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Description: A "clone" of the Tokyo Marui Glock 18c AEP by CYMA.
Keywords: CYMA CM.031 Glock 18c G18c AEP MAEG
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Registered: October 2006
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ChrisNorthInGer

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Registered: October 2006
Location: The outskirts of Reality.
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Review Date: 31/3/07 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: 20.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Positive aspects of the product (pros): Cheap, performs well, compatible with Marui
Cons: Low FPS, less fun than a GBB

Picture borrowed from PointAct. Great place to order from, low prices and great service in my experience.



A brief introduction:


I decided to purchase the CYMA G18c AEP from PointAct, along with a few other cheap Chinese replicas. Because I was looking into purchasing two guns in the past to dual wield, and because the G18cs were only $40USD each, I bought two. Should I not like two-gunning (which I didn't, much), I still had an extra magazine for one pistol. I was also quite curious about these AEPs, as many have said they hated them and many have said they loved them.


For a bit of information on the G18, check out World.Guns.ru. If you poke around the net a bit, you should be able to find a bit more, but this site is trusted and gives a bit a basic bit of info on the G18.



Out of the box:


Unfortunately, despite making an effort not to, I have discarded the box. The image above should provide you with enough to know what to expect.


Along with the gun, the box includes a 500mah 7.2v AEP battery, a very small Allen key, a magazine loading tool, a 200mah trickle charger, a small pack of bbs, a cleaning/unjamming rod, and a manual. A magazine was also included, but if I remember correctly it was loaded into the gun.


The loading tool is not of the best quality, and often two bbs will fall out of the end of the loading tool. The bbs included are not of decent quality, either. They have a noticeable seam, and also have a very dull appearance, and there are tiny little black specks on them.


The battery is a Nickel-Metal Hydride, 7.2v, 500mah battery. So far no bad luck with it. I haven't used the charger provided, although it looks okay. It says on the back that it's made by Yixin Electronics, and is a 7.2v 200mah charger. As soon as received the gun, I modded the charger's battery plug to be able to be used with a smart charger. I wont tell you how to do this, but if you know enough about what you're doing then you should be able to know exactly what to do.


The manual is detailed enough, with lots of pictures and is in Engrish, but is easy enough to understand. The cleaning rod included works well, and I have used it several times to clean a few pistols. I haven't found much use for the hex key. It's smaller than anything I have, and it appears that there are a few hex screws in the gun that would require a key that small.



Look and feel:


A quick look over the 18c doesn't really yield much. There's not much to look at as it's a Glock, and as there are not trades besides small CYMA logo on one side of the grip, CM.030 on the other, and where the "Made in Austria" on the grip would be, there is "Made in China". There is also a sticker on the bottom of the grip that says "CYMA, CM.030, POWER GUN". The front sight has a white dot painted on it, and the rear sight has a "U" painted on the back.


Almost all of the exterior of the gun is plastic, with only the selector switch made of metal. The slide, the trigger, and the mag catch are plastic. Seams are present and noticeable, but unless you're really picky and expect a lot for very little, you shouldn't care. Something that is a little bothersome, is where the serial plate should be, there is a small bit of plastic. It looks almost as if though it was left over from manufacturer or something. It can easily be popped out and removed with pliers, if it bothers you like it did me. Besides that, there are several pins that hold parts of the gun together that are slightly discolored, but are not really that noticeable and can be fixed with paint.


As I said earlier, the trigger is plastic, but it feels like it will hold up. The Glock safety is not present, unfortunately, but that doesn't really bother me much. There is a safety on the right side of the frame, where the takedown lever would be (in fact it is the takedown lever), but it feels like it would break if I pulled the trigger hard enough, and it also isn't easy to activate and deactivate. It could even turn off by itself, if you handle the gun roughly.


Compared to a KWA G19 I've handled, the 18c's grip feels a little odd. My fingers wrap around the grip differently, and it feels a little less comfortable. This may just be me, or the difference between the two models. The 18c's balance is a bit different compared to the G19 too, but this could be the metal slide, or the AEP's internals throwing the balance off, or again, it could just be me. The trigger pull is a bit heavy compared to a GBB, but isn't unlike an AEG.



