I bought this gun along with the KJW M9 Tac-Master, and I must say both of them have preformed heavenly in the past 7 months I've had them, yep, you heard right, seven months! I use either of them as a sidearm when I go to games. Read my review of this gun or simply scroll though the Pros/Cons, in my opinion the pros outweigh the cons. The same, but slightly edited review can be found on the review page for the KJW Tac-Master M9, this is the original review, but has been posted on the Tac-Master page cause they are internally the same gun.
When I first got them I was tinkering with them, and the SECOND i took off the grip on the right side (Receiving end away) a small spring popped out and flew across my room, I caught a glimpse of it for a second and didn't much pay attention. Turns out this spring is vital in cocking the gun after each shot, so I eventually found it again, and let me say, it was a pain in the ass to get it back in and screw on the grip! When you open up the grip on the right side of the gun, BE CAREFUL of the spring. If it pops out, find it immediately, it's easily lost.
-Recoil / Blowback:
So, when I took it for a test drive outside I noticed immediately how accurate it was (More down below)! However I was slightly disappointed by the recoil, I had expected it to be a bit stronger, the recoil spring is not incredibly powerful, but it is noticeable when firing. All and all, this gun has a fairly crisp blowback but, just saying, an upgraded Recoil Spring would do wonders.
I later took it over to my chrono station, filled it up with some propane, and was getting pretty consistent readings around ~320 - ~340 however after about 5-6 shots it would climb down to about ~310 - ~290 and gradually downwards. However that's not the gun's fault, the magazines are not very well built, more about the Magazines downwards.
The accuracy of this particular gun is fairly outstanding, after I tuned the hop-up just right (was a pain, you need an Allen wrench to do it, they may have included it but I don't remember) I took it out for some more tests, on a cardboard sheet ~50 - ~60 feet away, I was getting pretty consistent groupings of about ~3 -~4 inches. Bear in mind that the groupings were with the gun mounted, and if you were firing by hand the recoil would drastically increase distance of the groupings. In games this pistol really helps me out in some tough situations.
The build quality on this outstanding gun is fantastic, KJW has really outdone themselves with this M9, It's incredibly well built, and will most definitely last for a long time. Though all the abuse this gun has been put through it still preforms amazingly! Meaning nearly as well as it did when I first got it, the only cosmetic wear I've noticed is one or two barely noticeable scratches and it's shine has dulled slightly, however that is to be expected with age, I'm sure this reliable gun will continue serving it's duties for months and maybe years to come.
I regret to say, that a slight lack in quality comes from the magazine, the magazine has a small O-Ring around fill valve that pops out with a slight bit of shaking, when the O-ring falls out the gun will leek gas like crazy while filling, make sure to keep a CLOSE eye on this O-ring, HONESTLY TAPE IT IN IF YOU HAVE TO.
Other reviews have been talking about this gun's gas consumption. In truth this gun is NOT a gas hog as long as the O-Ring around the fill valve is in the magazine. The gun itself does not use too much gas and the blowback barely consumes any, the only gas problem I've encountered is if you point is straight downwards while shooting it may spurt gas out of the back of the slide, however I can't think of any scenario where you'd have to shoot straight down anyways.
-Weight and feel
The weight and feel of this gun is great, having this gun in your hands, you just know you're holding a sturdy weapon that will last a long time. The weight of this fully loaded and gassed is about the exact weight of a fully loaded Beretta by feel. If the orange tip weren't there it would be possible to confuse this gun for the real steel version.
- Works well as a pair with the Tac-Master
- Incredibly Durable
- Noticeable Blowback, can be improved.
- Consistency of shots is good for a period of time.
- Amazingly accurate for a blowback pistol.
- Incredibly durable build, will last a LONG time.
- Does not consume too much gas
- The weight and overall feel of the gun is very realistic
- Lousy spring set bends very easily, however can be bent back into shape
- Springs are too easily lost, and pop out annoyingly often (not with simply using/firing the gun though)
- Consistency of shots drops fast after period of time
- Recoil spring needs to be improved
- Easy to lose O-ring for mag
- Can be a gas hog if the above occurs
- Stubborn orange tip won't come off without taking the paint with it.
In my opinion the pros greatly out weigh the cons and this gun will last me a long time to come.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]