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Wireless Arcade Light Gun

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The so called Wireless Arcade Light Gun was distributed by Joytech using their atomicplay branding. The gun was made to look like a Colt 1911 pistol, but isn't properly licensed. It supports the Sony PlayStation 1 & 2 in both Guncon modes and normal gun mode.

As the name already suggests this light gun is wireless. Information is transmitted using 2.4G. I wasn't able to notice any introduced latency compared to wired guns. The A and B buttons are symmetrically distributed to the sides of the gun which is great for Resident Evil Gun Survivor like games. The C button is located at the grip and can be pressed using the middle finger while holding the gun. Select and Start are at the top of the left grip plate. Below the hammer is the D-pad. It feels a bit flimsy but it works well. As up to two of these controllers can be used at the same time, the On/Off switch doubles as player select button. Next to it is the fire mode selector. Normal, auto reload and auto fire plus auto reload are the available choices. On the opposite side of this switch is the selector for the gun mode. When using auto reload the capacity of the gun is six shots. The gun reloads twice each time if the gun is set to auto fire plus auto reload.

The clicky, tactile trigger feels great. The sight picture is very usable and I like it a lot. The gun is powered by three AAA cells, which are located in the handle. The overall built quality is very good. The shell is sturdy and sports some sharp details. Although the gun is of a surprisingly light weight it is still satisfying to hold.

In Guncon mode the accuracy and the precision are very good. Just the A and B buttons work in this mode. In Guncon 2 mode accuracy and precision decrease to just being good. In normal gun mode accuracy is still good but the precision is very good again. In all three gun modes there are very narrow dead zones at the top and the left hand side of the screen. These dead zones are so minor though that they probably won't affect most games.

Personally I like this light gun very much. The Colt 1911 is my favorite real world gun design and initially I bought this light gun just for the looks. Even though I prefer wired controllers over wireless ones, I was surprised by how well this gun handles. I was shocked to notice that the gun was distributed by Joytech as most other guns they have offered were of lackluster quality. This gun is a lovely exception. It is pretty, of a great built quality and performs very well. This is by far the best wireless light gun I have ever used and I can clearly recommend it.

The box artwork is rather subtle. An alienated silhouette of a man points a gun towards the observer. The silhouette is held in the same color as the background and is further distorted by scan lines. The back reuses the photo of the light gun from the front.