- A new contender
The KWC SP2022 I feel is one of the lesser known spring pistols out there. When I first showed it to my friends none of them had ever seen, or even heard it before. Aside from those who said, "Whats KWC?" - Those who did know had the idea that it was just another spring pistol with an often jamming, 12 round "speed-load" (yea right) magazine, no hop-up and a smooth cocking mechanism. Much has changed since the days of yore and the Sig Pro 2022 has proven itself to be another contender for the performance spring pistol market.
Arriving in a small Cybergun box (bleh), the SP2022 has a very small profile. It's far smaller than an M9 and easily fits in your pocket. Full trademarks WITHOUT black glue or tape over them are included. Printed on the left side of the slide in plain font is, "SIG SAUER SP2022". While I never cared for the style, it is historically correct. On the right side of the slide is a serial number reading "SP 206 005 GN",on the ejection port, "206005GN" and under gun just before the rail, "GA1032". It is complete with all details of the real deal and looks very pleasing to the eye. The orange tip is a piece of plastic at the end of the muzzle. (much better than something painted on) It rotates around freely so it doesn't snap off during shipping or game-play. I hardly notice it being there. On the back of the grip on both sides, "sigpro" is printed. It has minimal seem lines and the ones it does have are on the underneath side so you do not notice them. Overall the gun's style makes it very pleasing to look at, but nothing is perfect.
On the left side of the slide "Made in Taiwan" is printed in a box and on the right side, "Read manual before use" is present in a similar fashion. KWC's logo is also there. While I don't mind a manufacturer putting their logo, the warnings make me feel like I'm a toddler. It shouldn't be permanently fixed to the gun - especially in such a visible area. I was able to use some sandpaper and get rid of them, but the box it was printed in is still there. Looking at the right side of the hammer one can also see that the hammer is hollow. Whats up with that? It doesn't take that much effort for the manufacturer to fill in the hammer. Its just one more place for dirt to collect. Having rubberized grips would have been a nice touch but the textured plastic works fine. While its clear that the gun has a few aesthetic flaws they're not super noticeable and only a perfectionist will lose sleep over them.
If you've read any other reviews about this airsoft gun you've probably heard something along the lines of "lightweight" and "plastic". Ah, but this is the HPA version of the 2022. It has more weight than its non-HPA version. Most of it in the magazine. (I apologize for not giving you the exact weight - I don't have a small scale) It is still not what I would consider heavy, but it's definitely felt when it's in your hand. I am sure a real Sig Pro would weigh more, but come on, it is made out of plastic.
I do not believe a gun made out of mostly plastic should be heavy. Why? Because that means the weight is coming not from the build itself but added weights. The problem with adding weights is that it does nothing for the durability of the gun and makes it that much more prone to shattering into tiny pieces when you drop it. That said the plastic of the SP2022 is more of a blessing than a curse.
Pretty much everything you touch on this gun is made of plastic. The grip, magazine, slide, hammer, trigger, you name it is plastic. Its not that shiny plastic that has white insides when you snap it in half though - it's hefty. I've heard it is the same plastic used on gas guns. Weather that true or not it is definitely high quality and in my book quality plastic ranks higher than cheap metal. It's far more maleabe and much smoother translating to less friction and less cracks.
Overall the gun is very durable. There are no shaking parts and nothing that stands out as a liability. You can drop it time after time on a hard surface and still pick it up and fire a shot. It can easily pass as a backup pistol that you depend your life (airsoft life) on.
KWC can't seem to stop mentioning their new fancy-shmancy "BAX shooting system" the "Ultimate Accuracy System" What does that mean? I don't have a clue. For all I know its just marketing hype. But whatever they did when designing the pistol worked - and worked well.
The accuracy is pretty stunning considering the barrel is only around 2.5 inches long. I think having something to do with the barrel being made out of brass. Brass can get pretty smooth meaning less turbulence. Don't expect it to be hitting BB on top of BB. It isn't a rifle. But for a pistol its pretty darn good. A basketball pole from 100 feet away could be hit time and time again. Say bye-bye to knees, feet, or elbows sticking out of bunkers. A simple explanation for the accuracy is that it uses .2 gram BBs. Not those junky .12s that fly every which way that too many spring pistols use.
The hop up system says its configured for 0.2g BBs. I had mixed feelings about it. Most 0.2s flew pretty straight but some either curved up or down just randomly. It's possible that is just the break in period but for distance shots it can get annoying. I'm hoping the issue will clear itself but for now it is kind of mediocre.
Cocking is very nice. Since the gun has quite a bit of power it requires a good amount of effort to cock. All the effort needed is overshadowed by how smooth of a stroke it is. It is just one continuous stroke. No catches or rough spots. Thats a good thing since it is a bit picky with how you cock it. Make sure you pull it all the way back and let go. Inconsistent cocking will definitely jam it up.
But thats not the end of the world because you have an open ejection port. Just pull the slide back and tip it over to let the BB out. Also included is a locking slide. After you shoot your last BB when you pull the slide back (if you pull hard enough) it will stay back. Refill your magazine, release the slide catch, and your good to fire another shot.
The magazine release was a problem for me since I am left handed. Twice when playing with my friends I bumped it and there went the magazine. You can solve this by filing down the mag release button so it isn't exposed as much.
Theres nothing too special to note about the trigger pull. Its brisk, smooth and straight back. There is no wobble or side-play. My only gripe is that there is a little travel before your shot actually fires. That travel pretty much goes away as you get used to it.
Sights are a simple rear notch with a front pin. The pin has a white dot put on to make low-illuminated shooting easier. It also helps speed up your target acquisition. For mine the dot was a little off from the groove in the front sight which kind of annoyed me.
The 2022 is a great performer. That is one of the reasons why I bought it. Just like a performance car, it handles well, has plenty of power, and it gets you exactly where you want to go all in a small package.
Special note should be made of the magazine. It is not like any I have seen before on a pistol. (Thats not to say they don't exist else ware)
I absolutely hated the 1911 magazines by KWC. They never worked for me. You have one hand putting BBs in with a speed loader that doesn't fit into the slot, One finger on the lever letting BBs flow into the shaft, and one finger holding down the spring so the BBs don't go flying into your face. And for all of that work you only get 12 shots, one of which will probably jam wasting another 2-3 to clear it. The 2022 separates itself from the herd by using a completely different magazine. Its like the UHC 1911 in that you just put the BBs in and it holds them. However, it also has a button you can press to release the BBs. It also has a convenient port that your speed loader fits right into.
It holds 24 shots, a perfect number since it is divisible by 4 - The number of BBs put out by a complete push of the speed loader. 6 pushes and you're full. Simple as that.
My only complaint is that you can't find spare mags! If it breaks then you need a new gun. The gun is easy enough to reload on the field and holds enough shots for a small-medium game but not much beyond that.
I give it a 9/10. I am extremely pleased with KWC's Sp2022. It is very different than your average quality spring pistol. With decent looks, excellent reliability, amazing performance, and a uniqueness that stands out in a crowd of M9s, 1911s, and MK23s. A good user can leave their opponent wondering "what gun is that they're using?". I received many comments about me getting a lucky shot. I am pleased to say it wasn't luck. It is the perfect pistol for someone who wants performance but does not want to conform to the masses and get what is commonly accepted as "the best spring pistol you can get"