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The Echo1 GAT AEG
A Second Update

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Echo1 GAT AEG Photo taken by: Chris Dellosa, Post-Production: Tom Harris

I got to hang out with the Echo1 GAT AEG again recently and I thought I'd share a few things about it here on the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog. I'm certainly intrigued by this popular, yet elusive Airsoft handgun.  Yes.  I said handgun (and Airsoft, too!).  In case you missed it the first time I reported on the GAT, check out my Shot Show 2011 update here
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The Real Steel KG-9, Image Credit: Modern Firearms Encyclopedia
The real steel version of the Echo1 GAT AEG is the TEC-DC9, more notoriously referred to as simply the TEC-9 (It was one of the few firearms specifically banned by name in the Federal Assault Weapons Ban.  The TEC-9 was produced by Swedish firearms manufacturer, Interdynamic (who would later become Intratec), and is classifed by our friends the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) as a semi-automatic handgun or pistol.  It is NOT a fully automatic submachine gun, like I had initially thought.  Oh, what's that?  You already knew it was a technically a handgun but you didn't tell me because you were enjoying your sense of superiority in the knowledge department?  You smug turd.  Help a brother out next time, would you.  I feel like my whole world has turned upside down.  Apparently, thugs and other delinquents have modified their TEC-9s to fire in full-auto mode, but this is highly illegal, so I certainly wouldn't condone anyone do that.  Anyway, Intratec was run by a dude named, George Kellgren, who may or may not be Swedish and would eventually leave Intratec and start a new firearms manufacturing company whom some of you may be familiar with: Kel-Tec CNC Industries, Inc.  It seems that name is not just a random string of hyphenated alphabetic characters after all, is it?  Oh, you already knew that, too?  Well, darnit! Just sit tight then.  I've got a BUNCH of things to share with you after the jump, some of which I KNOW that you don't already know.  So check it!


INTRODUCING THE NEW KWA HK45 GBB PISTOL

Trust me, I've already given Michael Hou a ration of shizzle for forgetting failing to mention the upcoming release of the UMAREX-Licensed, KWA HK45 USP-Based Gas Blowback Pistol while Dave Bakholdin & I were hanging out ALL DAY at KWA last week, taking pictures of their new 2011 Airsoft guns.  He loves to play these kinds of pranks on me.  Anyway, check out the KWA HK45 video that Mr. Allen P. Lizard (Allizard) of KWA just uploaded on his YouTube page...

I'll be honest: I was super stoked for THIS Airsoft gas blowback pistol to be released in August, but now I'm questioning my loyalty to it with the news of the new HK45.

As legit as I believe the KWA ATP will be, it already seems like the old & boring S.O. and the KWA HK45 is like the hot young 20-something brunette (with highlights) who's fresh with vibrant energy and a belief in trying anything once.

I think the HK45 GBB Pistol is going to be an absolutely delectable choice for the serious Mil-Sim player looking for a reliable sidearm to take out to the field with them.  Of course, I could be wrong.  It could be complete garbage.  But with KWA's pretty outstanding reputation in the Airsoft & Professional Training industries, the chances of this Airsoft gas blowback pistol being anything less than stupendous is considerably low.  

AIRSOFT!!!!!

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THE KWA M945 COMPACT NS2 Gas Blowback Pistol
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Another gem from KWA's unreleased collection of superior Airsoft guns is the KWA M945 Compact GBB pistol.  It's a 1911-based gas blowback pistol.  I wasn't too wild about this particular model when I saw it at Shot Show back in January of this year, but that was mainly because it was over-shadowed by all the buzz about the KWA KRISS Vector and the updated H&K licensing for KWA's USP series, courtesy of Umarex.  However, after spending some one on one time with the M945 in KWA's conference war room, Dave & I were both taken aback by its tiny glory.  Who's Dave, you say?  Oh, well he's the guy who took these sweet photos for me.  Check out more photos and some new teaser videos from Airsoft Squared after the jump... 

Click Here for the Rest of the KWA M945 Compact Photos

More Damage From Using a CO2 Magazine with the 
WE Hi-Capa 5.1R Airsoft Gas Blowback Pistol

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Loading nozzle #2 for the WE Hi-Capa 5.1R did not fair too well.  Can you spot the damage?

I tried chronographing the airsoft gas blowback pistol with a new nozzle installed because I broke the first one while firing the airsoft gun using CO2.  Here are the gruesome results from the first test in case you missed it...WE Hi-Capa 5.1 CO2 Gas Magazine Test
During the most recent test firing, the nozzle broke within five shots of switching from green gas to CO2 and then proceeded to cause the slide to get jammed quite well, making it rather difficult to release.

I think I'm pretty much ready to go on record that while it is a great option for an Airsoft gas blowback pistol, the WE Hi-Capa 5.1R is NOT CO2-compatible as the manufacturer would love to claim. The stock loading muzzle is made of plastic and simply cannot withstand the stress from the increased pressure created by using CO2. I have seen a metal loading muzzle floating around the web, so I may try to look into that, but for the time being, guess who's gonna be sticking to green gas in his Airsoft sidearms? Hint: he's tall, bald and writes the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog.

Speaking of hints and/or teasers, check the photo I've got posted after the jump for a hint of a one-of-a-kind new Airsoft AEG for 2011 that I know many of you have been wondering about.  PLUS, I've got a teaser trailer for the new Airsoft Squared social networking community.

Click here to see the Airsoft photo & video teasers.

