ECHO 1 M28 Airsoft Sniper Rifle
The Echo 1 M28, is hands down one of the most robust Airsoft rifles i own. Combine its sturdy construction with reliable accuracy and performance and you have an effective sniping platform.
I purchased this rifle specifically because it is the Airsoft cousin of my Remington 700 SPS in .308 caliber http://www.remington.com/products/firearms/centerfire/model--
Besides the differences in ballistics performance, the build of the Echo 1 M28 is comparable to its real steel counterpart, given the fact that this is actually an Airsoft gun, and not a high powered rifle.
After getting the rifle, and assembling it, i ran into the same issues that most people in the Airsoft community have had, that being the feeding of the weapon. The problem stems from one simple feature.
The first design flaw with the M28 is the presence of two forward sling mounts. Ideally these are meant to be used to mount a Bi-pod on one, and a sling on the other, but this particular weapon does not have the proper spacing between the two studs to fit even a bi-pod, therefore the user has to remove one of the two mounts. I initially removed the mount closest to the muzzle, and mounted my bipod. The problem with feeding stems from this configuration.
Since the forward mount of the M28 mounts the outer barrel with the stock by clamping it to the stock frame, removing it allows the barrel to have a more realistic free float behavior. The magazine however, seats itself in the stock and if the Barrel itself is not closely married with the stock (i.e. the barrel being in a free float config.), then the feed catch on the magazine will not open, and the weapon fails to feed. SOLUTION: Simply mount the forward stud, and torque down the barrel to the stock in order for the magazine and feed trigger to meet. This will require you to remove the rear stud and nut from the stock.
After solving the feed issue, i moved directly to test firing and zeroing in the 4x scope i selected. Using .2 gram BB's proved difficult to zero, since the variable crosswinds affected the .2's trajectory. During a calm moment, we found the .2's to accurately fly with HOP UP to about 135-150 feet. Using the mil-dots on the scope we found that you could hit a target about 180 feet max, given a calm wind setting.
The .43 gram BB's from Madbulll turned the M28 into an entirely different weapon. Once the HOP UP was properly tweaked, we could but rounds down range in excess of 200 ft, with consistent accuracy. The performance with .43's in the M28 6.03mm barrel enabled us to consistently hit a torso sized target at 180 to 200 ft, in relatively turbulent wind conditions.
The HOP UP unit has a click increment adjustment, which after proper marking and calibration allows for the quick interchanging of .2's to .43's without losing the Scopes zero. I currently have it calibrated to switch between the two.
For its first game, I carried the M28, in all its heftiness for about 1 to 2 hours of play, scoring to kills including one head shot (sorry Matt) with .43's at about 90 feet away. I was aiming center mass, but the HOP UP pulled the BB up to his face. The way he spun around looked like a kill shot from a movie through the scope....Anyways, it performed marvelously in the snowy cold weather, with no feeding issues and plenty of game time to prove its well deserved status as a solid and reliable sniper rifle out of the box.
After the game, I completely disassembled the M28 into its main components and noticed an adjustable Sear and Trigger Weight mechanism built into the trigger group housing, almost identical to the R700's sear. So if you want to tweak the trigger pull on your weapon, then that option is available.
To Sum up:
Reliable Cycling (With feeding issues resolved)
Smooth Bolt Action
Solid and Robust Stock and Receiver Interface
Fully Adjustable Trigger
Consistent HOP UP Settings
Psychological Presence on the Field of Battle
Out of the box Feeding issues (Discussed above, A SOLUTION GIVEN)
Low Quality Bi-Pod
Low Quality Magazines (ECHO 1, you could do better)
Design Flaw in forward mounting studs (Too close of spacing to allow a Harris Bi-Pod to mount)
Flimsy safety Selector
Superfluous Hinged Floor Plate (Opens unexpectedly during game play)
In truth, this is my first Airsoft Sniper Rifle. I have been shopping around for sometime, but have been hesitant to take the plunge due to the inherent accuracy and performance issues associated with Airsoft sniping. It seemed that in order to find a highly accurate, powerful and solid rifle, it required lots of $$$. I bought this weapon on faith and confidence in the ECHO 1 reputation, having already bought several AEG's from their company. The ECHO 1 M28 is a purchase I am glad that I made, and would strongly recommend to anyone who is searching for a reasonably priced Airsoft Sniper Rifle that performs beyond its expectations.
Thank you for your time.
- Mr. Tucker (Virginia)
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]