People following our news and reports from trade fairs may have already come across information about a licensed B&T Air APC9 replica made by Archwick, which we had the opportunity to take a closer look at during this year's edition of IWA Outdoor Classics .
As a reminder, although an AEG version is also planned, the GBB variants (adapted to operate using GG, CO2 and HPA) are finding their way to the market faster and are expected by many players. The APC9K PRO, the APC9K SD2 and the APC9 SD are scheduled to be released in the following order in 2024.
These three models differ between themselves with parts such as the stock, the handguard and the muzzle device. The dimensions of the replicas are consistent with the originals, but due to regulations, they cannot come factory equipped with parts from a real firearm.
In the case of the APC9 SD and the APC9K SD2, limited versions are also planned, equipped with a stock from B&T. The manufacturer also plans to create an adapter that will enable those willing to mount the original stock.
Taken out of the box, the new replicas by Archwick are supposed to fire 0.20 g BBs with a muzzle velocity of about 90 m/s (290-300 FPS), but it is not specified which gas supply system this information applies to. It was also mentioned that with the 129 mm long factory barrel and shooting at a distance of 10 meters, the spread of subsequent shots should be in the range of 3-5 cm.
After closer inspection of the replica, one thing that caught out attention was the aluminum magazine. This will certainly be appreciated by people who value high mobility while playing, but for those who love realism and like to carry "loaded" magazines, it may turn out to be a flaw in the image of this undoubtedly interesting design.
Source: Archwick, MOA2023