For: *Discontinued*ARES Full Metal AW-338 Gas Powered Bolt Action Sniper Rifle Airsoft Gun (TAN/CNC Edition)Product Information:
This sniper rifle is no doubt the best sniper rifle out there that $500 will buy you. Solid CNC construction (however I did have to screw the barrel in tighter). Compatible with AEG barrels and hop-ups (barrel length 650mm). I am left-handed, so the gas bolt system is very easy for me to use (a spring bolt is difficult). One thing that you may have heard is that it only shoots about 430 fps. This is somewhat true. The way to fix this is to slightly unscrew the gas release valve so it creates a better seal with the bolt. After doing this, my rifle shoots about 490-510 fps; the most common reading being exactly 500.
It uses a proprietary scope mount and rings, so if you are looking for a scope to use with this, don't worry about whether or not it comes with rings. If you are looking to buy a Tanaka M700 AICS; I would highly recommend this gun instead. Unlike the Tanaka, this rifle has a folding stock, which makes it easier for storage. Also, this sniper is made for 134a OR green gas, whereas with the Tanaka you have to be careful when using green gas in hot weather.
extremely accurate out of the box ( I plan to put a precision barrel and hop up)
folding stock = easier storage
safer with green gas than Tanaka
working firing pin
gives 3 full mags with a charge of gas
~20 lbs. (feels heavier because it is so long)
had to fix fps problem