The build is beautiful, and strong. Extremely little wobble, even when shaking the gun as hard as you can. Cycling is super smooth, very crisp, nice kick. Easily the strongest recoil of any gbb pistol i've fired. (It's still an airsoft pistol, so it's not like firing a 9mm) but I love this pistol, just need to order a few more mags for it. Everything functions exactly like a real-steal 1911: Beaver-tail safety, thumb safety (doesn't go all the way up unless the hammer is pulled back, nice attention to detail on KWA's part). Speaking of the hammer (love the shape, very easy to pull back with thumb) But, the hammer is actually functional, not just for show. If you take off the slide (realistic field stripping) you'll notice when you pull back the hammer, there's a little nub that comes out near the bottom of the hammer. When you push it in, you see the arm that hits the gas release valve on the mag move forward. So KWA actually made a functioning hammer/firing pin set-up. No other gbb 1911 i've used has that.
The 2 things, ONLY 2 things I could find wrong with this gun, 1: In order to remove the barrel/guide rod from the slide, you must first manually push the barrel assembly forward all the way, then you will see a small hole on the guide rod. Take that really tiny Allen wrench that came in the box, and put the short end of that in the hole with the long end following the length of the guide rod. Bring the barrel assembly back into the slide, then you must wiggle the guide-rod spring set-up forward, off of the nub that holds it in place, tilt the hop-up unit all the way to one side, then wiggle the guide-rod assembly the other way. and eventually it will come free. You can then slide the barrel out the front of the slide. Repeat in reverse to re-assemble.
and 2: (really just being knit-picky about realism, but hey, I'll say it anyway) after emptying a mag, and the slide locks back, and you insert a new mag. You have to release the slide by depressing the slide catch. It will NOT release if you simply pull back the slide. If this is how you normally do it then it won't be an issue, but for those of us that were trained to release the slide catch by pulling back and releasing the slide, this will kind of irritate you a bit.
I could complain about the polymer barrel, but you can buy metal ones from KWA's Pro Shop, and I think ASGI carries them too, so, that's fixable.
Complete metal construction
Smooth as silk operation
Very comfortable to hold
Good weight, feels like the real thing.
NS2 gas system, can't be beat, can go through 2.5 mags on one charge on a normal day.
Metal barrel is available.
(The item description says this version does NOT have a white dot on the front sight, but mine did, so I'm putting that as a Pro.) Saves me from having to add one myself.
Removing barrel/guide-rod from slide is a pain.
MUST manually depress slide-catch to release slide.
Polymer barrel (stock)
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]