Wednesday, July 6, 2011
The beast of American small arms options used by the General Infantry of the US Armed Forces in World War II, the M1 Garand is a weapon that has become an icon of American Military power during that period in history.
This model utilizes a cycling bolt system that allows this weapon its semi-auto shooting. Using 6mm pellets it is also very representative of the powerful rifles of real steel and it even matches the real steels capacity of 8 BBs.
The cool factor of this replica does not stop there, oh no. Although it does not use shells, the weapon does put its 8 BBs inside a faux''en blo'' clip which sits inside an internal magazine. The clip is loaded with 8 BBs much like a small magazine and then the whole ''clip'' is pushed into the receiver from the top such that the whole assembly goes into the internal magazine.
Firing off the shots is quick and nasty, the semi-auto action delivering high accuracy out of the long barrel. On its native HFC134a / Duster gas it will clock about 160 FPS with a 0.2g BB and will only just cycle with the lower pressure gas; although not built for TOP / Green / Propane gas, using the higher pressure source will crank things up to about 300 FPS with the 6mm pellets. Overall, this means that this 6mm version is far kinder to your targets even at short range as suppose to the big grunting 8mm versions cannon like power.
Although messy to operate and load the complex mechanism, users cannot really complain because it reflects the limitations of the real steel. Clips cannot be topped up while in use and when it becomes empty the last shot launches the clip out flying automatically which can alert enemies to your empty weapon.
With extensive use of high quality metal and a nice dark rich real wood body this weapon is a collectors piece, a reenactors tool and a period themed Airsoft skirmishers battle rifle.
Over the years, Marushin has made different models of M1 Garand; a limited edition Walnut stock version, a urethane plastic body version, a vintage version and this basic version. The basic version uses real wood of an unspecified nature so while it is not as luxurious as the Walnut version it probably looks more like the "tool grade" real thing than the "collector" style Walnut version. This 6mm version is the basic type but the downgrade to 6mm ammo affords lower power for short range and the more conventional ammo is easier to source.