Thank you for you interest in producing Russian/Soviet Block airsoft replicas! This is rather unique area
in airsoft world. Overall you are the only company who managed to take two soviet pistols as a production projects. You would be surprised to find a lots of Soviet/Russian-themed airsoft teams and enthusiasts/collectors out there. Typical airsoft games have Green US dressed and equipped players compete against Tan US dressed and equipped players - where all airsoft replicas are US-themed weapons. One side is presented as OPFOR otherwise both teams are identical. Teams that are specialized in Soviet/Russian themed authentic uniforms and gear make game so much interesting and diverse. Plus players get a chance to learn something new about weapons and uniforms of another nation.
Most of the Russian/Soviet Block enthusiasts would give "an arm and a leg" to get a correct historically accurate airsoft weapon replica. You've exceeded our expectations!
If you are looking for ideas for further East Block airsoft replica projects I was asked by more than a few people to write about one of them.
According to historical timeline you already have a Tokarev TT-33 and a Makarov PM, which was Tokarev's successor as Soviet military and police service side arm, Soviet Block had also developed a fully automatic combat pistol - to assist various army units (Tankers, RPG grenadiers, Special forces, etc) that did not need any form of assault rifle/carabine as their main weapon, or needed a stronger sidearm (than a Makarov PM, that was more of a law enforcement pistol, rather than an army one).
Weapons engeneer Igor Stechkin came up with a fully automatic pistol known as APS "Avtomaticheskiy Pistolet Stechkina" (rus) "Stechkin Automatic Pistol". It had a wooden holster-stock simmilar to Mauzer C96, and was a popular "exotic" weapon among former Eastern Block army and law enforcement personnel. Here are few images and a link to a Japanese video review which demonstrates how the weapon fires on full auto. The pistol itself has "Safe-Semi-Auto" switch incorporated in safety lever.
Knowing how few fully automatic gas blowback pistols are currently on the airsoft market, this project would definitely be a blast! Plus it will make your previous two Russian sidearms become a series/set along with it.
Please take this perspective project into careful consideration. Thank you!
Images and video-link are shown below:
P.S. All "non-US-made-gun haters" and "Make-me-a-50caliber-full-auto-Desert-Eagle-with-a-drum-mag-&-rails-to-hold-a-scope-and-a-underbarrel-grenade-luncher-and-a-bipod-and-a-etc..." commentators please ignore this post completely. =)
Sincerely and respectfully,
Edited by Scar84, 30 May 2012 - 02:25 PM.