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Description: MGC Colt 1911 MkIV Series 70 Government PFC Modelgun.


Uses the Plug Fire Cap system to create smoke, sparks, noise, blow back the slide and eject cartridges.
Keywords: colt 1911 pfc cap .45
 
Posts: 2
Registered: September 2004



rizzo


Registered: September 2004
Posts: 2,949
Review Date: 29/8/05 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: £150.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Positive aspects of the product (pros): - Beautifully accurate model of the Colt 1911 - Fantastic fun to use - Much more than a simple cap gun - Simulates the action of a real gun
Cons: - High maintenance - Brittle heavy-weight plastic - Expensive

MGC Colt 1911 MkIV Series 70 Government


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Intro
I won’t go into much detail about Plug Fire Cap model guns (PFC) as R22 has done this rather superbly in his review of the *deep breath* Marushin "Colt XM177E2" Factory Set Plug-Fire Cartridge Blank Firing Replica. Briefly, these are replica guns that work and strip exactly like their real steel counterparts but do no shoot anything, making them perfectly safe.
They utilize a relatively small 7mm or 5mm cap (slightly up market versions of the ones used in conventional children’s cap guns) to replicate the action of the guns they represent impressively. The caps make a loud crack (loud, but much quieter than a small .22 blank firer), create copious amounts of sparks and smoke and produce enough power to blow back the slide or bolt of the replica, ejecting the ‘spent’ round without actually firing anything.



The box…
Enough of the babble, what about the gun? Well, upon receiving the package from www.modelguncollector.co.uk, who also happen to be very nice people, I ripped open the packaging and discovered a rather weighty box. Upon closer inspection, it appeared that the box was in fact for a MGC Colt Commander, but this was fine by me, as the chaps at Model Gun Collector had informed me of my 1911’s lack of original box.


What’s in the box, Spot?
In the box there was-
• Instruction manual (Japanese)
• 4 Fake .45 rounds (for display purposes, do not cycle thru the gun)
• a box of 6 .45 ACP PFC cartridges
• a box of 100 caps
• A set of black Colt grips
• A loading tool
• A disassembly tool
• A cotton bud


Oh and an MGC Colt 1911 MkIV Series 70 Government. Hoorah!


The Gun…
The replica has a fantastic feel to it, as indeed all single stacking .45s do. It weighs about 800g loaded (the cartridges add a fair bit of weight) so this is definitely a hefty pistol.


The frame and slide are made from Heavy Weight plastic, which feels and looks superb. However, the plastic has zinc added to it, to make it more metal like- this adds a brittle property to the plastic, and means that the slide is prone to cracking. These parts, along with the barrel, are the only plastic parts on the gun (apart from the grips). The internals are all Zinc alloy, including the 7 round magazine.


As mentioned before, the Colt strips exactly like the real thing which is very satisfying and a nice feature of the replica. Care must be taken in disassembling all replicas, as if a part won’t come out smoothly; you’re probably doing it wrongly. The Japanese manual provides a sufficient pictorial guide to disassembling, so far so good.


The metal internals give the replica a very satisfying sound when being loaded and cocked. Care must be taken when loading the magazine into the gun, as slamming the magazine in can cause an extremely nasty jam (as in the real steel).


The replica features a grip safety (grip safety must be compressed before being able to fire) and another safety on the frame. In terms of markings, this model features full Colt 1911 trademarks, including ‘Colt’s Mk IV/ Series ’70 Government Model .45 Automatic Caliber’ accompanied by prancing, well, colt (the horse). The other side is inscribed with ‘Colt’s Government Model’. Trademarks on the frame are as per the real steel, with ‘Colt’s PTF a MFG CO Hartford CONN USA’ which is partially concealed by the grip. Also on that side of the frame is ‘12581C70’, with a small ‘MGC’ underneath, the only marking that discerns this replica from the real Colt.


On the fake wood grips supplied with the model, there is a gold Colt logo, and on the black grips supplied, a triangular logo that I’m not familiar with.


Operation


The slide mechanism, and indeed the entire gun works very smoothly, and will continue to do so as long as it is properly maintained.
The magazine is gently slid into the frame, the slide pulled back and released, loading the first cartridge into the chamber, just like a real Colt 1911. From here, there are two options for the user- firstly, they may pull the trigger, which results in the cap being detonated, the slide slamming backwards, the cartridge being ejected, smoke pouring from the ejection port and barrel, the slide returning forward and sparks coming from the barrel. Or the user may wish to carefully (very carefully) slowly squeeze the trigger whilst holding the hammer, and slowly returning the hammer to it’s upright position without it striking the firing arm. Now the gun is effectively decocked. To fire the gun from this state, simply retract the hammer (a joyous moment) and squeeze the trigger.


Upon my first try of the gun, I opted for option 1 as many of you will. I can safely say that it was the most satisfying feeling I have experienced in my airsofting career/obsession. The fun of firing off an entire magazine, each shot in quick succession, with this gun is hard to describe but suffice is to say you are left in a cloud of smoke with a very wide grin fixed on your face.


Cleaning
After operation, the PFC gun and cartridges should be cleaned, to avoid the corrosive gun powder residue corroding and tarnishing the cartridges and firing mechanism. For every day use, the gun needs an oiling (with gun oil, or 3 in 1 oil) of the firing mech, but the cartridges require cleaning with good old soap and water. Detergent-based soap or washing-up-liquid I have found to be admirably suited to this task. Simply strip the cartridges down to their component parts, and submerge in a viscous mixture of hot, soapy water and leave for half an hour. Return, rinse and dry. It’s as simple as that, but if you can’t be bothered to go through this process, then an Ultra Sonic Cleaner can be purchased for around £30 which will do the job for you. *adds to shopping list* ; )


And to conclude…


I must say, I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun firing a replica. Some people will pooh-pooh PFC replicas as simply glorified, over priced cap guns; but I am willing to bet that they have never fired one of these ‘boom sticks’.
Who would I recommend these replicas to? Anyone who wants the look, feel and operation of a real gun, without the anti social noise and legal complications of owning a real gun or a blank firer. I would also recommend this replica for filming purposes, as it imitates a real gun flawlessly.
They are expensive, there is no denying that, but I am glad I spent £150 on my Colt 1911, it is fantastic fun. There also no avoiding the fact that these are maintenance heavy replicas, and this may deter some from purchasing one; However, these people usually lack zest in their life, are morally weak and have little will power. I know for a fact that all airsofters are strong, upstanding folk, ne’er afraid of a challenge and willing to try something new. I say go (to www.modelguncollector.co.uk or www.modelguns.co.uk or any HK retailer) and buy a PFC replica. You know it makes sense.

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