It's been a long time coming and it is finally here. Yes, we know other brands have beat Tokyo Marui to the punch. Yes, we know they have the proper markings and yes, we know they clock higher during a chronograph test, but this is Tokyo Marui we are talking about and this SW P9 is a beast!
What makes it so special? You look at the body and notice that it's made out of plastic, similar to the real steel version, and a plastic slide. It comes with two additional grips for those with smaller or bigger hands, which is normal. What you see on this that you won't see on the others is a visible safety lever. You can find it on the same spot as the Hi-Capa and it's ambidextrous. This is something you won't usually find on the real steel version though it is possible to get one. Japanese laws dictate that a safety switch needs to be visible so we can't fault them for that and to be honest, it's actually very useful.
The slide release is ambidextrous, you can find the magazine release protruding on the left side and there is a accessory rail up front for your lasers and flashlights. To find the hop up, you'd think you would need to remove the slide, but you don't as all you need to do is pull the slide back and in the breach, you can find the hop up spinning dial on the far side. How very useful!
Let's get down to business. How does it feel when you pull the trigger? If I tell you that it feels like a Hi-Capa, will that be enough? Probably not, but what I can say is that it has a brutal kick and has the consistency of a Hi Capa which is saying a lot. We can't expect a lot when it comes to FPS as it only clocks in at 290 which is enough for CQB scenarios.
Tokyo Marui may have stepped in late to the game, but those that favour a late entrance usually take the limelight away from others!