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Everblast M87LA Law Enforcement Shotgun

When it comes to Airsoft guns, it can be hard to decide which type of gun will suit your playing style. Whether it will be used in competition or for recreational activities plays a huge factor in deciding what to purchase and can be a bit over-whelming. Where to purchase your Airsoft weapon and gear doesn’t have to be.
dEFCON Airsoft has a huge selection of guns and accessories that makes the most indecisive person a surefire on the exact product they need to purchase. This website contains hundreds of Airsoft guns ranging from semi-automatic pistols to sniper rifles.
One of the fine products offered through this website is the Everblast M87LA Law Enforcement Shotgun. For an amazingly low price, this high performance shotgun, which is a mirror image to actual law enforcement shotguns, should be added to a serious competitor’s arsenal.
At 4.25 pounds, with a length of 31 inches, this heavy-duty piece of equipment is sure to fire with incredible accuracy.

It is size and carry strap, which is included with purchase, allows for this gun to be handled with ease during intense competition or recreational activities. The Everblast M87LA Law Enforcement Shotgun comes in a matte black finish giving it a realistic look.

 

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Marui – SR16

Marui SR-16 – Review.

The M16 series is probably the most famous rifle/s in the world. The first model being adopted by armed forces in 1964, its gone from strength to strength with its constant improvements and modifications. When first used in combat during the Vietnam war, soldiers had little faith in the weapon – early models were prone to mechanical problems, and required stripping and cleaning every day, to ensure problem free operation. Also, the calibre was deemed substandard, and didn’t have the stopping power of its larger brother, the 7.62mm round – however since then many different versions have been released and consequently earned the respect of armed forces across the globe.

sr16b.JPG (49527 bytes)The M4A1 was first seen in action during the year of 1994 – and by this time the M16 has been thoughtfully refined, and the latest materials and technology used during manufacture, to make the most robust and mechanically sound weapon available. Firing the almost standard 5.56mm NATO Ball M855 round, with a muzzle velocity of 2900fps (Airsofters…. dream on!) it was soon seen as the ultimate weapon for Special Ops groups, who demand the best. (Worth mentioning that the M4A1 is a carbine weapon, due to the slight reduction in barrel length, compared to the M16A2, the gun lost 300fps of velocity).

Now we move onto the Airsoft version. I can’t seem to find any data on “the real steel” SR16 – maybe it doesn’t exist (correct me if I’m wrong) – but the Airsoft version certainly does, and I’m sure its going to sr16e.JPG (53330 bytes)be a popular gun. Take the stock from a M16-A2, and the upper receiver from an M4-A1, now add a fully adjustable R.I.S system, flip sight and stylish flash-hider – what have you got? The SR-16 from Marui, £225 of pure Airsofting genius. A quick look at some of the vitals straight away shows this gun is going to be a success. Sporting the EG1000 motor as standard, you already know this gun is going to have a high rate of fire, and is ready for any upgrades you throw at it. The overall weight of this gun is amazing, a tribute to the large quantity of metal parts used within its construction. There are far too many to mention – but it all adds up to make one very robust piece of equipment. The R.I.S system, to buy would cost you well over £100 – and this comes with the gun as standard. The M16-A2 stock gives you the capacity for a large battery, meaning one charge will keep you skirmishing for well over a day. This weapon certainly boasts features which would make your mouth water, but is it love at first sight?

sr16d.JPG (57213 bytes)The gun demands a closer inspection, which it passed with flying colours. It seems that since the introduction of the Electric Airsoft gun, Marui have gone miles ahead in terms of construction, and the overall quality of their AEG’s gets better with each one produced. This one is very solid and almost appears indestructible. I would think, the only upgrades you would possibly want to carry out, is to install an M90/100 spring and metal bushes, and possibly the M4A1 Classic army body, to add yet more metal to the structure. The inclusion of the R.I.S system also allows a host of after-market accessories to be added, such as laser targeting devices, or the most popular add-on at the moment, the Marui M203 grenade launcher. The gun, as stock, is certainly a match for the majority of standard Airsoft guns on the skirmish field, and I would consider it to be money well spent. You would definitely have a hard time faulting this one.
At the business end of things the flash eliminator, barrel, fore-sight and bottom plate of the R.I.S system are all metal, the overall finish is very good, and appears to be quite scratch resistant. Peering down that huge flash eliminator you can see the end of a high-quality 6.07mm Airsoft barrel. I’m not sure how it would be possible to fit a tracer unit onto this gun if desired… if anybody knows, please drop me a line.

sr16a.JPG (47508 bytes)What comes with the gun as standard is a very useful handle which bolts onto the R.I.S system. I’ve asked a few people, and the preference for using this handle is widespread – however I find it quite comfortable and makes it easier to control your fire. If you wanted, you could also mount it on the left or right side of the R.I.S panels. I found it made me feel very “Arnie style”… which could be further aided by adding one of those large capacity “box” magazines, making the SR-16 a very successful suppressive fire weapon. The usual 60 round magazine, loading and cleaning tools are also supplied, as is a fairly comprehensive manual with good diagrams and a large “take down” schematic, for those of you technically minded.

sr16f.JPG (53258 bytes)As always not everything in life is perfect, neither is this gun. The only reported problem, is one which affects most if not all of the M16 range… and is barrel wobble.
Due to a slightly flawed design, it has been noticed for the barrel to occasionally become loose. This is fixed within two minutes by simply tightening a screw, which can be locked into place with “Lock-Tite” glue afterwards. Nothing to worry about really, its a pity Marui still haven’t picked up on it in their later designs.

With the host of weapons now available, there’s so many different configurations depending on your skirmish environment. The M16-A2 is an excellent woodland weapon, but too long for CQB work. The M4-A1 is an excellent contender for all scenario’s, and the SR-16 can only improve this reputation further.

So is it just another M16 variant? Well, Yes and No. At a glance, it may seem like just another addition to the extensive range, but this one certainly stands out from the rest in terms of functionality and practicality.

If you’re a fan of this famous American rifle… what are you waiting for – go buy one! If you have any second thoughts, I can assure you they’ll all be dismissed upon opening the box.

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Marui – Hi-Capa 5.1

Tokyo Marui – Hi-Capa 5.1 Gas Blowback

The Tokyo Marui Hi-Capa 5.1 was their first Colt 1911 Gas Blowback clone bought into the UK market in the early part of 2005. It was met with mixed reviews as Western Arms already dominated the scene with their 1911 clones, which are considered to be amongst the best, used by skirmishers, collectors and practical pistol shooters. Marui’s version however seemed to be a more appealing price, at only £100, a considerable saving… but would it compare against the competition?

It appears the Hi-Capa 5.1 is something of an oddity for Marui, in the respect that as far as we know, no real steel version of the gun exists. It does however bear some striking resemblance to the Kimber series of Colt 1911 pistols, used by special forces such as the US’s SWAT teams. In this instance it seems to take features from the Kimber Target II pistol range, such as the fully adjustable rear sight, the long back strap and skeleton hammer. This is quite a first for Marui as pretty much all of their models (apart from the VSR Range) are based on real world weapons. A Colt 1911 is however, a Colt 1911 whichever way you look at it, and they all share similarities across the entire range. So lets look at those in more detail.

This gun feels like it has more weight to it than most gas blowback pistols (894g in total), and that is largely due to the enormous magazine housed in the grip, and the fact the pistol is a little larger than most. The magazine holds 31 rounds which is a fair amount more than your usual pistol range. It is claimed that the gas reservoir in the magazine is such that 3 reloads of BB’s are possible, that’s over 90 rounds and certainly impressive, we’ll put that to the test later. The magazine is of one piece construction, and the BB loading mechanism is very similar to that of the SIG P226, which I found slightly fiddly to load due to the recessed slot on the BB follower. Which such a large magazine capacity a speed loader would certainly be recommended to speed up the loading process. Stamped on the back of the magazine is also the wording ‘RESTRICTED 15820 FOR EXPORT / 2133 FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ONLY. TOKYO MARUI, MADE IN JAPAN’. Being such a weight, care needs to be taken when ejecting the mag so that it doesn’t fall on your foot! – ouch.

The pistol itself is manufactured using the same high-impact plastics on the majority of the Marui GBB range. The gun overall has a nice matt finish to it, and trademarks and markings are abundant on this model. As this is not a copy of a real steel weapon, there are no Colt Trademarks or similar, which means no problems for our friends in the US, who frequently have their Airsoft models butchered with putty tape to avoid legal issues. Deeply cut into the left hand side of the frame is the wording ‘OPS-M.R.P CAL .45’ and underneath in smaller lettering, ‘NM-2010-03AI/5063SOPS-8740012’. I feel they may have gone slightly overboard there, but if you like your markings and serials numbers, you’ll like this gun.

