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Airsoft TTI Combat Master (JW3) by Army Armament – In-Depth Review



So you love airsoft, you love shooting and you’re a fan of the John Wick franchise. You need a reliable airsoft pᎥstol for CQB action and you don’t mind looking like a total badass when eliminating your targets from one room to another.

You are incredibly excited by the new Army Armament & Jag Precision licensed Combat Master release but you may have understandable doubts in regards to the quality of this pᎥstol and its performance due to AA’s “budget replica” reputation. Well we are going to put these doubts to rest in this comprehensive review.

First of all, a massive thank you to the team at Patrol Base for inviting us to their store and letting us get our hands on the Combat Master!

Without further ado, let’s get into the nitty gritty details! The Combat Master is based on the 2011 (Hi-Capa) variant of the legendary Colt 1911s which naturally means it features some of its trademarks like the beaver safety system; however, do not be fooled, this is no ordinary 1911! This airsoft pᎥstol was built with competition shooting in mind, and every aspect is catered to optimal performance.

Also, if you weren’t aware, this pᎥstol is a licensed replica of the Taran Tactical Innovations – STI Combat Master 2011 featured in and built specifically for the John Wick 3 film.

AR First Impressions

Out of The Box


  • Incredibly accurate and consistent at short distances (tested on 10m range with 0.25g) 
  • Metal slide with incredibly smooth cycle
  • Fixed inner barrel and hop-up unit to improve accuracy 
  • Enormous variety of aftermarket parts available as this airsoft pᎥstol is compatible with Tokyo Marui
  • Beautiful finish and sturdy build


  • Dependant on one’s hand size, can be a bit bulky; might have to use your left thumb for slide release after reload
  • Although licensed, some trademarks are missing in the final product

Accuracy, Range and Gas Efficiency


In regards to this airsoft pᎥstol’s accuracy, we had the chance to test it on Patrol Base’s indoor shooting range which measures just under 10 metres. Although, it’s not a huge distance, we were able to consistently hit small targets with almost every shot – of course, some more than the others. The iron sights were zeroed in at out of the box, which meant we literally loaded up the mag with both gas and BBs and were joyfully hitting the targets in no time. 


Unfortunately, at this moment in time we are unable to personally comment on the range of this replica – however, follow this thread as this will most likely get updated in the near future. Based on our research and communication with other players – allegedly, this airsoft pᎥstol can effectively hit torso targets at 40m+ with 0.30g bbs.

Magazines and Gas Efficiency

Another great positive of this pᎥstol replica is the fact that it is very gas efficient although the mags spit a little gas when being loaded. However this can be simply fixed with a rubber o-ring – you can find the instructions in the drawback section.

In order to test the efficiency, we filled the mag to its max capacity with green gas and shot until the replica was unable to cycle properly and chamber the next BB. Magazines hold 30 BBs each time and we’ve managed to get just over 2 full mags of consistent performance – that is roughly 65 BBs altogether. Not bad! 

Read More: wondering how the Combat Master fares against the famous Tokyo Marui Hi-Capa Gold Match? Check out our in-depth review to find out! 

Hop - up

As per the modern airsoft standard, hop up is adjustable with a rotary wheel. The internal system is compatible with Tokyo Marui Hi-Capa line of products, therefore you can expect good results out of the box; and if you find yourself unsatisfied, you will be able to find many aftermarket parts.

What is special about its build is the fact that the barrel doesn’t drop down out of the way when the slide cycles. This means that both the hop-up unit and the precision inner barrel stay in the exact same spot in between shots – this leads to improved accuracy and precision when firing in quick succession.

Perfect for competition shooting!

How to access the hop-up?

In order to access the adjust the hop-up, as in every other 1911/Hi-Capa you will need to remove the slide. Follow the following instructions in order to do so –  first pull the slide back, keep it in that position whilst you push the slide lock “button” in from the right hand side and then pull the slide lock out from the left hand side. Make sure not to let go off the slide during this process as it might come off flying due to the tension in the spring! This might take some practice, be patient and I recommend using a pen or small screwdriver to push the button.

Generally, the disassembly is fairly easy but it might need a little practice, and as mentioned previously, you will need a tool to access the hop-up wheel. Therefore, I recommend sticking to the same weight of BBs throughout the game and making sure the hop up is dialled in before you start so you don’t have to fiddle with it during gametime.


Trademarks and Features

Now, onto the most exciting part. This replica has most of trademarks and features of the real steel TTI STI Combat Master which is used in John Wick 3, You can find the “9×19” on the outer barrel, and Taran Tactical writing and logos around the frame. However, it also lacks certain signature trademarks such as the “2011” engraving, STI logo and “STI International”. Here’s a comparison to the real steel:

This airsoft pᎥstol also features oversized mag release, ambidextrous safety levers and skeletonised trigger. It is a perfect platform to build an even more performance orientated machine!


As mentioned previously, the outer barrel does not move at all when the slide cycles; this is superb news, and a feature that other competitors simply lack. Underneath lays a 112m precision inner barrel. In addition, the outer barrel has a beautiful rose gold finish just like the real counterpart.


In regards to the materials used, it’s a mixture of alloy and polymer. The slide, upper frame and outer barrel are fully metal whilst the pᎥstol grip naturally remains plastic; yet, this pretty big replica feels lightweight at only 0.65kg without a mag.

