The build quality is excellent. It has very good heft, comfortable in hand and points well.
This is my first air pistol with blow-back system and it is FANTASTIC. The first few blow-backs kick as strong as a .22LR pistol when the CO2 vial is fresh. I like the 18-round, metal magazine instead of the 8-shot revolver-style clips with magnets found in air pistols that shoot both BBs and pellets. The BB follower is easy to grab and lock away during the loading process.
This BB gun is a true-semi-auto pistol unlike the pellet pistols that are actually “revolvers-in-disguise”. The slide has to be racked in order to cock the internal hammer.
There is an indicator to show the shooter that the gun is cocked. The safety lever also doubles as the de-cocker. Neat!
Despite having the blow-back, the gun seems to have a very efficient valve system. I get 8-magazines worth of shots with blow-back. And only halfway through the 9th magazine that I have to start cocking the hammer manually. That is total of over 18 x 8 = 144 shots with blow back!!!
The compensator could be metal – it’s just plastic covering up the longer barrel.
The steel barrel should be long enough to reach the tip of the compensator. That would probably improve the BB velocity and accuracy further.
The safety is too stiff to disengage with one hand and it is on the right side of the frame, which is the wrong side of the gun for me. It should be ambidextrous and thumb operated.
The trigger appears to be adapted from other UMAREX double-action pistols. It is a �mushy� two-stage-like pull. It should have much shorter pull and clear release point, or just a single-stage.
The CO2 piercing knob seems to have thread directions reversed. It should pierce the CO2 by turning it clockwise into the frame.
I’d figure out a way of getting the Green Dot Sight to attach to the gun without the bulky accessory rail or make the rail smaller. LASER sight could have been offered as an alternative.
The iron-sights need white dots or something to help shoot when the dot sight is not in use. I have other air pistols with fibre-optic sights and despite their appearances, they work really well.
I wish the strength of the blow-back would remain consistent instead of only the first few being very powerful. Maybe incorporate a better pressure regulator in the valve system?
I didn�t like part of the CO2 compartment �hatch� becoming completely detached. It is thin, flimsy and one could loose it. I would like the future versions to have dropout magazine as seen in the H&K P30 (UMAREX) or the Sig Sauer SP2022 (KWC). This way one could have spare magazines to interchange and allow the CO2 tank to warm up and continue to shoot. (If the magazine is removed the gun cannot be fired. Additional safety?)
The bottom of the BB magazine should line up to the bottom of the gun frame. It is unsightly as it is now. If it is made longer, it may even hold a few more BBs.
There has to be a way to stop the BB from rolling out of the muzzle while the trigger is accidentally pulled while the safety is engaged. Use a stronger magnet to keep the BB in place?
It could also come with additional back-grips for different hand sizes as in UMAREX CP99.
Finally, most other �RECON� or �TACTICAL� versions of pistols include a hard storage case. Mine came in a cheap, plastic bubble pack.
UMAREX and other website state 345 FPS for this BB gun, but the owner�s manual states 400FPS. I believe due to the longer barrel it could be higher than 400FPS. And perhaps slightly more accurate than the regular CP99 Compact? (The CP99 Compact models have 3.60 inch barrels. The RECON models have 5.75 inch barrels.)
At 10 yards from target using only the iron sights to aim, this particular gun shoots a few inches to the left (Between 10 and 11 �O clock). But once the dot sight was switched on and calibrated, the accuracy was amazing.
I�ve had several feeding troubles with Crosman Copperhead BBs. It now feeds flawlessly and I also get tighter groupings once I switched to Daisy and RWS brands.
I�ve shot over 4000 BBs in just a few weeks with this gun. It still shoots just fine and everything functions, but I took it apart and cleaned it any way.
Finally, I �quick-fixed� the very stiff safety lever by inserting a small metal bead in the sliding portion of the lever. It is left stiff enough, but I can operate it easily by using the thumb of my shooting hand now.
It�s too bad that BB guns of this quality and features did not exist when I was a kid. This version of CP99 Compact would be a welcome addition to anyone�s collection. It�s not a precision target pistol by any means, but you can �spray� a lot of BBs down range and have a lot of fun!