I have just taken receipt of the new GSG FireFly, distributed in the UK by Edgar Brothers.
This new LBP will look familiar, as this is a true and faithful replicant of the SigSaur 226.
In reality, the FireFly is actually about 10% smaller than the 226, and just a little bigger than a 229, and actually a direct clone of the Sig Saur .22 Mosquito.
The FireFly that we will see here has been designed by GSG in conjunction with Edgar Brothers to satisfy the UK legal requirement of 12”/24”, (barrel and overall length including the coat hanger).
Shrouding the barrel is a faux suppresser – which is much lighter than similar shrouds on other LPB models.
First thoughts – The FireFly feels rock solid. There are no wobbles or rattles.
It’s not overly heavy, is well balanced, and fits my hand perfectly.
True to the original full bore Sig Saur 226, the FireFly features an alloy upper and polymer lower. It also features a short accessory rail just forward of the trigger guard to hang stuff off, if that’s your thing.
Grips are polymer scales, feature the GSG logo, and are slightly textured for good grip.
Slight ‘beavertail’ below the hammer to prevent slide bite.
The finish looks good, being a smooth satin/matt black. GSG logo on one side and FireFly logo on the other, both in complimentary muted gunmetal grey paint against the black. Surely there will be other colours to follow as these gain momentum in the UK market.
Looking at the controls.
From the rear of the pistol, moving forward.
Firstly we have a good clear ambi safety lever on the top slide with red ‘live’ indicator. This is easy to manipulate, but also well designed to prevent accidental activation.
The next control is positioned at the top of the grip, directly under the safety. This is the slide catch lever to hold open and release the slide.
Next control is positioned at the front of the grip. This is the decocking lever. This is a feature true to the original full bore Sig Saur 226.
This allows you to load, draw back and release the slide, so chambering a round and drawing back the hammer, live a d ready to rock. But, if you push down on the decocking lever the hammer is brought forward to a safe stop, not on the firing pin, converting the pistol from single action to double action mode. This means you can pull back the trigger which will draw back the hammer again, fire the round and then revert back to single action, whereby the hammer returns to the rear / ready position each time a round is expended. So – on the ready line, you can have ‘one in the pipe’, safety on, hammer down in double action – a good safety feature.
The trigger pull in double action is much longer than single action (@ approx 12lbs), as you would expect, but this addition is a great safety benefit. Once back in single action mode the trigger pull is a very crisp 4lbs.
Shooting wise, in both S/A and D/A, the trigger does have a lot of travel, but once you find the bite it’s then crisp and responsive – reset is correspondingly quite long, but positive once you get there.
Shooting in double action is horrible, but then double action always is on any pistol!
It is responsive however, so you can feel the hammer stages as you draw back to find your balance point, which is all you can ask for.
Below the decocking lever is the magazine release button. Ideally positioned and does exactly what it says on the tin.
The last control is the takedown lever, situated on the topslide. It faces towards the shooter for operation. To strip down simply clear the gun, remove the barrel shroud, turn the lever 180 degrees, (away from you), pull back the top slide, lift up and slide forward off the barrel. Could not be simpler……no tools needed!
‘Under the hood’ the barrel is fixed to the lower, so no wobble or movement. Very simple under here – no spacers or fiddly whatsnames – simply a recoil spring and corresponding metal spring guide – that’s it! Even I could not break it, and that’s saying something!
The bolt assembly etc are all in the upper, but access looks good for cleaning.
A strong advantage of the FireFly is that all of the controls you need are literally at your figure tips.
From a competitive shooters perspective I mean I do not have to adjust my grip to activate them. I’ve experienced that with some of the full size alternative LBP’s out there you need to reposition your grip each time to activate the controls, or you end up fitting aftermarket solutions like mag release extensions etc. However with the FireFly this is resolved ‘out of the box’ with excellent placement of controls coming from the faithful design pedigree of the original Sig Saur 226.
The FireFly comes with adjustable rear sights for windage, featuring twin, (slightly luminescent), yellow dots, and a corresponding front blade sight. Simply align the castellations of the front and back sights centrally, and off you go. You are supplied with three different size front blade sights, so you can pick the one that suits your preferred distance.
Not sure about optics options yet, but I’m sure someone out there will pick up the gauntlet for open competition.
In the supplied goody bag is a second recoil spring, so you can select the best one for standard or high velocity ammo which is a handy addition.
Also there is a little black pin in the bag, which is actually a little key. At the base of the grip, immediately forward of where the coat hanger is fixed, is a gap. In this gap is a corresponding lock. Turn this lock 90 degrees with the key, the gun is in total safety – cannot be fired – turn again – its live. This is another feature carried over from the parent full bore Sig Saur 226, and is great for safe storage and transport.
10 round mags as standard. However, 3GNUK will soon be offering aftermarket bumpers and maybe even followers, pushing up the mag capacity……watch this space, and keep an eye on their webshop, I’m advised they will be featuring soon. https://3gunnationuk.biz/
Comes with one mag. I just bought more from RifleMags http://RifleMags.co.uk
Initial findings are very positive. Follow our progress as we share our experience breaking this new LBP in down the range.