Furthermore, the attention to detail is simply immaculate – for example, the pᎥstol grips are hand stippled which simply adds that extra touch of quality and care. They are also customisable and will fit Hi-Capa 5.1 custom grips, so if you fancy changing it up, you’ve got a green light to do so!


As you can also see, the slide contains beautiful serrations in order to improve one’s grip when racking the slide. It also rocks a cut out on each side of the slide in order to decrease the slide’s weight and subsequently improve cycle smoothness and gas efficiency. 

Out of the box, the slide cycle is one of the smoothest we’ve seen!


The trigger is skeletonised in order to further decrease the weight of the build; as you can see, this airsoft pᎥstol was specifically built with competition in mind. In regards to the trigger pull, it is short with no unnecessary travel, feels solid and incredibly snappy.

Iron Sights

This Combat Master replica comes with optic fibre sights with adjustable rear sights; we found that the iron sights were already zeroed in out of the box which is always a plus for a beginner!

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Specs and features

FPS (Feet Per Second) – 315FPS (+ 10%) on Green Gas with 0.20g BBs
ROF (Rate of Fire) – N/A – Semi-Automatic
Effective Range – 40m
Recommended BB Weight – between 0.25g – 0.32g
Hop-UP – adjustable under the slide
Inner Barrel Length – 112mm
Powered by – Gas
Recommended Gas – Green Gas, Red Gas between 4-10°C, Black Gas below 4°C
Fire Modes – Safe/ Semi-Automatic
Construction – Metal: slide, trigger, safety catch, ambidextrous thumb safety, hammer, beavertail grip safety, guide rod along other internal components ABS Plastic: PᎥstol Grip
Weight – 650g without mag
Rail System – 20mm picatinny pᎥstol rail
Price – £134.99

Drawbacks Summary

Although Army Armament has a reputation for building budget replicas; this is one of the best products they’ve so far produced. However, we always try to find room for improvement even though a replica might seem perfect on first impression. 

As mentioned previously, the magazines spill gas when being loaded; this unfortunately seems to be plaguing many manufactures. It’s an easy DIY fix but it’d be nice if customers didn’t have to do that in the first place. In order to prevent any more spills, insert a rubber o-ring around the mag valve to stop the gas escaping. For the purpose of instruction, here’s a picture on how to do this from a previous airsoft pᎥstol review which had  the exact same problem.

We also had an odd issue with the feed lip on one of the magazines; it simply broke off. However, no one was sure how or when – this might mean that the lip feed is a weak spot or potentially that we were unlucky and experienced a one off lemon magazine. It’s something to consider, and simply make sure to take care of the mags!

This article is part of our Replica Reviews category; click here to check out the rest of the products we have reviewed! 

Airsoft Ranch Verdict

So a simple question arises – do we recommend it? Yes, this is a fantastic 2011 Hi-Capa platform with an authentic look and fantastic quality. The smooth slide action and fixed barrel is worth it alone, and the fact that it is a licensed replica from Taran Tactical Innovations makes this airsoft pᎥstol absolutely epic.

It feels great in one’s hand, it shoots accurately, internal and external quality are fantastic and it’s compatible with Tokyo Marui parts – perfect for a competitive CQB platform!

I hope you enjoyed this review and found it informative! Feel free to comment underneath with your own experiences of this airsoft pᎥstol and give it a share on your social media! 

Peace out Ranchers!

Written by Kamil Turecki

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  1. Do both the thumb safety’s actually work ,? On my TTI combat master the 1911 thumb safety works as on the 1911 but on the other side it clicks up but on my TTI COMBAT MASTER it fired as it feels like mine is not locking anything out but then I engage it on the other side as on a 1911 thumb satefy it locks ok so can be cocked and locked ok.

    1. When we tested the replica, both thumb safeties worked for us! I’d recommend taking the replica back to the shop and getting it checked out! 🙂

  2. I actually just had a mag break in the same way last night, first use, it seems to have broken inside the mag well, ive 3 other mags to use but might find them break too, did you have any advice on what to do about this or are there other sturdier mags to use?

    1. Hi Phil! Sorry to hear that, unfortunately I don’t really have any advice apart from being extra careful with these mags which is a shame; you could try the TM Hi-Capa mags or the direct competitor’s EMG mags as alternatives. I can’t guarantee that they will work without a hitch though as we’ve not tested mag cross compatibility! Hope this helps!


  3. I actually bought the EMG replica now, i just found that after comparing both, although the AA/JAG replica is nice, it just doesnt stand up to the EMG, the outer barrel in the EMG is Bronze metal, the JAG is just painted brass colored, the EMG has a threaded barrell and a CNC slide and just feels 25% more than the JAG. its a shame but this time the price difference is notable.

  4. A nd spare magazine for the Army Armament JW3 Combat Master, which is constructed from Alloy and features replaceable feed lips as well as the Taran Tactical logo on the baseplate. It is loaded with BBs from the top or bottom using a Speedloader or by hand, and accepts Green Gas from the base the magazine via the Inlet Valve. nd Capacity Alloy Construction Polymer Feedlips Easy to Maintain Top or Bottom Filled

  5. Awesome review. Lots of good information here. You left out the threaded outer barrel though 🙂 Soooo is there any way you can help here? It’s not 14mm negative. But it does look like negative threading. It is larger than 11mm. I “think ” that it is 13mm negative. But could be 12mm negative.


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