Airsoft 1911 "takedown video". Almost looks like the real deal


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Cesiumsponge
August 17, 2006, 01:40 AM
I was randomly surfing around for a complete stripdown video for 1911s (much easier than a series of pictures and text) when I came across a 6-part series on youtube.com

The first which is here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8E51EMRWyw

(entire series list here: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=1911+takedown&search=Search_

I'm not quite sure what to think of this. The internals are very similar to a real 1911 when it is disassembled. I thought it was a real one until the slide came off wrong (the started noticing little things) However, I was not aware airsoft toys had INTERNAL parts that so closely mimicked the real deal. These things must cost a lot, yet they're toys.

I don't really have a position but I think it's worthy of some sort of discussion...great training tool for teaching kids young? Pointless hobby for people living in places where real guns aren't allowed by law? I seen people hanging thousands of dollars of real AR optics and items on airsoft ARs and whatnot but that is cosmetic replica. Replicating the internals like that particular video displays was something I was not aware of.

I'd hate to see some of these airsoft parts being pawned off as real gun parts .

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bigun15
August 17, 2006, 01:53 AM
Airsoft is designed to be as close to the real gun as possible, and the closer it is the more you pay. Right now I'm planning on buying one for about $115 not including shipping. I see them as a training tool and as a tool for getting people more interested in real guns. I know a half dozen people that have come to my house, seen me shoot my airsoft gun, shot it themselves, little chit-chat, now they want to try a real gun. Another person (in California, I might add) that thinks positively of guns.

They can cost a lot. Higher end models can be roughly $240 for a handgun, or an electric rifle for anywhere between $250-$500 (you're going way up if you spend the $500 though).

Personal opinion: The huge expensive optics are absolutely ridiculous.

MSGT9410
August 17, 2006, 02:04 AM
Some 'support weapons' such as M60s and M249s can be had as well, and regularly run in excess of $1K.


I plan on buying a rather high end electric operating MP5 variant in the near future for s***s and giggles.


Price?

$250 if I shop right.


Many people play this as a sport similar to paintball, except conduct themselves in a more professional manner (Generally speaking, but there's always the couple of whining 12 year olds whose parents gave them too much money for their own good), with one of the game types that I find to be the most intriguing being "Mil-Sim". Basically, they play Army for a day, except they actually engage each other with plastic pellets. Some people are really into it, spending thousands of dollars on authentic gear and accessories (which honestly, I find to be just silly).

Hey, whatever floats your boat I guess.


I do see this being as both a positive and negative thing when it comes to firearms.

On the positive side, you have a great opportunity to get people responsibly involved with firearms, and train then accordingly.

On the other hand, they may feel rather trigger happy from playing the sport, and might tempt themselves to come and play with a real firearm one day. This on top of the possibility of a couple of morons getting their hands on some of these weapons and playing with them in public and get both firearms owners and airsofters more negative spotlight.

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