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DE M57A APS2 Type96 Shadow Op Airsoft Bolt Action Sniper Rifle - Black (Package: Rifle)

27 Customer Reviews

by Kris O. on 11/10/2008
"This is the same exact gun as the UTG Type96. All the OEM factories (JG, Double Eagle, AGM...) are all going direct to USA now. Thats how you can get same exact guns for cheaper price. Evike still carry the UTG brand if you want to have that color box. The magazines are all compatible, same power, a lot of my friends had the UTG one, this one just got available.
by Evan S. on 10/11/2014
"Good Bolt Action for the price, definitely get the bipod with it. Upgrading the internals will definitely help it, as I was able to get it to shoot in about a 4 inch group at 65 feet (using .20s) So you could still easily hit a human sized target from 100-150 feet.

The odd thing is this is a different version that previous ones I have seen. Here are a few differences I noticed:

The outer barrel is not a screw in type, it locks in from the mag release.
The inner barrel is not tight inside of it, its held in place by the bolt assembly.
The spare mags I bought DO NOT FIT. I'll exchange or return them as I noticed they are too big to fit, and they are metal so they can't be shaven down without it look like poop.

Mine came with the hopup maxed so I had to fix it, it took me a while but this is what you have to do:

Separate the frame and barrel of the gun by the 2 screws by the trigger guard and further up the gun. Unscrew the two screws holding the barrel locked with the bolt assembly. Unscrew the mag catch / release. Remove the inner barrel from the outer barrel. To adjust the hopup, slide the hopup away from the outer end of the barrel to lower the hopup, for further towards it to raise it.

I couldn't find any instructions or guides on this and just lucked out by experimenting with it.

Good Shooting
Great Price
Good Scope and great bipod that you can get
I would upgrade the internals to increase accuracy and power (I plan to)
I got a slightly wider group that I wanted, but I'm using lighter BBs (.20) so I would atleast get .25 or .28
Spare mags I got did not fit

Would easily recommend this gun If the spare mags would fit.
by Samuel O. on 01/18/2014
"Great, solid sniper rifle!

- Nice, strong ABS Stock
- Range (Good at 100-150 Feet)
- Accuracy (.28 @ 65 Foot Target; 10/10)
- Spring is actually strong for a stock gun
- Hop-Up is easily adjustable and reachable with allen key
- Metal mag is spring loaded and feeds flawlessly
- SO easy to assemble/disassemble

- Hop-Up nub is a tad off centered, so some BB's will go left or right just a hair
- Plastic trigger box; if you plan on upgrading, buy the $30 Metal Trigger Box at least

Some things to know for the new people to airsoft and the confused!
- This is a SPRING rifle, no gas or batteries!
- Plastic trigger box
- ABS piston and spring guide
- If you spend the $60 on the UTG Full Metal tune-up kit and metal trigger box, this thing rocks!!!
- Works best with .25, .28, or .30 gram BB's. Any heavier and they'll fall to the ground too fast. The tune-up kit that I suggested allowed me to use .43 gram BB's with awesome range and accuracy! Highly recommended!

That is all! Happy Airsofting!

by Corey F. on 09/20/2010
"my friend bought this gun and we tried it out at an airsoft match and this one guy who only wore eye protection started rushing out and well i shot him but im guessin the air caught the pellet and moved cuz i was aiming for his torso and well it hit him in the mouth and chipped a tooth. that is pretty powerful, a bit too powerful...that is the only reason why i gave it a 4/5. it is still a great gun :D
by Patrick K. on 10/11/2009
"Great gun. Shoots very hard watch how close you shoot someone with this will make them bleed. Does anyone know the inner barell length for it though?
by Steve E. on 12/20/2008
"yea dude this sniper rifle is the bomb but u need to order the scope to go with it on eof mu friends bought one of these a little bit ago ive tried it out and it is awesome it is very accurate but u need to adjust the hop up to were u think it is......................this is not a joke this gun is awesome so to everyone whos thinking about buying this weapon but ur not sure read this get it and u will love .................................. P.S. it is also a lot better if you would also get the bipod but that is just my opinion
by Julian P. on 11/08/2008
"I have owned this gun before it was in stock on

Good FPS for a sniper
Decent Scope that can easily be adjusted
If you tap in the scope it can be very accurate.

