Tokyo Marui Beretta 93R AEP
So my stuff came through and at the time or picking it up in Tokyo, I figured I'd give the 93R AEP a shot and see just how well she will hold up. I made the mistake of simply looking at it in the box and not actually picking it up, holding it or firing it for that matter so whoops, what can ya do?
When everything arrived back in Canada, I opened the box to see that the gun looks quite nice. The grip is a brown-wood colored plastic which appears and feels to be fairly sturdy. While the gun is mostly plastic, there certainly does seem to be quite a bit of metal throughout. The first peice that I noticed to be made of a high quality metal is the FOLDING fore-grip. The trigger, hammer, safety, fire select switch, slide release and slide removal lever all are made of the same metal. I guess only time will tell if they last or not!!
One nifty little feature I noticed is that the hammer moves back and forth if you play with it, although sadly it does not move when the gun is fired in either semi-automatic mode or fully automatic mode. The gun is quite rear-heavy since the motor and pistol are located in the grip where a real magazine would usually reside. The magazine that comes with it holds 45 rounds and is made of a heavy metal without any weights added into it, this adds to the over-all weight of the pistol, however sadly the slide is made of a very cheap and flimsy plastic.
To access the battery chamber and insert the battery (which sites slanted underneath of the barrel) you must first press the slide-release button on the right hand side of the gun, then push down on the slide-release lever on the left hand side. This unlocks the slide. Next to remove the slide, simply tug the slide towards the front of the gun and lift up, this gives complete access to the battery chamber and hop-up adjuster yet still leaves the motor and pistol chamber covered and protected.
When I was finished playing around with it the first time, I decided to take out the battery but was a little scared when I couldn't remove it! Turns out that there is a small lever on the left-side of the pistol that, when pressed down, litteraly pops the battery out of the gun, be sure that you are ready for it because it does shoot out about a six inches! While the pistol can still fully function without the slide, it looks like the bastard child of Rosie Odonnel and Sylvester Stallone with it taken off.
After loading up the magazine, I figured it's about darn time to test fire her. The pistol is not abidexterous and is meant for right-handed shoots as the mag-release button, safety switch and select-fire switch are all located on the left side for a Right-handed thumb's access. In goes the battery, in goes the magazine and up goes a target. Starting out in semi-auto mode I noticed just how loud the pistol really is. It is (beleive it or not) LOUDER than my Maruzen P99 without it's silencer on. One of the FIRST things I noticed as well was that the bb was firing out DAMNED fast. When I used the old 'shoot a can', the bb (.2 Excel) perforated the side from 10 feet away.... whoever EVER says that the AEP's are under powered needs to get shot a few times in the leg with them.
The rate of fire is astounding in full-auto. It's MUCH faster than my G3-SG1, I could hardly beleive it.
I found that the battery on a full charge will last rougly 400 rounds, however the charge time is very quick and is only about a half to three-quarters of an hour. More powerful batteries are available however I'm not sure of how many mAh are available in the 'upgraded' battery. Other upgrades include a railed slide as well as a larger magazine (100 rounds) which I picked up. Thankfully they are a hell of a lot cheaper than GBB mags, at only $25 bucks in Japan.
I think that'll just about sum up my review... any questions?