At this point in, if your reading this review you have probably played a couple of games and are now looking at getting your own kit so your looking around for the best sidearm you can get.
Well in this review were going to look at the BLE-XAE by ICS, i was lucky enough to have one of these sent out out to me for a few promotional pics by the guys over at Firesupport, If you don’t know Firesupport is an airsoft retailer and wholesaler, they are also one of the UK’s Main Distributors of ICS Products, Having used Firesupport to purchase items in the past i can vouch for the customer service and the sales process both being great.
to start of this review where going to look at the pros and cons of the pistol;
- Decent Range
- Great Quality
- Temperamental with higher pressure gasses e.g. Nuprol black
- doesn’t like cold weather
Out of the Box the XAE performs better than any other pistol i have used inside of the same price range and is probably the perfect sidearm for both new and experienced players, coming in at around £95 however i was able to pick one up over a year ago for around £80 on offer with extra magazines at around £21, i have used this pistol as my main sidearm for well over a year now replacing my ASG CZ P09, in that time i have seen my XAE pistol out range many players primary weapons.
The pistol itself feels well built and well engineered, ICS continues to keep their promise to maintain there core Values which there brand are named after, For those of you that don’t know the I Chih Shivan Enterprise Co LTD Created the brand ICS which stands for Innovation, Competition and Satisfaction, The pistol has many great fixtures such as a trigger safety and ambidextrous mag release.
Specs and Features
- Feet per second (FPS) 260 on .25s using Nuprol Green Gas (+/- 5%)
- Metal Slide and Outer Barrel.
- Ambidextrous Magazine Catch
- Tough ABS Plastic Lower Frame.
- Ambidextrous Slide Catch
- Double Safety Function
- Adjustable Hop-Up system
- Includes Two Interchangeable Backtraps
- 3-dot Luminous Sights
- Includes CCW 14mm Barrel Adapter
- Fits in the Nuprol Glock Paddle holster
Unfortunately this pistol has one rather major Flaw which is the inability i have found to use anything other than Nuprol green gas, for example if i half fill a mag with Nuprol black gas it will work semi okay but as all you veteran airsofters know you cant exactly tell when a mag is full of gas when filling it, however the pistol works fine on Nuprol Green Gas, normally this would be fine however as you know in England the weather can be rather temperamental and Nuprols black gas works much better in colder temperatures than their Green. However this shouldn’t be an issue for much longer with the Recent release of ICS’ upgrade part the REVO valve which i believe is an upgrade part which will fit most gas valves and will fit all previous ICS releases and will come as standard in future ICS releases, you get the ability to adjust your valve so that it can perform better in Cold and Hot weathers than a standard valve, Hopefully this means no more freezing the Valves and venting your full mag in cold weather.
As you can see in the image above from my Instagram the XAE performs great in close range scenarios, however it also performs great in medium range situations that you would normally use an Assault Rifle for, there has been many times where I’ve been engaging a target at medium range with my primary and switched to my sidearm because its easier and quicker than reloading, its also great for clearing buildings when your running a DMR and cant engage inside buildings because of your MED (Minimum Engagement Distance) or in tight buildings where you need that bit more manoeuvrability.
This is a must buy Pistol, Its price makes it cheap and affordable and its performance on the field makes it a competitor against some of the more expensive pistols like the Tokyo Marui Range of pistols. This is not just one of my favourite pistols it is my favourite pistol, in fact i stand by this product that much that i will let anyone play with it in the field and try it out so that they know the pistol really is as good as i claim it is. Theres a reason the BLE-XAE was a winner of the Taiwan Excellence award in 2018