|Range||150 feet (45.72 meters)|
|Weight||2 lbs (907.18 grams)|
|Size||9 inches (22.86 cms)|
|Creation date||July 12, 2012|
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Elite Force has broken into the industry of airsoft replica's with their version of a classic pistol, the1911 A1. The 1911 was introduced in the early 1900s to fill the need of a strong pistol for the US Military, and has since become the favorite amont officers and enlisted, even today.
This replica features many of the same externals as the real 1911. The slide, body, grip, and switches are made of a high quality metal, giving the weapon a solid, good feel. The safety is located above the grip on the left, rear side of the slide, as well as secondary grip safety. There is also a functioning slide catch, catching in the back position when the magazaine is empty. The slide features fixed read and front sites, however they are not the 3 dot site and not as easy to get on target.
Elite Force has taken special consideration into the blow back of the gun, installing a stronger spring for a harder recoil. This is something that is not usually seen on a CO2 pistol, as many do not even feature blow back. The inner/outer barrel are made of metal, and features a 14mm reverse thread orange tip. This makes the gun supressor/tracer ready and for goes the need for an adapter, or replacement of the outter barrel. There is also an adjustable hop-up feature that does not require a special tool.
The 1911 is my prefered model for a secondary pistol, so I have high expecations form any manufacturer. This is also the first Elite Force replica model I had ever seen, having only order their Bio BBs online. Many of the stores in our community have not picked up the Elite Force line, so this particular pistols was ordered online by Dropkick Mercenaries team leader, Rattlehead.
M inital thoughts holding the gun, was that it was alot heavier then I had expected, while not being so heavy it would way you down. The only way you would notice a weight difference between an Elite Force and a KJW 1911is if you were to hold one in either hand. The grip and lower body are solid, and the slide does not rattle anymore then any of the tenured brands.
The blow back feature is just as good as any gas blow back replica. The accuracy is extremely impressive, even right out of the box. The distance, given that the FPS is within usual field rules, is alot further then a GBB while maintaining accuracy. I did notice that when the CO2 cartridge started to come to an end, its recoil would decrease but still continue to be accurate. The inclusion of a 14mm threaded barrel addes value to the weapon, excluding the need for an adapter, and making use of my current stock of CD mock supressors.
I think that the biggest surprise to me was the price. I had gotten a chance to shoot, which if I haven't said it already, is extremely accurate with a long range, before I knew what the price was. I had assumed that it was comparable to some of the big name brands such as KJW or KWA. However, it is much much cheaper at around $100 plus shipping.
Only time will tell if the gun will stand up to the longevity of KWA or KJW, but Elite Force has certainly made a statement. They aren't stopping there either, releasing the EF 1911 TAC, as well as several more models of pistols. They have also introduced several different AEGs such as M4s, MK416, and UMPs.