"So, I was tossed between building my own rifle or ordering the Novristch sniper.
As you've probably assumed, yes, I bought the vsr-10, and have decided to build my own.
It was the best choice I've ever made! I ordered this rifle from evike and in 3 days (4 with processing), I received it. The packaging job they did was pretty standard. No complaints there.
Now about the gun,
It is absolutely beautiful. If I hadn't set my eyes on upgrading it and bought the parts already, I would leave it stock. Everything from the smooth cocking, to the short trigger pull, to the gorgeous WORKING suppressor, is amazing. I took it out today to a field and used it for about 5 hours, putting about 250 rounds through it. I made consistent 60 ft confirmed kills and 2 100+ foot kills. One of them, I used google maps, I don't know how accurate their measurements are, BUT it came out to be 108 feet. It floated for about 2 seconds and then smack the guy in the torso.
For the record, I used 28's. I could probably use .25's for more range...
Well, I like pros and cons, so here is one.
Tokyo Marui Magic.
Groupings are tight with .28s
With hop up turned a few clicks below max, You can hit anything you set your crosshairs on under 80ft. (.28s)
Max range probably over 150 ft?
Smooth bolt pull
Sling mounts are noisy (I took mine off. It was super easy.)
"This is my favorite gun. When people say it is pinpoint accurate, they are not exaggerating. With .25g bbs and a decent scope, your shot goes where you aim it. Out of the box, this shoots 315 fps with .20g bbs, but the low fps doesn't reduce the accuracy. People have told me Tokyo Marui hop-ups are amazing, and I was not disappointed. Without modding the gun at all, you can tune the hop up to make .25g bbs fly with very little arcing. This means you can shoot long range without having to aim way above the target. This alone makes it incredibly satisfying to shoot. I have also tried shooting it with .20g bbs, but they have a noticeable arc to them that .25g bbs just don't have.
The gun feels great. I like how it sits on my shoulder, the grip is simple and feels great, and the front is just the right size for my hand. Everything just naturally wants to go where it is supposed to, making it easy to make snap shots. The bolt is pretty easy to pull, and the gun is VERY quiet. If someone is not listening for it, they will probably miss it. The mock suppressor it comes with is easy to put on and take off, and doesn't affect your accuracy at all. This is a good looking gun. The entire setup is very sleek. I have gotten a lot of compliments about it and lots of people want to try shooting it. The mounting points for slings on this are fine. A lot of people don't seem to like them, but they do the job and don't get in the way.
I thought that the 30 round mags that come with this wouldn't be enough, but I rarely go through 2 whole mags in a 30 minute game. I usually go through one, and get a few shots from the second. Everything about this gun encourages and enables you to make every shot count.
Since this is a sniper rifle, I would suggest a good scope. The 3-9x40 scope in the "You may also need" section is the one shown in the picture. It works well, even if it has a couple things that annoy me, and looks great.
I only have two complaints, and they are very minor. The first is that the gun is borderline too long with the suppressor on. When I am holding it one handed to use a sidearm, I tend to tap the suppressor on the ground if I am not careful. This is when I am holding it by the grip and it is hanging down. I only hold it like that when I need to quick draw my sidearm with my left hand. I am only 5' 10 1/2", so a taller person might not have this problem.
The second issue is this gun is definitively NOT for left handed people. The bolt is designed to be pulled by the right hand, and that is supposed to be your trigger hand. I have tried shooting this left handed because I try to be ambidextrous, but I had to reach way back to pull the bolt, and the back of the bolt kept hitting my thumb. I had to move my hand to pull it back all the way. Keep in mind, this is unmodified. I don't know if you could modify it to be left handed, but I don't intend to since I am right handed anyway.
Hop-up is simply amazing. The bbs fly super straight and level, and the hop-up is easy to adjust.
The gun looks and feels great. It naturally moves to a good firing position.
A bit long with the suppressor on.
Right handed ONLY.
If you plan on being a dedicated sniper, this gun is well worth the cost.