"I came on here looking for a new sidearm, and this was the first one that popped up at the top in an advertisement. The price was great, so I couldn't pass it up. Shipping was quick, it arrived the following week. As another reviewer already wrote, it turns a lot of heads as it is a very beautiful sidearm! The action is so smooth and feels amazing as you rack it, and operate it. Reminds me a lot of shooting a true 1911, just not as heavy as the real one. When I first got mine, the mag was having a strange jamming issue inside the mag... the BB's would get stuck in the middle of the mag, and as a result, the follower wouldn't feed into the feed ramp of the pistol. Also, the magazine spring was so tight when i first got it, that I couldnt even pull it down without messing up my finger (I have an injury on my thumb... not much fealing in the tip). I had to double up my shirt and use it to assist me sliding the follower down. I had to load one BB in at a time. I left the mags full for a while to break in the spring. This solved the problem, now I don't need any assistance. Ever since the first 2 or 3 mags, I haven't had either of those problems again.
The recoil is quite nice, and follow-up shots are very fast, as it doesn't take you off target. The slide locks to the rear on an empty mag.
The hop-up is a bit finicky on mine for the only reason that it doesn't stay where I set it... it will either slide to all the way off, or all the way on if I set it anywhere between, which isn't an issue for me, because I just leave it all the way off. This gun doesn't need any hop-up.
If you run .2g through it, the BB's will fly straight for about 30-40 yards, then hop-up about 20 feet (hop-up disengaged). With the hop-up fully engaged (since mine won't go between for some reason) it will hop-up about 30-40 feet... looks pretty cool when it flies clear up a tree.
With .25g BB's, they will fly straight the entire time, then slowly fall... my Max Effective Range with .25g is about 40-70 yards without wind (hop-up disengaged), with a Max Range of about 100 yards. I want to get .3g to test through it and see how it handles with the hop-up engaged. I am going to test from .3g, all the way up to .46g. If you want to know the results, just leave a question in the Q&A for this gun, and I will peek in at it to see if anyone asked about it every now and then.
I do not have a chrono, so I couldn't test the FPS, though I am pretty sure it is pretty accurate with the 1.2 Joule rating. It punches through two layers of cardboard at 10 feet with .2g BB's like it is nothing.
My buddy has a Tokyo Marui Hi-Cappa Extreme .45... that thing is sick, but he loves my new sidearm, and wants one for himself. We're both blown away with the MER of this thing, and we want to test as many different weights in it as we can.
I use it in a Blackhawk Serpa holster for 1911's. Fits perfectly, but I can tell it will eventually rub the finish off in a couple places, but that does not bother me.
-Beautiful piece of craftsmanship
-Functions flawlessly (after the mags broke in)
-Excellent Novak style sights
-The feel is awesome
-Range is beyond expectation
-Full Metal frame and slide
-Hop-up (on mine, not sure of the others... is not a break g point, as it doesn't even need it. I may replace the hop-up in the future)
-Comes with one mag
-Finish will most likely wear off in a few places, but again... not a breaking point.
Overall, this is an excellent piece of equipment, and I would recommend this sidearm to anybody out there... beginner, or veteran. If you're looking for a sidearm where beauty meets functionality, then this one won't disappoint. Just make sure you buy a spare mag... or 3