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The AR15 versions (the famous M4) that use 9 mm pistol ammunition have become popular among civilian shooters due to the experience of firing a rifle without the limitations of firing a large calibre. In airsoft, these replicas are also attracting followers among CQB players or those who are fed up with the M4 classics. Its compact design, lightness and high performance make you look at airsoft with from a new perspective.

EXTERNAL PARTS

Characteristics:

  • 3-position telescopic stock, PDW type, with large battery capacity 
  • Reinforced cylinder head adapter
  • 20º vertical pistol grip, ergonomic design, non-slip finish and with QD cover to access the motor
  • Ambidextrous loading lever
  • Fire selector, CXP style, ambidextrous 
  • Ambidextrous and functional boltcatch release
  • Ejection port size according to gun size emulated by magazine
  • Ambidextrous magazine release, with a very functional third release
  • “Competition Style” straight short trigger 
  • HiCap 330 BBs 9 mm gun style magazine with non-slip texture
  • Lightweight hand guard (CNC) Komodo MLok 6.5”
  • Shadow Extension Tube in aluminium alloy AL6061
  • Folding and detachable sights, when folded they create a Patridge style open sights profile

The design of this replica is so well thought out that it can fit a 3-body battery in addition to the mosfet in the stock area, something unusual in these types of stocks from other brands. The pistol grip in turn has a 20º inclination (instead of the 30º of the classic A2, or 25º of the MOE by Magpul) so that when the pistol grip is held the index finger falls naturally on the trigger and makes the hand more relaxed when firing. Not to mention the handguard that between the M-LOK and the recess of the RIS at the top (Komodo style) makes the grip like that of tactical carbines. 

Every detail has been analysed and designed for the player, such as the extra space for the battery (the big pain in the ass in this type of stocks), the ambidextrous controls so useful in CQB where we make so many hand changes when turning corners or the magazine's release at the bottom, next to the handguard. Something a little odd at first due to lack of habit but that becomes most useful when playing, leading to faster reloads.

INTERNAL PARTS

Characteristics:

  • V2 modular gearbox V2 (split) Gen2 SSS.II (1)
  • Electric Blow Back System (2)
  • Quick spring change (3)
  • Steel spring guide (4)
  • 100 spring type (5)
  • Piston and cylinder head made of AL6061, a high-strength aluminium alloy, with good corrosion performance (6)
  • Piston SSS version, made of polymer, reinforced, with steel teeth and a "fin" for the blowback (7)
  • Metal hop-up chamber (8)
  • 160 mm internal precision barrel (9)
  • Gears manufactured in MIM (Metal Injection Moulding or Metal Injection Moulds) for greater durability (10)
  • Electronic trigger with preload function that reduces the firing cycle (11)
  • Mosfet included to reduce electrical resistance and temperature to improve replica life
  • 35000 EVO motor
  • Velocity: 305 FPS; Shooting ratio: 330RPM

 

Although these are the photos of a prototype prior to the final production version, ICS tells us that the few details that will change will be for the better. What is clear is that electronics are becoming the protagonists of the new top replicas of the market and so functions such as the following: the detection of motor malfunctions, the piston preload function, the configuration of the shooting modes (with the inclusion of the 3 BBs burst) or the detection of low battery voltage, have become features of the new vanguard of airsoft.

CONCLUSION

There is no question at this point that ICS is one of the top manufacturers in the market right now. It offers the latest in airsoft R&D, applied to a design that seems to be designed by a player and with an overall finish that not only bears the mark of the Taiwanese manufacturer, but also distinguishes the player in the field. And everything is endorsed after trying these new PDW9.