Today, I put 10 mags through the WE G17.
This blaster feels the same as holding a 3DG Glock, only heavier. Its weight is a touch lighter than the ACP Scorpion. The grip is a bit thinner than on the Scorpion with a deeper thumb rest and is more comfortable to hold. It just feels right in the hand and is great to shoot.
I actually prefer that it is a bit plain-looking. How it looks don’t affect performance, and the gels exit the front of the barrel every time I pull the trigger.
It never broke a gel and these were Ultras that had been sitting in a sieve for a few days with only a daily cup of water poured over them.
Overall, the quality is better than the ACP. The slide is a good fit, locks back when it is supposed to and doesn’t rock around too much. There is a tiny bit of side to side play in the mag well. The mags lock in well and drop out smoothly.
The outer barrel is different and doesn’t lock in the chamber like on the ACP. I don’t know what diameter the inner barrel is, as I have seen 7.25 and 7.5 on different websites. Stuffed if I know what the spare plastic barrel is for.
It is reasonably accurate to shoot. I don’t see an issue with hitting anyone at 15 metres + but purchased one of the new Aztech Hellfire hop-ups for it anyway. I saw one of these fitted to an XTP as Azraels the other day. They are a more compact design and easier to use than the previous model.
The sights aren’t as good as the fibre-optic ones on the ACP. Someone online did suggest buying metal sights to replace the stock plastic ones, but they are $70 on the only Australian website I could find that sells them. That is a bit too expensive and hard to justify, other than screwing the housing into metal like the person said in one of the You Tube videos that I can’t find again.
The WE G17 slide action is not as aggressive as the Co2 models, but that is okay. I didn’t buy it to watch the slide recoil. The slide doesn’t have buffer rubbers like the ACP and it is a different design, which I think will work better and not cause any damage.
Green gas mags are a lot easier to refill and less hassle than Co2 mags. It is supposed to have a comparable FPS to the ACP. I found it easier to remove the mag baseplate when refilling to get a better connection. It is my first Green Gas pistol and it took some time to wrap my head how cold the mags get, but I ended up with 4 mags for it. These mags also fit the ACP / XTP, so all good.
I really like the WE G17, and give it a thumbs up.