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Saturday August 6th, was a day full of surprises for
me. Upon returning home around noon, I found a box waiting
for me. Greek Post Office usually does not work the weekends,
so this was the first surprise of the day.
Upon examining the labels, I saw
that it was coming from Airsplat, from whom I was
expecting a new, all metal pistol for testing, the
Wei-ETech HiCapa 5.1. But since it had not arrived
by Friday noon, I had given up hope for it, expecting
it to be delivered on Monday.
Now remember, this was my first Airsoft
pistol I was going to handle, so as you can imagine
I was quite anxious to see it and play with it. So
I opened the box and start taking out its contents.
One large, flat box, which contained
the pistol, another long small box, which contained
a second magazine, a bag of BBs and an Airsplat sticker.
As I already said, this was the first time in my life that
I handled an Airsoft pistol. So you can imagine my (second)
surprise, when I picked up a quite heavy STI-alike pistol.
A full metal pistol (meaning that the upper frame, barrel
and slide are made of metal), weighting more or less the
same as a high capacity 1911, loaded with rounds!
This particular pistol, looked very much like a standard
STI pistol, the Eagle 5.0. There were some differences of
course, but the first impression was "Oh, here is an
STI". The pistol had the silly (but necessary for some
countries) orange tip at the muzzle, adjustable sights and
one standard length , high capacity magazine. The second
magazine, that you see above, is an extended one, with a
hidden feature, more about that later.
The first thing I did, was to remove the magazine and rack
the slide back. Oooops, the slide went back almost before
I touched it. Of course this is not a .45 ACP pistol, so
the recoil spring is very light. I let the slide forward,
and decided to do something about the orange barrel tip,
right then and there. Very soon the tip was in the garbage
can, in my office.
With that minor annoyance out of the way, I started examining
the pistol. Typical STI look-alike frame, with a metallic
upper frame and plastic grip, huge magwell, ambidextrous
thumb safety, a light rail, and Bomar rear sight.
While I was removing the orange tip from the muzzle,
I noticed the first thing which didn't impress me.
The barrel/slide fit, leaves a lot to be desired.
The barrel's outside diameter is quite small compared
to the internal diameter of the slide. Even though
the reverse recoil spring plug is a very nice unit,
which supports the barrel the mismatched diameters
of the slide and barrel make me skeptical, as to
what accuracy one can expect from this pistol. We
Here you can see the shooter's view.
Wide (really wide) but perfectly
shaped ambidextrous safety pads (I wish I had such
a safety on my real 1911), a very nicely fitted beavertail,
a false extractor and a dummy firing pin.
The thumb safety is one of the best I've laid my hands
on, it's shaped with a slight downward angle to the side
of the pistol, and the shape is perfect for quick manipulation.
However, it suffers from what I am afraid every ambi-safety
can suffer from. Mismatched movement of the right and left
parts, due to a loose connection on its axle. This means
that if you use the right side of the safety to make the
gun fire, the left side does not exactly follow the movement,
and the gun is still on safe. Not very encouraging, if this
was a real gun.
I removed the safety and had a look inside. The left part
is shapped in a triangular shape, which mates to a female
triangular shape on the right side. A little crazy glue
could fix this issue but then I won't be able to fully strip
the gun. And since I never use the right side of the safety,
I left it as it is.
The extractor is of course a dummy one, since there is
nothing to extract, so it's just a half-circle shape engraved
on the rear of the slide.
Finally, the firing pin is a dummy too, because the real
firing pin (whose role is to let gas out of the magazine
to propel the BB down the barrel) is actually in the frame,
not in the slide.
I played with the controls a bit,
and the plungers spring is very light also. This makes
the safety snap on and off quite easily, more easily
than I would have liked. I thought about changing
the plungers spring with a normal one, but I am afraid
that this might affect the last-shot lock back feature,
so for the time being, I didn't touch it.
The hammer is also made of metal, but this one is
a poor quality casting, with several imprefections.
A new hammer might be required in the future, if this
What is a clear winner though, is
the rear sight.
A very precise immitation of our
well-known Bomar adjustable sight, with both elevation
and sideways adjustements.
The sight is burried almost perfectly
on the slide (at least better than the sights Colt
installs on some of their pistols). Also, the slide
is serrated on the top.
The front sight is dovetailed on
the slide, and it is a little strange, since it is
thin at the front, and becomes thicker as we move
towards the rear.
In a real gun, that would allow the
shooter to trim its width, according to how much light
he likes to see around it, when he centers the front
sight in the notch of the rear on. The front sight
also has a circle on its face, as if the same sight
is used on another model, with three-dots. On this
particular model though, the sights are flat black,
as they should be on a "target" pistol.
The frame is not checkered, but stippled,
offering a nice, secure grip. The front of the grip
is checkered, much like the STI's grips are and so
is the mainspring housing.
Another touch I liked, the magazine release is checkered
(not just serrated, which is the usual thing found
on almost every 1911). I love checkered magazine releases,
so I thought this was a very nice detail.
The pistol's dust cover incorporates
a light rail, which is becoming a trend lately (so
that holster makers have more work to do). However,
this one is next to useless, since it does not have
the cross-cuts which are used to secure the item you
will mount there. Of course, with the recoil of an
Airsoft pistol, you do not have to worry too much
about the cross-cut safety, but still if you install
a light there, you do not want to see it hitting the
floor, when you lower your pistol.
I am not fond of these light rails
in any case, since they do not allow you to use your
existing 1911 holsters, and also destroy the very
harmonious lines of the pistol, but on this particular
case, I didn't care much, I do not have an STI holster
anyway, so I didn't care much for holstering it. As
for its lines, the hi-cap pistols were never particularly
attractive in my eyes.
Here is what the pistol looks like with the slide locked
back. As you can see, it features a full-length guide rod.
I then disassembled the pistol.
Finally, what is significant for shooting, the pistol's
trigger breaks like a glass rod, no creep and very light.
Actually this pistol has a trigger pull, lighter than the
one of my real pistols, so it is ideal for target shooting.
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This review was brought to you
by John Caradimas (M1911).
The M-1911 Pistols Organization
September 20, 2005. Athens, Greece.