- Nice option
Okay, so if your looking into this gun your probably a fan of the classic 1911. That's actually the main reason I got this gun. I looked all over the place for an affordable and inexpensive Colt 1911, from the KWC spring guns, to the HFC NBBs. None of them were what I was really looking for; I felt that I had "graduated" past spring guns and cheaper guns, but in no way was I going to spend $250 on an ABS pistol that uses a more expensive gas and shoots at 240fps. Then I heard about this guy on another site and I said to myself "As soon as Shorty gets this I'm gonna buy it." A couple of hours later I saw that they did have it and a few more hours after that I bought it. Okay, so here's the review:
The power is not outstanding, but it will hold its own. Its not as much as Shorty has listed, because the KJW M9 is also listed as shooting at 300fps and will almost go through a can and where the WE1911 will go through one side and leave a much smaller dent on the other side. I don't believe in the whole "Poor Man's Chrono", but I do think that cans are an effective way of
comparing muzzle velocities. I also forgot that I left a bit gas in the mag for the seals and that I irresponsibly left some bbs in the mag. I was looking at the gun and shoot myself in the tip of my forefinger! It hurt as if though I closed a door on my fingertip and it was numb for 20
minutes. The blowback is nice, not unlike the WE Dragon, but not as heavy. The blowback is also a little slow, by no means sluggish but still not the fastest.
Now here's where the gun has some of its brightest moments. Accuracy is decent as I got an estimated 1 foot (very small) of deviance at a measured 100ft. I haven't adjusted the hop up [I usually keep it off because it decreases velocity and wears out and I typically shoot at no more than 20 feet in my basement] but the gun still shoots around the distance said above. The smooth trigger isn't going to help as much as you might think, but it does make a difference because you don't need to "jerk" the trigger, you just need to tap it. Unless of course you wanted the best accuracy for single shot target shooting, then you should squeeze the trigger.
This gun is built fairly nicely, the metal is smilier feeling to that on other WE guns. The blowback cylinder is plastic as is the loading nozzle assembly, and the rest of the gun's parts are metal. I do have a major complaint; the paint scratches very easily. I noticed this on the first day of use when I had silver marks all over the place. I don't have any ideas on how to fix this besides touching them up with a sharpie or a paint pen, but this is very visible. The other option is to simply repaint the whole gun, but that has its obvious drawbacks. The slide and barrel have a slight rattle, as well as the magazine, but not enough to effect the performance. As a matter of fact, the slide is very smooth, and it got better with some lubing. I haven't had any leaks with the mags at all, and they don't look like like I will have any problems either.
The gun's safety lever is very difficult to put on, but on the plus side its remarkably easy to take off. It might just be a matter of breaking it in. The sights are also a large problem. Any one with less than perfect eyesight will have difficulty using them, but there is an easy solution for that; don't use them. Any good shooter will be able to hit a target with
instinctive shooting, and using the sights allows for human error to kick in. I was actually considering getting another one of these to dual wield ala Bruce Willis style. My try out tests were great fun but I unfortunately couldn't get any accuracy. The best I could do was a bullet spread, and then it came time to reload. I could no longer effectively catch and grasp new mags to put in. I still felt and looked cool though. Moving on, I really can't hold the 1911 comfortably, the grips seem to wide at the center of the grips side and there is no notch for your thumb, so you need to turn it or rest it above the safety. The grip safety is also a big pain in the palm (
pun intended) but it works, and it does help a bit. My brother has rather small hands and he said it was comfortable, while I have large hands so I don't know. I also have a bit of difficulty holding this gun with 2 hands, it would figure that the one gun that could benefit from a recurved triggergaurd dosen't have it. Now, the magazines work wonderfully. They hold enough gas for 1-1.5 mags worth of bbs, and not holding alot of gas carries the benefit of less cool-down and quick warm-up. You can also rapid fire through a whole mag's worth of bbs without problem. Try that with a double stack GBB.
I don't know about any mods with this gun, I heard that it can take some WA or TM stuff, but I also heard that this was false. I am however going to buy a pair of real steal wood grips,
and I'm also going to make a set of my own. Besides that, not much to do.
I thought for this review I'd list the pros and cons:
Inexpensive and cost effective 1911 option
Comes with extra magazine
Poor paint durability [scratches easily]
Somewhat uncomfortable grip
Does have a bit of rattle from loose fitting slide and magazine
Not many upgrade options
Overall, if you want a 1911 but don't want to spend $250 on a gun that needs to be imported, get this. If you want a great cost effective gun that shoots outstandingly, spend more dough and get something better. If you want a gun in the same price range get the KJW M9 with an extra mag. In my opinion, this is WE's best gun yet.
P.S. Shorty USA editor guy, please get someone to make a video on how to field strip the WE 1911. It took me an hour to figure out how to get this thing to come apart because of the poorly written instructions.