Replica Pistols in Canada from the Post 1998 era – Part 3

Ruger and Glock replicas

KJ Ruger Mark I

In this case a portion of the upper receiver is in clear plastic. This is a non-blowback pistol using green gas as a propellant.

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Ruger Mark I Target Bull Barrel

Design and production of the Ruger “Standard” model started around 1949. Ruger already started using cost saving methods such as coiled spring instead of flat springs and metal stamping instead of milling from a solid block. Since it was only caliber .22, the pressure was easily handled by the receiver made from two sheet metal pieces formed by stamping and welded together.  Nine rounds were held in a magazine locked in place by a catch at the base of the grip frame. The Standard doesn’t have a slide but a cylindrical bolt cycling in a tubular receiver. The gun is cocked with the help of two protrusions at the rear of the bolt which is left in the white to contrast with the blued receiver.

The MK I Target was introduced in 1950 but it was only in 1963 that a 5.5 inch heavy Bull barrel became available.

Visual Accuracy

Except for a lack of trademarks and markings and a screw on the lower receiver, this is a spot-on replica of the firearm.

Functional Accuracy

Since this replica is non-blowback it loses a bit in realism. It should also be noted that it shoots in double action only where the original would be single action (being recocked by the spent cartridge).

Shooting

The KJ Ruger Mark I was tested when I received it but due to its non-blowback status the fun factor is less than with other models. Its accuracy is probably on par with the others but I cannot honestly confirm it as it has been a long time since the last shooting session with it.

Quality and reliability

The quality is very good and having a simpler mechanism it should be reliable.

Overall Impression

This is a very photogenic replica but not as interesting as a “shooter” due to the lack of blowback. In this case, the clear plastic part is shiny and a bit more apparent than on the other models meaning that this replica cannot be mistaken for the Real Steel but for my collection it is good enough.

The KJ Glocks (23, 27 and 32C) have been grouped together because they share similar characteristics.

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In the following section, only one picture of each model is displayed from the right side (ejector port) because the left side, except for the slide lock, is mostly featureless (the left side can be seen on one of these replicas in the box shown in the photo above).

KJ Glock 23

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Real Steel Background

Glock 23 .40 S&W

The Glock 19 is the compact version of the polymer framed Glock 17 and was introduced around 1988 for police and military agencies. The magazine capacity is 15 rounds in 9x19mm. The Glock 23 is a similar compact version to the Glock 19 except that it is chambered for .40 S&W (13 rounds) so it has a slightly modified frame, slide and barrel. Magazines from larger Glocks can be used with spacers acting as magazine well extender thus increasing capacity to 15, 17 or 19 rounds.

KJ Glock 27

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Glock 27 .40 SW

The Glock 26 is the sub-compact version of the polymer framed Glock 19 that necessitated an extensive reworking of the components to shrink it down. It was introduced around 1995 for civilian concealed carry. The grip supports only 2 fingers and the double stacked magazine capacity is 10 rounds in 9x19mm. The Glock 27 is a similar sub-compact version to the Glock 26 except that it is chambered for .40 S&W (9 rounds). Magazines from larger Glock 22 or 23 can be used with spacers acting as magazine well extender thus increasing capacity to 15 or 13 rounds.

KJ Glock 32C – Right side with compensator slots seen on top front of the slide.

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Glock 32C .357 SIG

The Glock 32 is a version of the Glock 23 chambered in .357 SIG. The model 32C is the compensated variant. A handgun chambered for the .357 SIG can be converted to .40 S&W by changing only the barrel.

Visual Accuracy

If the tinted clear receiver is ignored, all of these are very convincing replicas of the Glock models.

Functional Accuracy

On the actual firearm the backstrap is interchangeable to adjust the grip, but on the KJW’s version the whole lower receiver is one piece, but otherwise all the controls are functional as they should be (by example: the small safety lever on the trigger blade is doing its job correctly).

Shooting

All of them shoot as well as the KP05 Hi-Capa 1911 and produce similar sized groups.

Quality and reliability

These are robust working guns. I am using them only for target shooting but I am pretty sure they would perform as well on an airsoft field. The weakest part of the gas blowback system is the plastic gas nozzle and, as all the other airguns (BBs or pellets), the rubber seals but with luck and some maintenance they should be good for a very long time.

Overall Impression

The KJ Works models are another satisfying addition to my collection. For sure an all-black replica would be difficult to beat but the tinted receiver option was the next best thing considering the situation at the time they were bought.

Also I would have preferred CO2 over Green Gas (propane) as the method of propulsion because I would have been able to use them all year round instead of being restricted to summer months (in a well-ventilated area).

Pros

Well-built airsoft pistols dimensionally correct replicas.
Blowback operation (all KJW models except KJ Ruger).
Similar weight to the original firearms.
No orange tip like the airsoft pistols sold in the USA.

Cons

No trademarks and no markings.
KJ Ruger is non-blowback.
Clear receiver (even if a tinted receiver is an improvement on an all transparent, it is not ideal).
Propane gas instead of CO2

Recapitulation

In 1998, all low powered replicas were banned unless they were made in transparent clear plastic. In the meantime all the regular metal BBs and pellet shooting replicas were available even when they looked nearly identical to an actual firearm. Eventually some manufacturers of airsoft pistols made a metal BB version using the same mechanism. This version (able to cause injury) changed the status of the pistol from replica to airgun and because of the change was allowed to be sold in Canada.

This meant that from two visually identical pistols (having only a slight mechanical modification) one of them was legal to be sold in Canada but the other was not.

In 2009, there were only a few models that were offered in 4.5mm metal BB and they were of no use (too dangerous) for airsoft players so when the tinted receiver was accepted as legal it was a game changer (for players and collectors).

In 2014, another change occurred. If an airsoft can shoot a 0.20 g 6 mm BB over 366 fps it becomes an uncontrolled firearm (same category as regular “under 500 fps” airguns) and consequently can be sold without requiring a tinted receiver (but all the other models shooting slower than 366 fps still need it).

For airsoft rifles the threshold is easier to reach but, nevertheless, some airsoft pistols are now in this new category and can be sold all black.

The 007 airsoft company from which I obtained the tinted frame pistols still exists but with the change in power and the largest choice of airsoft guns being allowed in the country, the number of sellers has exploded. At this time there are more choices than ever for both the players and the collectors which is excellent news.

Since laws are different in different countries, I am not sure if the “all transparent” and the “tinted receiver” airsoft models are sold in other places than Canada. For that reason, I wanted to show those models that may never have been seen before in some regions of the world.

I hope you enjoyed this article.

R-Gun Pete

Related pages:

Replica Pistols in Canada from the Post 1998 era – Part 1: Spring Powered Replicas

Replica Pistols in Canada from the Post 1998 era – Part 2: CO2 and gas powered replicas

Tokyo Marui Spring Powered Replicas

Classic handguns: The Glock 17

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