Originally designed under the US Army's Objective Individual Combat Weapon (OICW) program; the XM8 was a part of a complete weapon system which was then later separated from the program to be a stand alone weapon. The XM8 was a weapons concept the US Army was hoping to replace the standard M4 / M16 weapons platforms for the standard infantry rifle in favor of a much more modular and lightweight space age design. The goal was for a cheaper, lighter, and easier to maintain all-in-one weapons platform that can be easily re-configured into multiple variations to fill various roles on the battlefield from a short barreled PDW to a bipod equipped support weapon.
SRC now makes one of the best XM8 AEG's on the market with their new gen.2 Tokyo Marui type Version 3 reinforced gearbox. The new generation gearbox features 8mm bushings, reinforced steel gears, and a metal hop-up chamber. The rifle's receiver, front, and rear assembly are all constructed out of high impact reinforced polymers to cut down on weight and the adjustable stock helps keep a compact profile. The rifle itself has completely ambidextrous controls to cater to both left and right handed shooters. A 1.5x scope is integrated to the rifles upper receiver and carrying handle with a set of flip up back up iron sights.
- High impact reinforced polymer construction
- Metal outer barrel
- Flip-up front and rear sights
- Working built-in magnifying scope
- Heavy weight with great realism and details
- Reinforced gen. 2 version 3 metal gearbox
- Steel gear sets
- Steel 8mm bushings
- SRC ultra-torque motor
- Ported piston head
- Metal hop-up unit
- Extra magazine included
470 Rounds. The SM8 use all Standard AEG G36 Series Airsoft magazines and drum mags. (Two Included).Battery:
Small Type. Battery & Charger Not Included.Muzzle Velocity:
330~380 FPS (0.20g BB)Rate of Fire
600 RDS/MFiring Mode:
Full Automatic, Semi Automatic and Safety.Hopup:
Yes. Full Metal / Adjustable.BB:
High Grade 0.20g, 0.23g, 0.25g. Use high grade bbs only like Matrix and Marui brand.Dimensions:
820mm x 300mmRange:
Marui Type Ver. III Gearbox (The SM8 use the same gearbox as the G36C Series and takes all G36 internal gearbox upgrade parts.) Metal bushing.Motor:
SRCThings you may need to get started:
Battery and Charger – Required to power your AEG; use a high quality battery and charger for best results.Spare Magazines – Stay in the fight longer by bringing more ammo with you.BBs – High quality precision 6mm BBs recommended; Use 0.20g – 0.25g BBs for best results.Silicone Oil – Basic cleaning and lubrication maintenance help keep your Airsoft AEG in top working order.
FPS Range: 330-380
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"I wish I had more good to say about this gun. First off, it looks great, it feels great (especially if you replace the scope with a little red dot), and it's really one of the only options out there if you want the fantastic fishgun.
Other than that, the flash hider came crooked, as was the front sight, but tilted in a different direction so it wasn't just the barrel being misaligned, and I have found no satisfactory way to fix it thus far. The bottom of the shell encasing the stock also splits because it is just smooth plastic pegs holding it in place, but you could fix it with superglue if you felt so inclined. If you don't, the stock will inevitably start collapsing on you at the slightest pressure because the force on it's latch system will push the shell apart. Just don't be a fool like me and leave the stock in when you glue it. Luckily I left it in my most comfortable position.
If you buy this, pray that the QC gods find you in their favor.
"My first AEG
-Accuracy - fairly accurate, hop-up is easy to adjust.
-Standard G36 internals - no proprietary nonsense.
-Weight - has some weight to it but is still good for CQB/Field.
-Comfortable - compared to an M4/G36/AK this gun takes the cake in ergonomics.
-ROF - with a good battery (9.6v 1600 mAh), this gun absolutely shreds on full and semi-auto.
-Looks - this guns absolutely beautiful especially with the included scope, nobody has this gun so it's a real eye-catcher, and your loadout looks better because you have the Ghost Recon 2 cover gun.
-Maneuverability - carbine length barrel makes it good for both field and CQB, stock and scope is easily removed to make a PDW style gun for CQB, easy to put it back on for field use, not a burden to leave on in CQB setting.
-Build- It's sturdy, it can take a tumble or two.
-Included high caps - broke immediately, wobbly, crappy feeding.
-Scope - it's hard to adjust and screws to take it off the rail space strip easily, great scope otherwise.
-Rail space - there isn't any! You can add it on but there are no rails included, it looks better without rails and attachments anyway.
-Sling mounts - they're awful, get used to using the carry handle and leaving it behind when you use a secondary
The pros far outweigh the cons here. All cons here in my opinion are minor and this gun is certainly a great buy!
"- SRC XM8 -
I got this gun because I needed to replace my G36C AEG and I needed a field gun. When I took it out of the box, the gun was comfortable, the metal scope that came with the gun was really neat but it took time to adjust. The body of the gun is pretty nice, metal cocking lever, abs plastic body, 6-position adjustable stock and the nice paint. (I got the Tan one) The metal hop up unit is awesome and it is easy to adjust. This gun is pretty heavy and I recommend buying a sling. I didn't like how the stock and the scope was kinda wobbly. First time I pulled the stock I made it come off but I attached it back with no problem. The flip up sights we're handy but I did not like how the rear sights were pretty small. The accuracy of the gun is not perfect but still does the job in range.
- Realistic weight
- Built in metal scope
- Paint Job
- Fire Rate
- Wobbly Stock
- Wobbly Scope
- Scope hard to adjust
- Rear Sights are bad
- Gigantic orange tip
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