-unique look, probably main reason for purchase
-great performance and firing feel, accurate
-reliable and relatively sturdy
-good range of upgrade parts, takes green gas pretty well
-good 3 dot sights
-good capacity, 26 rounds, and enough gas for rapid fire
-right side safety falls off
-expensive (especially on here, you can get it for $150 or so elsewhere) and expensive mags
-fixed hop up
Good pistol, but a KWA M9 PTP would probably serve you better. I'm actually going to do a custom KWA pistol, and convert it to look the same as a Samurai Edge sidearm. However, there is nothing wrong with these. Just watch that damned safety. Fixed hop up and that lose safety keep this from being a 5.
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]