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A few days ago, Airsoft Megastore started a clearance on the "Airsoft SY-Tactical P726 / P826 Gas Blowback Pistol Metal Magazine" for $10.47. That's a super great The title of the magazine seems peculiar, since I never heard of the P726 nor the P826. Looking at the magazine online closely, it seems the SY-Tactical P726/P826 magazine is exactly the same as the WE F226 (a Sig Sauer P226 replica) magazine. So I have taken the plunge and order three of them.
In this article, we will examine the Airsoft SY-Tactical P726 / P826 Gas Blowback Pistol Metal Magazine and compare it closely with the WE F226 magazine. The we will test compatibility with the WE F226. We have already try the KJW P226 magazine in the WE F226 (see the article elsewhere on this web site). So if the SY-Tactical magazines work with the WE F226, they may work with the KJW P226 as well.
Upon receiving the packaging, we found all of the packaging to be slightly open (see photo above). Two of the magazines were brand new. One of them showed signs of slight use. When we pressed the gas release button, a little bit of gas hissed out. In addition, we see marks close to the screw at the bottom of the mag. But all of the magazines seemed to be in great shape.
The color and design of the packaging looks rather ugly. Surprisingly, the packaging actually says Shun Yang Toys P226 Accessories. No where does it say "SY-Tactical P726 / P826". I can understand Airsoft Megastore putting a spin on the "Shun Yang Toys" brand to turn it into "SY-Tactical" for the American market. But I'm clueless to the P726/P826 spin. From this point on, this article will refer to the magazine using its true brand.
The Shun Yang Toys P226 magazine is compared to the WE F226 magazine in the photo above. Bottom mag is the Shun Yang Toys version. Top mag is the WE F226 mag. The gas release button is slightly different, but functions the same. Other than that, there is really no difference between the two mags.
The photo above shows the bottom of the two magazines. The Shun Yang Toys P226 magazine is on the left, while the WE F226 magazine is on the right. The Shun Yang Toys magazine has a 3mm hex screw, whereas the WE F226 magazine has a Phillips screw. The gas inlet is quite different on the two mags. The Shun Yang Toys version only works with green gas canisters, but not propane adapters. The WE F226 magazine, on the other hand, works with both propane adapters and green gas canisters. The problem is that green gas canisters has a smaller interfacing tip to seal with the inlet valve tip. The propane adapter allows the entire inlet tip into the interface and suppose to seal with the base of the inlet tip. On the Shun Yang Toys inlet valve, the base is a tool slot and doesn't seal.
The photo above shows the front of the magazines. The Shun Yang Toys P226 magazine on the bottom, while the WE F226 magazine on top. The front of the magazines shows more distinct visual difference. The springs are different colors. And the BB pushing head at the end of the spring has different fingernail gripping design. Both other than that, they function the same.
The photo above shows the left side of the magazines. The Shun Yang Toys P226 magazine on the left, while the WE F226 magazine on the right. The magazines are virtually identical. Only the texture is slightly different. The Shun Yang Toys P226 magazine has a more duller matte surface. The WE F226 magazine has a slight semi-gloss matte surface.
The photo above shows the right side of the magazines. The Shun Yang Toys P226 magazine on the left, while the WE F226 magazine on the right. Like the left side, the magazines are identical except for the slight difference in texture.
The photo above shows the top of the magazines. The Shun Yang Toys P226 magazine on the left, while the WE F226 magazine on the right. The top is practically identical, with no difference. As pointed out earlier, the gas release buttons are different. You can see it more clearly in this photo.
One of the Shun Yang Toys P226 magazine slides and locks into the WE F226 just fine. However, its body seems to be little wider. As releasing the magazine causes it to hang halfway, rather than dropping freely. A gentle tuck will remove the magazine.
The second Shun Yang Toys P226 magazine has an even wider body. It slides and clicks into the WE F226 just fine. But it won't slide out. And I could not pry it out with my finger. Instead, it has to be pried out with a flat-head screwdriver.
The third Shun Yang Toys P226 magazine won't even slide all the way into the WE F226. It would get stuck 2/3 way into the pistol grip. From this experience, I see that the Shun Yang Toys have really imprecise build quality. Perhaps they would work just fine in a Shun Yang Toys P226 pistol, because it has larger tolerance. But it's a gamble in the WE F226.
We have not had a chance to shoot with this magazine in the WE F226, but we plan to do so next week. Full report coming then.