The item was supplied by BO Manufacture in France, they are the European wholesaler that specialise in VFC products that are not covered by the HK licenses. BO Manufacture have a few hand built rifles to their name, one being their very lovely looking AK47 series. BO Manufacture have got a lower priced range under the BO Dynamics name.
Item was posted with FedEx from France, It took a few days only to arrive with no issues from customs. The FedEx staff member was very cheerful and helpful. Every time that I have dealings with FedEx there has been no issues with their service.
Packed in a very strong cardboard box, this was stapled shut with very heavy duty staples. All taped shut on top of this. It took me about 5 minutes to get into the box, I tried to get in nicely without destroying the box but I ended up ripping the box open to get inside.
Having seen and handled a fair few airsoft brands in my time as a reviewer and also playing the sport for many years I have seen some high quality rifles and some very low quality ones too. For their respective prices they usually get a good rating, but put an expensive rifle up against a low cost one then you can see the flaws very easily. Saying all that with regards to this rifle I would deem to be about middle of the range being about €250. When I picked the rifle up I thought this cannot be right, it felt like it was a €500/£450 rifle. It has a very nice feel to it, the only external metal part on it is the stock tube and sling mount. The Nylon fiber body has no creaks to it, there is no wobble and it just feels very well constructed. I was even impressed with the two tone blue as it is fairly dark so not overly over powering but it stands out enough to be VCRA compliant.
Having touched on the construction in the 1st impression section I thought it right that we continue this on a little further. The rifle is constructed by Lonex Technology and has been fully customised to BO Dynamics specifications.
Choice of materials seems good too, the Nylon fiber body is exactly that, Nylon Fiber. Some of these rifles that say they use a Nylon fiber body feel cheap and tacky. This rifle has very good texture to it, the rails meet the body perfectly. The receivers join together very well too. BO Dynamics are so confident in the construction of the Nylon fiber (polymer) body that it has a lifetime warranty on it.
I found a rattle with the rifle and this was stock to stock tube. Removing the stock and there was no rattle at all.
As we have the stock off we can take a look at the features here more. The stock will happily hold my Lipo stick battery or my Nimh mini nun-chuck or crane stock batteries. Moving to the stock tube the wiring comes up the bottom of the tube so the area where the recoil buffer sits in a real rifle is clear. This allows more space to fit your batteries in. If you can fit a lipo in here then you can change the stock to your liking.
Moving further down the stock tube they have fitted a double sided sling mount point as standard. This is lovely to see as it is an upgrade I tend to always go for on M4 style rifles. The stock tube is mounted firmly to the body with no play in it unless you very firmly give it a twist.
The body we have mentioned already, the engraved logos and markings on the body are really deep and smart. It’s not overpowering, if they had painted them white they would stick out and be just too overpowering, Left black they look smart, subtle and just fits nicely in with the whole rifle.
The front rail is coloured blue, on the tan version this is the part that gets coloured tan. Again this is nylon fiber and is very sturdy in its construction. It is a free float system and is fixed to the receiver sturdily. Supplied on the top of the rails are MBUS style flip up rear sight and a flip up front sight similar to LaRue flip up mounts.
The Magazine is a 30 round real cap magazine based on the Magpul MOE magazines.
Internal specifications listed on the site state that this rifle has an upgraded gearbox along with a 6.03mm Tight bore inner barrel.
Opening up the rifle you can see how the blow back system works along with the gearbox and Inner barrel.
The blow back system has a good recoil spring on the top of the gearbox allowing the fake bolt catch to return to the normal position with the maximum felt recoil from such a small moving part. In all honestly the recoil can be felt over any normal none blowback system. It’s nowhere near the recoil of specific recoil systems where the stock tube has a moving weight in it.
The barrel is a 6.03mm precision barrel and has a nice weight to it and feels good. Compared to some barrels I have felt this has a lot more going for it. Time will show how well it holds up on the accuracy side of things.
The rifle fires very nice, Rate of fire sounds about what I would expect from one of these rifles. I am not one of these people that like high ROF rifles and I am not keen on the sluggish firing rates that some rifles have.
The 11.1v Lipo works nicely in this, it does not over run or double fire on single shot. Mentioning single shot there is a very crisp trigger response allowing those fast double taps if needed. It feels in all honestly like this has an active braking mosfet installed in this.
Putting the rifle onto the chrono the first few shots read at 160-172 fps, after the first 5 or so shots cleared the power read at a lovely 320-330 fps. I used Blaster Devil 0.20g BB’s in this rifle when I chrono’d it, the hop was set for a good flat trajectory out to approx 45 – 50 meters.
Groupings are lovely on this, you can see the tight bore barrel at work, the dial hop over the older M4 style hop holds the setting perfectly and allows for good accuracy to be dialled in. Without putting this on a firing range with no wind you cannot get an accurate reading of grouping but firing this out to 40m groupings were coming in at about torso size with hardly any fliers.
This weapon is among my current favourites to use, the 30 round real cap magazines work lovely and keeping 8 magazines on my rig give me a good round count. Accuracy means i can place my shots over using a few more to get that kill.
Due to this I have found that this can be used nicely in a CQB environment, Woodland in the Assault role and even pushing to the Spotter role if you were to put on a magnifier with red dot or even a low magnification 4x scope such as an ACOG.
I have found that this is a nice all rounder for my playing styles.
All in all from this review you can probably tell that I really like this rifle. The name Lonex to me shouts high end upgrade parts. I knew they made rifles but having felt this I can say I am impressed. BO manufacture must have done their research well.
I give full respect to BO manufacture for choosing Lonex to make their rifles and on which upgrades to choose. I only hope to see what their full recoil version is like.
If you are new to airsoft then this would be a good choice once you have a defence against the VCR Act, if you have not got a defence but love the sport and are adamant you want a rifle then this in two tone would be a brilliant choice.
I hope that reading this review has made your mind up on if this rifle is for you. I will be recommending it to people that ask me about a good rifle to buy. It’s not £100 cheap but its reliable to last much longer than one of these rifles.
The only down side to this rifle is the accessories that this come with is minimal. No battery, charger or Manual. This is the reason I have given it a 2/10 for accessories.
External construction: 8/10
Internal construction: 8/10
Originally posted 2014-08-28 10:00:45.