has sent over some more news from IWA 2005, including his thoughts and details on a conversation he had with the ASG/CA rep at the show. Here's all the photos and text for the article (there's more photos, but you'll have to click ReadMore to see them all):
Hi, I just wanted to give some extra information about the new things from IWA. I saw that Airsoft Freaks had put some info on the web already but here is some of the information I have gathered myself through a little chat with the guys at ASG and CA.
So first the Ak74 type its a prototype. That will be out by June/July 2005 and there'll be three models, one with a folding para stock, one with a full stock and another with a wire type. The AEG uses a 7mm bearing gearbox with their new (reinforced) internals.
The G36k will come out in many variants, the major advantage is the lower price than StarAirsoft's for a now very good finish and price. They are preparing a new handguard like the new one from Star for the G36 with red dot and 3.5 scope. There's not much to say about the G3 ...ha yes ....outer body is in aluminium and a nice finish.
The Steyr AUG - they are preparing 3 models and the stocks should be made out of PA66 which is the same material used on the real AUG. They will make a military and civilian version AND a Aug P version.
Now news on the M249. It simply uses a replica PGC gearbox and is almost entirely made out of steel and aluminium The PGC look-a-like gearbox allows you to change the spring in a matter of seconds and most important now it realy looks like the REAL thing and almost weighs like it ^_^. The internals will be a new generation that includes a new gear tappet plate ,nozzle and a few other items. It should be out in mid April.
At the HFC stand there is the Hi-Capa version from HFC ... with metal frame AND metal slide. The new model will work on either green gas or CO2 depending on the hammer spring installed. I tried it and honestly this is going to be a big hit!