New Airsoft Gun Release (Coming VERY Soon): 
The KWA H&K MK23 USSOCOM GBB Pistol
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The new KWA H&K MK23 USSOCOM Airsoft Gas Blowback Pistol
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The KWA MK23 USSOCOM Gas Blowback Airsoft Pistol featured in this blog is a prototype. Any and all final versions sold by Pyramyd Air will be shipped with Federally compliant blaze orange tips. With all the madness of SB 798 still afoot, I'd suggest leaving those orange tips alone for *hopefully* obvious reasons.


The KWA Sign in the lobby at corporate headquarters
As fate would have it, the new KWA H&K MK23 USSOCOM airsoft gas blowback pistol has made it on to my exclusive "Must-Have" Airsoft guns list.  It's certainly not the first KWA to make that list, though.  You may have noticed that the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog was a bit quiet last week and I do apologize but I am pretty sure I can make it up to you.  I spent the better part of last week hanging out with a bunch of new guns from a bunch of Airsoft manufacturers (brands).  Naturally, I couldn't just keep the details of those new guns to myself, so I made sure that plenty of photos were taken to document this monstrous wave of new stuff.  KWA had so many guns, that I enlisted the help of my favorite Russian Airsoft photographer, Dave Bakholdin of Bakholdin Photography.  Together, we spent the better part of last Tuesday snapping photos over at KWA USA headquarters in smoggy & occassionally foggy, Southern California.  While we were there, I desperately tried to pry as much super secret information about the coveted KRISS Vector Airsoft SMG & any other new KWA goodies on the horizon from of KWA Superstars, Allen Lau & Michael Hou.  However, they were very "vault-like" (like...the state-of-the-art extra-locked kind).  Allen actually asked me if I'd like the opportunity to avoid a hammer fist to the temple if I would stop asking questions about KWA's classified intel.  Just kidding, but I think he secretly wanted to.  Truth be told, Allen & Mike could not have been nicer to us and even gave me a quick tour of the premises at the end of the day.   It was a surreal thing to experience hanging out in a sleek, professional office building with the sound of Airsoft AEGs and gas blowback guns being fired behind locked doors down the hall.  Just knowing that there was something super secret going on behind those doors really upped the "awesome factor" of the day.   

But enough jibber jabber.
Check out the KWA MK23 USSOCOM GBB Pistol Photos...

The Pyramyd Air website got a face lift!!!

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For those of you, like me, that are allergic to change of any kind, there's good news. You can still access the old version of the website at http://www.PyramydAir.com. The new layout is still in the "Beta testing" phase, so in order to see it, you'll have to go to the following url for the time being: http://new.pyramydair.com/airsoft.  Truth be told, I'm actually pretty happy about the change.  I think the new site is much more navigable and user-friendly. 

After the jump, I've discussed some of the new or updated features that I appreciate or think are cool, plus a sneak peak at the new KWA guns and updates for other manufacturers on new goodies that I've got lined up to show you... CLICK HERE

Pyramyd Air's Big Shot of the Week Photo Contest
(Win 50 bucks for looking good!)

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Post a pic of you & your airgun or airsoft gun on our Facebook page, & you could be our next Big Shot of the Week. Tell your friends to "like" & comment on your pic. It might help but won't be the deciding factor. Pyramyd Air will pick the winning photo every Friday.

By posting your pic, we get to use it anywhere on the internet, in print & in advertising.
You could be famous! We reserve the right to refuse any photo.

Click the link below to upload your photo to our Facebook page and get a chance to win some cash money!

While you're there, feel free to answer the question, What's your team's battle cry? (You'll need to "like" the page to view)


I've got some exciting projects lined up for next week, including but NOT limited to more new stuff from KWA, product reviews & updates and probably some feeble attempts at being clever.

Testing the WE Hi-Capa 5.1 on CO2 Gas

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So I wanted to investigate the world of CO2-powered Airsoft gas blow back pistols to see if a WE Hi-Capa 5.1 is as "CO2-Compatible" as WE says it is. Knowing very little, but enough to know that CO2 is a more powerful gas than the commonly used Airsoft Green Gas or Propane, I had my suspicions as to whether this was truly true.  Yup.  I said it, you read it: Truly true. 

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So I got a Hi-Capa CO2 magazine, popped in the 12g CO2 cartridge, made famous by Crosman, and went out to my backyard to fire a few rounds (after loading the mag with BBs & inserting into the gun, of course).  Notice the unique butt plate on the magazine?  It actually doubles as a tool to tighten the screw cap that secures the CO2 cartridge inside the magazine. 

I got through two full 28-round CO2 magazines and half way into the third when the gun made a much larger-than-normal popping sound along with a larger emission of gas from the ejection port on the slide. The subsequent trigger pulls yielded enough gas to cycle the slide, but the cycle rate was much slower and no BBs were exiting the muzzle. Just to be sure the mag wasn't out of gas or anything, I popped in a second CO2 mag that was fully loaded with the same results. Not wanting to take the gun apart until I was absolutely sure, I fired a few shots with a standard 28-round Hi-Capa magazine filled with Green Gas and, again, same thing.

So back into my Airsoft Man Cave I went and made ready for exploratory Airsoft surgery. I took the entire slide apart, including the removal of the valve inside the loading nozzle (also called the "loading muzzle") and didn't see anything at first. Then, after closer examination of the nozzle, I noticed something glaring at me. That "something" looked like this...

Click Here to See the CO2 Damage

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