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The JLS Robocop Airsoft Electronic Pistol (AEP) is a replica of the pistol used in the original Robocop movie. So it is very exciting to be able to acquire an airsoft version that actually shoots.
We explained the details behind the Robocop movie gun in our "Science Fiction Airsoft Guns" article.
The JLS Robocop AEP comes in two different version. The 2030A version includes the Robocop pistol, a blue tactical flashlight, a forward grip, top rail, and a red dot sight. The 2030B version includes the Robocop pistol without the accessories.
In this article, we review the 2030A version with all of the accessories. The JLS 2030A packaging (see photo below) looks excellent. It's both attractive and professional.
Opening the box reveals the content in styrofoam as shown in the photo below. An instruction sheet is included. The styrofoam container is wrapped in transparent plastic that you'll have to rip through to get to the goodies.
In addition to the Robocop gun, the package includes an assortment of parts. They include the horizontal grip, the short unjamming/cleaning rod, tactical flashlight mount, battery charger and AC adapter, rechargeable batteries, a bag of BB's, a small screwdriver, screws, red dot sight, tactical flashlight, and the top rail.
The four AAA size batteries have no marking on them. But I suspect they are NiCD batteries, based on their performance compared to other AAA batteries I have tried in the Robocop AEP.
The battery compartment is inside the handgrip (see photo below). It's a little tricky to open the battery compartment. You actually have to push the battery hinge backward for it to un-clip itself. The magazine covers the battery compartment cover when installed.
The power requirement of the Robocop pistol seems to be at the verge what the AAA batteries can supply. I tried a set of standard alkaline batteries and they couldn't power the gun. I then tried a set of NiMH batteries and they couldn't power the gun. Finally, I tried another set (different brand) of alkaline batteries and they worked. That tells me the Robocop pistol draws a lot of current when it fires.
There is a small round button in front of the trigger guard (see photo below).
If you push the trigger and pull the front forward, the pistol separates in two (see photo below). The front end is purely aesthetics; it doesn't serve any real purpose. But the gun looks great with the front end. The pistol without the front end is a modified version of the Beretta m93R airsoft replica.
In order to fit the battery, the magazine has a strange curved shape (see photo below). There is no easy way to feed the BB's into it. You simply have to do it by hand, one BB at a time. The magazine clicks into the handgrip softly. There is no latch to hold it there. You simply pull it out.
The Robocop movie gun fires in three shot burst, seven shot burst, and full auto. But this airsoft version only has semi-auto and full-auto mode. The selector switch is on the right hand side of the pistol (see photo below).
The JLS 2030A comes with a top rail for you to mount accessories onto the Robocop pistol. The problem, it's wider than standard Picatinny weaver rail. The photo below shows the top rail that comes with the pistol (on the left). The standard Picatinny weaver rail is on the right. The included red dot sight mounts fine on this wider rail. But a real red dot sight will not mount to it.
The top rail is made out of plastic, so you can modify it to make it standard width. But expect to do a bit of work to make it right.
The JLS 2030A Robocop pistol did not perform well on the field. In the middle of a game, I needed this pistol, so I pulled it out. It did not fire. No time to troubleshoot, I holstered it back. Running down the field, The handgrip bumped against a metal barrel, causing the magazine to fly out. I picked up the magazine. By the time I got to the staging area, I found that all of the batteries had fallen out.
Back home, I found that there is something jammed inside the gun when it was on the field. Therefore, the magazine won't click into place. The narrow neck did not hold up well as I tried to push the magazine in with the jam; eventually, it broke.
Bottom line, I did not get to field test the gun firing at all. Instead, the gun proved its uselessness on the field without being fired once.