"At the time of me writing this, the SOB-II has been discontinued; however I feel that my review may be useful for someone looking to buy the gun second-hand.
I received this gun in a Box of Awesomeness a while ago, since then I've carried this gun through many skirmishes and it has served me well.
Although it may not be readily apparent, the base gun for the SOB-II is an MP5K. This means it can accept the wide variety of parts offered for the MP5K. I ended up swapping the stock for an endcap and the tri-rail assembly for a classic MP5K vertical grip.
The SOB-II comes with a bunch of unique aftermarket parts right out of the box:
- Folding M4-style adjustable stock
- Top rail that runs the entire length of the gun
- Tri-rail assembly in place of the standard vertical grip
- Custom charging handle
- Straight MP5 magazines (x2)
All these parts are high-quality, some of them like the tri-rail assembly and the M4 stock cannot be found anywhere else to my knowledge.
The externals of this gun are excellent, there is no wobble anywhere, even on the folding stock (which is usually the weakest point on most guns with this feature). A minor downside to this gun is that it lacks sights of any kind, however this is not a major issue since the extreme length of the top rail will accept almost any sight the user desires.
This gun is surprisingly heavy, which I think is pretty neat but it can take its toll on unprepared players, especially on all-day operations.
Performance-wise, this gun has excellent accuracy coupled with a ferocious rate of fire. Mine chrono'd at 450 FPS, but after a spring swap to bring the FPS down to 350 this gun becomes the ultimate CQB machine. I don't even think it needs a Li-Po battery since it achieves this performance with a common 9.6V Ni-Cd battery.
The Pros and Cons:
- Good quality externals
- Unique external mods
- High rate of fire
- Excellent accuracy
- No sights (just buy your favorite ones and slap them on)
- FPS too high for CQB (change the spring)
The SOB-II is an excellent and versatile gun with no problems that cannot be easily fixed. If you're looking for a killer CQB gun then this is for you!
"alright, sportsfans, time for the Engineer Review.
first of all, Echo1 installed the stock themselves. it was installed on a single point plate, and they just remounted the sling swivel, so you are technically getting a single point plate as well.
second, the stock is reversable. pull off the stock...stock, unscrew the bolt holding the end cap on, unscrew the inner screw, and pull it off. reinstall upside down, and reassemble, and the stock folds to the left instead of the right. super cool.
third, the mags (thats right, two of them) fit perfectly in double stack pistol mag carriers.
the buffer tube is military spec, not civilian, so if you want to install another M4 stock, make sure you get the right diameter.
fourth, there are downsides. the paint on the selector markings is easy to rub off, and the grip is about as slick as a gen one Glock pistol. get some grip tape.
The weight. everyone else commented on this, too. its a cast metal frame, not weights, so you can't remove anything to fix it. who cares? it is great!
The charging handle is locked into place when the battery is installed, and only used for ejecting said battery. No faux cycling for you!
flash hider is painted orange aluminum, and locked into place with a setscrew, and glued. I had to dremel it off.
selector is spongy, but improves when you tighten up the setscrews on it. I filed a notch into the pin, so the setscrew locked in better, and now the selector is so positive, it does PT every morning.
"First off let me say this thing is absolutely ridiculous in CQB! I went to a lot of CQB
Places and this gun performed amazingly and surprisingly accurate to such a short barrel. It's a great gun, but be warned, you'll be ripped after playing a few games.
Good fps for CQB
Very accurate for short barrel
Pretty much full metal.
Magazines are a little wobbly in maxwell but doesn't change performance