Scope makes the gun very top heavy (keep that in mind when you set the gun down)
The bolt-action can easily be jammed (and I take good care of my gun/lub it)
Some bolts can become loose here and there.

Overall: Great gun for beginners to seasoned snipers looking for a new gun.
by William M. on 05/27/2014
"The DE M57 is a decent rifle in stock form, but be warned it is not 100% compatible with Well MB01/UTG Type 96 internal upgrades as advertised. Although very similar on initial glance, DE M57 uses some proprietary internals.

1. My DE M57 uses 45 degree sear vs 90 sear. Meaning if you upgrade piston/spring, you'll need to replace trigger box with 90 degree sear. Good idea to replace plastic trigger box with metal box and 90 degree sear anyway.

2. Hop up chamber and inner barrel are slightly different design. The inner barrel has bucking groove on bottom vs on top. Meaning DE M57 bucking is proprietary and different from stock Well/UTG bucking. Although hop up chamber looks very similar, but it is larger outside diameter. The hop up lever is also pinned in a different location. Aftermarket metal lever arm does not fit without drilling a new hole. Cylinder nozzle is larger diameter. If you plan to upgrade to Angel Custom or PDI chamber, you'll need to make modifications to fit. Good news is you can install a tightbore barrel designed for Well/UTG into the stock DE M57 chamber, but you have to use the stock UTG bucking.

3. Outer barrel is different design. Does not thread into receiver. It is clamped into place. The inside diameter is also larger, coinciding with larger diameter hop up chamber. Orange tip is pinned into place vs threaded.

4. My cocking indicator actually works correctly out of the box, unlike Well/UTG. Last round indicator needed modification to function properly, as does the Well/UTG.

I'm not saying the DE M57 is inferior to the Well/UTG in stock form, but internals are slightly different. Not sure why DE decided to change the Maruzen industry standard. If you plan to upgrade, I suggest sticking with tried and true Well MB01 or UTG Type 96 clones. You'll save some headaches when upgrading. I know from experience.
by Mars F. on 04/30/2014
"I got this rifle a few weeks back, and it operated fine. Its fabulously powerful, and amazingly accurate. I can pop cans with this from all the way across my property. (Which isn't very big, but its still surprising.) The gun comes packaged in two parts, which I like, and is also the reason I didn't give this thing a lower score. My gripes begin with the body of the gun, which is one of the two packaged parts. The internal workings, (trigger system, barrel, and hop-up.) all work fine. But the outer body of the gun is made of cheap plastic, which is probably how they got such nice internals into it for so cheap. The problem with this is that now, just four or so weeks after purchase, I've already had to ducktape the shell together to make sure the internals don't fall out, or get jammed in awkward positions. I'm understand and even disregard the fragility of the outer shell, were you able to buy replacements, but after looking it up on evike, there are none to be found. Now to go check other sites.

Powerful, good (but not great) quality internals
Great accuracy
Surprisingly powerful

Fragile, seemingly irreplaceable outer shell
No built in sights (All I want are pistol style sights, I mean c'mon. That's not that hard.)

This gun is great for target play and backyard fun, and would make a great gun for someone just getting into airsoft. I wouldn't recommend it for actual games though. Also, only buy if your okay with your gun being covered in ducktape. Basically, you get what you're paying for. No more, maybe a tiny bit less.
by Max G. on 12/01/2008
"I have heard that this gun is great but i have also heard that it is bad. people say its accurate and some say it sucks. Im on a team and i am lookin to buy a sniper and my price range is 100 to 200 dollars with scope. i was wonderin if i should buy this gun. i want an accurate and powerful gun that can shoot accuratly 150 to 250 ft (im proably gunna be usin .25s). if u think i could get a better gun please tell me. if u can message my xbox live gamertag (ULZx SN1P3RJOE) but if u cant and u have advice just reply to this comment. Dont tell me that i should get this gun cus it shoots accurately up to 100 ft cus that SUCKS. my M4 shoots farther than that. So please gimme some advice
by Nicholas K. on 11/09/2008
"which one is the best type96 for the cheaper ones its so confusing for me thanks
by Kainoa S. on 04/08/2017
"I've had this sniper for about a month now and it was doing great. Until last week it jammed. The bolt is stuck in an up position and I know exactly why it's doing that. I fixed it, and it did it again! So I give this 2 stars.