August 19, 2008, 12:11 AM
I saw this (http://big5sportinggoods.shoplocal.com/big5/Default.aspx?action=browsepagedetail&storeid=2503811&rapid=576438&listingid=-2091182805&pretailerid=-98565) in the local Big 5 ad, and was wondering how the weight and balance compares to the real thing.
I'm a satisfied P345 owner and would love to have an airsoft version to play around, practice some drills with on rainy days, and terrorize my buddies with. I'd just like to know if the heft and balance is roughly the same. Does anyone out there own both, the real one and the airsoft?
Thanks in advance.
August 19, 2008, 04:02 AM
Generally, those plastic "springers" don't have anywhere near the weight/balance of the real gun. They are mostly toys. Fun toys, though. If you are interested in practice for rainy days or for when you can't make it to the range, I highly recommend one of the full-metal gas blow-back (GBB) airsoft pistols. The GBB guns are spot on with weight and realism (for the most part). Unfortunately, I don't know of any P345 gas blowback replica. Airsoft manufacturers will only make what sells, and hollywood/mall ninja/uber tactical is what sells.
EDIT: I didn't realize the the airsoft gun in the link is actually CO2 powered and not a "springer" (springers being the type that have to be manually cocked for each shot). In my experience the CO2 guns DO have some heft to them, however, much weight is in the mag as that is where the CO2 cartridge is usually located. So the balance will be different than the real thing, not top heavy like a real poly-framed pistol.
August 19, 2008, 04:29 AM
Airsoft guns are great for shooting practice , but none I have ever played around with come very close to the real thing. Even if it ain't close to the weight / balance you can still index on targets, draw and fire and other drills.
PS they can be great for quick draw showdowns after a few drinks. (wearing safety glasses .. of course):D:D Ha!
August 19, 2008, 01:12 PM
depends on the gun to be honest I found my mates sig 226 is pretty close to the one I held that was a deact.
His SA80 airsoft is apparantly pretty close according to my ex raf father but they are plastic and metal mix.
the ammo is pprobably more difficult to load in the airsoft though lol.
August 20, 2008, 01:18 AM
PS they can be great for quick draw showdowns after a few drinks. (wearing safety glasses .. of course) Ha!
That's a big part of why I want it! :D
August 22, 2008, 01:12 AM
Well, I went and got it today.
-Shape and size are (virtually) identical to the real one.
-Has a weight under the barrel to improve balance.
-Magazine drops free.
-Weight is not the same as the real one (didn't really expect it to be).
-Slide, hammer, and controls do not move (except for mag release).
-Trigger feels nothing like the real one (go figure).
-Different sights than the real one (I think I like them more).
I did some quick point-shooting but haven't pulled out the paper to test the accuracy yet. It was powerful enough to put holes in one side of a full gallon of water at 25ft.
I don't think it will be very useful for accuracy training, but it might help with drawing from concealment to a firing position since it's the same size and shape as my real one. I think it will be a valuable tool for teaching my daughter gun safety. I got the clear plastic model so it's immediately identifiable as 'not a real gun.'
All and all, not a bad buy for the price ($40).