Wow! This P698 Glock 26 Style Spring Pistol is really a nice little piece and includes a lot choosing it, especially in this price range of spring airsoft guns. First, the general appearance is pleasing, if not entirely accurate with regard to the top texture variations involving the slide and molded grip-frame which may be typical of the actual Glock. You will find very noticeable molding lines on the trigger, slide, frame and magazine base, in this price range this is usually to be expected.
Also, the gun is pictured by having an orange colored muzzle end slide face, but as supplied comes with a full length black slide and orange barrel extending approx 1/4 to 5/32 inches beyond the slide, which I at the very least find more attractive. The picture also indicates ‘COMBAT DELTA’ and 9×19 indented in to the left slide face, but mine arrived ‘smooth’ ;.
So….how does it feel and shoot. In a word – good. It’s no wonder Glock’s are very popular. It just naturally fits, at the very least within my hands. The grip contouring and thumb indentation, even such as the ‘pinkie rest’ on the magazine extension, the back strap shape and radius, trigger and trigger guard notch are ergonomically correct for an intuitive ‘grip’, site picture & target acquisition. What I find remarkable is how the front site blade visually indexes so accurately within the ramped Novak style rear site blade (and on this inexpensive pistol), allowing an extremely precise site picture which minimizes the effectation of the short site radius.
I’m sure this makes sense to people who appreciate such things. The magazine holds 9 BBs, and is fed by manually retracting a spring loaded ‘follower’, thus allowing the insertion of BBs in to the ‘ammo well’ ; GLOCK 19.The follower incorporates a detente notch allowing an individual to lock the follower spring in the beds base position while loading – a great touch – though perhaps not really necessary. Keep in mind to produce the follower to make certain proper feeding just before reinsertion of the loaded mag. Depressing the magazine release once the pistol is vertical will immediately drop the mag – there’s no binding – the mag catch clicks and holds securely. Being it is a spring airsoft gun, the slide should be manually retracted to compress the spring and cock the pistol for each discharge (shot). In addition, I’m certain this really is ho hum stuff to the majority of of you, however for those new to Airsoft, it’s not bad info., especially since this really is this kind of great ‘starter gun.’
Anyway, the spring feels really firm, perhaps because this really is this kind of small pistol, and I discovered it necessary to grip the slide more or less along it’s length involving the four fingers and thumb of my left hand. I guess one ‘can’ cock this pistol by gripping just the cocking serrations on the rear of the slide, but I don’t recommend this method, as doing this needs a grip tight enough to dimensionally compress the slide. After several times though, it becomes second nature. The initial shot was a genuine surprise. This thing shoots hard for a low priced springer, and I highly advise proper eye protection, especially when there’s any chance of a ricochet. I didn’t ‘bench’ this thing for accuracy, however it could be interesting to observe how it groups and at what distances.
Trigger action was also a great surprise, without take-up like most real Single action/double action Euro wonder nines. Apply pressure and the trigger moves rearward about 1/8 – 3/16 of an inch and releases crisply (on my example). Trigger pull is tactile but not too stiff. In addition, I didn’t subject the pistol to any torture tests or put a gazillion rounds through it, but then again, it still impresses me only at that price. The gun comes in a carved Styrofoam box with a printed cardboard cover and an example pack of.12 gm. BBs, all of which were quickly dispensed through my example, with out a hitch. So….there it is. I like the P698, to the amount it’s type of hard to put it down. I simply wonder if any real Glocks could be sold as a result of someones discovery of this fun little thing?
Addendum thoughts: To begin with, why this kind of lengthy overview of a relatively inexpensive spring pistol? First, there isn’t always a definite and technically measurable correlation between the cost of an item and the enjoyment one experiences in connection with it’s use. Put simply, it doesn’t always take a lot of money to have plenty of fun. In some instances, there’s an an inverse expenditure/benefit correlation (more money, less fun). Besides, Airsoft customers appear to be very passionate regarding their opinions of everything Airsoft, and no wonder.