The metal parts on this gun are fewer in the places you’d expect to find them, but made up for elsewhere. The fore-sight and fully adjustable rear sights are all metal, as are the hammer, spring guide, slide take-down lever, safety (ambidextrous), magazine release and grip safety feature. Oddly the skeleton trigger is made of plastic, which is quite disappointing, but after-market parts are available which include a whole host of upgrades and modifications. Where they’ve made up for things like this, is in the upper part of the frame, which is all metal construction. This adds extra weight to the gun, and also offers metal rails for the slide to lock into. The lower part of the frame including the grip panels are all ABS plastic. Another disappointing feature on this gun, is the lovely chrome effect outer barrel, which gives the pistol it’s striking looks, is made of plastic and not metal. Again, aftermarket parts are available to replace this, but it would have been nice if this has been a stock feature.

Most of the airsoft pistols that were intended to serve a tactical role, come with a 20mm adapter rail on the underside of the gun mount a tactical light or laser, and the Hi-Capa 5.1 is no exception to this. Marui have however, given you the choice as to whether you want this on the gun or not. It comes as an additional part in the box, with screws to mount it. I could not understand how this was attached, as there did not appear to be any screw holes on the underside of the gun to mount the rail. On further reading of the instructions (ok it was only now that I picked them up!) it all becomes clear! In the box, Marui provide you with a metal rod, which is used to puncture two holes in the metal upper frame. Upon removing the slide you can see the two markings where the rod is to be positioned. As this gun was on loan from fire-support for review, we couldn’t actually fit the rail, but it seems simple enough process, and a nice touch to give you the option to use it or not.

Now, when looking at the aesthetics and ergonomics of the pistol it certainly is a pretty piece. But is it at all practical? If you’ve read my review of the Colt 1911, you will remember that I thought the safety feature on the gun could be accidentally engaged when you least want it to, unfortunately, the same applies to this model. Perhaps even more so as the safety lever is far more pronounced than on the 1911. I also found on the 1911 that the slide release lever or lock-back lever is tricky to get to, unless you have a really long thumb – but this is common on all 1911 clones, so it’s not necessarily the fault of this pistol or Marui. Additionally, the magazine release sticks out further than the grip panels, which means it could be accidentally pressed when drawing or returning this pistol to a holster. And unlike the SIG P226, the back-strap on this gun which doubles as the grip safety, sticks out so much it is difficult to move your thumb into a position to cock the hammer. But enough of the negative points, let look at some of the positives. The space in the trigger guard is plenty big enough to accommodate gloved hands, the gas efficiency on this gun is possibly the best we’ve seen (more on this later) and the fully adjustable rear sights make the gun very accurate too. It also appears on closer inspection that the rear sight is removable to allow a 20mm rail to slot in place, perhaps the addition of a red-dot? but we could be wrong and no accessories for that have appeared on the market yet. Because the sights are of the target type, the rear sight does not have white markings on it, which in lower light conditions could make finding your target slightly more difficult, but then when using a pistol in a combat situation, it’s usually fired instinctively, without careful aiming.

The hop-up on this model is the same ‘wheel’ type that Marui are using on all of their newer gas blowback pistols, and very reliable it is too. To gain access to it, you need to remove the slide. Now on 1911 models, this is a little more tricky than on some others. You need to remove the magazine cock the pistol and then draw the slide back slightly whilst pressing the slide release lever in from the right hand side of the gun. There is a small notch in the slide that needs to be in-line correctly for the pin to be removed. On the plus side, the reliability of the hop-up means once it’s set, it will remain where you’ve put it, and you won’t need to remove the slide again apart from maintenance.

Charging the gun with gas is nothing unusual, although it does accept a little more than most GBB’s I’ve tried, this will be down to the larger reservoir. I was slightly worried that the valve was too recessed into the bottom of the magazine for my can of gas to reach, but it do without a problem. We were using Cybergun Winter gas, and the ambient temperature was around 10 degrees Celsius. So with a full magazine of gas, and BB’s, it was time to put it to the test.

Unlike the SIG P226, this gun is single action only, which means the hammer has to be cocked for the gun to fire. If you manually de-cock the gun, you will need to pull the hammer back for the first shot. Racking the slide will pull the hammer back ready to fire the gun, so taking careful aim at our 10m target, we took the first shot. It has a nice healthy kick to the gun, and the first shot was only a few centimetres off the bull’s-eye. The subsequent 9 shots left a grouping of around 3 inches in diameter, making this gun quite accurate. We then emptied the rest of the magazine in rapid fire, bringing the grouping up to a rather large 9 inches, not surprising with kick on this gun. We then decided to empty the gas out of the magazine and wait for it to warm back up again, to test the claim that 93 rounds could be fired from a single gas fill, as we thought that firing the pistol rapidly would use up more gas than normal. Did it pass? astonishingly so yes. A total of 95 rounds to be exact, although the last few were very underpowered. Accuracy at further range was also good, 20 metres, a 1 litre milk bottle could be hit with a bit of practise (and perhaps a bit of luck). Not having a chronograph handy we couldn’t check the fps output, but I would expect it to be around 300fps or over.

Whilst firing the pistol I found the chequered grips to be a little sharp and uncomfortable, but in a gloved hand, I’m sure they’d be fine. We also tested the gun in a standard pistol holster (mine was on my cross draw tactical vest) and it fitted ok. So in conclusion, we thought the Marui Hi-Capa was extremely practical due to it’s large magazine capacity and even larger gas capacity, which makes the pistol very useful in a skirmish situation. Marui also make a slightly smaller version, the Hi-Capa 4.3, if you want something a little more compact, which is more or less identical to the 5.1 version. A host of accessories are available for this pistol, including hi-flow valves and aftermarket metal components. The Hi-Capa 5.1 is well worth looking at if you get the chance, we think you’ll be impressed.

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Marui – Glock 26

Marui Glock 26 – Review.

Glock, the famous Austrian fire-arms manufacturer produces a number of different weapons, all of which are well known, to both the serious shooter, and the airsofter. Glock have decided to concentrate on the Pistol market, rather than invest money into Sub-machine gun production, although they do produce a full auto Pistol known as the Glock 18. (Styled on the 17, however with a semi-auto and full auto selector switch towards the rear of the slide).

glock26a1.JPG (26869 bytes)When I first saw the Glock 26, memories of the Gamo Auto-45, a 10 shot Co2 airgun, sprang to mind. Having handled one of them before, I had a rough idea of its size, but nothing could prepare me for when it actually arrived. Basically, SWAT meets James Bond with this piece… it has all the functionality of a 9mm semi-auto pistol.. (Sorry… 6mm Gas Blowback!) Yet with the compact features that 007 himself would have sought after.

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The reel steel holds 10+1 rounds (10 in magazine, 1 in the breech)… this high-grade replica holds a few more, at 15+1. Having researched this model on the Internet prior to its arrival, I can confirm that this Marui masterpiece is a very close replica to the real thing. Although close scrutiny would reveal that the barrel in the Airsoft version is in fact a few millimetres shorter. The overall length of this gun is just 182mm, making it a very short contender in the Gas Blowback line up, but Marui really have created a little gem here.

The gun’s styling is very nice. Those of you who are a fan of the Glock 17’s may find this one a little difficult to get used to. Not only because you are loosing an extra 11 rounds of ammo found in the G17’s mag, but its small size may put some people off. Admitably when I first read the specs, I thought this weapon wasn’t going to be much competition to the Marui Tactical Master reviewed recently, but I was shown otherwise upon firing.

Despite its small barrel, only 73mm long, this gun has all the range and accuracy of any of the gas blowbacks I have tested. And what really set this pistol apart from the others I have used, is the fully adjustable hop-up, a very nice feature for any serious skirmisher or shooter. Gas Blowback Pistols which incorporate a hop-up feature usually require a small screwdriver or Allen key, for adjustment after tedious stripping of the pistol.. Not this one. Simply cock the gun, remove the magazine, pull the take down lever and remove the top slide. Now on the left hand side, and clearly marked is a small wheel which can be easily tuned to your favourite Gas/BB set-up. I found that I had to slightly increase the hop-up out of the box, as it was shooting just an inch low at 10m. Once I took a few minutes to get it right, it was shooting just right, every time – all the time. Obviously depending on the average range you’re planning to use, you may want to adjust it to your liking. But out of the box this gun is set-up for accuracy at about 25m – although the gun’s effective range is beyond this. As I was testing the glock26b.JPG (23371 bytes)accuracy with a standard 10m target (not to mention the rapid fire coke can test), I adjusted it accordingly.

