Hello and welcome to my latest review blog, in this episode I am reviewing one of the best, one of the most ultimate pistols on the airsoft battlefield right now. I am talking about the Tokyo Marui MK23, the deadliest most quietest pistol in my arsenal of replicas. If you are a sniper or you are thinking of becoming a sniper then this pistol really needs to be on your list.
I will be reviewing the externals and the internals of this beast and hopefully showing just how good this replica really and why it deserves to be in anyone’s collection.
So what’s a TM MK23?
Well I am glad you asked, basically the MK23 is a non blow back pistol, so basically the slide does not rack back through the replica firing. However you can manually rack the slide back to load a bb into the chamber. So in terms of the millions of Glocks and 1911’s we all see in the airsoft battlefield the MK23 is very old fashioned. Also it’s made of plastic, but I will go into more details surrounding the externals in the external section of this review.
Basically most players who do not know the MK23 by TM would consider it an old fashioned, large, cumbersome beast which is very unrealistic when held up against other cheaper replicas in the airsoft field.
Okay lets dive straight into it, this replica is made of plastic. It has a plastic slide, a plastic lower frame, plastic pistol grips, a plastic trigger guard, plastic front and rear basic sights. What is metal is the hammer, rear most safety lever, side mount safety, trigger,mag release and a threaded outer barrel for your suppressor. So basically all the moving parts on the externals are made out of a good metal, the plastic on the other hand is slightly weak and can be moved through squeezing the upper slide especially when the MK23 is disassembled. Now most TM MK23’s are quite old as they are very hard to find brand new, so most peoples MK23 mine included are showing signs of age through use. But to be honest I have seen worse in other airsoft products. My MK23 has a few small scratches where it has sat in my holsters over the years. The threading is showing signs with all the times I have screwed the suppressor on and off over the years too, but all in all it’s still in great shape.
Now for all those people who love markings on there airsoft product the MK23 has a few, on the left side of the replica there is the markings for…….
HK US-GOVT. Cal. .45, on the slide
HK .45 on the pistol grip
Possibly a unique serial number too all though this could be a mass produced number
On the right there is the following markings……..
HK Cal .45 on the slide
Tokyo Marui Co.,LTD Made in Japan
US SOCOM MK23
The suppressor also has some markings which say US GOVT and Tokyo Marui.
So the MK23 has a good few markings showing it’s connection to the real steel replica.
Externals grade ***/5 only let down due to the age of my MK23, new ones would be in better shape.
Now we get onto the part that makes this replica one of the best. Because this replica is capable of lifting heavy rounds and sending them out over incredible distances. With a few small modifications the MK23 can send .4’s to over 70m!!!!!!
Internally speaking the MK23 is very simple to use and look after. To access the internals all you need to do is slightly pull back the slide until you can pop out the side mounted safety lever. Then you just slowly push the slide forward and the slide will come off the lower. The hop wheel is located in the inside the slide, so you will have to separate the slide from the lower to dial in your hop on the MK23. If you want to get to the barrel and hop bucking then you will have to slowly slide the outer barrel and hop chamber off of the nozzle. Just a few more small screws to take out and you will be able to change your bucking and barrel. You do not need to be a scientist to dismantle the MK23 and there really is only one small spring that can pop out. But to be honest if you are slow and working on a clean table then you will have no issues at all.
Now comes the fun part, upgrading the MK23. The MK23 takes TM VSR inner barrels and buckings, so what ever works really well in your upgraded VSR sniper rifle then it should work very well in the MK23.
Reassembling the MK23 can be fiddly but once again if you are slow and take care it should take no longer then 10 mins.
Internals Grade ****/5 only let down by a fiddly slide when putting back on the MK23
The Metal Gear Solid MK23
Yes I know as a gamer you will most likely came across the MK23 in the MGS series of games, I was the same. So you can actually buy the MK23 that comes in a hard case. Also included in the case is a working, yes working suppressor and a LAM light unit. When you attach the included suppressor and the light unit the MK23 becomes the one out of the MGS series of games, allowing you to become Solid Snake.
Unfortunately the light unit is not that good, is does work as a torch but you won’t be blinding anyone which I suppose is a good thing. It also comes with a low powered red laser, again low powered so as not to hurt anyone. The batteries for both lights are stored in the light unit itself. There is a switch at the rear of the unit that allows you to have the torch one all the time or only with your finger on the lever switch. You can butcher the light unit and put in a brighter bulb and lens to focus the light if you wish but like I said it does involve butchering the unit and I a rule of mine is never to open up a TM product unless it’s broken.
The suppressor works really well and allows the MK23 to become one of the quietest pistols in all of airsoft. Because there is no slide racking back as you fire the MK23 and the suppressor actually working as a suppressor the MK23 becomes one evil hand cannon.
So what’s my thoughts on the MK23?
Well needless to say I will never repeat NEVER sell my MK23 and I am keeping it externally the same as when I got it all those years ago. I would recommend changing the bucking but only once the TM one has died, it’s actually a good bucking. You can change the inner barrel for a longer one and run it into the suppressor but this WILL increase your FPS. Normally the MK23 will shoot at around 320-340 pending on temps. Adding a longer barrel and hot temps will see this replica go over 350 fps and reach up to 400FPS!!!! All that from a pistol, no wonder it’s amazing.
If you have a chance to get an original TM MK23 then get it, even if you are not a sniper these things are awesome. A great hunting weapon.
Overall rating *****/5 Simply put amazing!!