Item was supplied from Tokyo Model Company. Their communications were and seem to always be awesome; they understood my queries perfectly and shipped the item quickly. I remember last time I ordered a few small extra parts and they were thrown in the box and no extra postage costs charged for them.
The parcel was packaged in the rifles plain box. Usually they turn the lid inside out so the package looked like a plain box in case customs open the package, but in this case it was a plain box so no reversing the box back to normal this end was necessary. The box was wrapped in a good few layers of thick parcel paper which seems to be reinforced. Then to make sure all of that was secure there was a couple of layers of parcel tape around the parcel.
Postage on this item was straight forward and very competitive between all Hong Kong shops. I received the parcel within 3 days and for once UK customs took a very quick look at the rifle rather than holding onto it for a month and then releasing it in the same state it got to them in.
My first impressions of this rifle were that it looks absolutely fantastic, and the weight although heavy does not actually feel as heavy as my R85A1 is to hold. The rifle is 90% full metal with some parts being steel and others Alloy. The hand guard, pistol grip and stock are all fibre reinforced plastic.
I started to look deeper into the rifle and noticed a few things that for a new rifle I wouldn’t expect. One is being rust on the bullet tray. Another thing I noticed is this is the older version rifle without any trademarks. I’m not too happy about this at all as I was expecting the latest up to date version with full trademarks on the rifle.
Apart from those two issues, I have yet to find anything else that does not work.
Upon firing the rifle for the first time, I was surprised at how bad the range was and adjusting the hop did nothing at all. I quickly removed the barrel using the very nice quick release lever and found that the hop was not working at all.
This was located down to a faulty machined part in the hop unit. I run a drill bit though the hop nub hole to clean it up and make the hop nub press against the rubber and after that the rifle was able to fire a lot better range than before.
The rifle chrono’s in at approximately 380fps using 0.20g bb’s. As with all support rifles, its hard to fire just 1 bb at a time.
The Rate of fire using an 11.1v 1700MaH 20C battery was 950-1000RPM or about 16RPS
Due to the power I had to decrease the fps to a more 330fps limit.
After installing an M90 spring the power was:
The Rate of fire using an 11.1v 1700MaH 20C battery was 1450-1550 RPM or about 24RPS
At the same time of fitting the M90 spring I re-shimmed the gearbox and installed many upgrade parts including high speed motor and high speed gears with tappet plate delayer or otherwise known as a sector gear chip. This is the reason why the RPS has jumped up so much from the 1st test at 380fps.
If you remove the magazine from the pouch, you can change the box magazine from Continuous winding, Sound control and Off. This was accidentally found when inserting a battery and the motor for the box magazine starting whirring away continuously.
The construction of the rifle is very well thought out and put together. You have a quick spring change on the gearbox which is removed from the rifle in a matter of minutes. Barrel changes take a couple of minutes as long as you have a replacement hop and barrel assembly to go straight into the rifle in exchange. Otherwise it will add a few more minutes to your strip/rebuild to take the barrel out of the rifle, strip the hop and put it all back together.
A few things I would improve on are giving the magazine feed tube a larger nut so it don’t come undone as easy as it currently does, I would also make the mounting of the box magazine a little more easier as some game sites require magazines to be removed even if you can show the rifle has no battery attached. To do this you need to unscrew the feed tube, empty and catch up the excess rounds, and then unhook the box magazine off the rifle.
The rifle has taken a fair few knocks and whacks when running around the skirmish field and it has taken it well. I have let some new players use the rifle in a game and I know they did not treat the rifle as well as I do and it held up well. Before the upgrades I was finding that the rifle was firing okay but not great and you could hear the strain on the motor. I upgraded the rifle before there was a serious problem to be on the safe side. Now with all the upgrades in place the rifle is firing very quietly, smoothly and without any problems. The battery life is good too adding to more durability of not having to constantly change batteries which would in the long term cause problems with the connector as it was draining the battery that fast.
The rifle has been lent up against tree’s, fences and more and been knocked over, I have even fallen over running with the rifle and it hit the ground with a thud (so did I) and it with stood all that I could throw at it. It’s not made of the strongest steel but it can for sure take a heck of a lot of punishment.
I have to say that all in all it is a very nice rifle. Well constructed. The gearbox had to be re-shimmed on mine to stop it draining the battery but I also installed all the upgrades at the same time. I think at the bare minimum I would recommend shimming the gearbox (shim it slightly looser than a normal AEG as you want it to spin faster and the play will be so minimal no extra wear is going to happen. I have previously forgotten to properly shim a gearbox and at the next service it was perfectly fine.
Apart from the gearbox re-shim there was nothing to complain about. Okay maybe a bit of rust on a brand new rifle is not what I want to see but in a few weeks of playing it will be there and giving it the worn in look. Regular cleaning should keep on top of the rust going further but will also make it more worn look. It will be very easy to re-spray it back to looking like new. Take a sample part to your local paint supplies and as for a small tin of touch up pain in that colour. Usually takes a couple of minutes and you will have a near match and then you just either re-spray it all or just the parts that are rusted.
After the entire gearbox upgrades the rifle performs amazingly. Before it would give good range and accuracy but was draining a battery within about 20 – 100 rounds depending on if burst of a few rounds or full auto of a lot was done.
I have marked the rifle down on the construction due to the rust and the gearbox too tightly shimmed. I have marked it down on the fact the adjustable rate of fire bypass plug was broken. This was a simple fix by just bending the pin tabs out more to hook the plug body better.
I will say that with it being so heavy that getting a very strong sling or some decent muscles is important with this rifle. To get it to feel like the real steel rifle though you need to add some lead blocks and then you can truly see how strong you need to be to use one of these rifles.
Ammo capacity: 9/10
Functionality before upgrades: 6/10
Functionality when upgraded: 10/10
Originally posted 2014-06-13 14:00:38.