- I really really enjoy this gun
Just the other day I received this gun from a friend. For the longest time I wanted to purchase an AK because my first AK (a CSI/JG AK Assailant) was misplaced, which you may find as silly if you know how big the gun is.
This gun is modeled off the AKS-74u which has made appearances in games such as Metal Gear Solid 2:Sons of Liberty and Call of Duty 4:Modern Warfare. The gun is set apart from the AK-47 by the way shots are chambered, fired, and the such, but as for looks (what you all may probably care for more, at least my friends do) the AKS-74u has a shorter front receiver with its distinct flash hider and side-folding stock.
Of course get the bad out of the way...CONS:
-Loud...Holy wow this thing is loud...and alot of the sound comes out of the barrel although you have the traditional sound coming form the gearbox. My primary is a CA AUGa2 with a King Arms Phantom Kit which has foam inserts to lower the muzzle blast sound...so this really caught me off guard. This can prolly be fixed by purchasing aftermarket parts...ideally the Angel silent piston head/cylinder head set, although I have no experience with said parts
-Plastic Foregrips and Pistolgrip...yes they are the only part on the gun not made of metal but wood would be nice...its understandable though because it keeps the cost down and this is me being nitpicky because I crave realism, even though the all black look gives it a tactical look which I also crave
-Hard to Unscrew Flash Hider...although understandable because unscrewing it shows some off some of the inner barrel, the flash hider has a lock which has to be held the whole time you unscrew or else you have to push it down to unlock after every counter-clockwise rotation
-Disassembly...Basically I have no idea how to disassemble the gun to take a look at the internals since I'm naturally curious. Not an issue for some since the gun is already pre-upgraded
-Stationary rear sight...cannot be adjusted like most AK rear sights, but its not needed really for this in my opinion...Im just nitpicking
-Wiring(?)...Could just be my gun but my semi-auto doesnt always work. When I pull the trigger I get the sound as if my battery is out of juice, but a switch to auto mode and I'm back in business...If a widespread problem its ok because I understand Echo1 is still a sorta new company and Classic Army had the same problems when they first started
And of course the good...PROS:
-Loud...yes yes it was also a con but its just so intimidating sounding. When you fire it, you just hear the sound of a metallic ring, and by metallic I really mean you can tell.
-Comes with everything needed to start off...Out of the box you see your cleaning rod, then the gun and the (stock high cap) magazine with the battery in its own little compartment, and then the charger, some bbs, and a front sight adjustment tool in a small box...this is how mine was set up
-Pre-Upgraded...Lets say you're like me and you have a friend that bought the almighty KWA Full Metal m4 Carbine and just doesnt shut up because his/her (yes, girls play airsoft) gun is pre-upgraded and is almighty. Although this gun isnt as almighty, it is still pre-upgraded, and shoots even harder for a fraction of the price
-Comes with a black mag...this is another example of me being nitpicky. With most other airsoft companies, the ak74 will come with the orange/red magazine, which to me is a tactical 'no'
-Full metal...has very nice weight to it with the exact same metal content as the real steel...but if you read the dscription you already knew that
-Spring-loaded battery compartment door...You have no idea how many times my friends and I have has issues in the past putting back on the covers to the AK stick battery compartments...this is a nice touch that makes battery placement/removal so much easier
-Logos...some of you may not know this but Vector Arms is an actual company that makes real firearms...mainly semi-auto replicas but hey, it adds to the realism...kinda ironic that the semi-auto on my gun is screwy...but anyways Echo 1 is always good with making their trademarks look somewhat legit in my opinion
-Accuracy...after shooting a bit in my backyard I shot at the pipe that led down from the roof gutter. It was about a 30 ft shot and I hit the narrow pipe (prolly 3-4 inches wide). Thats a pretty nice range for close quarters. It hit the pipe to say the least if you didnt get that impression.
Personally I love this gun and if it werent for my Steyr AUG fanboyism, this gun would probably become my new primary. Personally I prefer the look of the gun with the short 250 highcap mags, but as I said many times in this review...I'm being nitpicky