The gun’s overall construction is very high quality. The grade of plastic used is of the usual high quality that you’d expect from Marui, with no apparent signs of that dreaded plastic shine. All of the official markings can be found on this model, including the Glock trademarks and serial numbers stamped on the magazine, slide, ejection port and safety mechanism. In small wording on the right hand side of the frame, is written “Made in Japan, Tokyo Marui Ltd”. But it’s certainly not intrusive to the guns realism and good looks.glock26e.JPG (23436 bytes)

Starting with the barrel end of things, this gun already appears attractive. Like art lovers appreciate the works of Picasso… I find myself admiring the curves and bumps of the latest firearms – and this one is quite a cute little number. The Glock 17 is most noticeable for its strange curve underneath the barrel, immediately before the trigger guard. This model does not feature this, but instead looks a little like a Walther P99 from this angle. Similarly, the rear end, where one would normally find a hammer on a single and double action pistol, the Glock 26 also appears P99’ish. Seeing how the Glock has been around longer than Walther’s new introduction, I’m assuming the later copied this style from the Austrian gun manufacturer.

Underneath the barrel, the safety mechanism is located. Glock’s feature several “safe” features. Firstly you have the well known trigger safety, whereby a separate, smaller trigger protrudes from the main trigger. Pulling both correctly, as you would normally fire a pistol enables the internal hammer (more on this in a second) to be released, however, if you catch the trigger on something, such as a holster on removal, the gun will not be fired.

glock26g.JPG (22602 bytes)Secondly you have the trigger block method. This is engaged by sliding backwards a small silver catch, this locks the trigger in places and does not allow it to be depressed.

Then you have the internal hammer, which reduces the chance of it being knocked or the gun being dropped and the weapon discharging. On this model, the internal hammer is a bit of a cheat method. It should be double action, on pulling the trigger, you are drawing back the hammer, and at the end of the pull, releasing it. On this model, when you cock the gun, chambering the first round, you are also cocking the hammer, as if you were pulling it back for single action on a select fire pistol. The action of the gas blowback cocks this hammer on each shot. This can be seen better when field stripped.

Talking of stripping. The procedure on this firearm is a doddle. As per most gas blowback pistols, the slide can be manually locked back into place, for cleaning purposes, checking the breach etc. Or upon the last shot, the slide stays locked back into place, and once a fresh magazine is inserted, the slide release lever is pressed, the slide flies forward chambering a round – and you’re ready for action again. Forward of the slide lock lever, there are two little sliding “latches” on either side of the gun’s frame. After removing the magazine, cocking the gun (which moves the hammer out of the way), and pushing on these two latches, the top simply slides off. This gives you access to the hop-up assembly, as mentioned previously. Not to mention easy access for cleaning and lubrication.

The magazine is where most of the weight is coming from in this weapon. All steel and very sturdy, it easily holds enough gas for a second reload of the BB chamber. Giving you 30 shots in total. A nice feature about the Glock 26’s magazine is that they have included a spare piece on the box, to change the shape of the bottom. Out of the box, this gun comes with a curved piece, which is actually an extra finger grove. Veryglock26f.JPG (21989 bytes) good for people with slightly bigger hands, that would struggle with the small size of this gun. I personally think its looks fine like this, and fits into my palm quite nicely. However you may opt to change it for the flat piece. My only gripe about this gun, is regarding this curved magazine piece. You can’t fill the gas reservoir with an American eagle can, because the red plastic nozzle is not long enough to get past the curve. HFC “Green Gas” fits fine, but some people are a bit dubious about using this high-pressure gas in case of magazine seal problems. Its working ok so far, so I’ll keep you posted with that. So basically, in order to fill with American eagle gas, you have to slide off the bottom magazine piece, fill with gas, and then replace. Not a brilliant design, but then I’m using Green Gas anyway, so it’s not affected me…

glock26a.JPG (27101 bytes)Other interesting features about this gun are the sighting system and the power of the blowback action. The sights are the chunky combat type, but if the hop-up is tuned to your desired ammunition and gas source, then fairly accurate. I was hitting the bottom of coke cans at 15m with ease, which I use as my standard test. I would say, head shots at 20m with ease, and body shots won’t be difficult at ranges beyond this. As for the blowback action, it’s very strong for such a little pistol. Marui have got the balance and feel just right in this model, so when the slide does fly back, it’s a satisfying experience.

Conclusion? There’s lots of blowback pistols on the market at the moment, which would easily suffice as a backup weapon, but I feel in order to find the correct one, they’ve each got to have something a little special which differs them from the rest. With this one, its overall size is a good deciding factor. Anyone who skirmishes on a regular basis will probably own some kind of load bearing / tactical vest. This gun comfortably fits into pockets without the need for a holster. Although if you do opt for one, a standard size will fit just fine. Its power and range is equal to that of weapons with longer barrels, and its accuracy is perfectly adequate for a sidearm. It’s not exactly a competition pistol, but then neither are any of the guns I have reviewed so far. Its very economical on gas, and even the 15 round magazine is plenty enough for backup purposes. Another major factor is the low price tag. Even though it’s tiny in comparison – you are still getting a lot of gun for your money, with all the added bonuses such as the adjustable hop up feature.

£90 is very little for a gas blowback of this quality, and experienced shooters will be surprised by its performance, just as your weekend warrior will be pleased with its ability to keep the “enemy” at bay, alongside the rest of its bigger brothers.

 

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Marui – M14 (OD Stock)

Tokyo Marui – M14 OD Stock Review

The M14 rifle was first developed in 1954 in a long line of experimental rifles designed to superceed the M1 Garrand. It was the initial idea to find a rifle that had the accuracy, robustness and stopping power of the M1 Garrand, coupled with the fully automatic capabilities of the B.A.R – and thus, the M14 was born. The rifle saw brief service in Vietnam before being replaced with the M16 during 1966-68, some would not have agreed with the change as the M14’s stopping power was far greater with it’s powerful 7.62mm cartridge, compared to the 5.56mm cartridge used by the M16. It is because of this reason that today it still sees limited front-line action with the United States Army and the Navy. Whilst having the raw stopping power, range and accuracy, the M14’s one major drawback was the ability to control the weapon whilst firing in automatic mode. The 7.62mm was such a powerful round that the recoil produced made holding the rifle on target virtually impossible. The M14 also paved the way for the XM25 sniper rifle, amongst other variants produced. Most notable film appearances of the M14 are ‘Full Metal Jacket’ and ‘Black Hawk Down.

Now onto the Airsoft version. Released by Tokyo Marui in early 2006, it was an instant success with Airsoft skirmishers and collectors alike. This has to be one of Marui’s best constructed rifles to date, the sheer number of metal parts add to a hefty weight, couple this with the realistic take down, awesome power (one of the most powerful stock rifles they have produced also) and range, make this gun an all time classic. Two M14 versions have been introduced onto the airsoft market by Marui, the standard version available in OD or fake wood stock, and the SOCOM version, shortened and all black with a texturised finish. The type we will be looking at is my very own OD version, possibly one of the best airsoft guns I’ve ever purchased.

At 1127mm long, it’s a big gun… no it’s a huge gun. To give you some idea, lets take a couple of examples that most people are used to seeing on the airsoft battlefield… The M14 is 91mm longer than a G3 SG/1, 126mm longer than an M16 A2 and a whopping 367mm longer than an M4. The first two examples are some pretty large guns, and the last is one of the most common in use today, this should give you some comparison. Now, most would think that this gun is far too large to use in a CQB environment, and for many, they’d be right. However, I happily use my M14 at Urban Assault, and if I get into a situation when I need something a little smaller, I just put it down and reach for my Glock 18C AEP. So lets look at some of the stats:

Length: 1127mm

Weight: 3850g

Battery: 8.4v Large type

Gearbox: Version 7

Magazine Capacity: 70 (lo-cap) 440 (hi-cap)

Power: 280fps – 310fps (more on this later)

 

As mentioned a moment ago, I use this gun in an Urban / CQB environment and it was purchased for a sniper/counter-sniper role. After some disappointing experiences with my VSR sniper rifle, I wanted to get something that could perform as well with regards to range, with the added bonus of full-auto capability, and the M14 was certainly that. Out of the box the gun fires extremely well, and it is one of the most powerful stock guns that Tokyo Marui have produced, with some models hitting 310fps with a 0.2g on the chronograph. This is interesting in itself as the majority of people I have spoken to, their models fall into this category, there are however the odd few who found their guns were shooting slightly less, around 280fps. Certainly nothing to laugh at, but disappointing if your buddy has just bought one that is shooting 30fps more, and an oddity for Marui who’s reputation for reliability is well known.

 

Unfortunately for me, the one I purchased was shooting on the slower end of the scale, and yes disappointment followed, so I decided to take the opportunity to have mine upgraded, to fulfil it’s role as a counter-sniper weapon. Fire-Support did the upgrade, and an excellent job they did too. A full steel gear set installed, tuned to spot on 328fps with Marui 0.2g’s and a 6.03mm tight bore barrel. How does the gun perform now? Absolutely flawless. It might be worth asking any retailer to chronograph an M14 for you before purchasing to make sure you’re entirely happy.

