We are leading up to the long waited release of the RWA Lee Enfield and in honor of this legendary airsoft rifle, we want to take a look at some of the most iconic airsoft guns from the WWII era. To kick things off for our look back on some classics we will be looking at something from America, the M1 Garand.
Of all the weapons seen in WWII, you will be hard pressed to find something that is as iconic as this beauty. From its shape to its signature "ping" sound when the clip is ejected after its empty. In airsoft there has been several iterations of this gun but it all started with the gas powered one from Marushin.
The first ever airsoft M1 Garand was produced by Marushin and it was truly a master piece of innovation for its time. It was gas powered and after the magazine is empty it was eject just like the real one. The wood finish was brilliant as expect from a Japanese manufacturer and it came in two versions, a lighter colored one and a "tanker" version thats darker in the finish.
After the advent of the Marushin gas version of the Garand, the next company to produce one was ICS. It was the one for the masses. The one was an AEG and thought it was battery powered, it was extremely accurate and featured real wood furniture.
Some of the most romantic aspects of the M1 Garand was its firing mechanisms. Its one of the most complex systems created and being that there were so many moving parts, charging the gun gave off an extremely satisfying sound and feeling. This system was later adopted for the M14 which became its successor and is still in use with the US military today.
With the popularity and draw that this rifle had customized versions later became available from both Marushin and RWC. Both boasting worn, battled looks.
The next gun we will be looking at is the German MP-40. What do you guys think about WWII era guns? Personally I find that whole era very fascinating and developments that came out of that time really shaped the current landscape of small arms and weapons of today. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
Check out Tim's old review of the ICS M1 Garand AEG HERE or a list I did for CoD WWII HERE