"WE M14 rifle
I bought this air soft rifle back about March of 2014. I saw one in an air soft store and nearly bought it right there. However I decided to do some internet checking first. It became obvious there were some things that would need upgrading even on a new rifle. The store one had been operated with no lubrication and was essentially worn out.
So I bought a new one. I actually carried the real one almost identical to the AS one. The weight and balance is astoundingly close. I outfitted mine with a 3-9 x 40 illuminated scope due to problems with my eye sight.
There is enough already written about the box and lack of instructions so I'm going to leave that as well as visual descriptions. It is very close to the RS so enjoy it for what it is.
This rifle is just so much fun to shoot. I've got well over 9000 rnds through so far.
Now this being a gas blow back rifle means there are lots of moving parts. Most of these are metal but die cast aluminum or zinc alloy. For the most part they hold up pretty well. I broke the bearing off the bolt cover so I now have several spares. Also broke the plastic nozzle guides...got lit up as a result. Haha. These were replaced with the RA-Tech aluminum ones. The stock nozzle broke so i got a couple stock ones and a couple 500 fps ones.
I saw there were a number of issues with the trigger assembly. In looking at it, lubrication and keeping the pins tight seemed to be a good fix. Eventually at about 6000 rnds the trigger assembly suffered a catastrophiuc failure. I was a little disappointed but I got about 2 1/2 times as many rnds as most out of the stock one so I just bit down hard on the bullet and bought the RA-Tech steel trigger assembly. This is the best improvement you can make so either pony up at the start or save for the day. You will destroy the stock trigger,no doubt. I thought I could beat it by carefully maintaining it but I had to give in. The steel trigger box is so smooth that it is hard to believe.
The rifle is very easy to take apart. There is a video for this.
Because I use the 500 fps nozzle I can only use semi auto at the fields I go to. It's easy to disable full auto by just removing the selector bar.
The full auto feature is cool but as on the RS we found that accuracy was golden and tactics were adjusted for this. Close in the M 4 and variants work pretty well. I will say that if you get hit by this rifle as I have it at 110 feet you will know it!! It hits hard and I can triple tap pretty well.
I also added the Ra-Tech 6.01 barrel and bucking. This puts accuracy out to well over 220 feet. Now it does take some tuning to do this but it's what makes GBBR fun. I shoot enough that I know the spread of bb's so I don't need to see them. I use green or tan bb most of the time so it is hard to spot me by bb path. It make a fearsome sound as it cycles so it carries a fear factor.
My final mod has been the R Hop. I'm still testing but it works well in this rifle.
As a side note mag gassing is usually caused by improper seating of the mag or over filling the mag.
Very realistic good looking
Great for milsim
Nice 'fear factor'
Very good range
Easy to work on
Great DM rifle
Handles well for a big rifle
Lots of good upgrades are available
Just plane fun to shoot
Possible to convert to HPA
This rifle is heavy, plus mags weigh 1 1/4 pounds each. Not for wimps.
You need a substantial pack to carry mags and extra ammo.
This rifle needs maintenance often but is easy to service.
Lots of spare parts are required
Steel trigger box required
This is not a cheap rifle to purchase or maintain
Not really a beginner rifle unless you have very good mechanical skills.
Requires a special mag speed loader. This is not really a con as the WE loader for this works well and is inexpensive.
Over all I'll give this rifle 4 1/2 stars or 9 out of 10. Mostly because of the trigger box expense and maintenance that could be fixed by better materials.
As a final note Evike is the place to get all the parts and accessories. I didn't get paid for that either...just a fact. "I bought this gun at the super store, been to the field twice with it and holy cow is this the best airsoft gun i have ever owned. Ive been playing for 8+ years and now getting out of the AEG's and into the GBBR's. My favorite rifle is the M14 (M1A) and i have the G&G v7 AEG. I decided to get away from my GBB G&G shorty M4 and go for a nice long range rifle. I knew about WE tech and the cheap materials they use to dub down the price of the guns but i couldnt pass up a GBB M14....i just couldnt. I bought it and fell in love. Many many videos i have seen have the gun sound like a high pitch kind of punch to it.....but no, this thing is terrifying to be on the other end, it makes such a vicious noise, its scary. Stock barrel, .20g, green gas.....388, not bad for out of the box. But i got the RA tech steel 540mm inner barrel, NOTE! If you are going to get the RA tech inner barrel, you HAVE to get the RA tech hop up bucking, the stock WE bucking is too big so your hop up unit cant slide back into the tube and back onto your gun. With the new inner barrel, shooting propane and .28g, its at around 380-390 fps, perfect for fields and perfect for being an effective DMR. I wish they made black .28g because you cant see them and to see the sudden surprise is priceless. So far so good, about 1000 rounds have been shot and not a single problem. THIS GUN IS NOT FOR BEGINNERS, i was having trouble understanding the break down process so i can take care of the gun properly, and for someone who is new to GBBR's or airsoft in general, it would've been a black abyss. Best part by a mile, more better than the price, price for mags and the nice accuracy is the......kick back. This thing has some pretty substantial kick back for a 12 lb rifle. I would have to say other people have said this thing is about the same kick as a .22 LR, but i say its more like a .9mm. All in all, this gun is pretty amazing, i love it. Im never going to buy another rifle ever again. But i must say to any new person to airsoft / GBBR's, this gun is NOT for you, unless you're the kinda person who takes it to a shop to get it fixed. "So, realistic wise, this gun is amazing. it looks, feels, and kicks like the real thing. But design wise, its terrible. When I first shot it, i was not impressed at all by the fps and range. It was horrible. But luckily i bought the nozzle upgrade, installed it, and it was extremely accurate and fast. Then, I encountered the gas problem. Every now anthen, gas would spew out and empty out of the magazine. This is extremely frustrating when you are trying to snipe or in a firefight. This problem seemed to sort itself out. Then, the trigger assembly nightmare. The trigger assembly makes the Ford Pinto look like a engineering marvel. The two-part trigger assembly literally tears itself in two when fired. It takes about 2000 rounds to get the full effect, but eventually you will not be firing this gun, UNLESS you buy the A.) whole RA Tech trigger assembly, or B.) buy the trigger box made from one piece of steel. Either way, its no cheap fix. But If you are willing to make some upgrades, this rifle will not let you down.
Pros: Extremely accurate weight and feel
Very accurate with nozzle upgrade
Plenty of upgrades
Nice kick to it.
All the problems can be fixed.
Cons: Runs out of ammo very quickly on Full. I suggest use semi only or buy mags.
Heavy. Its a pro and a con. This gun is not for small people.
Has slight gas problem. Keep the mags very clean and out of dirt.
The trigger assembly is horrible. Buy the RA Tech trigger assembly.
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