This is my first actual owning of any airsoft gun, and I was very excited once I came home to a large box at my door. Packed neatly in styrofoam, it came with a small bag of BB's, an allen wrench, sight adjustment tool and the magazine (they now come with mid-caps). There was no manual, but it is available on the A&K website. This rifle is very easy to disassemble though.
It looks great - almost 100% metal, just the right weight, pulling back to chamber a BB feels awesome and is not as hard as many claim it to be. The plastic handguard rattled a little, but I simply super-glued it together and it feels much more solid now.
Test-fired right out of the box, mine only fired about 100 feet (at an estimated 200-250 fps - VERY low as per the claims made) and was very inaccurate. Taking it down, in the hop up assembly I noticed there was nothing in the hole where a silicone nub should have been. The grub screw pushes this nub into the bucking for the hop up. Quality control, much? After fashioning my own nub out of an appropriately-sized O-ring, properly cleaning and lubing everything, the gun fires MUCH more powerfully, straight and further, though I highly doubt it is 450 fps...no big deal. My only solid complaint now is how often it double-feeds. Hopefully a new bucking will alleviate this issue.
A side note: With this I purchased a Leapers QD AK scope mount which fits perfectly, and the Leapers 3-9x40 Stealth Rubber Armored Scope. They look great on it, but I think the scope sits a little too high or simply is overkill for this rifle. The sights have been adjusted to their limits and the BB barely even comes into the bottom of the scope's view. Some have suggested getting a shorter scope ring on the front, which I will try. I have also read from many that the real steel PSO scopes fit, though that can be quite pricey.
- Straight-forward assembly and easy to maintain.
- Looks and feels stupendous! I mean, it IS a Dragunov, after all.
- Perfect weight (not too light, not too heavy)
- Solid assembly
- Accurate and powerful
- Compatible with some AEG parts, making upgrading fairly easy (Though I see a normal AEG spring works with it, I have researched it very thoroughly and a better bet would be a PSG-1 length spring since they are long than most)
- Since it is a springer and has metal internals, it should be quite reliable, considering proper maintaining and care of your product, as with any other.
- Should it ever be rendered useless, I would most likely buy another and use the first for spare parts. Though had I the funds, I'd go for the Classic Army version.
- Before shipped out, quality control should have made sure all the parts were there - hop up parts in my case.
- Double feeds quite often.
- Trigger sear is starting to wear a bit and seems to be the only real weak point on the gun. Though I did find a rifle-specific replacement for it on another website. I have the link but I don't know if it is allowed to post that sort of thing here - google it and you should find it quite easily.
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]