"This gun is a solid and reasonably affordable pick for any player who likes the Dragov SVD. I absolutely love the style and was quite saddened by the large price tag of the other leading brand (*cough real sword cough*). However, the Matrix A&K SVD bridged this price gap nicely. $229 is a good price for such a well-performing and rather uncommon rifle. There are several spring SVD's on the market, but I was looking for a semi-auto sniper as my field isn't fit for spring rifle play. I haven't fielded this gun as much as I would have liked to but I'm comfortable giving an initial review after a few weeks of play and several months of ownership.
The overall build of the rifle is quite impressive. The metal is of good quality, though it scratches easily. Not a huge problem, but if you like your guns "factory new" (:D) you may not want to field the rifle. I haven't really gotten at the wiring or gearbox yet simply because I haven't needed to. The stock components are extremely high quality and I have little to complain about. The wood furniture is acceptable, but mine wasn't as high quality as I feel it should have been. The ridges were especially splintery and tended to peel off. Weight-wise the wood furniture is very light, almost as light as plywood (to my dismay). I would gladly take extra weight for more security as I live in constant fear of snapping the front piece. Overall the rifle was very well put together with no major complaints.
This rifle performs like a beast! I use .32's and still get a good 360-380 fps. With the right adjustments and a basic 3x zoom scope I can accurately hit targets at 200 ft. With a bipod, high ground, and the right compensation I can manage shots up to 250 ft! You will easily out range almost all AEG's and many other DMR's/snipers. Semi-auto is of course your only method of firing, and let me tell you, you have a HUGE advantage over every spring sniper. More bb's down range= better chance of survival. Even if you're a sneaky sniper, you'll often get into situations where you need to fire more than once every 2-3 seconds. The only complaint I have so far is the slight trigger delay. I've heard that this can be remedied by an 11.1v lipo (which the SVD can supposedly run stock) although I have yet to confirm this. You'll learn to play around the delay, often half squeezing the trigger to ready a quick shot. Other than that, no complaints!
In no particular order, the pros and cons:
-Very accurate, tight groupings
-Good range, 200 ft. easily, 250+ max
-Good build quality
-Amazing stock parts, high fps right out of the box
-Unique! Very few people have this rifle, and as everyone knows half of airsoft is showing off your guns :D
-Very intimidating. No one wants to be on the team opposite to the guy with the giant semi-auto SVD and ghillie suit
-Very heavy. I'm decently sized 18 year old guy and this even gets tiring after a few hours. Try staying scoped in on a corner for more than 30 seconds while standing. Not so easy. On the bright side, you're getting a free workout. If you're under 16 I would really not recommend it at all. Pro tip, get a sling. I use a two point
-Very long. Great for range mind you, but not for travel. Don't even try to clear a building with this sucker, let your team do that kind of stuff. The best way to manage buildings is to sling it over your shoulder and go in with a sidearm
-Metal scratching/wood quality. Not that big of a deal. However the safety weirdly scratches the metal it's adjacent to, if you don't want a scratch there, consider filing down the back of the safety. I'm too lazy to take it apart
-Tight battery compartment. Very little space at all, the battery is always a chore. Only stick batteries will fit
-No scope included (duh). Apart from that I would highly recommend buying the scope mount platform for $16 and using a regular 3x scope instead of buying the pso-1 replica. Unless you're a collector I see no reason to buy that overpriced scope while you can get a decent one for $30.
-Lack of aftermarket parts. Since the rifle is fairly unique, it may be difficult to find upgrade parts. Certainly more difficult than upgrading an M4
-Lastly, I had an infuriating time getting the battery compartment to open when I first unboxed the rifle. There's a little metal piece that holds the wood furniture in place near the barrel side of the gun that you have to push forward to open the battery compartment. I took a chisel and wd40 to that for a good half hour before I could make it open and lock without sticking. I heard of no one else with this problem so my best guess is that the metal was slightly warped. In the process I somehow broke or un-alligned the locking latch so that's wonderful. Apart from that issue I haven't had anymore major problems (I'm guessing no one else will have my issue).
In conclusion I can say that the Matrix A&K SVD is a unique, fun, and field ready sniper rifle. Although one can probably build a DMR with better performance for $229, the unique nature of the gun more than justifies the cost. If I have more to add to the review when I've gotten more field time and/or run into any major issues, I'll post a followup. Sorry for the long read but I hope it helped!
"So, I've had this gun for a few months now and been absolutely blown away with how effective this thing is in the field. Out of the box performance is everything I was looking for out of a DMR setup. Real wood and metal give it a good heavy feel backed up with a better look. My fps readings were about 430 with .20, 400 with .25, and 360 with .30's !!! Strap on that rail for any sight or optic you prefer. I personally went with an AIM reflex red dot and basically...if I can see it, I can hit it! On top of that the head turning I receive is pretty awesome, it really stands out.
Real wood & metal, sturdy design
Higher fps for range and accuracy with heavier bbs
Doesn't rob battery due to higher power
Adjustable front and rear sights
Just performs at a 5 star level for an out of the box DMR
Only had one issue after using first time, kept cutting off, just found loose connection with fuse. Resoldered connections and good to go.
A little heavy so after a full day kinda sore but I got used to it no problem
Absolutely no cons with this gun after several weekend and thousands of rounds through it!
A REAL MUST HAVE FOR ANY COLLECTION!!!
"The CYMA Dragunov that I Received was DOA. "Dead on Arrival"
After 3 Shots it Completely Stopped Working.
Especially Since, I Now Have 2 CYMA AK's and Plan on Getting More.
The Wood was Nothing Special, Overall Build Quality was Nice.
If you Looking for Get a Dragunov I Would Suggest Getting the REAL Sword Version!
Better Wood Quality, Better Build, Best Dragunov SVD on the Market!
The Price for this Gun is Kinda High for Being a CYMA, And Overall Quality.
With a Scope, Case, Extra Magazines I Was Well Over $500.
After my Gun was DOA, I Decided it Would be Best to Exchange for a Better Quality AEG.
I Went with a VFC HK 416 CQB.
Same Price as the CYMA SVD with Accessories!
I Appreciate EVIKE For Allowing Me to Return/Exchange for a Better Option!
I Really Wish the SVD Would've Worked Out, But I Would Rather Not Have Issues Down the Road.
So I Think my Exchange was The Right Decision.
The Only Reason I Don't Rate this Review 1 Star.
Is Because of EVIKE's OUTSTANDING Customer Service!
They Go Beyond Reason to Make Sure their Customers are Satisfied.
IM A Life Time Customer for This Reason!