Tokyo Marui

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Tokyo Marui
Type Private
Founded 1965
Headquarters Adachi, Tokyo, Japan
Products Airsoft guns and rail transport modelling
Website www.tokyo-marui.co.jp

Tokyo Marui Co. Ltd (株式会社東京マルイ Kabushiki-gaisha Tōkyō Marui?) is an airsoft gun manufacturer located in Adachi, Tokyo, Japan. They are best known for creating the AEG (Automatic electric gun).[1] It is marketed towards Japan, but is also sold in Hong Kong (PRC), Taiwan (ROC), South Korea, East Asia, as well as worldwide.

Such is the popularity of its guns that the company has its own center for airsoft sport called Tokyo Marui BB Sports Field.[2] As its products are notable for their detail and accuracy, they have appeared in numerous movies. Tokyo Marui is widely known as Japan's largest and most renowned airsoft gun manufacturer.[3]

Automatic electric guns[edit]

Tokyo Marui was the first company to produce airsoft guns powered solely by electric-motor driven air compressors. This compact air compressing system, in which Tokyo Marui dubbed "Automatic Electric Gun" (AEG) in the year 1992, was implemented in their first battery powered automatic firing replica, the FAMAS F1. Tokyo Marui's original design ushered in a new era of airsoft guns. Instead of using external air systems to power airsoft replicas, the Tokyo Marui AEG concept pioneered the use of self-providing electric powered air power. Their groundbreaking AEG system is still in wide use today, and it has been copied numerous times through the years by many other airsoft gun manufacturers.

Tokyo Marui's airsoft replicas are made primarily from ABS plastic bodies, but also feature some metal parts, usually where needed. Some of their more recent models, however, such as their Type 89 rifle and AK-74M have featured full metal externals. The internal gearboxes of these guns are primarily powered by rechargeable batteries. A standard, unmodified Tokyo Marui gearbox will fire 0.2 g Airsoft pellets at around 240 to 300 feet per second (73 to 91 m/s) (around 0.8-0.9 J) depending on the model. These gearboxes may be modified for higher performance by the installation of aftermarket parts, but Japanese law limits their power to 0.98 J.

Tokyo Marui makes the following AEGs:

  • M14 series
    • M14 SOCOM
    • M14 (fiber-type stock)
    • M14 (wood-type stock)
  • M16 & M4 series
    • Colt M16A1
    • Colt M16A1 Vietnam version
    • Colt M16A2
    • Colt M16 Golgo 13 (Limited edition)
    • Colt M733 Commando
    • Colt M4A1 R.I.S.
    • Colt M4A1 carbine New-type
    • Colt M4 SOPMOD (Electric Blow Back)
    • Colt M4 S-System
    • Colt M4 P.M.C
    • Colt M4A1 SOCOM Carbine (Electric Blow Back)
    • Colt M4 CQB-R Black (Electric Blow Back)
    • Colt M4 CQB-R Dark earth (Electric Blow Back)
    • Knight's M4 SR-16
    • Colt M4A1
    • Colt M993 Tan (limited edition)
    • Colt XM177E2 (discontinued)
    • Colt CAR-15 (discontinued)
    • Colt M653 Barnes[4] version (limited edition)
    • RECCE Rifle (Electric Blow Back)
  • MP5 and G36 series
    A Tokyo Marui MP5A4 AEG
    • H&K G36C
    • H&K G36K (Electric Blow-Back)
    • H&K MP5A5 High-Cycle
    • MP5-J
    • MP5-K
    • MP5-K PDW
    • H&K MP5SD5
    • H&K MP5SD6
    • H&K MP5KA4 PDW
    • H&K MP5A4 High Grade
      The FAMAS F1 was Tokyo Marui's first AEG.
    • H&K MP5A5 High Grade
    • H&K MP5 R.A.S.[5]
    • H&K MP5KA4
    • H&K MP5 Navy (Limited Edition)
  • P90 series
    • P90[6]
    • P90 Triple Rail
    • PS90 High-Cycle
  • FAMAS & Steyr series
    • Steyr AUG Special Receiver
    • Steyr AUG Military-type (discontinued)
    • Steyr AUG High-Cycle
    • FA-MAS Special Version
    • FA-MAS 5.56-F1 (First AEG ever made)
  • SIG series
An AK-47

Automatic electric pistols[edit]

Automatic electric pistols (AEP) run on 7.2V rechargeable batteries. These pistols and compact submachine guns are often more reliable than gas powered replicas in cold weather. However, due to their lower voltage supplies and miniature gearboxes, they usually feature lower muzzle speeds (about 0.25 - .5J per BB, 25–50 m/s for 0.2g BB) and slightly slower rates of fire than replicas using a full-sized gearbox system.

