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WE Full Metal Desert Warrior Socom 4.3 FDE Airsoft Gas Blowback Pistol (Tan)
[GP-WE-053]
$110.00 $80.00
by ANCEL R. Date Added: Wednesday 09 January, 2013
By far the BEST WE Pistol I have ever owned. And one of the best Pistols I have owned and used on the market, especially at this price point. I own 3 of these, and I think I always will. At least as long as I am an Airsofter. I initially purchased this model so that i had a backup to my TM version of the same model. Figured keeping things the same would translate into more effective fielding. And I was right. my Review will be based on performance AND in comparison to the TM model.

Pros:
Value
Full Metal Consturction (Including Slide) (TM Slide is Plastic)
Realistic Feel (Compared to my 4.3" real Steel)
TM compatible Mags
Accurate to 90 feet (With .20's)
TM compatible Parts (More on this later)
Rail (Pro and Con)

Cons:
Heavy (Compared to TM, but not really a Con)
Gas efficinecy not as good as TM (Prob Because of Slide weight)
Finsh not extremely Durable (Paint chips easily)
Magazine Capacity (Design limitation, not really a flaw)
Magazines not really durable, developed Leaks quite fast (Fixed with simple Tricks)
Rail (This falls in this category because of limitations on Holster options)


Whn comparing performace to the TM, the WE falls slightly short because of Gas efficiency and range. I attribute this to the Slide weight difference. When I swapped the Slides to the different lowers, as well as the Piston/Compression parts, I saw the same performance, but they followed the slides. Plastic TM slide caused the gun to perform better on both platforms. The Weight of the WE Slide made it feel much more realistic and a ittle more enjoyable to shoot (Stronger felt recoil), but that was overshadowed by the lack of efficiency. For a sub $100 Pistol, WE hit a Home Run IMHO.

I suggest all users lubricate their seals extremely well. I developed Leas in my WE mags that I never encountered with the TM mags. But a quick take down and lubing of all O-rings, and I havent had issues with this model or the mags since. I have owned quite a few of these, new and used, and havent been disappointed yet. The TM and one WE are over 2 years old. The others are less than 6 months old. I highly recommend this gun to anyone looking for a 1911 model. Keep in mind that this model has a Rail, so Holsters will not be easily found for this setup. I had to make a Custom Kydex Holster for mine.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
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