- I call mine the 'Desert Dragon'
Note: This is actually one of the only reviews I have done for products I actually own. lol
The War Story:
This gun has had a long history with me. I cannot count the amount of times it has saved my skin. I will give you one of the most notable now, which also gives testament to the power of this weapon.
I was playing one of my first games with this weapon at my side and... some other gun. I forgot what. But it wasn't the star of the show today. Anyway, I was approaching some tangos trying to regroup with the rest of their forces back at their base. I prepared myself to engage them with the AK variant I had, and just as I was about to shoot, I get off 3 rounds and then... my AK jams! I had no time to field strip it and un-jam the barrel, so I pulled out the Desert Eagle and aimed down range at them. The idiots... they thought it was some kinda spring pistol. They had M4 and M14 AEGs, so they started rushing me. I decided, since I was probably gonna get hit anyway, I would at least show them that it wasn't, in fact, a spring pistol. Without even aiming, I lift the Desert Eagle up with one hand and spray its whole 21 round clip at them on full auto. They got the idea, 'cause you could see the dust behind them as they ran the opposite direction with their tails between their legs. I hadn't even hit one of them, and I still effectively stopped the enemy from reinforcing their main force, who were under siege by my teammates. And that's when I started calling it my Desert Dragon. Because it roars like a viking, spits fire, and is always ready to rock your s**t.
Whoo, I feel good now
Performance Review - If you want to know how I chronograph all my weapon reviews, please read the rest of my reviews to find out
Note: Though this is my gun, I have done NO external or internal upgrading to this weapon
Shot 1: 333 FPS (half of 666, hehe)
Shot 2: 326 FPS
Shot 3: 328 FPS
Shot 4: 319 FPS
Shot 5: 318 FPS
As you can see, you get fairly tight FPS groupings with this weapon. I admire consistency. And the FPS itself is incredible. It's hard to find any other CO2 powered weapon with this much power
Range tests - KSC 'Perfect' .2g BB's were used for the purpose of this test
Note: I'm going to edit the range testing section a bit to simplify it. I will only include the amount of shots I missed in my attempt to knock down all 3 4x4 inch auto standing targets in a row
Test 1 - 50 feet
Shots missed: 0
Test 2 - 100 feet
Shots missed: 1
Test 3 - 120 feet - Level Range
Shots missed: 1
Test 4 - 150 feet
Shots missed: 3
Test 5 - 200 feet
Shots missed: 7 (note: I got the first 2 and missed the last one on nearly every try I took with this target. I finally got it after 7 tries)
The accuracy isn't all that great on this weapon, but we must recognize the fact that we're using 4x4 inch targets. Man sized targets have no shot at avoiding this incoming fire.
I award my Desert Dragon a solid 7/10 for performance!
Internal and External review:
Really, this is just an External review. The internals on any CO2 powered weapon do not vary very much, unless it's a completely different style weapon. The externals however, are horrendous...ly awesome! It's almost sad to think that the only part of this gun that isn't metal is the one I'm holding... yes, ladies and gents, the whole thing isn't metal. The grip and frame, however, are a very nicely built ABS plastic, made from one single piece. In other words, no seam lines, and the weapon lasts longer! The grip is textured for optimal handling as well. Things I would've added, however, is a railed frame. It would've taken this sidearm and turned it into a full blown primary weapon!
Internals and Externals for my Desert Dragon are awarded a solid 8/10 stars!
This is NOT your average run-of-the-mill CO2 pistol in any aspect, and especially in the feeling department. However, it is lacking slightly. For one, the only parts that aren't metal are the ones you hold, as I said. This takes away from the realism slightly, and not to mention the awesomeness. However, the ABS plastic is comfortable and easy to handle. This gun's massive recoil will not make you lose your hold on it. However, this doesn't necessarily equal comfort. It is actually a pain to hold onto for a while, and I have found gripping it tightly like I instinctively do will create marks in your hands after a while. Not only that, but it's hard for people with small hands such as myself to completely grasp the weapon
For the feel review, I give the Desert Dragon a modest 6/10 stars
Realism Review (yes I'm adding another section):
This weapon is nearly the real deal... or real steel, I should say. The IMI trademards on its slide are a very nice touch, and won't wear off with extended play. The metal content on this beast also adds onto the realism in regards to weight. The blow back is strong, and if you don't have a tight grip on the weapon, it will easily free itself from your weak grasp. The locking slide and open ejection port are also things that only make this gun even more realistic. If it weren't for orange tips, I'd be writing this review from New Jersey State Penitentiary. With warmest regards from the man behind me in the shower (
I award my Desert Dragon a 9/10 for realism
Need I go back into the war story? It scared off 4 guys with M4 and M14 AEGs, and it didn't even hit anybody.
I don't even need to say it: 10/10 stars for intimidation!
After averaging everything, the KWC Desert Eagle .50AE CO2 Blow Back airsoft pistol is awarded my highest rating so far, a 9/10 stars. However, I give it a 4/5 because it may be close, but it isn't perfect
Pros and Cons:
-FPS is fairly high
-RoF is pretty good as well
-Lots of metal content
-Fully Automatic capabilities
-Scares the living s**t out of people
-Good for CQB and field as a sidearm
-Price is very good for effectiveness
-No metal where it counts
-Sucks down gas... be prepared to bring extra CO2
-Very, very loud... but that also means intimidating
-Not very comfortable to hold
The Final Word:
The KWC Desert Eagle .50AE CO2 Blow Back is undoubtedly the best CO2 weapon you can buy. While it does encounter problems that all CO2 guns face as well as its own personal problems, the Pros heavily outweigh the Cons in this situation. And for its price, it's hard to find anything that even comes close. I've seen 200 dollar gas pistols that don't perform nearly as well as this baby. Buy one and you most certainly won't be disappointed
And one more thing: only buy it from the professionals at ShortyUSA!
Long live the sport of Airsoft!
-your daily dose of sh0ck
PS: I think Jeffer is my new favorite reviewer, what about you?