Tokyo Marui makes the following automatic electric pistols:

AEG Boys series[edit]

Tokyo Marui makes replicas scaled down for use by children 10 and up. They are powered by 6 AA batteries and feature lower power ratings than their 1:1 scale counterparts.

Electric blowback pistols[edit]

Tokyo Marui's electric blowback pistols (commonly referred to as EBBs) are powered by four AAA batteries and typically fire at 160 ft/s (49 m/s) with a 0.12 gram BB. Some models may be select fire, and most models have an additional grip safety that must be held in order for the pistol to fire, with the exception of the Combat Delta models that use the gun's usual grip safety. The pistols feature a very weak blowback, and the slide usually only moves a third of the distance as it would on a typical GBB or real firearm.

  • SIG Pro SP2340
  • Combat Delta (Colt Delta Elite 10mm)
  • Combat Delta Silver Model
  • M92F Military
  • M92F Silver Model
  • Desert Eagle .50AE
  • Desert Eagle .50AE Silver
  • KP85
  • Centimeter Master
  • Glock 18C
  • H&K P30
  • Mini-UZI (New)
  • Ingram MAC-11 (New)
  • Beretta M9A1
  • Beretta M9A1 Silver

Gas blowback pistols[edit]

Tokyo Marui Gas blowback pistols are designed to use HFC134A refrigerant to fire BBs and also to blow back the slide, mimicking the recoil of automatic hand guns. Refrigerant is sold in canisters similar to small propane canisters used in portable gas range. Propane based "Green" gas can be used, but could damage the replica due to higher pressure it exerts to mostly plastic parts used in gas blowback replicas, but many replicas have proven safe to use with propane or green gas.

Desert Eagle Series:

  • Desert Eagle .50AE Non-Hard-Kick
  • Desert Eagle .50AE Hard-Kick
  • Desert Eagle .50AE 10"
  • Desert Eagle .50AE Chrome Stainless
  • Desert Eagle .50AE Biohazard 2 (1998 Limited Edition)
  • Desert Eagle .50AE Biohazard 2 10" Custom Ver. 98' Two-Tone (Limited Edition)
  • Desert Eagle .50AE Biohazard 2 10" Custom Ver. 2007 Chrome (Limited Edition)

Detonics .45 Series:

  • Detonics .45 Combat Master
  • Detonics .45 Combat Master Enviro Hard Chrome
  • Detonics .45 Combat Master Chrome Frame
  • Detonics .45 Combat Master Chrome Slide

Glock Series:

  • Glock 17
  • Glock 17 Custom Dark Earth
  • Glock 17 Custom Foliage Green
  • Glock 18c
  • Glock 26
  • Glock 26 Advance (Tokyo Marui custom)

Hi-Capa/ M1911 Series:

  • Hi-Capa 4.3 (Tokyo Marui custom)
  • Hi-Capa 4.3 Dual Stainless Custom (Tokyo Marui custom)
  • Hi-Capa 5.1 (Tokyo Marui custom)
  • Hi-Capa 5.1 Stainless (Tokyo Marui custom)
  • Hi Capa 5.1 R-Series Silver (Tokyo Marui custom)
  • Hi Capa 5.1 R-Series Black (Tokyo Marui custom)
  • Hi Capa 5.1 Match Custom (Tokyo Marui custom)
  • Hi-Capa Xtreme .45 (Fully Automatic) (Tokyo Marui custom)
  • M.E.U (Marine Expeditionary Unit)
  • M1911A1 Colt Government
  • Desert Warrior 4.3 (Tokyo Marui custom)
  • Foliage Warrior 4.3 (Tokyo Marui custom)
  • Night Warrior (Tokyo Marui custom)
  • Strike Warrior (Tokyo Marui custom)
  • 1911 Series 70
  • 1911 Series 70 Nickel Plated version

Beretta M92 Series:

