Hey friends! 

Welcome back to the blog! Today, I have a first impressions review on the G&G SMC9 from Extreme Airsoft for you - unfortunately, because I’m not playing at the minute thanks to a national lockdown in England I haven’t had chance to run this for a game day yet but I’ve had a play around with it on the Attack Sense Target system so I feel like I can give you my first impressions of this pistol carbine kit from G&G Armament.

The G&G SMC9 is a pistol carbine kit that is unlike what we’ve seen in the past. If you’ve used a pistol carbine kit, you’ll know that they are usually a clamshell sort of design (where the kit wraps around a complete pistol) but what makes the SMC9 kit different is that G&G has engineered this kit to be the entire top slide of a pistol. It has all the working parts of a pistol slide and all you have to do is insert the lower of a GTP9 pistol and you’re good to go. You can purchase the kit with or without the GTP9 lower.

It features a 7'' MLOK handguard with a full-length top rail for attachments (including the flip-up iron sights that are included in the box), a 14mm CCW thread on the outer barrel (so you can attach accessories such as tracer units and mock suppressors), ambidextrous magazine and slide release, an ambidextrous charging handle, the ejection cover can be switched to either side, a locking side folding stock and it has sling mounts on both sides (making it truly compatible with both left and right-handed shooters). 

It also has the full features of GTP9 frame including textured grips and interchangeable backstraps which also house the hop adjuster, two-stage trigger safety and the frame splits from the lower with no tools necessary which makes it easy to maintain and to break down.

In the box, you get the SMC9 carbine kit, the GTP9 frame, a 50 round mag, a pistol speed loader and a cleaning rod. It comes split, but the kit is easy to put together thanks to the kits slide design.

So how is it to use? I used the SMC9 with Nuprol Red Gas on a chilly day in December and it chrono’d at a respectable 340 FPS (on average) which means it can be used at most sites in the UK - there was an issue with the first batch of these that entered the UK being too hot (they were made for the American market) but since that batch, they have been fine. It’s really lightweight and compact which means it is easy to manoeuvre. It is simple to use - simply fill the mag with BBs and gas, insert the mag, take the safety off, pull the charging handle back, release and off you go. It comes with an extended 50 round mag (but does also take the regular GTP9 mags) so it can hold a fair amount of ammo. This was perfect for target shooting but I think you would definitely need a mag or two if you were using the SMC9 in a CQB game. The range on the SMC9 is good but is definitely more suited to CQB than long-distance shooting.

What about aesthetics? I think the SMC9 looks fantastic, the MLOK rail and folding stock give it a futuristic look which I personally really like. The compensator/flash hider is also a nice addition to the look. The GTP9 grip is stippled on the sides so this not only gives added grip but also looks the part too. I think G&G have smashed it out of the park with the look of this carbine kit. I’m not a huge fan on how the kit looks when the stock is folded and locked in place.

The kit including the GTP9 lower is the retails for £247.99 and the kit without the GT9 lower is £199.99 from Extreme Airsoft. It’s available as is or two-tone if you don’t yet have a defence. At £247.99 it is more expensive than the clamshell carbine kits we are used to seeing but I think given the innovative design of the kit, the price is somewhat justified, however, I would love to see it at a cheaper price point because it is expensive. Cool AF, but still expensive. Use code 'femmefatale' for 5% off to soften the blow.

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