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My Favorite CO2 Pistol…Right now
April 2, 2014
I have been using a certain CO2 pistol since just before Tim VS Bob IV/4.5 which has now become a permanent part of this Axe Man’s armory and it is…The Elite Force 1911 Tactical CO2 Blowback Pistol!
Ever since we started carrying Elite Force 1911’s at Airsoftgi.com and GItactical.com I have had many chances to fire them and every time I marvel at not only their out-of-the-box accuracy but, more importantly for me, the incredible amount of recoil. Now, the recoil might not be “revolutionary” per se, but going from green gas pistols which have significant recoil to the Elite Force 1911 felt like taking a dip in very cold water, in other words it was shocking. There is a LOT of recoil on this gun and as such it was much more fun to shoot than any other gas pistol in my armory.
Thankfully, I was able to purchase one just before Tim VS Bob IV/4.5 and thereby got quite a bit of field testing in with said pistol. One of the things I noticed while on the east coast is that my Elite Force 1911 did respond much better to colder weather than I ever would have expected my other green gas pistols to. I was able to achieve solid hits on targets further out and in colder weather than I would have ever been able to had I used a pistol running on green gas. Now, this is not to say that an Elite Force 1911 will always function in cold weather, but that it will perform above comparable green gas pistols in cold weather simply because of the fact that it is designed well and uses CO2 to function.
Now with all the advantages to having an Elite Force 1911 there are a few points worth mentioning about this pistol that are important to know if you are considering picking one up.
First of all, the Elite Force 1911 was designed as an outdoor pistol and as such shoots higher than the normal 350 fps limits that most CQB fields use. This can be quite an advantage however if you are playing at outdoor fields or locations with a 400 FPS limit as it will allow your side arm to reach out further than most other pistols on the field. Secondly, replacing a CO2 cartridge will take a little longer than if you were just gassing up a normal green gas mag. Thirdly, you are probably going to be using one CO2 cartridge for each magazine you fire, perhaps a little bit less, which equates to 50 cents for each magazine fired down range. Furthermore because CO2 cartridges do not have silicone oil mixed in like green gas does, your gun may need a little bit more maintenance and cleaning down the road. This is also due to the fact that the gun will be put through more stress internally due to the use of CO2.
That said, if you know what you are looking for this can be the best pistol in your arsenal. If the only fields I play at have 400 fps limits then there is no downside whatsoever to carrying this pistol. As to the second point, I don’t usually have to fill magazines on the field so the extra time spent extracting a CO2 cartridge isn’t that big of a deal. Changing one on the field can get slightly complicated because of the need to use an allen key, but again, not really an issue for me because its just a tiny bit of extra time spent and I usually have allen keys on my rig. As far as having to use one CO2 cartridge per mag, the usefulness, availability, and price of CO2 cartridges makes this another non issue. CO2 is vastly more available in so many disparate parts of the United States that for many people who can’t get green gas readily, CO2 may actually be their only affordable/viable option. In addition, if you buy CO2 cartridges in bulk you can further cut down the cost of operating your pistol.
Now, routine cleaning and maintenance should be a standard part of any airsoft enthusiast’s checklist. Going out to the field for a day then coming back and not cleaning your gun or gear for weeks will just downgrade the effectiveness of the products that you have spent your hard-earned money on, so why not just take a little extra time when you’re home, go through your gear and guns and make sure they are good to go for your next outing? One hour or less spent way ahead of time cleaning and doing maintenance will save you from spending hours down the road trying to fix what regular cleaning and maintenance would have already taken care of.
To sum it up, the biggest thing you need to consider when buying this pistol is whether or not you are going to play regularly at fields that have a 400fps limit. If you are then GET THIS PISTOL! If you only play at fields with a 350 fps limit you may want to consider something else that shoots at a lower FPS. I have to tell you though, I am one happy Axe Man when I get to use my Elite Force 1911. That extra recoil just has a way of putting one huge smile on my face.
I’m also far from the only person infatuated with this pistol. A lot of big names in the airsoft industry carry the Elite Force 1911 as their side arm of choice. For example, we recently had Arwin “MilsimJunkie” Siador come down from Northern California to do an episode of Tactical Gear Heads and we found out that he almost always rocks an EF 1911 Tactical, which is the same gun I use! He usually has around 4 four pistol magazines on his person as well because he finds himself having to go back and forth between his pistol and his rifle in close quarters.
You can check out his Tactical Gear Heads right HERE
If you’d like to take a look at Milsimjunkie’s channel, you can by clicking HERE
Now, we have a few different versions of the Elite Force 1911 available on Airsoftgi.com and GITactical.com including the Elite Force 1911A1 which is pictured below.
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