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The GHK G5 - Get over here! An adaptable close range machine.
  • Manufacturer 
     GHK
  • Model 
     G5
  • Capacity 
     30
  • Weight 
     2046g
  • Power 
     330fps With 0.2g BBs
  • Power Source 
     Top/Green Gas
  • Blowback 
     Yes
  • Hop-up 
     Adjustable Dial Type
  • Shooting Mode 
     Safe, Semi, Full Auto
  • Construction 
     Reinforced Polymer with Aluminum Controls

Pros

+ Highly Adaptable
+ Familiar Controls
+ Suitable Power for Intended Range
+ Good Ergonomics
+ Smooth Operation
+ Strong and Snappy Recoil
+ Highly Skirmishable
 

Cons

- No Real-life Counterpart
- Limited Range
- Mediocre Stock Ironsights
- Limited Magazine Capacity
 

Verdict

If you don't mind the unrealistic yet futuristic look, and can deal with limited power and range, this reliable, ergonomic, efficient, hard-kicking PDW by GHK is a great performer.

 

The PDW Environment

Not more than 5 years ago the airsoft PDW scene was abysmal. Viable options for PDW style airsoft guns were few and far between, the only real skirmishable ones were the MP5K PDW, and the P90. There was a void in the variety of useable PDW replicas in the airsoft world.

The darkness did not last long and the PDW-less night came to pass. It was not long before the dawn broke and the niche began to fill. The release of models like the MP7 and KAC PDW, in both AEG and skirmishable GBB iterations, beckoned only the beginning of a slew of replicas that fell into the PDW category. This coincided with a series of carbine kit offerings and the rather out-of-the-norm Magpul FPG. There is now a sizeable selection of arms when it comes to PDWs in airsoft.

In the face of a large variety of options, it is easy to feel lost, or disappointed with a particular selection, when it is so easy to think that there was another, possibly better option to take. Since there are so many things to take into account when choosing an airsoft gun to use, we must strive to find a balance of aspects that best suits the conditions we look to use the gun in.

For the case of the PDW, it is an attempt to provide good performance in mid range engagements, while having the ability to quickly adapt and still perform well in CQB engagements. For this reason, many PDWs feature stocks in order to provide stability when taking mid range shots, but still have the ability to retract or fold away for better maneuverability in closed space engagements. In airsoft the requirements extend to two more things: stable accuracy for the mid range, and good trigger response for the CQB environment. The former is usually the hallmark of AEGs while the latter is entirely the realm of GBBs.

Our Subject of Scrutiny

The GHK G5 doesn't precisely fall into the category of an airsoft replica since its aesthetic does not match any real world firearm. It clearly uses what is presumably a M16 style polymer magazine and its controls around the trigger group closely resemble that platform as well. But the overall aesthetic of the airsoft gun is much more closely related to the real Skorpion EVO II. The adjustable length-of-pull folding stock is clearly taken from the Skorpion's design, and the overall shape and aesthetic of the G5 is clearly heavily inspired by the Skorpion. But the differences in control, ergonomics and aesthetics are great enough that the G5 is its own beast.

Available in tan as well as black to suit your load-out scheme.
Aesthetically based on the Skorpion EVO II, some would even say the GHK G5 looks better.
The retractable stock features 4 positions and folds away to the right of the gun.

Can You Handle It?

Do you remember GHK's GBB KAC PDW? Observing the G5 from the right side will immediately cause the recognition of something familiar. The bolt carrier's design, at least visibly from the ejection port, is the same. However, there are several differences in operation from the KAC PDW that the G5 possesses. The most obvious difference is the location of the charging handle. In replication of the Skorpion EVO II that the G5 takes its aesthetic inspiration from, the charging handle has been faithfully located in a similar position. There are several pros and cons to this positioning of the charging handle, one being that it is positioned closer to the reloading hand and thus makes reloading arguably faster, with the downside that it isn't centrally located like the KAC PDW.

The next most obvious difference in control is the absence of a bolt-release button. There is still a bolt catch function on this gun, but the release is now the responsibility of the charging handle. This minimizes wear on the bolt carrier over the long term and is actually a more reliable method of releasing the bolt.

On the G5's sister gun, the KAC PDW, the combination of a metal upper receiver with a metal charging handle and a metal bolt carrier results in rough movement and wear when the bolt carrier reciprocates or is charged. In stark comparison to the feel of charging the GHK KAC PDW, the GHK G5 feels as smooth as silk and slick as ice, thanks to the entirely polymer body construction.

The lower receiver's controls are similar to armalites'.
The charging action is exceedingly smooth and the handle can be moved to either side.

In the Eye of the Beholder

The polymer that the entire body of the PDW is made from is the hard wearing, extremely durable polymer popularized by Magpul's accessories. If you've ever held a Magpul PTS Bushmaster ACR, or even touched MOE grips or Magpul Magazines, you'll be familiar with the hard, textured, durable feel of the airsoft gun. The lukewarm plastic is friendlier to ungloved hands than aluminum, zinc or steel, and the nature of the DuPont Polymer allows it to maintain rigidity against field use and there is absolutely zero barrel wobble despite some flex of the gun near the stock joint, which shouldn't affect accuracy.

The main issue with the aesthetic quality of the G5 is simply the fact it's not actually a replica of a real gun, but that doesn't hinder it's futuristic look which is in line with the trends of modern real steel firearm design. The angular ridges and functional design are all intended to provide the most intuitive operation method and it looks the part right down to the raised barrel bolt brace. No-nonsense, efficient, easy-to-understand and to-the-point function over form is the nature of this PDW.

The G5 Experience

Firing the G5 is satisfying; the trigger pull is even with no pressure creep, and as the G5 fires and cycles it lets off a loud 'CLACK'. Though, 'CLACK' is the wrong word to describe it as it conjures imaginative of high pitched plastic noises, the G5 'CLACK' is much deeper, much more menacing than the word suggests, but it's not quite a bang or a crack like some snappy GBB pistol. Nonetheless, the sound of the G5's staccato is as menacing as it is pleasing.

Accompanying the shot report is the kick of the weapon. The G5 recoil, when at room temperature of 20 degrees and using top gas, is not just 'quite hefty', it is shattering. The low resistance of the bolt carrier guide rail (due to it being polymer) lets the mass of the recoiling bolt slam back fast, making the recoil sharp and snappy, instead of a slow, low impulse recoil, like most full size GBBRs. In addition, the low mass of the gun compared to the metal bolt carrier does little to dampen the recoil compared to, say, a metal bodied steel barrel GBBR.

The weapon is lightweight and maneuverable while shouldering it provides stability for longer ranges.
The magazine has a polymer shell but is metal on the inside to withstand the pressures of propellant gasses.
A relativity heavy bolt and snappy cycling action ensures that the recoil is heavy and sharp at the same time.

On Target

While the aesthetics and lack of real counterpart may leave some players wanting more, the GHK G5 excels in many other areas. Adaptability, reliability, ergonomics, efficiency, and user experience all receive excellent marks in regards to the GHK G5 GBB PDW. If you can stand the fact that it has no real counterpart, then there is no about that the GHK G5 GBB PDW is a true performer.

Don't forget to check out the video review we have for this PDW as well: