With the release of the SSX23 on the 9th August, I thought I’d get round to doing a review just based on the information released by Novritsch himself & some feedback from the few pre-testers. This is by no means a comprehensive review & I do not own the SSX-23 as of yet.
Mk23 vs SSX-23 review
|Cost||£135 for a TM & £55 for a ASG + Delivery||€135, €185 with the suppressor + Delivery|
|Range||40m stock, 80m upgraded||60m stock, 80m upgraded|
|Suppressor||TM aluminium / ASG Plastic with barrel extension (will need to be removed)||Aluminium Barrel with adjustable size.|
|Inner Barrel||132mm aluminium||144mm 6.02 precision inner barrel (brass)|
|Bucking||TM 60 degree bucking / ASG 60-degree bucking||50-degree Autobot|
|BB weight||Stock .25g, Upgraded any weight even up to .48s||-10°C – 10°C 0.36g 11°C – 50°C 0.28g|
|Magazine Capacity||TM 28 BBs, ASG 25 BBs||24 BBs|
|Slide Weight||47 Grams||107 Grams|
|Sights||Iron Sights||Fibre Optic Iron Sights|
The price difference between TM Mk23, ASG Mk23 & the SSX-23
|TM MK23||ASG Mk23||SSX-23|
|Gun||£135||£55||135 Euro (£125.19)|
|Suppressor||Free (Aluminum)||Free (Plastic)||50 Euro (£46.37)|
|Bucking||£9 50-degree Maple Leaf Autobot||£9 50-degree Maple Leaf Autobot||Free 50-degree Maple Leaf Autobot|
|Barrel||Crazy Jet ( £24.95)||Crazy Jet ( £24.95)||Crazy Jet ( £24.95)|
|H-Plate||H.A.D H-Plate £3.49||H.A.D H-Plate £3.49||Has flat stainless steel plate but doesn’t perform as well as the H.A.D H-Plate £3.49|
|TDC||H.A.D M-TDC cover £16||H.A.D M-TDC cover £16||Has Injection-moulded fibre-reinforced nylon TDC but if using H.A.D H-Plate I’d suggest also upgrading to the H.A.D M-TDC cover £16|
|Total||£188.44 (no delivery)||£108.44||£216|
Note: The SSX-23 will have an Aluminum slide & adjustable suppressor, the ASG although almost half the price of both the TM & the SSX-23 it has a load of issues and shortcuts made during manufacture that will need to be ironed out e.g. Plastic Suppressor, the extended inner barrel needs to be removed etc.
My thoughts on the SSX-23 initially a little disappointed I was expecting and innovative product with some of the characteristics of an mk23 especially after love Rich himself joined the mk23 owner’s group on Facebook and asked the community what features they would like to see or improve within the mk23. a few of the easier recommendations were implemented such as CO2 magazines and every design for the magazine release catch however it does seem like the SSX 23 was a bit of a cop-out. implementing a metal side was a nice approach and certainly added some rigidity to the slide however the TDC and stainless steel plate was disappointing, to say the least. It simply looks as if he’s tried to copy the hadron TDC and H play and indirectly not improved upon the design at all, in fact, the flat plate hinders range only being able to push out to around 60 m compared to an upgraded TM which can easily reach 70-80 metres.
Issues with the SSX-23
The new gas routers aren’t as great as I would have liked. They were redesigned to prevent sticky trigger, the rubber material used in the new gas routers is less grippy, which does in turn aid nozzle return. However, unfortunately, QC on the routers has not been the highest priority and the mould lines are still very clearly visible. In some cases they moulding lines have even been known to hinder performance, it’s nothing a sharp knife couldn’t fit but just another shortcut that the Novritsch team has taken which leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.
The Aluminum slide has also been known to have fitment issues on the TM in combination with the Hadron TDC. The fitment on a TM Mk23 is fairly tight and the machining/casting of the slide tends to not mesh very well in combination with the Hadron TDC. Although the slide was not directly designed to fit the MK23 it would have been a nice addition. If you’re planning on running the SSX Slide on the TM you’ll need to file certain areas inside of the slide in order for the slide to return correctly as otherwise, the slide doesn’t return correctly when pulled back.
Improvements I’d like to have seen
I would love to have seen the TDC be redesigned to include a thumbscrew, allowing on the fly adjustments to the hopup to be made without the need alley key. Additionally, as the SSX-23 is already using an Autobot 50-degree bucking from Maple Leaf it would have been nice to see the addition of a crazy jet barrel rather than a “precision” 6.02mm brass barrel. finally, the biggest complaint from Mk23 user Facebook group was the overall size of the mk23, it has a massive grip and would have been nice to see him attempt an entirely new design for a smaller profile similar to that of the ICS PM2 NBB design.
Note: This is an on-going review & will be subject to change.