My catalogs are packed away at the moment, but I believe they started production in 2009. It took me a very long time before I finally tracked down a real pro line and not the damn sport line with a metal body. They currently go for $500+ at the few retailers who list it. My contact for Spartan Imports (exclusive US distributor for CA) said they couldn't get one at all. My only guess is that CA can't slap on a clone trademark and import it as a "B&T 5" vs an "HK MP5". HK and Umarex are pretty sue happy and I'm guessing CA is trying to stay under the radar. I can't think of any other reason to go through the hassle of making a new AEG and hardly advertising it or distributing it. That doesn't explain why the sport line is easier to find all together and available state side. Maybe less of a loss if it is seized? I dunno.
Haha!, hey guys. That flamethrower was a little nuts. I saw a few photos of a Strafer and thought I could make one myself. Bigmack helped me put the result into a pug-fugly metal box, then I raided my kegerator for a CO2 tank and regulator, and then I painted the whole thing primer grey because I couldn't be bothered to buy another can of paint. The first time I tested it out, I had my seven year-old nephew film it with a digital camera. When he got hit with a ricochet, I felt like the worst uncle ever.
Though I haven't played airsoft in years (it's more-or-less illegal in mainland China, plus memories of people wielding Japanese guns is still within living memory for millions), I'm never going to get rid of that Escort GBB. It is a work or art. Like Indy says, it oughta be in a museum.
Oh, and in rare airsoft stuff, I forgot my M93r collapsing stock. One of the most useless, wonderful things ever.
sorry for the american flag, my brother took those photos