This gun is vicious in the best way possible. I've used it in three matches so far, and coupled with ample practice around the backyard, I can tell this is probably one of the best AEGs for under $200 period.
Performance wise, unbelievable. FPS is easily in the 400s and anything within 100 yards is within range. Bullet spread at 100ft with .25s is around 6"-8" with mild wind. Using it with the 8.4v battery it comes with is good, but if you pop a 9.6 into it, it turns the gun into a savage.
Aesthetics is a real plus with this gun as well. First off, my choice in this model versus the comparable CM048 was this one's blowback. Some see it only as a novel feature and waste of battery, but when you fire this gun having that bolt flying adds so much life to it. The feeling of the bolt kicking coupled with the firing sound is wonderful. From a distance especially you can tell this gun apart from others from the clink of the blowback running. The real wood is a very cool feature as well. I haven't experienced any cracking or damage from normal use. The body is a matte gunmetal grey and the wood has a semi glossy cherry-like finish.
I only have a few if very trivial complains regarding the gun. The fire selector lever on mine had become wobbliy after some use, but the fix was simple (take the plastic cover off of the joint and tighten the screw underneath). A drawback from having a full wood stock is that it's a challenge fitting batteries in there. A 9.6v barely fits in the stock, however I really can't see why you would want anything larger in it based on how well it does on 9.6. Visually this gun appears rather plain compared to some other AKs on the market that come with a 'weathered' look to them, but if looks really mattered to you I'm sure you could weather this gun to your specs.
Overall, this gun is amazing. Between this and the CM048 it really boils down to if you want the blowback feature or not, but in all honesty the blowback is such an incredible thing to have I would recommend going for this beast.
- Solid and robust construction
- Sturdy real wood stock/foregrip
- Unbelieveably cool blowback feature
- Powerful and accurate
- Pretty cheap compared to guns with similar performance
- Fire selector became loose; however was easy fix
- Battery compartment rather cramped
- Unweathered look might matter depending on your preference
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]