 

The box is a work of art in itself, similar in design to the Colt 1911 which Marui released around the same time. Olive drab in appearance and cloth lined, you would be forgiven for thinking this box contains a real fire-arm, at a glance. Serial / model numbers stamped all over the box, with the wording ‘The U.S Rifle 7.62mm M14 Is A Light-weight, Air-Cooled, Gas-Operated, Magazine-Fed, Shoulder Weapon’… The instruction manual, although 80% in Japanese, is easy to follow with clear diagrams, and is also styled like a military field manual. Inside the box you will find a BB loader tube for the 70 round lo-cap, a cleaning rod, along with two smaller ‘military style’ boxes, one containing the instruction manual and the other around 200 0.25g BB’s.

 

Removing the gun from the box, you really do appreciate how solid it is. Weighing it at 3.8kg, it’s a hefty piece too, primarily thanks to the large number of metal parts used in it’s construction. Possibly the most metal found on any stock Tokyo Marui airsoft model comprising of receiver, trigger and trigger guard, the fully adjustable rear-sight, flash hider and fore-sight, outer barrel, the flip up stock plate, sling mounting points, stock plate through to battery housing, selector switch, safety lever, magazine eject lever and last but not least the cocking handle… Ah the cocking handle, possible the best sounding action I’ve heard on any aeg… ever. If you get the chance to play with one, do so. Although it serves no function, it sounds so good it’s difficult not to pull it back and release it every so often, the fiddle factor is quite high! On the G&G model, I’m told you can actually lock the cocking handle back, and this serves as access to the hop-up adjustment (correct me if I’m wrong), however on the Marui model the hop-up adjustment is found in the mag well. There are other metal parts on this model, too many to list here.

 

The stock on my model is olive drab, although a wood version is also available. Not being a fan for fake wooden furniture, I find the OD version gives the M14 a certain tactical look. The black plastic ‘heat shield’ which furnishes the top of the weapon is standard on both models, however on the SOCOM version, it also comprises a 20mm rail for mounting a red-dot or scope. The stock is also chequered on the fore-grip and handle areas of the stock, which aids in gripping the heavy gun. The flip up stock plate also features chequering, although not rubberised, it doesn’t appear to slip off the shoulder in use. The stock plate was actually devised to assist in controlling the weapon when used in fully automatic mode, on our airsoft model it serves little purpose other than helping to distribute the weight a little when holding it on target for extended periods of time. The stock itself holds an 8.4v battery quite comfortably. I’m currently using an 8.4v 3300mah NiMH which provides plenty of juice for an entire days skirmish. You won’t fit a 9.6v battery in this gun, unless it’s customised, or you modify the stock in some way, still, the rate of fire on 8.4v is perfectly acceptable, even after upgrading to 328fps.

 

Markings on the gun are also a nice touch. Rather than ‘Tokyo Marui’ plastered all over the rifle, these words are instead found in tiny lettering on the left hand side of the receiver, right at the back. On the top, reads ‘U.S Rifle, 7.62mm M14, Springfield Armoury’ and the serial number ‘111849’. There is also some small lettering on the top of the ejection port, and on the rear sight adjustment dial. Also, peering into the mag well you can see written ‘Tokyo Marui Co Ltd, Made In Japan’. So, enough markings to indicate this thing is not a real weapon, should you get pulled over at a routine traffic stop and the thing is still in the boot of your car… but not too much to make you think you’re clutching onto a cheap toy at the next skirmish.

 

The functionality of the M14 is true to the spirit of the real weapon. Simple, yet effective, although not overly aesthetically pleasing. I think some find the ‘hunting rifle’ appearance of this weapon to be slightly off-putting, perhaps they feel it doesn’t quite have that tactical look, when compared to your M4’s etc. Personally, I love the thing, not for the beauty factor but for the sheer practicality. Holding 70 rounds in your lo-caps and a massive 440 in the hi-caps the rifle makes easy work laying down a carpet of 6mm plastic. With the long range and impressive accuracy this weapon is just at home as a support weapon, as it is a counter-sniper tool. I personally use it as a bit of both, and with a large capacity battery, it’s been easy to go through an entire bag of ammo in the morning alone.

 

In Operation – the bits to fiddle with…

 

The M14 was designed with right handed people in mind, both the selector lever and cocking handle are on the right hand side of the gun, not really a problem for lefties in the airsoft world as the stock, simple as it is, is ambidextrous. Of course, in the real world, left handed shooters would be hit in the face by red hot flying shell casings. For you, it’s just going to be a minor annoyance that the selector is on the right hand side, but not something that should put anybody off.

 

The magazine ejection is on the bottom, and is similar in style to that of the MP5 / G3 series, a lever in which you push forward. The safety is an interesting feature, it pushes into the trigger guard, and has a hole through it, I presume for some kind of gun lock on the real steel. It serves its purpose by stopping the trigger from being engaged, and physically stopping you from putting your finger into the trigger guard.

 

The hop-up adjustment on this model is located in the magazine well, and is fairly easy to get to. The hop-up on this model is excellent, which contributes to the excellent range and accuracy this model demonstrates. It is the ‘dial’ type, with a nice positive click for each movement.

 

The open sights on the M14 are also very practical and worth using. They are of the ‘peep hole’ variety, with the rear sight being fully adjustable for both windage and elevation. Again, very positive click from the dial when adjusting these, and you have to pull the dial out slightly in order to turn it, meaning there is little chance of them being knocked and changing the position. I have chosen to go down the route of a red-dot sight on my M14, which I would recommend to anyone, or indeed a scope with a low magnification (I always find 4x does best). If you do choose to do this, the flash hider on the front of the gun, which also incorporates the fore-sight can be removed. This helps by reducing the weapons overall length, and the 14mm ccw thread can be covered by an end-cap, similar to the one found on the Marui MP5-A4.

 

The selector switch on the gun is different from most too. An odd-shaped, almost triangular affair, the lever is turned clock-wise or anti-clockwise to select semi or full auto fire. An ‘A’ is presented towards the shooter when engaged in fully automatic mode, with no marking for semi-auto. It is easy however, from the levers shape to see at a glance which position it is located. My only criticism of the selector lever is that it can be sometimes easily knocked out of place, primarily due to where it is located on the gun… no biggie though.

 

Performance

 

Let me start by saying, I love my M14. I’ve never been so impressed with any airsoft model before in the almost 10 years I have been playing. I’ve never had so many kills, as such distance with any other weapon… for me, this was definitely £270 well spent. So how does it perform? Well, as mentioned at the beginning of the review, the out of the box FPS can vary, but even at the lower end of the scale, the range and accuracy is better than any other stock Marui AEG. In my case, this gun has been upgraded to shoot at 328fps, the gears have been changed for a steel set, and I’ve also installed a tight-bore barrel. Unfortunately, this was all done pretty much after the gun was purchased, so I’ve only ever skirmished with it once as ‘stock’, so to speak, but I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

 

In it’s upgraded form, you can expect effective range with a Marui 0.2g BB to be around the 60 – 65 metres, and from an elevated position, I’ve got kills from 70 metres. These measurements have been taken from our skirmish site map, which we know to be accurate. So that is a whopping 220 odd feet! That takes some beating… From stock, that drops slightly to around 50 metres, after that, and you’ll be pointing the gun into the sky to try and make the BB ‘fall’ on the target.

 

Accuracy is excellent too. With the lighter 0.2g ammunition, on a calm day, and with the assistance of the red-dot, you can easily hit a man size target at 40m, although using this weight of ammo, the slightest breeze will knock your shots off course slightly. With the stock FPS, you can easily get away with using 0.25g ammo in this gun, without much compromise on overall range.

 

So you can see now why I chose this rifle as a ‘counter-sniper’ weapon. You can take on an upgraded VSR with this gun and win, easily. Why? Because whilst they are cocking the bolt to load the next round, you’ve already put 20 odd rounds onto their position and hit them… Who cares if they have awesome ‘sniper’ like accuracy, you’ve got fully automatic fire-power and range to equal them!

 

‘Field’ Take-down

 

Worth mentioning is the easy in which you can disassemble the rifle for routine maintenance, or upgrades. In the trigger guard there is a hole, in which you simply slot a screw driver, lift it upwards and click, the entire trigger guard comes out. This acts a locking mechanism, keeping the upper receiver firmly in the stock. With this removed, you can slide and lift the entire receiver out of the stock. From here you can see the motor fixture, and the selector mechanism. I won’t go into too much detail about the internals of the gun, as you’d be a brave man to disassemble the thing! Certainly not something I will be attempting any time soon. I did however change the barrel myself, and it was done easily within 15 minutes. A word of caution however, be careful when sliding the receiver back into the stock, as the bar at the rear of it, that is what activates the selector mechanism, and being plastic, can be easily snapped (yes… ok, I’ve done it!). From looking at the pictures, you can see what I mean.