Performance:


I don't have an accurate means of determining rate of fire nor FPS, so I can only give what others have said and compare to my other airsoft guns. Most people say ROF is around 11 rounds per second on a fully charged battery, and FPS is about 210. Personally, I believe mine to shoot about 200 FPS, but many have chrono'd theirs to be higher. Rate of fire is slightly slower, compared to a full-sized AEG, which seems about right compared with most people have said.


Accuracy is nothing to brag about, but nothing to complain about either. I wouldn't call it a target pistol, but at 80 feet, hitting a man sized target is not difficult. Accuracy gets noticeably worse when firing full auto.


BBs usually fall at about 110-120 feet, which is not much less than a GBB. The effective range, however, is a bit less than this. Because the gun shoots at such a low FPS and there is a delay between time of trigger pull to firing, by the time the bb has reached what you were aiming at, it might already be gone. The hop up can supposedly be adjusted for any bbs weighing between .12g and .25g. I personally like to use .20s, for a bit better accuracy, but they do take slightly longer to reach a target than .12s. If you can buy some high grade .12g BBs, you should probably use those for CQB in my opinion.


I'm not quite sure how long a full battery lasts, as I haven't really paid attention to that. If I were to make an educated guess, it would probably be about 500 or so rounds. However, I haven't let the battery fully die, because after about 300 or so shots, fire rate and cycle times become slow, and the delay between trigger pull can get to be a bit of a problem. The full auto fire rate drops enough that some one with a GBB in warm weather could probably shoot faster than you. There is an add on flash light that holds an extra cell for the Marui if I recall correctly, that should work for the CYMA. To be honest, unless you want a higher fire rate, it probably be easier to just buy some more standard CYMA batteries. If you order them from PointAct, they only cost about 10 or so USD. They are small enough that they won't be a hindrance to carry, and are easy enough to change that they won't be a problem.



Accessories and upgrades:


There are a lot (a very big lot) of accessories and upgrades for the Marui 18c AEP out there, and most if not all of them are compatible with the CYMA. From rails to silencers to upgraded springs to tightbores, there's about as much for the AEP as there is for some AEGs. I, personally, wouldn't bother with them, because I'm happy with the way mine performs already and I really don't like adding much to the exterior of a pistol. I would like an extended hi-cap mag, though, and I am thinking of buying one soon.


CYMA is also coming out with a few accessories of there own, although they are just copies of the ones made by Marui. I believe they have an extended hi-cap and a rail and silencer mount. The hi-cap is out for about $10USD I think, which is considerably less than the Marui which costs $30USD.


Other:


So far, I have only had a few minor "problems" (if they were even bad enough to be called that) with my 18c. When I first got it, one of the magazines didn't feed well in one of the guns, yet fed fine in the other. Some and cleaning of the mag seemed to fix the problem. Also when I first got my AEPs, they both had a bit of dirt inside the barrel. This, again, was easily remedied with cleaning and then lube. I had also noticed a few weeks later that the hop-up adjustment wheel was a bit loose. I simply tightened the small Phillips screw on it to fix it.


The magazines are really convenient (although you can only blame Tokyo Marui for this), for many reasons. Although the CYMA mags are constructed out of somewhat soft pot metal, there is relatively little to go wrong with them and they are quite durable. I don't feel comfortable dropping them, though, not only because it might damage them if they were to land on something hard, but because they get lost easily and can be filled up with dirt easily. Because of the mags' size, they can be stored very more easily than a GBB's mag, however I find them to be a bit harder to grasp and load do to their size. As I already said, they are also a bit easier to lose compared to GBB mags, but they cost less and they really aren't as much of a pain to replace. The CYMA 18c mags can hold 29 BBs, although limiting to 28 might be better in the long run. Also because of the mags' design they are quite easy to clean should they happen to fall in the mud. The one major fault with the mags (or more accurately loading the mags into the gun) is that unless they are slapped in or pressed in with a bulge on the the palm of your hand, they don't click in fully. Some experience has pretty much made this a non-issue.



Summary:


The CYMA AEP is truly a great option for anyone looking for a dependable budget side arm or reliable cold weather pistol. I highly recommend it to anyone who needs either of these, however, it doesn't quite replace a GBB all around. If you live in a warm climate (or an area that isn't cold year round), a GBB may be a better choice.

And as always, should you find something wrong with my review (such as inaccurate information), PM my Arnies Airsoft user account.

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