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Tokyo Glock 26 vs WA M84F
  • Manufacturer 
     Tokyo Glock/ WA
  • Model 
     Glock 26/ WA M84F
  • Capacity 
     15/20
  • Weight 
     560/503
  • Power 
     265/265
  • Power Source 
     HCF134, HCF22/ HCF134, HCF22
  • Blowback 
     YES/YES
  • Hop-up 
     ADUSTABLE/ ADJUSTABLE
  • Shooting Mode 
     Semi/Semi
  • Construction 
     

Pros

Tokyo Marui Glock 26
+ Innovative Hop-Up Thumb-dial
+ Simple Disassembly





WA M84F
+ Superior craftsmanship
+ High cycle time and accuracy
+ High capacity magazine
 

Cons

Tokyo Marui Glock 26
- Cumbersome BB loading
- Average craftsmanship (visible seam lines)




WA M84F
-Blowback has little kick
 

Verdict

Tokyo Marui Glock 26
Great bang for the buck with the shorter of the 2 frames. Not great on details and craftsmanship but if you mostly skirmish and don't care about the extra seam-line, this is the one to get.

WA M84F
Excellent styling with 20 rounds of hard punching power in such a small package; what more can you ask for? Superior craftsmanship makes the M84F the preferred choice for collectors.

 

Tokyo Glock 26 vs WA M84F Going head to head by releasing two brand new compact pistols to the market, Tokyo Marui and Western Arms Corporation are set for a showdown. Tokyo Marui's Glock 26 first hit the market and was met with immense success in Japan. WA's M84F followed suit a few weeks later. So which should you consider? In one corner we have the much hyped Glock 26, promising a simple design with ample power and reliability to boot. In the other corner, we have the Beretta M84F, sporting elegant R-type valve design with more curves on it than you can count. At such closeness in size and motive, its simply hard not to compare the two. Both are approximately the same length with the M84F losing out just a tad at 12mm longer, but winning on magazine capacity by 5 rounds at 20 rounds. Both sport extremely compact grips though the Glock seems to win out as the shorter of the two when the optionally removable butt plate is detached. Both can take HFC22 with ease and jam out enough power to embarrass your MP5K AEG! Both are sleek looking and both can be easily jammed down your front pants pocket. So which one should you go for? Read on and we'll take you in for an in depth look at both; but for such a close match up, we fear that separating the winner from the loser may not be as easy. Learn about them and judge for yourself!


Tokyo Marui Glock 26
Wrapping up a completely Glock-centric year for us airsofters, Tokyo Marui introduces the Glock 26 following a slew of Glock releases by other manufacturers throughout year 2000. Promising to overcome the power limitation experienced by most compact pistols from other manufacturers, Tokyo Marui promised early in the year that the Glock 26 would be a first-to-market both in style and in power-to-size ratio. Having put our test Glock 26 through its paces, we affirm that this pistol is indeed a true winner. The fact that it met with huge success during it's Japanese launch several weeks ago also supports this notion..

At first glance, you'll notice that the finishing of the Glock 26 is very much on par with the Glock 17 and 18C offered by KSC. The matt black finishing does not look plasticky and the lower frame is attractively textured with thumb-rests on the grip (but no rail like the 18C). The Glock inscriptions are deeply engraved in the plastic frame and in the contoured grip (more deeply engraved than on the KSC Glocks). On picking up the Glock 26, it does not feel too light and is convincingly the weight of an unloaded pistol of this size; the pistol feels a little nose heavy but if you actually take measurements, you will find that the weight is distributed quite evenly to make for a well balanced gun. Metal parts on the Glock 26 include rear sight (non-adjustable), rear slide plate, slide lock, disassembly button, recoil spring guide, magazine (including extended grip butt plate), and serial number tag. All in all, you generally get the feeling that this is a small pistol, an almost cartoon version of its larger Glock siblings.

For those who desire the utmost in compactness, an optional plastic flat butt plate comes included which is easily installable without any tools. The flat butt plate makes the grip much shorter and will only accommodate 2 fingers other than your trigger finger. Your "twinkie" essentially has to fold into your own palm to formulate a comfortable firing position. We however preferred to stick with the metal extended butt-plate for a more comfortable grip, as well as appreciate the extra weight provided by this metal part.