  • M9 Tactical Master (Tokyo Marui custom)
  • M92F Chrome Stainless
  • M92F Military Model
  • M92F Duo-Tone (Black slide with silver frame)
  • M92F Duo-Tone (Black frame with silver slide)
  • M92F Biohazard Samurai Edge Standard Model
  • M92F Biohazard Samurai Edge Jill Model 1999-2000 (Limited Edition)
  • M92F Biohazard Samurai Edge Chris Model 2000 (Limited Edition)
  • M92F Biohazard Samurai Edge Barry Model C/S.E-03 2001 (Limited Edition)
  • M9A1
  • M9A1 silver version

Sig Sauer Series:

  • SIG Sauer P226
  • SIG Sauer P226 Stainless
  • SIG Sauer P226 Silver Frame
  • SIG Sauer P226 Silver Slide
  • SIG Sauer P226E2

Others:

Fixed slide gas pistols[edit]

Also known as "Non-Blowback" pistols.

  • AMT Hardballer
  • Centimeter Master
  • Desert Eagle
  • Mk23 SOCOM (High grade, Movable slide)
  • Steyr M-GB (Movable slide)
  • Wilson Super Grade

Gas revolvers[edit]

  • Colt Python 2.5-inch (64 mm)
  • Colt Python 2.5-inch (64 mm) Chrome Stainless
  • Colt Python 4-inch (100 mm)
  • Colt Python 4-inch (100 mm) Chrome Stainless
  • Colt Python 6-inch (150 mm)
  • Colt Python 6-inch (150 mm) Chrome Stainless
  • M19 Combat Magnum 2.5-inch (64 mm) (Relaunched)
  • M19 Combat Magnum 4-inch (100 mm) (Relaunched)
  • M19 Combat Magnum 6-inch (150 mm) (Relaunched)
  • Taurus M66 2.5-inch (64 mm)
  • Taurus M66 4-inch (100 mm)
  • Taurus M66 6-inch (150 mm)

Gas Blowback Machine Guns[edit]

Recently, Tokyo Marui has delved into the world of Gas Blowback Machine Guns. These replicas work very similarly to Tokyo Marui's Gas Blowback Pistols, in that they use HFC134A refrigerant to blowback the bolt assembly to mimic the recoil of an automatic rifle or sub-machine gun when shooting the BBs.

Tokyo Marui has made gas powered replicas of these machine guns:

  • Heckler & Koch MP7|MP7A1
  • Colt M4A1 MWS (Unveiled at Shizouka Hobby Show, has not yet been released)
  • Walther MPL (Discontinued shell-ejecting gas blowback sub-machine gun.)
  • Heckler & Koch MP5A3 (Discontinued shell-ejecting gas blowback sub-machine gun.)

Bolt action air rifle[edit]

These are bolt-action "sniper" rifles. Before each shot is fired, the shooter has to pull the bolt, cock the piston and load a BB into the chamber. All three versions of the VSR-10 share the same stock, same internals and same air chamber. The Pro-sniper version has a black stock, 430 mm long inner barrel and is the most accurate of the three versions. The Real Shock version has a metal weight in the piston to simulate recoil. Real Shock has a simulated wooden stock and the same 430 mm long inner barrel. However, due to the vibration caused by the heavier piston's impact, Real Shock is the least accurate of the three, albeit only by less than an inch difference at 20 m distance. G-spec is shortened version with a silencer attached. Inner barrel is 303 mm long, but has a slightly tighter bore. Due to short inner barrel its accuracy is close to Real Shock, but a couple mm more accurate. A needle-like contraption called air brake protrudes from the piston. The air brake plugs the cylinder before piston impacts, trapping a small amount of air between the piston and cylinder. This reduces impact vibration and adds to VSR series' unique accuracy.

  • VSR-10 Pro-sniper version
  • VSR-10 Pro-sniper version Tan
  • VSR-10 Pro-hunter version
  • VSR-10 Pro-hunter version Black
  • VSR-10 Real Stock Version Wood
  • VSR-10 G-Spec
  • VSR-10 G-Spec OD
  • L96 AWS Black
  • L96 AWS OD

Air shotgun and air rifles[edit]

Tokyo Marui makes several replicas that are powered by compressing a spring. For the shotgun and grenade launcher models, each shot fires three BBs at a time.

