Stinger P311 Airsoft Gun Review

The Stinger P311 airsoft gun is a look-alike of the famous Colt 1911; from the block iron sights, to the simple look of the gun. At only $10-$20 (depending on where you buy it), this pistol also packs a punch.

One of the cool features of the Stinger P311 is the hammer. Most airsoft guns don’t have hammers, but lately Crosman (the maker of this gun) has been incorporating them into their pistols, adding to the realism. When you pull the slide back the hammer gets cocked back also, just like a real gun. You can manually pull back the hammer, too, and it’ll just snap back in place when you pull the trigger; although it won’t fire if you do that, since you have to pull the slide back to get it loaded. So, really, the whole point of the hammer is just decoration.

This pistol also packs a punch, for what it’s worth. It shoots 325 FPS, which is just about as high as it goes with spring pistols (without modifying it, that is).

A problem, though, with the Stinger P311 is the hop-up is nonadjustable, which means you’re stuck with however tight it was wound in the factory. Basically, at ranges over 30 feet, the Stinger P311 tends to shoot straight for about 20 feet, then take a dramatic turn either go left/right/up/down. You can’t really count this as a “con”, though, because almost every pistol is going to have the same problem, more or less. A solution to this problem is to shoot .20 gram BBs; they’re heavier than the regular .12 gram, so they tend to curve less. In really bad cases of curving BBs, you could even use .25 gram.

Another flaw is that it’s big, which would be a problem if you wanted to stick it in your pocket or something. But, this is another non issue, because you can get a holster for under $10. Besides, in the world of spring pistols, in order to have high FPS, it has to be a big gun.

For it’s price, the Stinger P311 has very nice workings. The slide pulls back quickly and cleanly, which results in shorter time between shots. The magazine also ejects out very quickly. With some airsoft pistols you have to push the magazine release while shaking the gun to get the magazine to fall out. The Stinger P311’s magazine springs out, which also makes for quick reload times. The flaws in the magazine are that is has no reserve, which means you might want to buy extra clips, due to not being able to refill from the magazine itself. Also, if you can’t do tactical reloads, because (if you take out the magazine while it still has BBs left in it) a couple BBs will fall out, all over the ground.

And, another part to think about is the safety. It’s located on the left side, just above the grip. It’s shaped like a triangle, and it pivots on one of the points. You flip it up and down to turn on and off the safety. Because of its weird design, not many people are used to it, so it doesn’t feel natural to turn off/on the safety. Some people like the design, and some people hate it, it’s up to your personal preference.

To conclude, the Stinger P311 is a great sidearm for both target shooting and airsoft matches. It boasts a high FPS, but is best used at ranges under 30-40 feet. Also, think about buying a holster and some heavier ammo along with this gun. Factoring in the price, performance, and overall utility of the Stinger P311, it’s one of my favorite spring pistols to use.

Specs:
Feet Per Second: 325
Accuracy: Very accurate at 10-30 feet
Power: Spring (you must cock it back before each shot)
Caliber: 6mm
Recommended BB Weight: .20 grams
Magazine Capacity: 12 BBs
Manufacture: Crosman

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Colt 1911 Airsoft Gun Review

The first thing you will notice about the Colt 1911 airsoft pistol is the resemblance to the real thing. From the beaver-tail, to the long 6 inch barrel, this gun’s as close as you can get to the real 1911.

It’s also cheap. Only $14! Though, spare clips will cost you around $10 for two, which is decent, considering to fact that their is no reservoir and that in a airsoft fight you don’t want to be having to be manually pushing in 12 BB’s under heavy fire and pressure. So, bottom line, spare clips are worth their weight in gold.

The Colt 1911 airsoft pistol also comes with a laser, seen in the illustration above. While the laser isn’t the greatest out in the field or at long ranges, it will work well for indoor target shooting. On that note, you do have to be gentle with the laser, as the wiring is weak. It’s probably best to de-attach the laser if you are shooting outdoors or are having a airsoft match. If the wire does fray, which it commonly will, you can repair it with some simple electrical tape.

The slide is also hard to cock. Not a big deal for target shooting, but can be a burden when trying to lay down fire while in the field; but you should keep in mind that this is a cheap pistol, and is best used as a sidearm/secondary weapon.

Accuracy isn’t the best with the Colt 1911 airsoft pistol. While the BB will fly in a straight line, it drops dramatically after 20 feet with .20 gram ammo. .12 gram ammo fixes this problem somewhat, however, it’s best if you stick with .20 because even though it will drop, .12 is very unpredictable. So, you should weigh out the odds; a BB that will fly straight but drop, or a BB that will fly very far but will be inaccurate. It’s really up to you.

To wrap up, The Colt 1911 airsoft pistol is a good, cheap, durable sidearm that has its drawbacks but can payoff.  While some parts like the laser are touch-and-go, it’s a good idea to invest in other things, like some extra clips.  Overall, the Colt 1911 airsoft pistol is a good gun. Good for target shooting, but a little less great in a airsoft fight, though it can make a good sidearm.

Specs:
Feet Per Second: 210
Accuracy: You can hit a person from 30 feet
Power: Spring (you must pull back the slide before each shot)
Caliber: 6mm
Recommended BB weight: .20 gram
Magazine Capacity: 12 BBs
Manufacture: Colt