The Glock 26 is not much bigger than a credit card or a mobile phone
Removing the extended butt plate leaves no room for your pinky finger
The magazine is quite stubby too!

Replacing the butt plate is quite easy and requires you to push in a little button on the butt (see picture to right). While pushing this button in, slide the butt plate forward to remove it from the magazine. Installing the butt plate simply requires a reversal of this procedure. Sharp observers will note that Tokyo Marui did not elect to employ a hidden-valve design like on KSC Glocks, which is a little disappointing. Pushing down on the plastic magazine release button drops the magazine out into the palm of your hand. The valve design is identical to that of TM's own M9 series GBB. The Glock insignia is also faithfully inscribed on the rear surface of the magazine along with annotations indicating a full chamber of 15 rounds. Good but not superior craftsmanship. Loading the magazine requires the user to pull down on the BB push rod and insert each BB in succession onto the loading inlet. We found this rather cumbersome since most other GBB's we've dealt with makes this inlet large enough to allow us to essentially pour the BB's into the magazine. The good news on the Glock 26 is there are only 15 rounds to push in so the agony did not last for long. Charging up the gas was also quite quick given the small size of the gas chamber. We varied our mix of gases and found that the Glock 26 worked just fine out of the box running HFC22. Working with the lower pressure HFC134a, the Glock 26 still provided good crisp blowback with ample power, but it lacked the "umph" that you would expect from bigger pistols. Running on pure HFC22, the Glock 26 displayed lots of power that was on par with its larger sibling, the Tokyo Marui M9; quite a feat considering the much shorter inner barrel length of the Glock 26. The blowback is quite strong considering the size of the Glock 26, and the cycle time is very fast with the report of each shot sounding more like a "POP" than a "BRAAACK" like on the larger WA Infinity SVs. Accuracy is very decent at approximately +/- 1 inch at 15 feet ; on par with the larger TM M9 pistol. We measured the power of our mixed gas formula to yield approximately 0.6J; a level unheard of previously for pistols this size (think the Maruzen PPK or the SIG 230 that provided something closer to 0.3J).

Adjusting the hop-up is where we were VERY impressed. While ALL other pistol manufacturers provide a hex-wrench or screw-driver to allow hop-up adjustment, Tokyo Marui is first to provide a thumb-dial just like on it's own AEGs! To access the thumb dial, you first have to remove the slide; a task which is quite easy. First remove the magazine, pull the trigger to ensure the hammer is not cocked. Then pull down on the disassembly lever and firmly pull the slide forward right off the lower frame. The hop-up dial is clearly located in on the lower side of the slide, and is aligned with the axis of the barrel. This design clearly shows the innovative leadership that Marui is setting for the pistol manufacturers, forgetting the fact that it already dominates the AEG market!

In summary, the Glock 26 is a blast to own considering its compactness and reliable performance. What the Glock 26 comes short on in terms of BB loading inconvenience, it makes up on performance and its innovative hop-up dial design. If you're a Glock fan and already own the Glock 17 and 18C, then the Glock 26 is a must-have to complete the family collection. A metal slide is rumored to already be in the works so look for that to come shortly too! CLICK HERE TO BUY A TM GLOCK 26

Inner barrel goes all the way out to the end for max power!
Simple yet reliable design!
Thumb adjusted hop-up dial

Western Arms M84F
Measuring in at just a tad 12mm longer and several millimeters taller, Western Arm's Beretta M84F is of equal match. Sporting a design derived heavily from Beretta's larger 92F, the M84F is visually impressive with its open slide design. The details of the M84F are impeccable as you run your eyes from the sharply sculpted slide onto the shapely lower frame with intricate levers and switches to match. A large Beretta logo greets you on the grip, with the words "Beretta" clearly inscribed here as well as on the slide. The words "PIETRO BERETTA Gardone V.T. - ITALY" are clearly inscribed in the slide, while the markings "CAT. 5802 - MOD 84F - CAL.9 SHORT" are inscribed in the frame. The M84F is constructed of high quality ABS plastic in matt black finish; a slightly darker shade than TM's Glock 26 but still believably metallic. The M84F is not heavy and most of its weight lies in the rear of the pistol; a fact proven by the fact you can stand the pistol up on the table by the sheer weight of its grip. Metal parts on the M84F include the slide guide rod, trigger, slide catch lever, ambidextrous safety lever provided on both sides of the frame, hammer, magazine release button, magazine, disassembly lever and rear sight; not a small list for a pistol this size.