 

If you want a better look inside the M14, take a look at this excellent technical review here – http://www.hammermods.com/ImpactM14.htm

 

Conclusion…

 

I can’t praise the Marui M14 enough, I really can’t. I’ve been playing Airsoft for nearly 10 years now, in that time I’ve gone through a fair few AEGs including numerous MP5’s, G3’s, a P90, a couple of shotguns and a sniper rifle to name just a few… but I’ve never owned an Airsoft model as impressive as this one, that is, until now! The range and accuracy, even on the stock model are something to be proud of, and give the gun a little upgrade, and it turns into the Ferrari of the Airsoft world. On a regular basis I get people approaching me on a skirmish asking me about it, how much was it, how far can it shoot etc… I just hand it over to them and let them have a play, as they say, actions speak louder than words… and they’re rarely disappointed. The M14 has become more popular recently, especially in the CQB environment. If you ask me, it is the very real alternative to a bolt action sniper rifle, and at the price, a real bargain too.

 

So why are you still reading this? Go buy yourself one! You won’t be disappointed…

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Marui – M16VN

Marui – M16 VN Review


Introduction:

The Colt M16 rifle was first introduced in the Vietnam War as a more compact and modern battle-effective replacement for the M14 rifle. It started out as the XM16E1; which was the prototype designation (hence the “X”). The first M16 lacked a forward assist and had a slightly different receiver. The next change in the M16 was the added forward assist with a more familiar receiver and after that, the “tulip” flash hider was then replaced with the more effective “birdcage” flash hider. More additional features were added until we have the modern M16’s which our military used today.

The gun, the TM M16VN, I will be reviewing for you is based off of the early XM16E1 with a forward assist and tulip flash hider; keep in mind that later XM16e1’s had birdcage flash hiders. Also keep in mind that there is no such thing as a “M16VN” in real gun terms. M16VN is name Tokyo made to designate their “M16 Vietnam Version” AEG.

Getting the gun: I got the gun from PoweredgeUSA for $300 with battery and charger 3 years ago; price has dropped since then. That is why I can say some things in this review which others can’t (like how long it can last/reliability).

First Impressions :

Since it was my first AEG, I was immensely amazed by it. It looked so real and the details were unbelievable compared to my Softair Spring M16a1. I have always been an ARVN (Army of the Republic of Vietnam) fan and the M16a1 appeals to me more than our current reproduction. For some reason I really like the A1 fore grips more than the A2…and the fact that it actually had a ‘full-auto’ firing mode made this more realistic than the TM M16a2.

It comes in a rather brilliantly designed box (shown below). Unfortunately, the box is ruined by the removal of trades on it; the word “colt’ is the one being removed:

Inspecting the gun:

One thing you will rarely read about the M16Vn is the colour tone of the receiver. For some odd reason, the tone is not the same as the TM M16a2 or their most of their grey receiver M4’s. It has more of an OD colour to it. Its hard to recognize it in the photos but in life, when you put them side by side, there is definitely a tone difference. Its all for the better actually, the tone on the M16Vn makes it look more realistic and it just looks more real after time have played a part with it. As the reviewer at ASR said, “it is like fine wine”; better with time…

The photo below shows the colour brilliance of the M16vn’s receiver next to the dull dark black of my Springer

Notice the selector on the M16Vn is on ‘semi’. I did not do this on purpose. With time, the selector will become loose and swing out of place on its own

It is against customs to have trades on Tokyo Marui replicas because they are not officially licensed. Laws in Japan are different than the laws here so they have no problems with it.

Notice it says “M16a1”. This is indeed a replica of the M16a1. It is not a mistake TM made.

They are literally drilled off which leaves a very unrealistic look but unless you are a collector, it is expected and no one pays notice to them in games.

Underneath the fore grip are metal weights on each side; whether they are lead or not, I cannot confirm. But they are pretty heavy; more than I expected.

The fore grips are unbelievably well made. They are a ton more solid than the fore grips on the TM M16a2. Not only that, they have a very “high-quality” shine to them; I’m not talking about “cheap plastic” shine, I mean a professionally glossy shine as seen below next to my Softair Springer:

The Tokyo Marui is the on the top.

Reliability:

Needless to say, this gun is very reliable. It has withstood the test of time and still performs as good as new. There isn’t even barrel wobble. Now there is a reason it has no barrel wobble and that is because the top receiver’s front (part that connects to the fore grip) is extended and because there is an extra barrel covering the outer barrel; sort of a “2nd outer barrel”. The M16a1 does not have that and therefore is considerably more prone to barrel-wobble. Perhaps its better if I compare it with a pic from a TM M16a2 review at AirsoftCore.

You can see the 1st outer barrel thru 2 big holes on each side of the bigger tube (which is metal)

Differences from modern M16 AEGs: Other than the different receiver colour, the colour of the part under the dust cover is silver instead of black. I like this but many of you might not. Although there is a setback to it and that is it does not go back like other M4/M16 AEGs do; and neither does the dust cover. The dust cover needs to be opened and kept opened by hand as it closes by a spring. The charging handle also does nothing at all.

The way it is put together is also different which makes disassembling it different too. It does not flip open like the hood of a car but instead requires the “pull method” which Classic Army M4/M16’s require. If you ignore this and try to flip the top receiver up, you will break the tabs.

Another drawback to the different receiver is its incompatibility with most metal receivers. If you compare it with another AEG (like the M16a2 and M16Vn barrel pics above), you will see the front of the top receiver is different. So consider this before buying a metal receiver for it. Also note that the Hurricane M16a1 receiver is meant for the M16a2 and other M4/M16 AEGs, not the M16VN.

Sights:

The sights on the M16a1 are pretty basic. They are not self-adjustable as the A2’s are. You’d need a tool to adjust it and it only goes horizontally. Its not a big issue and its the way things are supposed to be on a real M16a1.

Magazine:

This is one of the few guns Tokyo Marui make that come stock with a Hi-capacity (hi-cap) magazine. The mag is a short “VN”-type and stated to hold 190 bbs. If you’re not familiar with how a hi-cap works, all you have to do is open the top door, fully load it with bbs, close the door, load it in the gun, hold it the gun upright (not upside down) and wind for about 30 times or until you start hearing clicks. It should last you till 3/4 of the mag (about about 50 rounds) until you’d need to wind again…

Inserting the battery:

The butt plate is covered with rubber which gives it a more comfy shouldering. The is on really tight so there is no way for it to fall off of the plate. There is no door like on the M16a2. Instead you’d need to press it down like one would with a TM AK47.

Metal:

The metal parts are: outer barrel, flash hider, sights, magazine release, trigger, trigger guard, magazine, charging handle, dust cover, “2nd outer barrel” O-ring, and the mock gas return tube.

Performance:

Not much to say here, it is performs on par with the TM M16a2. I could hit coconuts on coconut trees about 40-60 feet up every time. Range would be around 150 feet and FPS would be the most 280; nothing more.

Ratings:

Quality : 10/10
Durability: 9/10 (hey, its plastic)
Range: 10/10
Looks: 10/10 (the same gun Neo is holding on the 1st Matrix wallpaper)
Metal Content: 7/10

Last words:

Phew! That took most of my day. The only problems I have are the loose selector switch and the plastic creaking sound; but it actually has the least creaks out of all the TM’s I’ve handled. Also, details are superb. The texture on the pistol grip is amazing. I’ll leave you with some eye-candy….

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Marui – MP5-SD5

Tokyo Marui – MP5-SD5 Review

The MP5, designed by Heckler and Koch, was first conceived in 1966, originally designated as the HK54 by the company (HK being Hecker and Koch, 5 meaning ‘submachine gun and the 4 indicating chambered for 9mm). The original design concept was for a compact, accurate and reliable sub-machine gun that used standard pistol ammunition, and so the MP5 was born. Firing from a closed bolt, it not only makes the weapon extremely accurate but robust and not prone to breakdown or failure. It has been adopted by Military and security services across the world for more than 30 years, but the ever growing presence of body armour has left the MP5 with an uncertain future, as the 9mm round does not have the stopping or penetration power to defeat Kevlar vests. The MP5 is being phased out amongst security forces with the introduction of the MP7, the G36c and the UMP, all of which are chambered for much more powerful ammunition, or rounds which have better penetration qualities.

Now we move onto our Airsoft model, the Tokyo Marui version of the MP5-SD5, a solid stocked and silenced version of the MP5, which also exists in the real steel format. The MP5 series have been round for a little while, and were one of Marui’s earlier models to produce in Airsoft form. We have since seen the TM MP5 evolve to the second generation which includes a more powerful motor (1st generation included a EG560, we’re now on EG700) as well as some improvements on the hop-up system, although the plastic parts used have not changed.

As the MP5 series has been around for a little while, it is also one of the most economical AEG’s to purchase, with prices as low as £160, compared to some of Marui’s newer offerings such as the M14 which retails at £270! The popularity of the MP5 series also means there are a huge number of accessories and upgrade parts available to the end user, and the version 2 gearbox used is also easy to work on and maintain.

