What I say is what I mean.You have to be one hardcore airsofter to really bring this gun to its full potential, and it has A LOT of potential. I busted my ass last summer to get my grubby hands on this thing, and as summer comes ever closer here in America, I'm dawning upon the day I bought this masterpiece one year ago. It is a masterpiece. It is no starters weapon. I live in a forest enviorment, and it makes for some pretty long range airsoft battles, this gun is the equivalent of a sniper rifle, I've picked off enemy snipers with this thing, from a good 100-150 meters away, with Iron Sights. That is impressive. It is real wood. Real Wood. The wood isn't the best quality, but I can't expect them to use oak on this thing, the wood looks beautiful with a thin coat of laquer. This is not a huge problem, but should be noted by the buyer, the top handgaurd (the little wooden piece infront of the rear sight) will most likely come loose. It is because the metal holding it down moves slightly itself, I'nm sure this can be resolved with a small amount of bench work, and some tightening, it would stay still, but I haven't gotten around to it. In the long run, the top handgaurd looseness probably wont effect your ability to dominate your enemy, unless of course you aim your gun like an idiot, in which case you probably shouldn't be on the airsoft field in the first place. Settling that, the interior (gear box, screws, fake rivets, ect.) is full metal, as is the exterior (do I need to explain?). Now, the hop up system is a different story. As is the "blowback" system. Yes I lied, not all of the internals are metal (But 90% of them are). The charging handle is metal, unforunately is made of some cheap sort of aluminum or tin, and for my standards, is a little brittle. DUe to my carelessness, within the first month of owning this beast, I set it up against a wall, is lost balance and landed on the floor, breaking off the charging handle. I kind of miss it to be honest. That is the exterior of the blow back system. The internals consist of two springs, one to rock the charging handle back in place, and one to keep a small lever from jostling about. This is a simple system, as it works off of the internal gears of the gear box, using their spinning motion to set a mechanism to rock a lever forward, pushing the charging handle backward, and then allowing the charging handle to resume its secondary position as a dust cover (God Bless You Mr. Kalashnikov). The system is simple, but its weakness is the amount of "quality" ABS plastic packed into some of the blow back pieces. The hop up system, well, that is pretty much all plastic, the lever is plastic, and sometimes will jostle itself out of place, but luckily, the place is jostles itself into is often the right place, if not, your out of luck. The lever moves an angled piece of plastic up and down in a little box above the barrel, and the chamber, and depending on how low of high this angled piece of plastic is, the bullet will got down or up, or comply perfectly with the laws of physics and go straight. The angled piece makes the BB spin, and the amount of accuracy of the BB compared to the level of the angled piece of placsit can be expressed by this equation: Low Piece of Angled Plastic (LPAP) = More Spin (MS) = BB Goes Up (BBGU), and High Piece of Angled Pastic (HPAP) = Less Spin (LP) = BB Goes Down (BBGD). Understand? Good. The point is, the hop up system is made out of plastic, resulting is an unreliable adjustment to accuracy. Now, for the gear box, I could bore you some more, as I just did, and if you've gotten this far through your jouney, I applaude you, but I wont. Short, Sweet, and To The Point! The gear box is (drum roll please) Full Metal. Thats right, Full Metal! Bushings and all. Now, the piston is not full metal (don't tell CYMA, or Airsoft Megastore I said this), but it is plastic. But plastic in this case is good. Plastic is more flexible torwards the strains that the piston endures, and maximum relaxation, and flexibility of the piston often means more air actually gets into the chamber, thus increasing the FPS, thus increasing the "I can seriously injure my friends, and not look like a complete dick" factor. I've been in the gear box several times, 3-4 times for parts upgrades (gears, springs, ect.) and once to replace a stripped gear (my pal was firing it, and a a wild BB appeared in the chamber, jamming the gun up, and stripping the gear (I blame Crosman)). It isn't easy to open the gearbox, and ot's a billion times harder to put it back together, although a lot easier compared to JG gearboxes, but suggestion: Don't look inside the gearbox if you don't know what you're doing, just trust me OK. That said, I'll go for something more interesting: cosmetics. A wise man once said "If form goes over function, the product is usless" which means, if you put more effort into the looks, rather than the actual goal the oblect is intended to complete, the product will end in disaster. CYMA, such an amazing company, they found the perfect blend of form, and function, then had the two make love. This is the baby. This gun looks beautiful, and powerful. CYMA touched up on authentic details like the "Full Russian" fire selector symbols. Yes, they are in Russian. Legit! The ramp sight in the back is an actual ramp site, It moves! The lever that holds the piston in on the real AK-47 is there too, and it moves! There is notching in the gas piston housing (again, on the real AK-47), and how could I forget, I'm looking at this thing right now. The barrel has heat divets. What the hell is a heat divet? Or heat ring, or whatever? A heat divet/ring/whatever is is system of circular rings around the barrel of the gun. When the gun is fires, heat of course developes in the barrel. The heat divets/rings/whatever disperse the heat, and keep the barrel from getting soft, and "melting away" which, of course is not good for the gun. This feature is commonly not seen on the AK-47. I own an old Norinco AK-47 (more of a 74 variant with the lip on the tip of the barrel) and it doesn't even have heat divets/ring/whatever. The fact that heat divets/rings/whatever are on this gun, an Airsoft Gun, is truely shocking, especially because good money was pain to machine lathe workers for there heat divets/rings/whatever, making them is not cheap by any means. The stock is wood, as expected, and is held on by a two pronged tounge (both bottom and top) the top tounge has 1 screw, and the bottom tounge has 2 screws, making for a tight, stable fit. The gun should come with a barrel cleaning rod, the cleaning rod on this gun is for cosmetic purposes only. It's too short for the barrel, and is a pain in the ass to take out / get back in. The sling hooks are solid. The one in the back seems a little flimst at first, is seems more like a wire, but it is made to highest quality, and has never failed me. The front sling hook is basically just a plate of metal with 2 holes drilled in it; one to latch onto the barrel, and one for a place to put your sling clip, keeping true to the Kalishnakov idea of "Keep It Simple".The trigger is metal, the trigger housing/ trigger gaurd is metal, the magazine catch, which is connected to the trigger gaurd/housing is metal, holding clips in securly. The top cover is metal, and so is the button that holds it in, which is screwed into the gearbox. The rivets are not real, but are cosmetic on the outside, and unknown to most people, the small pit on either side of the gun (just above the magazine) is an indicator of a milled reciever, unlike a stamped reciever which will wear down much faster, just a fun fact to know, and a piece that really adds to the beauty of this gun. The iron sights are just as you'd expect: hard to aim with, but you should get used to it, if not, consider a scope, which requires some machining, but is possible. I think that covers all of it, this thing is beautiful, powerful, and durable all in one. It is a is a call to be heard on the airsoft battlefield.
One last thing: This is not a real AK, you can't shit down the barrel, and call it clean, you have to care for this thing, I'm having electrical problems with this thing as we speak.
- Full Metal exterior (mostly interior)
- Real Wood
- V3 Gearbox is top notch
- Looks good
- Power, durability, beauty
- Loose top handgaurd
- Many plastic pieces in Hopup / Blow Back assembly
- Paint scratches easily (also a Pro if you want to look like a hardened veteran)
- Some screwes will come loose, tighten all screwes that are within immediate accses everytime you charge the battery
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]