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Vulcan vs. Colibri

Posted by Petr on 2/21/2015 to articles
The new Vulcan has just arrived at TOPGUN-AIRGUNS. Another first at TGAG; we where the first to get the 9mm Cricket [and only ones to this date] and the first to get the Colibri. This article is an introduction and brief comparison between the Vulcan and the Colibri. When they arrived at our door it was nice to see that the Vulcans are also shipped in plywood crates [and not wood or cardboard]. One very nice surprise is the quality of boxes that the individual guns are in packaged. That may be a little thing but it shows the care the manufacturer puts into its product.
So lets get right into a side by side comparison.
Barrel length17 3/818 3/4
OAL26 3/426 1/2
Shot Count
Mag cap
Holds Polymags
working pressure
300-110 bar
300-110 bar
* The actual shot count for 'on-target' "minute of chipmunk" accuracy is over 90.
The overall appearence of the Vulcan is much more stylish with its cutouts.  The Colibri looks more compact and with the large air cylinder up front makes the Colibri looks like less of a gun- [that can be a good thing for tactical]
The pistol grip on the Vulcan is actually a pistol grip with a very nice palm swell.  The Colibri is much more slim.  The Vulcan stock is made from Turkish walnut, and though not the super fancy chocolate brown colour, the stock does have very nice 'tiger stripe'.  The Colibri is made from wood ----
It has wood grain visable through the finish ---nice but not as nice. The Colibri stock is available in a tactical black finish.
The finish on the Colibri appears to be a lacquer  hybrid while the Vulcan feels like polyurethane, a durable finish that doesn't chip.

The function;

Both are side-bolts, but with a difference.  The Colibri uses an internal recoil stop while the Vulcan uses a 'bolt down' locking against the recoil.  The differences between the two are very evident when you look inside.  The Colibri is a mechanical genius work-of-art while the Vulcan is a work-of-art in simplicity.
The Vulcan has a smoother operation out of the box but the Colibri is smoother after I tune them.
As far as the triggers go they are both nice. Both have a smooth first stage with a predictable let-off. Both have adjustable triggers for first stage and let-off but the Vulcan uses simple screw adjustments while the Colibri takes some tinkering ----but it's still adjustable.  
Both guns have easy to use and reliable safeties but only the Vulcan has a cocked indicator, of course THAT didn't keep ME from double loading. As you shouldn't text and drive, you shouldn't text and shoot either.
The only similarities between the two are: they both hold pellets.
The Colibri is an open drum in a carriage, you can load pellets into any hole.
The Vulcan is a composite, spring loaded, self indexing magazine.  I usally find these wind-up mags a pain to load but the Vulcan mag doesn't require the flip-n-twist to load method. You use your thumb to move the pellet hole in the mag to line up with a cutout that allows a pellet to drop in, then advance the next hole.  Easier done than said.
The Colibri holds 14 pellets while the Vulcan holds 11.  But the Vulcan magazine looks deep enough for Polymags. I found both mags are easy to insert; the Colibri needs to be inserted with the top of the mag paralell to the top of the receiver.  The Vulcan mag is inserted by hooking the cut-out of the mag on the 'bar' and then swung into position.
....to be cont...

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