So lets have a look at some of the stats:

Tokyo Marui MP5-SD5

Length: 777mm

Weight: 2.1kg

Velocity: 275-280fps

Gearbox: Version 2

Motor: EG700

Magazine Capacity: 50 (Lo-Cap) 200 (Hi-Cap)

Battery Type: Large (above 1400mah recommend)

 

I’ve had my MP5-SD5 for about two years now, and it’s not the first in the series I’ve owned. I’ve also had an MP5K, MP5-A5 and MP5-A4 models in the years that I’ve been playing Airsoft, which is testament to the excellent design and build quality. This particular model I gave to my Fiancée, and she finds it’s compact size particularly easy to use in a skirmish. At only 777mm long with the silencer installed, the gun is very easy to control and keep on target, also assisted by its light weight in comparison to other models. The construction quality is of the same high quality as with most of Tokyo Marui’s models, and the plastics used are the same high impact ABS we are used to seeing. Being one of Marui’s earlier releases, the MP5 has fewer metal parts than newer models, these being the rear and fore sights, cocking handle, trigger, magazine release, selector lever and the mounting locations for a 3-point tactical sling. There are after-market parts available, such as the classic army metal body kit, and a replacement metal silencer which add more weight and strength to the construction, but in my opinion, if it’s not broken don’t fix it!

 

The markings on this gun, of which there are few of read, ‘Kal 9mm x 19’ and the Tokyo Marui trade markings, there are no H&K trade marks on this gun, making export to places such as the US easier. As mentioned previously the plastic is good quality with realistic looking ‘weld’ markings on the bottom of the rear sight and across the lower receiver. The trigger group markings on this model are for the SEF version, detailing fully-automatic fire, whereas the real steel model depicts the graphics for safe, semi-auto and 3-round burst. The cocking handle on this model serves no purpose, it is merely to add to the ‘fiddle’ factor, however on the classic army version of the SD5, it retracts the magazine ejection port cover to allow access for hop-up adjustment. On our Marui model, the hop-up adjustment lever is found protruding the left hand side of the frame, just above the end of the hand guard. Moving this lever towards the front of the gun, reduces the amount of hop, and to the back, increases.

 

Other functional aspects of this model are the adjustable rear sight, which is adjustable for windage and elevation. This uses a turret ‘peep-hole’ system which some people find slightly difficult use, even more so when wearing a full face mask, as you can’t get your face far enough down to the stock to aim correctly. Still sniper rifle this isn’t, so it’s easy to follow your BB’s on target, and its compact size makes the weapon fairly instinctive to point and shoot. Scope mounts are available for this model which clamp onto the top allowing the use of a red-dot scope, which a lot of people find useful. Another selling point of this rifle, and its main feature, is the silencer. Does it really silencer the gun though? Well, being made entirely of plastic with no sound deadening foam you’d think not… but surprisingly it does. It reduces the noise from a ‘clack’ to more of a thud, which is very noticeable if it is removed. It is however a weak point in the design of this gun. The silencer is quickly removed by giving it quarter turn, and it simply pulls off, but due to the fact it is made of plastic and is only retained by the moderately thin walled slots which the lugs lock into, this is prone to breaking. I’m not saying it’s going to fall off at the first opportunity, but if your not careful with the gun, accidentally bang the front on a wall or tree it can and will break. How do I know this? It’s happened to me and ended up costing a lot of money to put it right… What went wrong then?

 

Well, the gun took quite a knock on a door frame, which not only damaged the silencer, but it also loosened the fore sight assembly, which unfortunately for me, has the front sling point attached to it. The screws finally gave way throughout the day whilst the gun was slung, and the gun took a nose dive towards the ground. The exposed barrel hit the ground, causing it to fly backwards, straight through the hop-up unit which in turn stopped the magazine from ejecting… A complete disaster which needed a complete new front end purchased second hand from a forum, along with a new hop-up unit to get the gun back up and running again.

 

Another point to watch out for on this model is the retaining pins on the handguard, which have a habit of falling out. They simply push into place, but can work themselves loose, however a strip of black electrical tape around the handguard is all that is needed to keep them secure.

 

The gun accepts a large 8.4v battery, but no additional room for the installation of a 9.6v, with access to the battery bay by sliding off the rubberised stock cap. As this gun is sold with a solid stock, there is no wiring going to the front of the gun to allow the installation of a mini battery, if the user wishes to swap the solid stock for a sliding one. Although the wiring harness is available to purchase separately should you wish to convert the model, I feel it would be better to stick with the solid stock configuration. The Marui MP5 series are easy to work on, and the utilise the highly popular version 2 gearbox, of which there are plenty of spare parts for. Being an earlier release, there is no easy access for removing the gearbox (like an M4, G36, MC51 etc…), you need to split the lower receiver in half to gain access to the internals. With this said, it is still a very easy gun to work on.

 

In Operation…

 

The MP5 series in general are particularly easy to use. Straight forward functions, everything is easily accessible such as the selector switch, which is not only in a sensible place, but on both sides making this gun truly ambidextrous. As is the magazine catch, located on the bottom of the gun, meaning magazine changes are quick and easy.

 

The hi-cap magazines are often considered as slightly on the small size in terms of capacity. They are however easy to fit in most tactical vests, as opposed to say the P90 magazine, which is considerably huge in comparison. 200 rounds should be plenty enough for most uses, and I take just three out with me when using this gun.

 

As for accuracy, the gun is very consistent, and shot for shot there is only a couple of fps difference between subsequent rounds. The review model chronoed at 271-275 with 0.2g Excel ammunition, which for a stock gun with a barrel length such as this, is perfectly adequate. With regards to range, this model has very similar performance characteristics to the P90, the MC51, G36 and M733 which all have very similar barrel lengths. Excellent for CQB and Urban environments, possibly lacking in the range needed for woodland, whereas something like an SR-16, M14 or AUG would be right at home.

 

Conclusion? The MP5-SD5 makes an excellent alternative to something like an M4 if you don’t wish to go down the Armalite route, plus the availability of aftermarket parts make this gun highly maintainable and upgradeable. Lightweight and compact it is equally at home for those of you with smaller frames as it is with the ‘larger’ Airsofter. Its popularity on the Airsoft battlefield says it all…

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Marui – Glock 18C AEP

Tokyo Marui Glock 18c AEP

There has been something of a revolution recently in the Airsoft pistol market, with Marui releasing a product we would have never thought possible a few years ago, the Micro AEG or AEP as they’re calling it. In essence these nifty tiny automatic weapons utilise the same firing principle as their larger brothers, but in a package small enough to squeeze into your average pistol frame. What does this mean? An extremely practical and capable side-arm packed with features… read on.

The Glock 18C AEP was the first of its kind introduced to the market by Marui. People met it with mixed reactions as it would be hard to believe the claims Marui were making about their latest offering. If you cast your memory back to their Electric Blowback range, powered by 4 x AA batteries, these guns were vastly under-powered, were slow to cycle the next round and appeared to be just a novelty item.

Now the AEP range is something completely different. Powered by a 200mah 7.2v custom battery pack, which drives a tiny motor and gearbox, the Glock 18C spits out quite a respectful 235fps with a 0.2g BB, and the range is something that has to be seen to be believed. After having first hand experience with one at my local skirmish site, I just knew I had to have one. So I sold my side-arm at the time, the Marui P226, and bought one of these. I was converted, but will you be?

Everyone who has ever fired a gas blowback pistol knows the sound they make, and the hard kicking recoil action is what makes them so enjoyable. They are the most realistic type of Airsoft replica you can get, but sometimes, they are not that practical for skirmishing purposes. Firstly, the power source they use, liquid gas has an enemy, and that is called Winter. The change from liquid into a gas is hampered by the cold weather as this process requires the ambient temperature to be above that of inside the magazine, as the outside temperature drops, so does the ability for the gun to function efficiently. Side-effects of this will be a drop in fps, or flumes of unexpanded liquid gas exiting the barrel, something that isn’t good for an Airsoft skirmisher. The second problem is, where do you store that can of gas whilst playing? There have been a couple of gas canisters bought out on the market which look like stun grenades, which you charge with gas, then in turn charge the magazine of your pistol. These look great, but add extra bulk and weight to your load out.

This is where the AEP excels by far. The internal 7.2v, 200mah battery pack will give you enough juice for about 300+ shots, and in the case of the Glock 18C AEP that is 10 entire magazines, perhaps more. Another bonus is that spare batteries cost around £12, making them affordable enough to have a second one charged up as a back-up, and the magazines are just as cheap. I’ve found the battery capacity enough to only need one, but I do have a spare magazine. For me this pistol serves as a side-arm to my MC51 or M14, so hopefully I’ll rarely need it, but when I do, I can trust I’ve got a very functional gun which will work every time I pull the trigger. So lets look at some of features of this pistol…

Marui have done an excellent job on this replica. I looks just like any other Glock 18C copy until you pick it up, then the differences become apparent. The first and most noticeable is that the slide does not move. This reason for this is simple, underneath the slide are most of workings, the piston unit, hop-up and battery. This is what puts most people off straight away, with the slide not moving they suddenly feel the realism is missing, this is true, but the benefits far outweigh this. The second noticeable feature is at the base of the hand-grip where the full size magazine would normally go. Marui have moulded in a fake magazine base plate, and towards the front of this is where the 30 round stick type magazine ejects. All the other features of the gun such as the magazine ejection button, and fire selector switch remain and operate the same, as does the classic Glock trigger safety, and a manual safety which Marui have built into what would be the slide take-down lever.

