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What are your thoughts on replicas?

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    dv8eod
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    Awhile back, I ordered a Sig Sauer P320 pellet only with blowback, mainly to get my wife interested in shooting with me a little more often. It gets approximately 2-30rd magazines out of one CO2. Less than 20ft gives fairly good accuracy and opens up from there.

    I then ordered the Sig Sauer M17 pellet only with blowback for me. I really like the field strip feature and it helps in actual maintenance and when I did the mods to improve accuracy. It now does about a 1" group of 20 at approximately 20yds. Like most others, I'm not a big fan that the CO2 limits the rate of fire, but when I'm close to the end of the cartridge, it really doesn't matter.

    One of the next projects to take on will be getting the P320 to tighten up and see how much the accuracy improves.

    I also have a Walther Nighthawk from back when Crosman was selling them. It's a CP99 copy without blowback and has an 8 shot rotary magazine. I haven't done anything to it, but shoot it. I did find that the lead free pellets really gives it a zip, but in the end, it's still a 3.6fpe pistol.

    As far as replicas go, I like them, shoot them, and even own a couple. I get more enjoyment out of some more than others. I look at it as a getaway from the usual guns that I shoot. Also, when introducing new people to the sport, they get to see just what all is available and might give them ideas as to what they would like should they choose to join in on the fun.

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    6600
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    I have a Tangfolio 1911 and only use it for draw, double tap, repeat.

     

    It works great for that purpose, good training since it's actually pretty accurate at the 15 yards I train with a decent blow back to make it feel good

     

    I use a silouette sight and see target that gives me great instant feedback,…..lots of fun.

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    Snake45
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    6600

    I have a Tangfolio 1911 and only use it for draw, double tap, repeat.

     

    It works great for that purpose, good training since it's actually pretty accurate at the 15 yards I train with a decent blow back to make it feel good

     

    I use a silouette sight and see target that gives me great instant feedback,…..lots of fun.

    Very similar to my own experience with the Springfield Armory Mil Spec 1911. 

    I just got the CZ75 and shot it for the first time this morning. I like that one, too, but overall prefer the 1911. 

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    JoeH
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    The only replica I have is this Schofield, a very good copy of the post-civil war pistol. It uses 2 kinds of cartridges, one for BBs, and one for pellets. So once you've loaded all 6, you are good to go. The CO2 cartridge goes in once you remove the grip panel. This panel also has a thing to tighten-up and activate the CO2. This grip is plastic, but it really looks like wood. A white grip is also available. I bought this only because it can shoot pellets. IMO, shooting BBs  indoors is begging for trouble. The main drawback for me is the fixed sights. This was fine in the Indian Wars from horseback, but no so good for high scores at 10 yards. Mine shoots a bit high and right. If you get a 45 out of 50 with this gun, you have to be very happy, where as this score would be considered poor with my Crosman Custom Shop pistol. This gun is so handsome, it is worth the $129. just to display it. I think of it as a beautiful "plinker".

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    rabinabo
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    I've been a huge fan of this great youtube channel, Forgotten Weapons, for years now.  For anybody that doesn't know it, the channel is mostly about real steel powder-burner guns that are being auctioned.  The presenter, Ian McCollum, is an engineer that is extremely knowledgeable about gun designs.  He normally goes over the history of the gun's development and any associated ammunition specs, then exhaustively goes through every feature of the gun from soup to nuts (usually showing every step of disassembly in order to explain how all the mechanisms work).  Sometimes, he even fires the gun in the range.  He's also done lots of modern guns, as well as much larger weapons like artillery, grenade launchers, cannons, rocket launchers, etc.  Anyways, I really love his videos.

    I'm not even interested in ever owning any real guns for myself (I just don't want that danger in my house, ever).  However, once I discovered replica airguns, I was instantly addicted, and I've quickly bought up almost all of the replicas I could: Umarex Colt Peacemaker, Barra Schofield, Crosman Remington, Gletcher Nagant, Webley Mark VI, Umarex Luger P08 (blowback), Umarex broom handle Mauser, Umarex P38, Umarex PPK/S, Baikal Makarov (blowback version), Umarex MP40, Umarex lever action rifle, Diana Mauser K98 PCP, Sig Sauer MCX, a couple Barretas, a couple Dan Wessons, a Chiappa Rhino.  Yeah, I went a little nuts during the lockdown.  When possible, I get the versions that fire pellets (and hopefully a rifled barrel), in full metal, with blowback, that can be field stripped.  There are a few others that I'm looking to get at some point, but right now, my wife would kill me.

    I guess I'm more of a collector, but I do shoot them fairly regularly.  I also own a couple decent PCP rifles, so I know how accurately they can shoot, but I still get a kick out of the replicas.  Obviously, they're not nearly as accurate as the PCPs (except for the Diana Mauser PCP obviously), but I still think they're lots of fun to own and shoot.  I'll never own a real gun (well, possibly, a muzzle loader replica for giggles), so these replicas are the only way that I can scratch my weird itch to collect these weapons without the danger (or often higher costs) of the real thing.  I also like to tinker, and these are not that expensive, so I feel ok to tinker with them.

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    Moog
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    rabinabo, if you are safe and responsible with air guns I don't see why you can't be responsible with firearms. Simply store the guns unloaded and keep the ammo in a different location. I've been handling firearms and ammunition for forty years and I've never had any problems.

    I've seen some of Ian McCollum's shows too and he is very good. You have a very impressive collection of replicas and I'm glad you are enjoying them. I have an Ummarex blow back 1911 and its a lot of fun to shoot.

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    rabinabo
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    Moog, as it is, my wife is also uncomfortable about all these airguns 🙂  It's still my firm belief that having a real gun in one's home is an unnecessary risk, no matter what precautions one might take.  If I lived in a rural area, then maybe my risk-benefit analysis would have a different outcome.

    The Colt has to be my favorite, because of watching so many westerns, although the Webley Mark VI and Nagant are both really great to shoot and look so awesome.  The Chiappa Rhino is something else, incredibly unique and made by the maker of the real steel version.  The Baikal Makarov was difficult to find a seller that would ship to the US, but it's also made by a maker of real Makarovs, even using the same steel as the real thing on many parts and feels like it.

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