Wow! This P698 Glock 26 Style Spring Pistol is a nice little piece and features a lot going for it, especially in this budget range of spring airsoft guns. First, the overall appearance is pleasing, or even entirely accurate with regard to the top texture variations involving the slide and molded grip-frame which will be typical of the actual Glock. You will find very noticeable molding lines on the trigger, slide, frame and magazine base, but in this budget range this will be expected.
Also, the gun is pictured having an orange colored muzzle end slide face, but as supplied comes with a full length black slide and orange barrel extending approx 1/4 to 5/32 inches beyond the slide, which I at least find more attractive. The picture also indicates ‘COMBAT DELTA’ and 9×19 indented into the left slide face, but mine arrived ‘smooth’ ;.
So….how does it feel and shoot. In a word – good. It’s no surprise Glock’s are very popular. It just naturally fits, at least in my hands. 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 the leading site blade visually indexes so accurately within the ramped Novak style rear site blade (and on this kind of inexpensive pistol), allowing an extremely precise site picture which minimizes the effect of the short site radius.
I’m sure this makes sense to those of you who appreciate such things. GLOCK 19 The magazine holds 9 BBs, and is fed by manually retracting a spring loaded ‘follower’, thus allowing the insertion of BBs into the ‘ammo well’ ;.The follower incorporates a detente notch allowing the user to lock the follower spring in the beds base position while loading – a good touch – though perhaps not really necessary. Remember to produce the follower to make certain proper feeding prior to reinsertion of the loaded mag. Depressing the magazine release when the pistol is vertical will immediately drop the mag – there’s no binding – yet the mag catch clicks and holds securely. Being it is a spring airsoft gun, the slide should be manually retracted to compress the spring and cock the pistol for every discharge (shot). By the way, I’m certain this is ho hum stuff to many of you, but also for those new to Airsoft, it’s not bad info., especially since this is this type of great ‘starter gun.’
Anyway, the spring feels really firm, perhaps because this is this type of small pistol, and I found it necessary to grip the slide virtually along it’s length involving the four fingers and thumb of my left hand. Perhaps one ‘can’ cock this pistol by gripping just the cocking serrations on the trunk of the slide, but I don’t recommend this method, as doing so takes a grip tight enough to dimensionally compress the slide. After once or twice though, it becomes second nature. The very first shot was an actual surprise. This thing shoots hard for a low priced springer, and I highly advise proper eye protection, especially if there’s any chance of a ricochet. I didn’t ‘bench’ this thing for accuracy, however it will be interesting to see how it groups and at what distances.
Trigger action was also a good surprise, without take-up like the majority of 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 too stiff. By the way, I didn’t subject the pistol to any torture tests or put a gazillion rounds through it, but then again, it still impresses me only at that price. The gun comes in a molded Styrofoam box with a published cardboard cover and an example pack of.12 gm. BBs, which were quickly dispensed through my example, without a hitch. So….there it is. I really like the P698, to their education it’s type of hard to place it down. I just wonder if any real Glocks might be sold as a result of someones discovery of this fun little thing?
Addendum thoughts: To start with, why this type of lengthy report on a relatively inexpensive spring pistol? First, there isn’t always a definite and technically measurable correlation between the expense of an item and the enjoyment one experiences in reference to it’s use. In other words, it doesn’t always have a bundle to possess a lot 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.