The pistol is manufactured out of tough ABS plastic with very few external metal parts. When I say it is tough, it IS tough. I’ve dropped my pistol a few times in a skirmish and it still works perfectly well, with just a minor scuff on the front of the frame. In fact, this pistol is so tough, it will even fire with the top slide removed! (albeit single shot only). The moulding quality is very good. There are Glock trade marks in several places, including the top slide and the grip, with serial numbers appearing on the reverse side and on the ejection port. Because the top slide is a one piece construction that does not move, the ejection port cover is also fixed, but the moulding marks mean it is quite deeply cut into the frame, making it look quite realistic.

The slide is removed by pressing the button at the rear of it, then lifting it off upwards. This will expose the battery and the hop-up unit. The battery is removed by pulling down a tab on the left hand side of the pistol, resulting in the battery to be ejected from the right hand side of the gun, a very nice feature which makes it quick to change a battery in the field if needed. The battery can also only be inserted one way, so again, under pressure it’s easy to do without making a mistake. The hop-up unit is similar to that found on most new Marui pistols these days, the good old wheel design. I’ve never adjusted mine since taking it out of the box, I found the setting to be perfect, and as said earlier, the range is awesome.

Other aesthetic features are the top vented barrel, and the nice chunky front and rear sights, which are non-adjustable, but marked white for quick target acquisition. The Glock 18C AEP is also a rail-frame model, which means underneath the barrel is situated a rail mounting system that will take your standard 20mm pistol accessories such as an M3 style tactical light. You can even purchase a tactical light manufactured by Marui which is powered by a 7.2v 1100mah battery, this light has an adapter cable which lets you power the gun off it’s internal rechargeable pack… increasing the amount of shots before a recharge to about 5000 odd… Nice!

Whilst on the subject of batteries, Marui made one mistake when manufacturing this pistol, and that is with respect to the charging unit. The 7.2v 200mah battery pack slots into a charging adapter supplied with the pistol. Unfortunately the mains adapter for this pistol is a 110v US type, meaning modification is needed to the charging adapter before you can use it. Now on the positive side, most UK Airsoft retailers will change the connector on the charging adapter for a mini type, so you can plug it into your existing charger, and Marui also sell modified charging adapters as an aftermarket part, if you’re not handy with a soldering iron. My Glock 18C AEP was purchased from fire-support, and they modify all of their charging adapters for the customer free of charge before shipping. Care needs to be exercised when using your existing charger to make sure the output current is not so much it will damage the battery, or at worse cause a fire/explosion. I charge mine at 200mah, which means the gun is ready to use in one hour, but this is the maximum I would recommend. And KEEP checking on the battery whilst charging to make sure it does not overheat. But please don’t let all that put you off this excellent pistol, it’s quite straight forward really (if you have any questions about this, please mail me).

As mentioned earlier, the magazine is a stick type, but not anything like seen on the cheap spring pistols out there. This magazine is of metal construction, and holds 30 rounds. It has a clever little clip system on the top that stops the rounds falling out, and it works very well. I’ve never had it spill BB’s whilst stored in my tactical vest, and the magazine itself is also very easy to load. You can either thumb the rounds in one by one, without the need to pull down the BB follower button, or you can load it with in several clicks of a speed loader. At only £12 each, it’s worth getting a spare or two, because in full auto mode, the Glock 18C can empty a magazine in two seconds.

So with a fully charged battery, and a loaded magazine, it’s time to fire the pistol and see what it can do.

The safety on this gun has been incorporated into what would have been the slide take down lever on the real steel, or indeed other Glock replica pistols. This blocks the trigger from being pulled, but is a feature I rarely use as the Glock incorporates it’s famous trigger safety, which means the gun is unlikely to be fired unless held correctly. Once the battery has been installed, a process which takes less that 20 seconds, and a magazine inserted you can then select your mode of fire. Single shot is selected by turning the selector lever, located to the rear of the gun above the thumb, upwards. Because the gun only uses a 7.2v battery, I find the single shot can be slightly sluggish if trying to rapid fire the pistol, or double tap the trigger. So I keep mine in full-auto mode (selector lever downwards) and with careful trigger control fire short 2-3 round bursts. This I find to be the most effective way to use the gun, and the most fun!

When you first fire one of these, it’s easy to be disappointed. No loud boom, no recoil action… just the whirring of a motor and gearbox much like on an AEG, except a lot quieter. Now have a look at where your BB just went, and you will be amazed. The range on this model is crazy for such a small pistol. It will easily match most short barrelled AEG’s, such as the MP5K, the UZI, MP7 etc.. so that is at least 45 – 50 yards. I would recommend only using 0.2g BB’s in the Glock 18C or any of the AEP range, as with the low fps, it will struggle with anything heavier. As mentioned previously, my Glock 18C chrono’d at about 235fps at the highest, the average being around 230. Not very much you may think, when you compare some gas blowback pistols reach 310fps and beyond, but believe me, fps is not everything as the range of this pistol proves.

I highly recommend that if you get the chance to try one, do so. You will be very impressed by the performance. If the realism factor is what governs your Airsoft purchases, then you won’t be happy with this, as it does not function anything like the real steel. But if like me, practicality and reliability are big factors, then you really should consider purchasing yourself one of these, you will NOT be disappointed in the slightest.

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Marui – MC51

Marui MC51 – Review.

The Heckler and Koch MC51 is certainly a very menacing looking fire-arm. I don’t whether its the aggressive looking flash eliminator, or the verymc51b.JPG (24785 bytes) capable looking 500 rnd box magazine – but this gun gleams with features to put fear into the enemy. Its like an MP5 but meaner… A true multi-purpose weapon that would be at home in CQB or Jungle warfare.

Styled on the popular and proven MP5 configuration, this gun has all of the usual refinements found in Airsoft’s favourite sub-machine gun. Yet almost Frankenstein in weaponry, it borrows some special elements from the Heckler and Koch G3 – and merges them into a picture perfect weapon.

I’m surprised that the MC51 is not as popular as I’d expect. I’ve never actually seen anybody at a Skirmish site brandishing one (maybe in 2001… but now, it’s quite popular), yet this gun is so functional – it’s hard to see why. The basic MP5 configuration works well because it’s compact size works well in CQB environment, yet it has adequate range for effective woodland warfare. This is made easier by the extending stock, which locks into place giving you a steadier aim for those well placed shots under pressure, or is easily retracted when working in confined spaces. The barrel length is well thought out to provide you with plenty of range and accuracy for either task, and backed up nicely with a 200 round magazine.

mc51g.JPG (27688 bytes)The MC51 has adopted all of these tried and tested features, but included some of its own. The most attractive for the Airsoft Skirmisher must be the use of the G3’s 500 round magazine, which offers plenty of fire-support in the heat of battle. Also, unlike the 1st generation MP5 of which so many exist (I own one myself…) the MC51 utilises the EG700 offering you a fast and reliable rate of fire, with efficient battery consumption. The folding stock on this model is far sturdier, and shoulders nicely – its solid steel construction adding more weight to this nicely balanced model.

The general construction quality is very good. I can certainly see that this gun makes an ideal candidate for skirmishers, as it’s very robust in all areas. The magazine doesn’t suffer the MP5’s “wobble”, and as its also shorter, makes it easier to fire from the shoulder when lying down.

There are a lot of metal parts on this gun, making the weight a very comfortable 2.5kg, not heavy enough to wear you down after a day’s skirmishing, although you’d be well advised to fit a sling to this. As it’s a nice compact little weapon, the ability to strap it to your back becomes quite useful, especially when completing a difficult manoeuvre, or navigating rough terrain. This gun is able to accept the majority of the H&Kmc51d.JPG (27293 bytes) range of accessories, including the scope mount, front fore grip, laser sights and torches. I’m not sure on the availability of a magazine clamp for the G3 mag, this may be a useful addition. The usual upgrades are available, such as the introduction of a M90/100 spring, Alloy piston head etc… Anything that you’d normally add to increase the performance of an already excellent weapon.

