P698 Glock twenty six Design and style Originate Gun Critique as well as some Addendum Opinions
Wow! This P698 Glock 26 Style Spring Pistol is really a nice little piece and includes a lot opting for it, especially in this price range of spring airsoft guns. First, the general appearance is pleasing, if not entirely accurate with regard to the surface texture variations involving the slide and molded grip-frame which may be typical of the true Glock. You can find very noticeable molding lines on the trigger, slide, frame and magazine base, however in this price range this is to be expected.
Also, the gun is pictured with an orange colored muzzle end slide face, but as supplied comes with a full length black slide and orange barrel extending approx 1/4 to 5/32 inches beyond the slide, which I at least find more attractive. The picture also indicates ‘COMBAT DELTA’ and 9×19 indented into the left slide face, but mine arrived ‘smooth’ ;.
So….how does it feel and shoot. In a word – good. It’s no wonder Glock’s are so popular. It just naturally fits, at least in my hands. The grip contouring and thumb indentation, even such as the ‘pinkie rest’ on the magazine extension, the rear strap shape and radius, trigger and trigger guard notch are all ergonomically correct for an intuitive ‘grip’, site picture & target acquisition. What I find remarkable is how the leading site blade visually indexes so accurately within the ramped Novak style rear site blade (and on this kind of inexpensive pistol), allowing a really precise site picture which minimizes the effectation of the short site radius.
I’m sure this makes sense to people who appreciate such things. The magazine holds 9 BBs, and is fed by manually retracting a spring loaded ‘follower’, thus allowing the insertion of BBs into the ‘ammo well’ ;.The follower incorporates a detente notch allowing the user to lock the follower spring in the beds base position while loading – a wonderful touch – though perhaps not really necessary. Remember release a the follower to make sure proper feeding ahead of reinsertion of the loaded mag. GLOCK 19 GEN 5 Depressing the magazine release when the pistol is vertical will immediately drop the mag – there’s no binding – the mag catch clicks and holds securely. Being that it is a spring airsoft gun, the slide must be manually retracted to compress the spring and cock the pistol for every single discharge (shot). In addition, I’m certain this really is ho hum stuff to most of you, but also for those new to Airsoft, it’s not bad info., especially since this really is this type of great ‘starter gun.’
Anyway, the spring feels really firm, perhaps because this really is this type of small pistol, and I found it required to grip the slide virtually along it’s length involving the four fingers and thumb of my left hand. I suppose one ‘can’ cock this pistol by gripping just the cocking serrations on the rear of the slide, but I don’t recommend this approach, as doing this takes a grip tight enough to dimensionally compress the slide. After several times though, it becomes second nature. The first shot was an actual surprise. This thing shoots hard for an inexpensive springer, and I highly advise proper eye protection, particularly when there’s any possibility of a ricochet. I didn’t ‘bench’ this thing for accuracy, nonetheless it could be interesting to observe how it groups and at what distances.
Trigger action was also a wonderful surprise, with no take-up like the majority of real Single action/double action Euro wonder nines. Apply pressure and the trigger moves rearward about 1/8 – 3/16 of an inch and releases crisply (on my example). Trigger pull is tactile but not as stiff. In addition, I didn’t subject the pistol to any torture tests or put a gazillion rounds through it, but however, it still impresses me only at that price. The gun will come in a carved Styrofoam box with a printed cardboard cover and an example pack of.12 gm. BBs, that were quickly dispensed through my example, without a hitch. So….there it is. I enjoy the P698, to the degree it’s type of hard to put it down. I simply wonder if any real Glocks might be sold consequently of someones discovery of the fun little thing?
Addendum thoughts: First of all, why this type of lengthy overview of an inexpensive spring pistol? First, there isn’t always a distinct and technically measurable correlation between the cost of a product and the enjoyment one experiences in connection with it’s use. Quite simply, it doesn’t always have a bundle to own plenty of fun. In some cases, there’s an an inverse expenditure/benefit correlation (more money, less fun). Besides, Airsoft customers seem to be very passionate regarding their opinions of everything Airsoft, and no wonder.