Leading up to the release of the Lee Enfield we continue with series of WWII airsoft guns iconic to that era. Amongst the many pistols that were iconic you will be hard pressed to find a few more iconic than the M712, the only ones that can be sized up to this is the 1911 itself or the Luger P08. Since we are taking a look at the Airsoft versions sadly we must have to skip the Luger (yes, there are airsoft Lugers but sadly we don't have them so I can't write about it).
The M712 by Mauser was a semi-automatic pistol produced from 1896-1937 in Germany and later in other counties. Leading up to the war, Mauser actually sold their pistols to several notable European and Asian agencies such as the Italian Navy, Persian Government, and the French Police. The M712 was for its time an extremely innovative pistol the featured breach loading using stripper clips into its signature integrated front box magazine. Towards the second part of the 20th century other countries started to manufacture unlicensed versions of the gun which included countries such as Spain and China.
The airsoft version we have to examine today is the KWC M712 that Tim reviewed some time ago and you can watch it HERE if you like. Some of the take aways of this gun is its good looks and extreme fire rate. The shape of the M712 is instantly recognizable and the KWC version is a faithful representation of the pistol. The metal finish was nicely done and the wooden grips are crafted extremely well. The pistol was powered by Co2 and that contributed to the satisfying recoil impulse and the extreme rate of fire that can spew out of the business end of this gun.
There have been other versions of the Mauser M712 in airsoft other than the KWC version. Notably the Han Solo blaster which used an M712 as a base and the WE M712 which was based on the Chinese version namely the one manufactured by the Hanyang Munitions Works copy of the C.96. However the most extreme example how the M712 is going to be the blaster crafted by the legend himself, Airsoft Surgeon.
The Airsoft Surgeon M712 was a one of a kind crafted pistol for Redwolf Airoft to feature at IWA 2016. It is an aluminum machined pistol that features an ergonomic grip that is stippled, a hand milled muzzle break, and rails for a red dot optic. If the Mauser M712 is to be made modern it would indeed have these features.
For the next and last airsoft gun from WWII we will talk about, should not be to no one's surprise that we will discuss the 1911. I certainly hope you all enjoy this small over view look at some of these guns and don't forget to let me know what you think in the comments.
If you would like to purchase the KWC M712, click HERE!