One of the first things you'll notice in this comparison is that the M84F has an external hammer, whereas the Glock 26 has an internal one. As you can see from these pictures here, the lines on the M84F are extremely refined and well crafted; superior to that of the more economical Glock 26. We also applaud the ambidextrous safety for its tacit feel and functional use. With it engaged, you cannot cock the hammer, and when you have the hammer already cocked, engaging the lever by pushing up with your thumb will decock the pistol. We found this to be quite convenient and easy to operate. Cocking the hammer also repositions the trigger to a more rearward position so that the slightest tap is enough to send the hammer forward.

Loading the magazine is quite straight-forward and unlike TM's Glock 26, you can pour your BB's into the well ala stacked formation for a full 20 round capacity. Consistent with WA's other pistols, the charge valve stem is not concealed and is easily reachable at the butt of the magazine. We found the M84F to work very reliably with the high pressure HFC22 gas, with very very fast cycle time (blink of an eye) and a trigger that allows faster repeated firing than the Glock 26. The slimmer and more contoured grips on the M84F also allowed us to slide our index finger much farther onto the trigger to allow more comfortable firing than the Glock 26 (whose trigger you make contact with the first joint of your index finger rather than the second like on the M84F). The trigger pull action is also slightly smoother on the M84F. Power is ample and is on par with the TM Glock 26 at approximately 0.6J. Accuracy is just slightly better on the M84F at less than +/- 1 inch at 15 feet. However the blowback feel is a different story and we felt very little kick on the M84F, whereas the Glock 26 jolted in your hand on every shot. The slide cycle time is, however, visibly faster on the M84F. Just like the TM Glock 26, the M84F did not experience cool down effects and every shot was shot out with ample power even when rapidly fired off.

Ambidextrous safety is easy to operate

Range of the M84F is almost identical to the Glock 26 though the M84F required a more sensitive hop-up adjustment to perfect a straight line trajectory. Adjustment is similar to any other WA GBB and is performed using a hex wrench on the lower side of the barrel after the slide is removed. Disassembly is easy and requires you to push a button on the left side of the frame while simultaneously pushing down on the disassembly lever on the right side. Pulling the lever into the down position allows the slide to pull forward off of the frame. Reassembly is a bit tricky and it took us several tries to align the slide correctly with the frame before would could re-engage the disassembly lever upwards to secure the slide. The Glock 26 definitely wins hands down here; reassembling the slide simply require sliding it back onto the gun and the locking mechanism automatically engages when the slide is cycled.

The M84F (left) sports a slimmer frame than the Glock 26 (right), making the M84F actually more comfortable to store in your pockets and under your belt.When measured on pure dimensions, the Glock 26 was definitely the smaller of the two both in length and in height. One look at the magazine tells you how much shorter the Glock 26's grip is. However when we really tried to stuff these pistols down our belts and into our pockets, we were amazed to discover that the M84F was the more comfortable of the two, mainly thanks to it's slimmer frame. The Glock's squarish slide and wide body lower frame made it actually a little harder to conceal. Overall, we really liked the M84F. Good power and attractive styling make this a joy to shoot. With superior craftsmanship and quicker cycling, coupled with slightly higher accuracy, we would argue that the M84F is the more refined of the two.

The Glock 26 magazine (right) is visibly shorter Overall, we felt that the Western Arms M84F won by a slim margin simply for its attractive styling and faster cycle time. I also personally felt that the M84F was more comfortable to hold and found the slim design easier to stash in my pockets, though no credit to WA for this design. The Glock 26 is no real loser with styling that many others desire, and a very functional removable butt-plate that makes it very very compact. It's strong blowback actually feels quite satisfying but the inconvenience with the BB loading really cost some points in my book. The innovative hop-up thumb-dial is hands-down one of the most leading edge designs in GBBs for the past several years. So in our books, Western Arms still leads by a bit...but the gap is closing fast and Tokyo Marui has shown itself as not just an AEG company but also a GBB company to be reckoned with! CLICK HERE TO BUY A WA M84F

Written by RedWolf