M4 Delta Pioneer Breacher
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- Last updated: 20/03/2019
It feels like no time at all has passed since I was first looking at the ‘all new’ range of DELTA AEGs from NUPROL, but in reality, that time has obviously flown; since their introduction, the DELTA series has proved to be a huge success for our home-grown airsoft manufacturer, not just in the UK but overseas as well. It’s absolutely fantastic to see a UK manufacturer doing so well in these troubled times, and this is largely down to the fact that NUPROL listen directly to their end-users and act accordingly!
I’ve been intimately involved in a couple of their more advanced projects, and it’s all too easy to get caught up in the excitement of this; I’m fast approaching my ‘silver anniversary’ in airsoft terms and new innovations and advancements always take my eye, but sometimes I have to think about those who are only just ‘finding airsoft’. My personal RIF collection is extensive (if I can’t collect the real thing then I’ll sure as heck collect the replicas!) and these days somewhat esoteric, but the fact is that when most folk start playing, they’ll undoubtedly head straight for some form of ‘M4/AR’.
‘Airsoft CQB’ also continues to thrive with new sites and ‘pop-ups’ coming online all the time, and this type of airsoft really does seem to be genuinely bringing brand-new players into the mix. Indoor sites are accessible and mean that new players can get some ‘trigger time’, without having to invest in loads of gear; outdoors, you’re going to definitely be needing some good waterproof clothing at this time of year, whilst playing an indoor site simply means turning up in jeans and hoody!
Most good indoor sites will provide everything that a new player requires to safely get into the game, but for those that catch the bug, they’ll soon be wanting to buy their first AEG; as soon as they register with UKARA, or prove their ‘Defence in Law’ to own an airsoft replica, you can bet your bottom dollar that they will! For this reason, the ‘entry level’ market is super-competitive at the moment, which is certainly great for ‘newbies’, but also great for those that want to invest in a backup RIF without breaking the bank.
With this in mind, I was really pleased that at the same time as releasing their super new ‘ROMEO AK’ series, NUPROL also had something for the new player too, in the form of the ‘Delta Pioneer Breacher’, which takes all the best bits from the tried and tested DELTA range and pops it all into a super-short, high-strength polymer body, which is absolutely ideal for the current trend of ‘CQB airsoft’. I’ll come back to the bodywork in a bit, but when I spoke to Ross at NUPROL about the internals, he told me:
“The gearboxes come complete with reinforced gearbox shell, high quality full steel toothed piston, strong and durable steel gearset, micro switch trigger for added durability, a steel selector plate, and finally a performance part in the form of the 6.03mm barrel as standard. Put all these things together and you have the ultimate, quality retail package for new and old players at a price point that is unmatched at the time of me saying this.”
Retailing for around £140, the new Delta Pioneer Breacher is absolutely perfect for new players, and a not unattractive package for more seasoned ‘vets’ who want a wellpriced yet high-performance backup. It also offers a combination of a really great price point, high quality internal components and a solid but lightweight build for younger players or those of a smaller stature.
Featuring a short RIS handguard with riser, the Breacher will accept a whole host of accessories from foregrips, taclites and lasers, to optics so you can really make the replica your very own. At the rear, you’ll find a six-position sliding stock, which is adjustable to suit every shape and size of user. The rear stock is also where the battery is housed, offering ample space for a larger ‘crane’ style battery, although the buffer tube itself will happily accept most ‘stick’ LiPos. There’s also an ambidextrous alloy singlepoint-sling plate mounted at the back end as standard. Included in the package is a 300 BB high capacity ‘N-Mag’, with texturing and ridges to improve grip; also mounted are a set of flip up iron sights, and there’s even a cleaning/clearing rod in the box. The Breacher also has a BOCCA ‘Copperhead’ amplifier installed, which adds a real ‘crack’ to each shot!
Thanks to the use of a really strong polymer body externally, the Breacher is absolutely first rate; this model is available in black, tan, or up-to the minute grey; the furniture is perfectly colour-matched, so everything melds superbly together. I chose the grey model to test, and the juxtaposition of black and grey just works so well together. The short 155mm front end rail system means that the Breacher is easy to manipulate, and the ‘riser’ (which eliminates even the potential for any wobble!) is perfect for fitting a holo or red dot sight. The little carbine is finished with attractive tone-on-tone furniture parts which include an A2 style pistol grip and CRANE style stock.
Internally, things are just as good, as the Breacher does indeed come with a 6.03mm QPQ steel tightbore barrel, a quick-change spring capability, reinforced V2 metal gearbox, full steel toothed piston and gears, a metal reinforced selector plate, and is LiPo ready with high quality wiring throughout. A short M100 spring is used to give the Breacher some real ‘pop’ and keep it happily UK compliant too. Ross has specifically chosen the plastic hop unit and rubber to give the most versatility, and in fact this attention to detail has gone on everywhere.
The Breacher is an absolute cracker, quite literally, in fact! Chronoing at 1.06Joule/338fps on the nose using NUPROL’s RZR .20g BBs, it is absolutely perfect for all UK sites. Moving it up to slightly heavier .25g RZRs, the range was extremely consistent too, sending the BBs right to the extent of the 30m range; on semi, I was able to achieve a neat grouping at 20m, and switching up to full-auto delivered a stream of BBs straight to target. The Breacher really comes into its own at 10-15m though, as the neat and tidy length means that you can drive the barrel from target to target with ease!
I’ve stepped away from testing the Delta Pioneer Breacher with a huge smile on my face, as although it’s most definitely in the ‘starter’ price range, it’s an AEG that I would confidently field in any setting. Once again, whilst continuing to develop and innovate at one end of the market, NUPROL have also added a superb variant that will make a lot of airsofters, old and new alike, very happy indeed at the other. The Breacher looks great, feels great, and I can tell you that they perform like a dream! You can’t ask for much more than a RIF that’s 100% immediately right straight from the box, and in a very competitive area of the market NUPROL have excelled yet again!
For more information on the entire DELTA AEG range, and for stockist details, please do pay a visit to nuprol.com.