|The Real Steel
The Glock series is currently the most popular semiautomatic pistol line among the world's law enforcement units. They are easy to carry, simple to maintain and highly reliable (one test showed the gun being able to fire immediately after being run over by a truck).
Various models and calibers are available in the Glock family. KSC has replicated the 9mm full length version called the Glock 17.
Like the real steel counterpart, the KSC Glock 17 is basically made out of plastic. In fact, externally, only the slide lock is metal. Internally, only the springs and some of the slide mechanism is metal.
The Glock disassembled
The KSC Glock 17 features all the markings of the real steel. There's not a marking anywhere that will identify this gun as a replica: no KSC stampings anywhere.
The trigger is a two part design. To engage the safety, you push out the center portion of the trigger. With the safety engaged, unless the trigger is pulled properly, the safety will not disengaged. While this design greatly reduces the chance of accidentally disengaging the safety, it's not the most practical design. You can't safe it with one hand. And once unsafed, you'd be hard pressed to safe it again.
The Glock 17 comes with a dot on the front sight and a 'U' shape for the rear. This helps to make target acquisition faster. There is however, a tendency for the sights to fall off so care must be taken with regards to these.
The magazine is all metal with a plastic bottom plate which conveniently covers the gas valve. It holds 23 BBs in a double stack format. The magazine slides into the gun with a reassuring click. The magazine also doesn't rattle in the gun when you shake it which is nice. With the magazine in, the KSC Glock 17 weighs exactly like a real steel Glock 17 without the magazine!
The replica also comes with a very convenient integrated 20mm rail for the mounting of aftermarket lasers and weaponlights.
The KSC Glock 17 comes with a hop-up unit in the slide. It also comes with a metal hop-up adjustment tool. The hop-up unit is actually part of the mechanism that the inner barrel is attached to. Adjusting the hop-up is a matter of locking the slide in the back position and using the tool to turn the dial.
Dissasembly is very simple. In fact, it's one of the easiest of any airsoft gun in the market today. Just pull down the slide release and push the whole slide out. The outer barrel, inner barrel and recoil spring are all within the slide.
Damage from 5 feet away with Marui .20BB and Top Gas
I loaded up the Glock with Top Gas (the most commonly available gas in Indonesia) and fired a a full magazine of test shots: no jams, smooth slide action, easy trigger pull and some recoil. A more pronounced recoil will require the changing to a metal slide and upgraded recoil spring.
Power-wise, I did a simple test of firing at a soda can from 5 feet away loaded with .20 Tokyo-Marui BB. The BB easily penetrated one side of the can and dented the other. The reason for the soda can is the fact that I don't have a chronograph to test the true FPS of the gun. The Glock 17 probably fires in the range of 320 FPS with Top Gas.
When it comes to accuracy, I did a simple 3 round firing aiming at one point of a target from 10 feet away. The Glock gave an all-round 1 inch grouping.