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Tokyo Marui H&K USP AEP

Review date: May 24, 2007
Model: H&K USP
Type: AEP
Manufacturer: Tokyo Mauri
Retailer: UNCompany
Price (shipped): $155.90


Let’s get this out of the way: I hate green gas. I hate red gas. I hate HFC134a. I think that propane adaptor is the greatest thing since hop-up and I hate it too. Why? Because green gas hates me. I try to charge a magazine and it freezes my hand. My GBB misfires and the cloud gives away my position. That stuff is nothing but trouble for me. But if you want a backup, especially for CQB, you don’t really have a choice. So when Tokyo Marui released the Glock 18C AEP in late 2004, I went rabid.

Soon after the 18C, Marui’s own website posted pictures of two more models: the Beretta M9 and the H&K USP. Being a big fan of the real USP, I anxiously awaited its airsoft release. Over the next two years the Marui AEP line expanded with the Beretta M93r and that crowd favorite, the H&K MP7, but still no USP. For a while I tunneled airsoft sites looking for news, but eventually gave up. Then one balmy day in late March while shopping for Type 89 accessories I accidentally clicked on the “Pistols” link and there it was. Once I got over the total lack of fanfare involving this new release, the next five minutes of my life went something like this: tell everyone the great news, place order, tell everyone I just ordered one.

It’s Here

A week later my salvation from green gas arrives. My first impression is just how much it looks like the real thing. I laid the AEP and my real steel side by side and, except for the orange barrel, the only way to be sure was to pick one up. The dimensional differences are a matter of millimeters. My USP fit in the Marui box and, for the true test, the AEP fit my Fobus holster. Included with the AEP is a small under-barrel rail, which I quickly installed, along with the muzzle adaptor (purchased separately) to truly pimp this airsoft. Of course with these accessories installed the AEP will not fit a Fobus or similar holster.

It Works

Marui kept the same basic design concept as the Glock 18C. The slide is removed by pressing down on the hammer as if to cock the gun while pulling gently upwards on the rear of the slide. This allows access to the battery and the hop up mechanism. Removing the slide does not disable the AEP. It can still be fired, and the hop up adjusted, with the slide removed. Also, unlike the 18C, the USP can be switched to full auto without the slide; not that this confers any advantage, but it’s an option.

Fitting the end with the terminals into a receiving slot and pressing the entire battery into place underneath the barrel installs the battery. It is removed from this tucked-away position by operation of a small lever just forward of the hop up wheel. The battery, like all in the AEP line, is 7.2V; however, the USP batteries are 500mah. This is a substantial step up from the 200mah batteries that came with the 18C and M93r. Fortunately the USP version will fit the 18C (and presumably the M93r as well) so I recommend buying only USP batteries for any AEP. I should note here that, although Marui classifies the MP7 as belonging to the AEP line, the MP7 batteries are not interchangeable with any other AEP.

The magazine is a simple mechanism that holds 30 6mm BB’s in a compressed double stack. Unlike most airsoft pistol magazines, the USP mag requires no special tools to load. In fact, one of those stock loading tubes Marui includes with every AEG will work just fine. I’ve occasionally had a GBB mag skip a spot in the double stack during loading. I could not get the USP mag to do that intentionally. The magazine slips into a slot in the magwell and locks in place using a traditional magazine catch and thumb release. I’m not sure if it was by design or by necessity but USP and 18C magazines are not interchangeable. One foreseeable problem is the lack of a magazine pouch. I’m certain these won’t fit a Fobus.

The fire selector lever acts just like it does on the real steel with safe and fire positions. However, moving the level past fire, into what would normally activate the de-cocking function, reveals a small red “30” symbol. This is the full auto feature strangely missing on my real USP. While many GBB’s have automatic fire setting, the AEP lacks the recoil of the blowback action and is consequently easier to keep on target. And it chrono's at a CQB-friendly 220fps.

But Is It For You?

I happen to be quite smitten by the whole AEP line. I have this airsoft, plus an MP7 and 18C, and plan on purchasing the M92 the moment it becomes available. However, I hate green gas. Some of you love it. I know snipers who swear by their gas action rifles. To put it bluntly, you pull the trigger on this USP and it sounds and feels exactly like what it is: a miniature AEG. While the USP is definitely quieter than any GBB and probably quieter than most NBB pistols, it does have that signature AEG whine that will immediately draw the attention of veteran player’s ears. For me the AEP is easier to take care of and requires no special preparations. I load AEG magazines and charge AEG batteries before a game, what another battery and a couple more mags? There isn’t any appreciable price difference between this AEP and a decent GBB. Sure, I’ll save a little in green gas; but those cans seem to last forever anyway. In the time it would take to use a can or two I’ll probably toast a battery and my savings are gone. And it’s missing all those cool blowback effects, that flat popping sound, and any sense of recoil, cordite smell (okay, its just propane) or trappings of realism. But the USP is well made, looks cool, has plenty of trademarks, and requires the same maintenance and preparation as an AEG. And, like I said, I hate green gas.


Review by: Caffeine


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