The ARP-9 by G&G Armament occupies an interesting space in the airsoft market. It is designed to offer close quarters battle options to players who want the ergonomics of an AR-15 but don’t want to own “just another M4” while simultaneously trying to combat the more expensive offerings from competing brands. This gun was one of the stand-out new showings from G&G at SHOTshow 2017 as well, garnering a ton of hype and curiosity, but just how good is it? How does it compare to some of its direct competition? We had to know, and we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Time and time again, players will ask us for our favorite guns. Many times that begins with a long list of your standard fare of rifles; be it the M4, the AK-47, or the G36 style of airsoft gun. Often, these guns are purely separated by their external characteristics and perform identically to one another. Shotguns have always managed to differentiate themselves via their typically tri-shot performance; however the often cheap materials have always kept them from reaching “must-have” status. The JAG Arms Shotguns are here to settle that score, and prove once and for all that airsoft shotguns are here to outperform your expectations and steal that must-have slot away from some of your more coveted airsoft replicas.
JAG Arms TS Shotgun
The first thing to cover about the JAG shotguns is their quality externals. Each model in the line has full metal external construction on the receiver itself, the barrel, and the magazine tube (although this is cosmetic as on other tri-shot guns) with polymer pumps on all models. The full stock models utilize a polymer stock as well, which house the gas cartridge, while the collapsible stock models sit a plastic LE style stock on a metal buffer tube, which serves as your gas chamber which you fill via the valve located on the buffer tube itself. Each model features a metal picatinny rail to attach optics while the TSS and SP models also feature a metal side saddle for holding additional shells (and if that weren’t enough, even include a few extra shells in the box as well). It is rounded off with a safety switch nestled quietly behind the trigger in a traditional position for a shotgun.
Zach here. Check the vid below to see a run down on my “go-to” gun, my MK18 Mod 1. Included below will be links to products that I added to this rifle over time to increase the reliability, performance and feel of my airsoft gun to get out of it exactly what I wanted.
For those curious, the batteries I use are 11.1v lithium polymer batteries of varying MAH ratings. The battery fits inside the buffer tube with the rear wiring and connector all in place. The base external build for this gun was a Cybergun Licensed King Arms Colt M4A1.
In recent years, MOSFETs have become somewhat of a staple in airsoft guns. Companies have been slowly incorporating MOSFETs into all of guns. Now-a-days you expect to hear them included with Krytac, VFC, Classic Army, and G&G. One you wouldn’t think of is King Arms. They have just released their KA TWS Ultra Grade M4 Series. Here are some of the features!
Zinc Alloy/Nylon Fiber Body and RIS
Metal Outer Barrel
Metal Trigger Guard
Metal Buffer Tube
Metal Selector Switch
Metal Magazine Release
Functional Charging Handle
Ergo Pistol Grip
Troy Style Iron Sights and Battle Axe Stock
Version 2 Gearbox Shell
18000 RPM Motor (estimated)
Quick Change Spring System
All of the internals will be the same across all models (given the FPS will vary due to size differences). We test fired the Type 3 Model with an 11.1V 20C Battery. We found the trigger response to be very snappy. After shooting about 100 rounds, the MOSFET kicked in and prevented the gun from burning out. The 11.1V battery proved to be too much for the gun, but the MOSFET prevented any damage the gun could have taken. With a 7.4V 20C Battery and a 9.6V 1600mAh battery, the gun performed flawlessly. The gun was very light weight, which made it easier to manage. I did find that the Troy style stock would dig into the had grabbing the pistol grip when completely collapsed, but had no problems when in every other position. The standard internals do leave room for improvement in terms of performance, but they are still of good quality and will perform very well for a while. With the quick change spring system, you can bring the gun up to 400FPS and take it outdoors. Over all, this series of guns are a very good and affordable choice for a starting gun.
You don’t always need to go to fields to have a great time with airsoft or get an exciting game type. A lot of times you can get the same enjoyment from setting up private games with your friends wherever able. Especially for those of you who don’t have the necessary fields close by to deliver standing game play. I know that as much as we love our local fields, it isn’t always viable for us to get to them.
The old crew from the Airsoft Club at Virginia Tech
So in today’s blog post, and more blog posts to come, we will share game type ideas to help get more diversity in to your airsoft experience. This is a game type that I first played with my group of friends while studying in college and playing at a local area the National Parks service granted us to play on (as long as we informed them prior to our trips out).