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Old May 6th, 2013, 11:27   #8
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Some changes & corrections I would make to the platform list.

First, I would indicate that most of this platform list you've made is specific only to Tokyo Marui versions, because many of the points you've made do NOT hold true for many other brands of similar platforms. Even the clones of the Marui product do not necessarily hold true, primarily in the "durable/robust" department, and secondary in the "bajillion parts available" - most clones are only 90% compatible.

For example, the 1911 platform is the most widely replicated system (it's equivalent to the M4 in terms of wide spread replication and various systems available for it.)
Off the top of my head the following brands of the 1911 are available, representing core platforms:

- Western Arms (and there are multiple versions available under this brand)
- Tokyo Marui
- WE
- Marushin
- Tercel
- Tanaka Works
- G&G

... that list doesn't even include the dozen or so China clones, and many other off branded custom built versions.

In general, almost all of those brands are incompatible with each other due to proprietary systems.

Originally Posted by e-luder View Post
-Extremely robust
-A bajillion parts available
-Durable design
-Dual safety levers <-- Not necessarily true. Depends on the model. Many are single-sided only (Detonics, Colt M1911A1, Series 70, etc)
-Highly customizable
-Slim profile
-Short, crisp and very predictable trigger <-- Not necessarily true. Depends on the brand.
-Gas reservoir can be an issue
-/+Single stack

2011s (Hi-Capa):
-Highly customizable
-A bajillion parts available
-Extremely robust
-Hi-cap magazine
-Extremely robust <-- The 5.1 slide is more likely to break on propane, than the 4.3 is.
-Durable Design This would be a redundant item to "Extremely robust", no?
-Accurate <-- This item should probably apply to the 1911 series as well, as there are very few differences between the two platforms.
-Strong kick <-- This item should probably apply to the 1911 series as well.

-Low Bore axis
-Accuracy is not good but it’s not bad either
-Good kick
-Good grip angle <-- This is subjective. Different people have different preferences for grip angle
-Good aftermarket support
-Highly customizable
-Not as durable as 1911/2011

-Good weight
-Excellent magazines
-Crisp Blowback
-Poor gas efficiency
-Poor seals
-Not much aftermarket support <-- I would beg to differ. There is decent aftermarket support for this. You can change out *most* components of this platform. Granted, there is not much variety, and there are only one brand or two (Guarder) that offers a full upgrade package for all components of the gun.
-Bulky grips
-Safety is located on the slide
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