P698 Glock 26 Layout Spring and coil Pistol Overview but some Addendum Thinkings
Wow! This P698 Glock 26 Style Spring Pistol is just a nice little piece and has a lot going for it, especially in this budget range of spring airsoft guns. First, the general appearance is pleasing, if not entirely accurate regarding the top texture variations involving the slide and molded grip-frame which will be typical of the true Glock. You can find very noticeable molding lines on the trigger, slide, frame and magazine base, in this budget range this is usually to be expected.
Also, the gun is pictured with 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 the very 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 wonder Glock’s are so popular. It just naturally fits, at the very least within my hands. The grip contouring and thumb indentation, even including the ‘pinkie rest’ on the magazine extension, the back strap shape and radius, trigger and trigger guard notch are typical ergonomically correct for an intuitive ‘grip’, site picture & target acquisition. What I find remarkable is how the front site blade visually indexes so accurately within the ramped Novak style rear site blade (and on such an inexpensive pistol), allowing a really precise site picture which minimizes the aftereffect of the short site radius.
I’m sure this makes perfect sense to those who appreciate such things. The magazine holds 9 BBs, and is fed by manually retracting a spring loaded ‘follower’ GLOCK 19 GEN 4, 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. Just remember to release the follower to make certain proper feeding just before reinsertion of the loaded mag. Depressing the magazine release once the pistol is vertical will immediately drop the mag – there’s no binding – the mag catch clicks and holds securely. Being that it is a spring airsoft gun, the slide should be manually retracted to compress the spring and cock the pistol for each and every discharge (shot). In addition, I’m certain this really is ho hum stuff to the majority of of you, however for those new to Airsoft, it’s not bad info., especially since this really is such a great ‘starter gun.’
Anyway, the spring feels really firm, perhaps because this really is such a small pistol, and I discovered it necessary to grip the slide pretty much along it’s length involving the four fingers and thumb of my left hand. I guess one ‘can’ cock this pistol by gripping just the cocking serrations on the trunk of the slide, but I don’t recommend this technique, as this takes a grip tight enough to dimensionally compress the slide. After once or twice though, it becomes second nature. The initial shot was an actual surprise. This thing shoots hard for an inexpensive 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 could be interesting to observe how it groups and at what distances.
Trigger action was also a good surprise, without take-up like most 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. In addition, I didn’t subject the pistol to any torture tests or put a gazillion rounds through it, but however, 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, that were quickly dispensed through my example, without a hitch. So….there it is. I really like the P698, to the degree it’s kind of hard to put it down. I just wonder if any real Glocks could be sold as a result of someones discovery with this fun little thing?
Addendum thoughts: To start with, why such a lengthy report on a cheap spring pistol? First, there isn’t always a definite and technically measurable correlation between the cost of something and the enjoyment one experiences in reference to it’s use. Put simply, it doesn’t always have a lot of money to own plenty of fun. Sometimes, there’s an an inverse expenditure/benefit correlation (more money, less fun). Besides, Airsoft customers appear to be very passionate regarding their opinions of everything Airsoft, and no wonder.