P698 Glock twenty six Fashion Planting season Gun Assessment and a few Addendum Views
Wow! This P698 Glock 26 Style Spring Pistol can be a nice little piece and features a lot opting for it, especially in this cost range of spring airsoft guns. First, the general appearance is pleasing, if not entirely accurate pertaining to the top texture variations between the slide and molded grip-frame which may be typical of the true Glock. There are very noticeable molding lines on the trigger, slide, frame and magazine base, but in this cost range this is to be expected.
Also, the gun is pictured by having an orange colored muzzle end slide face, but as supplied includes a full length black slide and orange barrel extending approx 1/4 to 5/32 inches beyond the slide, which I at the 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 phrase – good. It’s no wonder Glock’s are so popular. It really naturally fits, at the least in my hands. GLOCK 19 GEN 4 The grip contouring and thumb indentation, even including the ‘pinkie rest’ on the magazine extension, the trunk 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 leading site blade visually indexes so accurately within the ramped Novak style rear site blade (and on this inexpensive pistol), allowing a very precise site picture which minimizes the effectation of the short site radius.
I’m sure this makes perfect sense to those 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’ ;.The follower incorporates a detente notch allowing an individual to lock the follower spring in the beds base position while loading – a nice touch – though perhaps not really necessary. Keep in mind to release the follower to make certain proper feeding ahead of 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 that it’s a spring airsoft gun, the slide must be manually retracted to compress the spring and cock the pistol for every discharge (shot). In addition, I’m certain that is ho hum stuff to many of you, but also for those a new comer to Airsoft, it’s not bad info., especially since that is such a great ‘starter gun.’
Anyway, the spring feels really firm, perhaps because that is such a small pistol, and I came across it required to grip the slide pretty much along it’s length between the four fingers and thumb of my left hand. I guess one ‘can’ cock this pistol by gripping just the cocking serrations on a corner of the slide, but I don’t recommend this approach, as doing so takes a grip tight enough to dimensionally compress the slide. After several times though, it becomes second nature. The very first shot was a real surprise. This thing shoots hard for a low cost springer, and I highly advise proper eye protection, particularly if there’s any chance of a ricochet. I didn’t ‘bench’ this thing for accuracy, but it will be interesting to observe it groups and at what distances.
Trigger action was also a nice surprise, without any 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 as 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 at this price. The gun comes in a shaped Styrofoam box with a printed cardboard cover and a sample pack of.12 gm. BBs, that were quickly dispensed through my example, with no hitch. So….there it is. I enjoy the P698, to the amount it’s kind of hard to put it down. I just wonder if any real Glocks might be sold as a result of someones discovery of the fun little thing?
Addendum thoughts: To begin with, why such a lengthy overview of a relatively inexpensive spring pistol? First, there isn’t always a distinct and technically measurable correlation between the expense of something and the enjoyment one experiences in reference to it’s use. In other words, it doesn’t always have a lot of money to have plenty of fun. In some cases, there’s an an inverse expenditure/benefit correlation (more money, less fun). Besides, Airsoft customers be seemingly very passionate regarding their opinions of everything Airsoft, and no wonder.