After much anticipation, Glock has finally authorized the licensed production of airsoft replicas bearing the Glock name. If you've been playing airsoft for a while and are saying "wait a minute, I have already seen airsoft Glocks out there", we have to clarify what all this means. You see for many years there have been unlicensed replicas of Glocks floating around in the airsoft world. These replicas that showed up in the United States were often grey market imports and while they were perfectly fine to use, they were not legal for retailers to sell. And with exotic or grey market or off brand guns you'll often run into a few problems. Parts support is non existent within authorized USA dealers and secondly if you get a lemon or are having issues out of the box, you don't get warranty support on a product that was risky to acquire to begin with. Parts had to be ordered from overseas which could get very expensive and hard to track down. In Asia and other countries overseas you might see these pistols for sale more frequently because they are common pistols out there due to the lack of copyright enforcement like we have here in the US. Take it for what it is worth.
Back to the licensed Glocks: The main manufacturer and distributor currently holding the license for Glock is Elite Force/Umarex. This is a great thing because Elite Force is one of the best brands available in the US in terms of availability as well as warranty and product support. Cybergun also holds this license to produce high durability LEO training pistols as well, but we'll talk about the ones readily available to airsofters.
Since Glocks have been sought after for ages, we have Glocks in different flavors: Non-blowback CO2, partial blowback CO2, or full blowback green gas. This is subject to change as Elite Force and Umarex bring us more models in the future to coincide with what is available for the real Glock catalog. This is so players of any budget can find themselves their favorite Glock to add to their airsoft collection.
Non-blowback CO2 pistols - these are the most affordable option and economical to use. These use a 12g CO2 cartridge which lasts for over 100 shots. Non-blowback pistols typically have a long and heavy trigger pull and the slide does not move back when firing so these are not the most realistic pistol out there but they do have the look.
Partial blowback CO2 pistols - these have moving slides and do have a snappy kick (recoil). The name partial blowback is also known as short stroke recoil because the slide does not fully travel back like its real counterpart when fired. The gun is very much a self contained unit and cannot be disassembled for cleaning. Partial blowback pistols have long trigger pulls as well but are much lighter therefore easier to use.
Gas blowback - these use green gas (CO2 pistols are coming soon. The full blowback action means that the slide moves back and forth as you shoot, and locks back when the magazine is empty. The trigger pull will be lighter and the function and takedown will be very realistic. This is the funnest type to have if you have the money to spend.
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