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A Closer Look At The VFC HK416C, UMP, MP5K, & MP5K PDW GBBs
You better be ready as these are a series of gas blowbacks for personal defense and close quarters made by Vega Force Company (VFC) under license from Heckler & Koch via Umarex. With the Holiday Season fast approaching, we know that a good portion of airsoft players who prefer gas blowback rifles are saving up for the KWA KRISS Vector GBB. But with these new H&K GBBs from VFC, it'll be a hard thing to make a decision, given that people are conscious with their purchases nowadays. But we're not sure if they're going to hit the shelves late this year, so things are still going for the KWA KRISS Vector GBB.
It's really going to be tough as our Hong Kong content partner, Public Enemy, just posted their preview of four H&K Gas Blowback models as they visited Action! Airsoft, also a retailer in Taiwan. The top honcho of VFC visited them last month, and placed on a table some hard-to-resist H&K GBB models, with the much anticipated HK416C (Compact), which they can't hardly take their hands off.
As mentioned above, these series of H&K GBBs are for personal defense and close quarters: HK416C, UMP, MP5K PDW, and the baby of the MP5 series: MP5K.
According to Public Enemy, taking from the text written by Chen Xiaomin of Action! Airsoft (who also took the photos), the UMP is said to have the strongest recoil of these. For an AEG that takes its inspiration from an SMG that fires .45 rounds, it should as well mimic the strong kick of the real deal. Here again is the video of the VFC UMP being fired to see for yourself if you agree with the strong gas blowback recoil and followed below it are close-up photos:
The VFC UMP is seen to be released in May 2013, with an expected price of around NT$5,500 (around US$187 as of this writing) to NT$7,000.00 (around US$238) and it will be cheapest among the bunch. Whilst the detailing of the UMP GBB as shown in the photos above is great, it might not exactly the same when it finally gets released.
The VFC MP5K and MP5K PDW are not much different from the internal designs of the other previously released VFC MP5 GBB models, the MP5A2 and the MP5SD3. Please note that the PDW's folding stock is taken from a real one, and may not officially the same when it gets released. Nevertheless, having these two gas blowback GBBs for close quarters games should be good and we hope it's better than the WELL MP5K GBB that was released over three years ago or even the classic MGC MP5K.
Now, this one really got a lot of eyeballs and discussions in some of the biggest airsoft forums around the world, is the VFC HK416C when it was first revealed early this year. The interals are still inline with the internals of the previously released VFC HK416 GBB and the VFC USMC M27IAR. The only difference that can be found on this baby are the telescopic stock, shortened front-end internal buffer tube, and the spring conduit structure.
Here's a close-up shot of the HK416 telescoping stock, showing avant-garde styling.
Players with sharp-eyes, they can notice that at the front is a G36 sling Ring and it will come with the standard H&K Tactical Grip. Flip-up sights for the front and rear and the steel "quad" flashhider shown in the photos below.
If you have watched the video made by Defensereview.com of the real HK416C being fire by David Crane. The excitement there is the same as they felt when they fired the VFC HK416 GBB, which has a good firing rate and can be improved further by other third party upgrade parts manufacturers such as the Azimuth High-Performance Valve that was made for the VFC G36 GBB. The video below is the prototype being fired which is almost a year old already, and we can assume that there were more improvements done through the months.
If you will be Hong Kong this weekend, you might want to go to the visit the Hong Kong GBB Gamer Cup which will be held on the 30th of September. The WGC Shop booth will be exhibiting the VFC MP5K, HK416C, and the MK12 MOD1 Gas Blowbacks and you can also test fire the 2012 version of their Colt M4 RIS GBB and the HK416D GBB.
Now, it's just a matter of waiting again for these HK gas blowbacks from VFC. We don't know if they'll be carrying the VFC or will be shipped under the Umarex brands for the overseas markets.