Spring Pistols[edit]

The spring is compressed by racking the slide. Some have hop-up and some do not.

Gindan Pistols[edit]

Tokyo Marui makes a small series of semi-automatic guns that fire by compressing the spring and releasing it as the trigger is pulled. These are mostly marketed at children in various colors, but Tokyo Marui has released black and silver editions which come in more professional looking boxes. The barrels create a short range hop-up effect. Tokyo Marui only recommends that a special .12g silver projectile of theirs be used, and that it be loaded with a proprietary speed loader which hold 90 projectiles.

Radio controlled models[edit]

Tokyo Marui was also at the forefront of the developing radio control hobby in the mid-1980s with a line of high-quality 1/10-scale electric buggies, monster trucks and even an unusual NASCAR Winston Cup stocker, all in kit form. This kit of Bill Elliott's Coors Melling Ford Thunderbird was built on a four-wheel drive buggy chassis; despite that full-scale NASCAR racers are rear-wheel drive. The body could be raised or lowered for either onroad or offroad use and two full sets of wheels and tires were included, pre-mounted sponge slick tires for onroad and knobby spiked rubber tires for offroad. The Big Bear Datsun, a 1/12-scale monster truck topped with a Datsun pickup truck body, powered by a Mabuchi RS-380 motor and initially sold via mail order, was one of the best-selling radio controlled models of the period and contributed greatly to the hobby's growth.

Scale variations on the simple and strong Big Bear chassis included both regular and "Super Wheelie" versions of the Jeep CJ-7 Golden Eagle and Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser, each lacking the oversized wheels and tires of the Big Bear and equipped instead with more scale-looking Goodyear offroad tires. A proposed third version which would have been Marui's ninth release was that of a Mitsubishi Pajero, shelved due to licensing problems. Twelve models were released in all, numbered 1 through 13 since the aforementioned ninth model never made it to market.

Strong competition by the end of the decade, especially from Tamiya and Kyosho, caused Marui to pull out of the hobby-grade R/C market. They returned to the R/C market in 2000 with a still-popular line of ready-to-run, 1/24-scale military tanks (see below).

The company released and sold the following models:

  • Hunter 2WD entry-level sport buggy
  • Galaxy 2WD sport/mild competition buggy
  • Galaxy RS 2WD sport buggy
  • Shogun 4WD sport/mild competition buggy
  • Samurai 4WD competition buggy
  • Ninja 4WD competition buggy
  • Coors Melling Ford Thunderbird 4WD NASCAR stock car
  • Big Bear Datsun 2WD sport monster truck
  • CJ-7 Golden Eagle 2WD sport offroad, available in regular and "Super Wheelie"
  • Toyota Land Cruiser 2WD sport offroad, available in regular and "Super Wheelie"

Radio controlled battle tanks[edit]

Tokyo Marui has combined remote control and airsoft by making a series of 1/24 scale remote controlled tanks that fire BBs. By remote control, a user may move the tank forwards and backwards, turn in place, rotate the turret, elevate the barrel, and fire. The range is only 25 m for 0.2g BBs. The tanks run on eight AA batteries.[7]

Others[edit]

Tokyo Marui has also in an attempt to compete with Tamiya manufactured 1:24 scale model cars, Mini 4WD of their own RC cars as well as licensed by other companies including Kyosho and educational models. The early nineties recession would force the company to scale back production to airsoft guns. Tokyo Marui has since returned to the RC car market, albeit the lucrative mini RC market with its 1:24 cars [8] and also since 1994, builds remote driven Godzilla models. In 2007, Tokyo Marui released Z- scale model trains under the Pro-Z title including fully developed rail dioramas with several different trainsets.[9] Recently, Tokyo Marui has entered the electric scooter market.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 東京マルイ
  2. ^ 東京マルイ
  3. ^ 東京マルイ
  4. ^ Burns is a misspelling of Barnes
  5. ^ Production was temporarily halted until January 2006, when manufacturer of red dot sight went out of business
  6. ^ Production was temporarily halted until September 2006, when upper receiver mold broke
  7. ^ 東京マルイ
  8. ^ 東京マルイ
  9. ^ 東京マルイ
  10. ^ [1]

Tokyo Marui: Soft Air Gun-2004 All Line Up Catalog

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