Having written and earlier one in which I pointed out all of the bad sides to this gun are still outweighed by the good things; I must now revise that. Took the gun out to try some new BBs and on the second round the bolt was acting strange. Taking the gun apart I saw that the head of the gas piston snapped off. Best part of all, NO ONE sells a replacement piece for it, anywhere. Even though the neck of the piston is very thin and bound to break with standard use, NO ONE sells the part. So, I took it to a local machine shop and they said for a single piece to reproduce, it would cost $300. So, now I have a $190 paper weight. I will firmly say, DO NOT get this gun, it's going to end up breaking, no one makes parts, and it's too expensive to have new ones made.
"The gun is my favorite yet the biggest pain in the butt I have yet had. When it got to me it was in a nice case and came with it's plastic bayonet; though as others have stated you cannot mount the bayonet without removing the orange tip first. I pulled it out and it just felt so good in my hands, I'm a lover of classical firearms. It's very comfortable and natural to hold, unlike my airsoft AK 47s or the M4s I have used. I have owned a real M1891 model Mosin Nagant and it looked very close to the M91/30 model. I was first surprised to realize that it wasn't a plastic stock at all but was in fact a solid wood stock; big plus! Granted the wood that they use on airsoft guns is soft, so it scratches, and dents very easy, but still nicer than plastic. It helps to balance out the weight of the gun better. I had gotten a real Mosin Stock to transfer this into, now I don't have to, at least for now. This is where it goes bad. First the front sight slides side to side freely, this can be a good and bad thing. You can sight it in using the different sight positions and once it is where you want than tape it into place. Or just tape it center like I did. The upper barrel band lock was also odd, sticking way out. Yet it could not be depressed in more or else the barrel band would fall off, bummer. The door for the magazine is a neat idea but it doesn't want to stay closed. You have to keep compressing the metal tabs that hold it in and they only loosen up and just firing the gun can make the door swing open. I have had to hold it down with some electrical tape, not cool. I only wish that they would have found a better system to hold it closed. I went to test it and out of the box the fill valve leaked like crazy. Seeing that it leaked around the threads I placed a little Teflon tape around it and BAM no more leak!
Took it out to target practice and sight it in. Out of the box the range is unbelievable. It looked as if it was out ranging the in stock A&K SVD rifle; another big plus. Yet I was having issues with accuracy using .25 bbs so I upped it to ,30 and it mostly fixed the issue. It was shooting around 50-60 yards before it would curve left using .30 bbs. So, you will have to aim accordingly or use a heavier BB, like a .32, which might help a little. Though even with .30 it had a off target flier now and then. Then the fill valve took a total crap and fell apart, so the in stock valve is crap, got it! I was going to return it for a replacement but also wanted to field it for an upcoming weekend. So, I just ordered a new basic fill valve. Replaced the valve and it fit perfectly. The gun was now in perfect order except every once in a while it would double feed and 2 bbs would fly out.
Then we come to fielding it. It was very accurate, to a point. It has the range but not the ability to mount a scope. So you have to trail the BB with your eyes and see if it goes off course from your target before you cannot see it anymore, then adjust from there. I was still having issues with it double feeding now and then, and also a couple of times with no feeding, which was a real pain. It seems sometimes that the spring doesn't want to push those last rounds in. A few times the bolt locked up on me during the return cycle, which I had to fix by pulling the trigger to release the bolt. Yet it still worked the majority of the time, and was still very accurate. Which frankly is saying a lot for an in stock gun. Everyone on the field seemed to love it, unless I hit them with it. Even without a scope I was still able to suppress the other teams sniper. You just have to get used to adjusting the rear sight elevation bar to aim at longer distances.
Loading it takes some getting used to but it's not that bad. Mostly because with a gun like this you learn to carefully pick your targets instead of just mindlessly firing. Meaning during one 45 minute game, I only reloaded twice. Most times I only reloaded once. Though carrying a can of propane in a bag will take some getting used to. No doubt that a tightbore barrel will help with the curve issue but it will surely beef up the FPS, a good or bad thing depending on what you need. Beyond that there isn't much that needs upgrading on this unlike most sniper rifles. The only main difference is that it will take a lot more practice to get good at without using a scope for those longer distance shots. So, if you want to use this as a sniper then practice, practice, practice, that's what I plan on doing over the winter. The rate of fire is also good as I had no trouble taking down guys with AEG rifles, within AEG range, and firing at me. Because again you're depending on the accuracy, they're depending on the sheer number of rounds that one will hit you. It also takes a different type of play for this gun. If you're the type to run around and get into the thick of it all of the time, blazing away at anything that moves with dozens of rounds, than this probably isn't the gun for you. If you want to play the role of the sniper or a hunter, stalking around, looking for targets, and taking well aimed shots instead of just mindless directional firing, than this might be good for you. I would have given it five stars instead of four but there was too many annoying issues to start with. Though these issues are mostly minor, except for the fill valve, they are still annoying, and bring down the good of the gun. Plus the almost complete lack of spare parts available. Yet with 3D printing or machine shops, if something breaks I will just send it to a place to have a part remade of higher quality materials. With a little practice this will make an effective sniper rifle.
Easy pull bolt
Easy to use
Fill valve leaked, then fell apart
No ability to mount a scope without altering the gun
Magazine door will not stay shut
Sliding front sight
"This rifle is a very good weapon. It is not the most solidly constructed, with the barrel bands having some movement, the red string popping out of the bottom of the magazine and the bolt having MINIMAL play when locked. HOWEVER, every moving part works perfectly. I have fired thousands of rounds through it without too many malfunctions. It has an impressive though expected range and accuracy, I recommend using .30 gram bbs at the least! It goes up to 200 feet accurately, and up to at least 250 or 300 feet dependent on bb curve. Naturally, i only had .30s so if I tweaked the hop-up and bb weight, I might even see 275 feet of accuracy. I also use propane, which is also a big factor. I recommend this to any WWII enthusiast or anyone who wants a good point-shooting rifle.
No seams in the 'false" wood
2 charges per load of Propane
Removing the orange tip for the bayonet (you can paint the tip orange if you need to)