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The WE Gas Blow Back G39 RIS Airsoft Gun is a one of a kind airsoft gun, it is in it's own class of authenticity. The WE G39 RIS nearly mirrors the real steel version of this rifle. The rifle is made of a high strength polymer, just like the real steel version of the gun. The kick and bolt action is what makes this gun, never before has a stock gun been able to achieve the kick that the WE G39 RIS has. WE has seriously outdone themselves with this gun. WE is not typically a company that comes to mind when you think of quality airsoft guns but this G39 RIS is making a strong case to be considered into that category. As gas guns become more and more popular it is pretty obvious that WE is going to be on the cutting edge of that expansion.
2011-12-07 10:25:22 W. COSTAKES JR verified buyer
For: WE G39 RIS GBB Rifle Airsoft Gun (BLK)
Got mine in the mail after 5 days (Ground shipping). When I got the package, I got an additional bonus. Airsoft GI threw in a poster of Maureen Chen holding one of there stainless steel pistols.
One thing I didn't care for was that Airsoft GI did a poor job re-securing my airsoft gun after they tested it. I was grateful that they took there time to take it out of the package and have one of there gun docs test it and give it the seal of approval, but they should have at least made an effort to resecure the straps that secure the gun.
Now, I didn't buy additional mags, simply because they are expensive. So I took the magazine provided and reloaded it.
So, on a cold day, I put it through the torture test. After the 4th mag reload, I ran into the dreaded gas bleeding problem. Its a simple issue of Boyles Gas Law working against you. The magazine gets so cold that it can't hold gas anymore. It just bleeds out like crazy.
But thats just a problem with the magazine. The gun itself would work fine if you bought 7 spare magazines.
Overall, I like it.
- Realistic takedown
- gratifying weight
- Railed Handgaurd is a nice touch
- Noticable blowback
- Magazine is designed to doublestack on its own with no accessories
- You'll definately need to buy a sling.
- Only one magazine included. You need to buy more
- Airsoft GI does a poor job repackaging it after they test it.
- The price of the gun and the magazines can be expensive.
Anyone like myself who finds themselves in the realm where the airsoft and firearms communities overlap are familiar with the debate over the viability of airsoft guns for firearms training. It goes back a long time. I have used gas blowback pistols for training many years. The cost of operating an airsoft gun, although not inexpensive, is like night and day when compared to a real firearm. For that reason alone I am a proponent of using airsoft for training. It comes with limitations but it is one more tool for the tool box.
And, more recently airsoft has been gaining momentum in the firearm community as a viable training tool, especially as ammo prices have soared. Travis Haley of Haley Strategic Partners, well established in the firearm community, has endorsed airsoft guns as a means for training in a recent video and does an excellent job of explaining the advantages.
I remember getting the occasional law enforcement orders years back for gas blowback pistols because functionally they were quite similar to their real firearm counterparts but the demand was never that great for rifles and I feel one of the primary reasons was the dominance of AEGs on the market. At the time although useable for force on force training they had several shortcomings such as being dimensionally different then real firearms since they need to house a gearbox, motor, and battery. I will not detail all the shortcomings as that would take an inordinate amount of your time and mine.
Developments like the Systema PTW and others fixed some of the problems. For example, the Systema PTW used a new motor and gearbox design that aside from being more efficient enabled the PTW to have a proportionally correct size pistol grip and receiver. Also, the Systema PTW design had a functional "bolt release." I emphasize bolt release because that is what it was meant to simulate, the release of the bolt carrier group to chamber the first round after inserting a new magazine. But in reality the Systema PTW did not have a bolt at all.
That was the shortcoming of the PTW and similar systems; the lack of a bolt carrier group. As a result the charging handle and forward assist did not function. Since the release of the PTW there have been blowback AEGs but that normally consists of a thin metal plate "recoiling" back. Aside from that they are not functionally different from conventional AEGs.
Enter the gas blowback rifle. Over about the last 2 years the airsoft market has seen the emergence of gas blowback rifles. Although gas rifles have been around many years they have been outshined by AEGs but models like the King Arms gas blowback M4 and others have addressed the shortcomings of AEGs, at least in the training sense. The design of such gas blowback rifles bring airsoft guns to a new level as training tools. Like the Systema PTW they are dimensionally similar if not that same as their real firearm counterparts.
The difference comes down to the internal operation. There is not an electrical switch. When you pull the trigger a hammer is released, a bolt carrier group recoils/blowsback; into a buffer tube that has a buffer and spring. As a result the trigger feel, fieldstrip/breakdown, controls, felt recoil are all more realistic. Every sensation and operation is enhanced. The near future release of KWA's gas blowback M4, the LM4, gives me further hope for the future of the gas blowback airsoft rifle as a training tool. KWA promises it will out perform and provide greater efficiency then current platforms.
The only significant shortcomings from my perspective remaining with the gas blowback rifles is they function less efficiently in cold and no marking ability. I discount the decreased accuracy as compared to a real firearm out of hand as my primary concern as a training tool is for force on force scenarios and weapons manipulation practice. In regards to the remaining shortcomings we are light years ahead of where we were a couple years ago. I was there, I remember. The desire is always to have the perfect system but in this world nothing is perfect so for the time being such shortcomings can be worked around and should not deprive us of a viable training tool.
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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 02 March, 2011.
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