I ordered this after deciding that I wanted to be a support gunner and not some random rifleman running around like a headless chicken. You get a gun, a box mag, and a bypass plug (I'll get to that later). First thing I did was get a 5000 mah lipo battery, and wire the battery and gun to Deans.
The gun itself is about 46 inches in length, and probably weighs north of 20 pounds fully loaded. Carrying it around all day with no sling is doable, but you'll be bodybuilding in the field. The bipod tends to get in the way of holding the gun, so I simply unfastened it from the gun. That improved weight balance and ease of use dramatically. The box mag holds north of 4000 BBs, but the battery space in the slot provided in the mag is pretty small: My 5000 mah lipo goes in the BB area, which can impede feeding. Not a mark against the gun in any way, as I should have taken measurements. There's a pathetic fire rate adjustment MOSFET in what would be the gas tube... install the included bypass plug ASAP. I did so before I even fired this gun.
Mostly steel. The polymer furniture is pretty sturdy, and I see no need to replace it with real steel wood furniture, as that would be expensive and hard to source. There are no real issues with the externals. The barrel change handle is actually sturdy enough to support the weight of the gun, unlike those on the M60 and MK43. The mag locks in nicely and stays in place.
Nothing of real note... standard '249 gearbox. I got it re-shimmed and re-greased and it runs fine. There is one issue, though: This thing came shooting around 460 FPS. For a full-auto gun, that is grossly unsafe. That will also tear up your gearbox with the amount of ammo you'll be putting through this gun. Furthermore, most fields won't allow 460 unless you have a permanent semi-auto DMR or a bolt-action sniper rifle, so getting a spring downgrade is pretty high on the list of priorities. Most techs will charge 10-20 bucks for a spring change. Mine shoots around 300 now. The hop up unit is pretty good... I reach out to 200 feet with no problem.
It's a PKM... It weighs a ton and puts lots of ammo downrange. 4 stars because of the poor-quality MOSFET and shooting 460 out of the box.
- Decently accurate
- Very little potmetal (mostly steel externals)
- Needs little internal work out of the box
- Uses the '249-style brick gearbox, which is durable as heck
- Box mag feeds well, assuming you use the battery space
- Carry handle supports the weight of the gun
- Mag has GODLY capacity
- Barrel removal is easy, allowing for easier cleaning and troubleshooting
- Shoots 460 out of the box. That's extremely unsafe, and ASGI should post a disclaimer about this FULL-AUTO ONLY gun shooting 460.
- Weighs around 20-some pounds
- Included MOSFET was pretty janky
- If you use a large battery (which you kinda need), the battery space will be too small, meaning you'll need to put the battery in the BB space, causing some feeding hiccups.