There is only one disappointing feature on this gun which I don’t agree with, and prefer the MP5 for. And that is the fire selector switch. On the MC51, they have chosen to take a right-handed only approach, making this gun slightly difficult to use for “lefties”. Although the grip is far better, and now incorporates finger groves as found on the G3, I still feel a double-sided selector switch should have been used. However, this is not Marui’s fault – after all, they are replicating the “real steel”, and that’s how you’d find it – should you ever get the chance to handle a G3. Those of you who are technically minded, who really objected to this configuration may be able to swap the selector switch for an MP5 one, as on the right hand side, it looks like one could be installed with ease. Anybody who’s ever tried such a thing, let us know if it’s possible and how easy it was.

mc51c.JPG (28206 bytes)Unlike the G3 and the G3/SG1, the MC51 uses a mini, 8.4v 600mah pack, exactly like the MP5. There is of course the option to fit the custom “Navy” handgrip, which enables you to use a larger battery pack, plus having the tactical light installed. From first glance, it appears that its not possible to fit the “Navy” A4 stock to the MC51, which is also a custom part for the MP5. Pity, as this would accommodate a large battery in the stock, however it would be a shame to remove the very functional and sturdy folding stock which Marui have included. (edit, there is now a solid stock attachment for this gun which allows use of a larger battery, my MC51 is fitted with one)

Possibly the best feature on this weapon, which is very well thought out, and included on the G3, is the hop-up facility. Instead of having to remove parts, or fiddle with a pathetically small lever, you simply pull the cocking handle back, and this opens up the ejection port. Not only does this look very realistic, but inside the ejection port is a small thumbwheel which adjusts the hop-up with ease. Excellent work there Marui! It makes fine-tuning, and minute adjustments very easy, as you can lock back the cocking handle, giving you easy instant access to the hop-up wheel. I found that out of the box, the gun required just a slight amount of hop up adding, possibly due to the BB’s I was using, which weren’t Marui, yet Excel – which I think are an excellent substitute, if not better – and certainly cheaper! (with the added bonus they are biodegradable, with about a 5yr life cycle).mc51k.JPG (30613 bytes)

The MC51 incorporates a slightly longer barrel than the MP5, so this increases its range and accuracy. That all important second figure is also achieved by the excellent “peep” sights installed. At setting 1, which I believe is for 10m, there is a notch in the top, then for the further 3 settings the peep hole method is used. These sights are fully adjustable and of metal construction. I found the G3 to be very consistent in terms of accuracy and power, and once the hop-up has been adjusted as desired it stays there with no tendency to drift. Another function of the MC51, which has been noted unreliable on the MP5 range of guns, is the select fire assembly. The MP5 often faults when selecting semi from automatic fire, the G3 didn’t show any signs of this, but I believe this problem to be down to carbon deposits inside the gun, from the motor’s brushes. Maybe as the MC51 is worn in, a similar problem will develop – only time will tell.

mc51a.JPG (28967 bytes)I really must invest in a Chronograph at some stage to fully test these gun’s capabilities. But from the initial tests it seems the gun is slightly more powerful than the MP5. Obviously the rate of fire is noticeable, as my 1st edition MP5 carries the EG560 motor, as opposed to the MC’s 700. The range however is equal to any other AEG that I have handled, so the smaller barrel (than lets say, an M16) does not pose any problems.

My conclusion is as follows. Having an MP5 to closely examine against, and compare those all important figures. I think that Skirmishers who play in all environments would be better off purchasing the MC51. It has the capabilities for long range battle in the woodland scenarios, yet the compact features to perform well in an Urban/CQB situation. The compact size of the G3 500 round magazine allows you to lay down easily and take accurate shots, which is a very useful element during a Skirmish. Whereas the standard 200rnd magazine on the MP5 makes it slightly more difficult. The accuracy and range between the two? – the differences are marginal. The only differences are that of personal preference and aesthetic value, however the beefy 500rnd magazine is certainly put to good use. And the stock is definitely more secure on the MC. There are more accessories available for the MP5, due to is popularity among the Airsofting community, and upgrade parts such as tighter barrels etc, are easier to get hold of. But the MC51 out of the box, is a very capable weapon in anybody’s hands.

A good buy, and well worth a look at if you’re considering getting an SMG for your primary weapon.

 

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Mabull Airsoft Chronograph Version 2

Madbull AirsoftChronograph Version 2

Last year saw the release of the version 2 chronograph from Madbull Airsoft. When released 12 months earlier, the first version of this recieved very posative reviews. So how could Madbull Airsoft improve upon what was already seen as one of the best chronographs on the market. Well thanks to Madbull who have supplied dEFCON Airsoft with one of these new models we now have the chance to find out.

So what’s in the box?

Initial impressions when the chronograph turned up were one of surprise at the size of the box, while we have previously seen and used small chronographs like the Combro CB-625, we were expecting something more along the size of the kind of chronographs seen at airsoft sites.

Supplied in the box you find

Chronograph itself
User manual
USB lead
Aaluminium funnel

 

The Chronograph

The version 1 chronograph housing was made from 6061T6 aircraft aluminum 2mm thick with an anodized blue finish. While the materials used are still the same the finish is now a dark grey and look much better but does show up marks like fingerprints very easily.

The physical dimentions of the chronograph 125x55x50 mm and weighs in at 0.4g. This chronograph is small enught to fit into kit bag, utility pouch and with the funnel removed it can also fit into a double M4/M16 magazine pouch. The chronograph is a shoot through design with the aluminium funnel screwing into the hole (shooting gate) on the unit, this ensures that you do not miss the hole a you can simply put the front of your AEG barrell into the funnel. Also on the front of the unit is a 4 digit LED display to present the readout.

As with the previous version, the left hand side of the unit is the battery cover with the power and mode buttons. New to this version are the power indicator and USB socket fitted onto the right hand side.

On the bottom of the unit, Madbull have wisely kept the tripod mount.

Features

Many of the features available on the original chronograph are still available, these include an internal light source so that you can use it during the day or at night time. The chronograph can also measure velocity in FPS or MPS, as well as measure the rate of fiire Balls per second BPS/BPM. Additionally the auto shut down feature has been retained so that it powers down the unit after 120 seconds to preserve battery life.

One feature that has been improved following user feedback is the amount of pre-set B.B. weight v.s. energy (Joule) options. The table below shows how has been improved to allow testing to be done with far more BB’s weights than you were previously able to with the original version, while the video demonstrates how to select the different BB weight setings.

Pre-set B.B. weight v.s. energy (Joule)
Version 1
Version 2
0.20g
0.20g
0.23g
0.21g
0.25g
0.22g
0.30g
0.23g
0.33g
0.24g
0.43g
0.25g
0.89g
0.26g
0.27g
0.28g
0.29g
0.30g
0.31g
0.32g
0.33g
0.43g
0.89g

Battery

One of the new features that have been included on the version 2 unit, is the power indicator. When blinking this indicates a low battery, this can be handy as sometimes low power could possibly give inaccurate readings.

Another really useful new feature is the support to recharge NI-MH rechargable battries. Previously if you needed to replace / rechage the batteries, you would have to unscrew the four screws on the battery cover (left hand side). While you still need to do this to access the battery compartment, if you now use rechargable batteries you no longer need to remove the batteries to rechage them. Instead you can now plug the supplied USB lead into the socket on the unit and then plug in the other end to a USB port on a computer.

Madbull do not supply the chronograph with any batteries. while some people may think that with relatively cheap prices at least non rechargable batteries should be included, we feel this is the right desision. Firstly if fitted at the factory with non rechagable batteries the end user may by mistake attempt to recharge these using the USB lead, this could result in damage to the unit or even an explosion. Secondly I have in the past seen some very cheep and nasty batteries, and prefer to instead purchase a good brand for all my equipment.

One thing that should be noted is that when charging the power indicator does light up, however it will not indicate when the charge cycle is complete.

Usage

Usage of the chronograph is very straight forward. The supplied instructions are on one sheet of A5 paper, while basic it does cover all aspects of usage. Whiich include how to do single shot readings, and how to do automatic (BPS/BPM) readings.

To take a reading, switch on the chronograph and place your AEG barrel inside the funnel, then fire a single shot through the shooting gate. Once a reading has been taken you can press the mode button to display the reults you require for the type of BB you have used.

Results available are:

  1. FPS – This is the defalt reading
  2. NPS – Meters per second
  3. BPS – Balls per second
  4. BPN – Balls per minute

The remaining settings let you display the reading for different weights off BB.

The below video demonstrates a reading being taken, and the results available.

Although the test shown here were done uing an Airsoft AEG, due to the shooting gate size this chronograph can also be used to measure FPS for paint ball guns.

Conclusion

With its rugged construction, and the ability to mount it on a tripod this chronograph is ideally suited to either an airsoft or paintball skirmish site. Other features like the measurement of rate of fire means the this would also apeal to people who like to tinker with their AEG’s and check its performance all round.

A feature we do like is the ability to use this in the dark. While the obvious thought is that this is ideal for testing AEG’s at a night games, cloudy days will not affect the Madbull chronograph(s).

The ability to rechage the batteries without having to open up the unit is a great idea, however it would be nice to have more functionality with the USB connnection like recording statistics on a computer, perhaps this could be included on a pro model?

While the version 2 chronograph is is an improvement over the orginal model, you can’t go wrong with either of these.