So the basic requirements are that the gun has blowback, a full size magazine and controls that work in the correct place - there are others but these are the big ones. Go to my blog www.odellstudios.com/2013/09/c… to read about my experience with the gun you saw in my gallery cityofthesouth.deviantart.com/…. There is also lots of writing on the subject and the concept, but I think it's pretty simple. Would people like to see the steel BB gun market expand for this purpose? Does airsoft do the same thing? Typical 5gr 4.5mm steel BBs are about equal to .35 gram airsoft BBs. Will they perform as well in wind outside on the range or during a competition? Have any of you tried BBs that heavy in your airsoft pistols? It just seems to me that there is a market here, yet there are only about 4 or 5 guns that fit my requirements.
Food for thought. This weekend I took the KWC 1911 out for the 3rd time and this time I had a nice 15-20 mph gusting wind to work with (easy to get in Kansas). I shot the gun from about 15 yards across the wind and was able to get a 4-5 inch group (18 shot group BTW) that was only slightly pushed in the direction of the wind an inch or less (actually 4 total shots were to the extreme side of the group). Elevation was point of aim, point of impact. I shot a couple hundred BBs in the wind doing various drills on IDPA targets and found that I could shoot essentially like normal. So to me this is the benefit of 4.5mm BBs but that doesn't mean the heavier airsoft BBs won't do the same.
So there are some questions for conversation and here are some more. Would people like to see an airgun competitive sport come to life in the US? Something like IDPA. Do you participate in this kind of sport if you live overseas? Is there a market that our current airgun manufacturers are missing right now? Especially with the ammo situation and the expense of shooting in general?