The item was supplied by BO Manufacture in France, they are the European wholesaler that stock VFC products which are to European specifications and which 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 which we have reviewed in some of our other reviews.
This statement is pretty much the same every time we here at Mad Mercs Airsoft use BO Manufacture to supply us items. The item was posted with FedEx from France, It was shipped out well packaged and it only took a few days only to arrive with no issues from customs wanting to examine it further as it was well described what the item was. Every time that I have dealings with FedEx there has been no issues with their service be that receiving or sending items myself.
The rifles box was packed in a very strong cardboard box, this was stapled shut with very heavy duty staples. The box was then taped shut on top of the staples to make sure the box was not coming open during transit. It took me a few minutes again to get into the box but I would rather this than a lost or damaged item, I didn’t mess around this time and just ended up ripping the box open to get inside.
We have not owned any VFC rifles in the past nor have we had the chance to review one which we are looking forward to having heard about VFC products from other people. We have handled a few at shows and seen them at skirmishes. We generally know that Vega Force Company (VFC) are a high end manufacture so we hope that our expectations are lived up to in this review.
VFC seems to make most of their products around the AR platform, this is one of those platforms but it’s different to most as we can explain from our first impression.
The rifle came in a nice strong box, with the rifle inside a plastic bag. This had kept the rifle lovely and clean from the factory. On the box and also a sticker on the rifle were CE markings, this means that all the wiring and metal work complies with CE laws.
Taking the rifle out of the bag I noticed that the weight of the rifle differed a lot from other full metal rifles that I have handled. The metalwork felt lovely but I was disappointed that there seemed a little creak to the receiver halves (but this creak was so microscopic that no one would really know it was there). The stock wobbles but all AR platforms seem to have a small amount of wobble in the stocks from what we have handled.
One of the biggest things we noticed was no forward assist, this is the difference that I was mentioning earlier and was one of the selling points mentioned by BO Manufacture on their website. One reason I was interested in reviewing this rifles as it was different to the Norm:
- SR635 Upper Receiver with no forward assist
Apart from the wobble and small creak between the receiver halves there is nothing else that does not live up to the name VFC on initial quick look over of the rifle.
I will start at the front of the rifle and move backwards. The Flash Hider is full metal, well machined and has external thread on it to accept as QD screw on suppressor. I will be looking at either getting the correct suppressor for this or changing the flash hider over to accept my KAC QD suppressor. I can see the internal barrel protruding slightly into the flash hider.
The Outer barrel again is metal and well machined. It is CQB length and just ends a fraction after the 8” Hand guard does. The Hand Guard is machined out of one piece of aluminium, small RIS rails are at the end and the rest is well contoured for your palm and fingers to grip. QD sling swivel mounts are near the back end of the Rail system on both sides. A flip up front site finishes of the front nicely. The Rail is a Knights Arnament URX III 8” rail.
Moving to the receiver halves, the creak I mentioned in the first impression is nothing to worry about, I heard it a few times but after cocking the fake bolt back and releasing it a few times, firing the rifle a few times and just generally holding the rifle I never heard it again. It might just have been things had expanded as it was a very hot day I first looked at this rifle.
The top receiver has no markings on apart from the T0 – T12 markings on the RIS section. The rear back up sight is simple and elegant in the same way. Again an all aluminium construction to the receiver. The missing forward assist gives this rifle a slim line sexy appeal to it. The lower receiver has lovely engraved MOD VR16 logo, cal 5.96mm and an Unique serial number, Looking at mine I would think mine is the 204 one in the series.
All the selectors, magazine releases and bolt catch work lovely and click in to place where needed.
On the back of the receiver is an ambidextrous sling plate, this is steel construction. The stock tube accepts my Lipo battery nicely but the stock does not. I would have to get a crane stock mini NiMh battery for the stock. I think if VFC just enlarged it slightly it would allow for a lot more flexibility in battery choices.
The Magazine is so light I thought it was not in my hand at one point, It is all aluminium shell which has a lovely finish to it, I however will be using midcaps with this rifle so the High cap 300rd magazine supplied will sit in the box unfortunately.
Opening up the rifle you find the 1 piece plastic hop unit which is very well constructed. No burrs or misaligned mouldings. It allows for better air seal and better consistency shot after shot. The Barrel is brass, highly polished and has lovely crowed ends to prevent fouling on the BB’s as they leave the barrel.
The Gearbox contains a clear blue polycarbonate piston, Vented cylinder for the correct barrel length which again allows better shot for shot consistencies as there is no over volume of the barrel when the piston is released.
Without stripping the gearbox down I cannot see the gears or motor but as it is all running nicely and does not look over greased at all I will wait until there is a failure and then update this accordingly.
Firing this rifle was a lovely experience, No blowback, no frills just shoots straight and true. The hop was already set for 0.20g to a decent range, where I usually shoot is between 30 – 45 m and it was accurate to both these distances. During the game I was reaching out to about 50m but it was hit or miss with accuracy at that range. For a CQB rifle it fairs up to woodland scenarios nicely.
Chrono readings came in at a lovely 340fps on average with a +/- of 10fps. For UK skirmish sites this is lovely. I reckon a 325fps is perfect for most UK sites if the hop and barrel combination perform as well as this one does.
The hop unit is the new Dial setup over the old M4/M16 setup. It allows for much finer adjustment which does not unwind or move during firing.
I have found that the magazine fed lovely but I only used this for a few games to test the rifle out and then switched back to my midcaps which fed nicely in this rifle.
My game play has changed again with this rifle, I used to have to put 5rd bursts down range to make sure I was getting my target but now I can double tap and be just as effective. If this rifle was supplied with a mosfet I could see myself never needing the Full auto mode at all.
As with the explanation in the firing write up, I have changed my play style from this. It is a formidable rifle for both CQB and woodland engagements.
For the way it is built, the light weight of the rifle and how maneuverable it is, I would happily use this as the only rifle I took to games. If it was not that I just like having a choice of rifles to use. Eventually I do find a favourite to use and this is out there amongst 3 AEG’s I like.
This rifle lived up to mine and the team’s expectations of VFC, high quality for the higher price over other brands. Some China models come close to the performance but not the feel of the rifle.
The rifle scores high in the ratings for most of them but the 4/10 rating for accessories is again due to lack of battery or charger which I would like to see more high end manufactures include. Affordability is lower than average but only because the initial outlay is high but the reliability is so far outweighing this as I have not had to mess with the rifle in any way.
I have used this rifle more times in a game than I usually would as I was getting good hits on targets and it brought a big smile to my face. I will be using this again next game day. It may get alternated to my other favourites that time but time will tell and its all down to the enjoyment.
If you like clean looking rifles on a familiar platform as the AR series then this is for you, If you like reliability then again this is for you. It is again down to personal preference but I can say that this gets a lot of looks during games as it is so smart.
External construction: 9/10
Internal construction: 9/10
Originally posted 2014-10-05 12:00:48.