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S&T / Beta Project Full Steel WWII Sterling L2A1 Airsoft AEG Submachine Gun

8 Customer Reviews

by marc s. on 10/19/2018
"One of the reasons I started airsoft was to own guns I'd never be able to otherwise. This gun is one of them - it was the British upgrade to the crude unreliable Sten and the designers seemed to have done much more then correct the flaws in the original. The folding stock is well designed, the gun-in-a-pipe design works ergonomically and visually, and is one of the most compact submachine guns in existence. The British used a few in WW2, but not many, as it wasn't in mass production until after the war - and the gun was used by the British in their colonial wars in Aden, Suez conflict, the Mau Mau wars in Kenya, Northern Ireland, everywhere British troops were sent this gun went right along with them.

Anyway,. this gun does the original design justice. Materials and workmanship are first class, the tube is all metal and only the hand grip is plastic, but the gun is so solid you barely notice. With stock folded it is less then 2' long so fits almost anywhere. For such a short barrel the bb power is surprisingly strong, function on full and semi is also very smooth - although you run the mag empty in no time.
This is a great gun, well made and decently powerful, not to mention eye catching. Evike has it the cheapest I have seen anywhere, by a long way. If this were the only airsoft gun i owned i'd be fine with that.
PROS:
- eye catching appearance
- folding stock (although it's tricky to figure out and there are no instructions with it)
- compact and powerful for its size
- comes lipo ready (but no battery or charger
CONS
- No instructions or accessories come with it
- optics and drum mags are impossible
- tracer units or lights also not possible
- spare mags difficult, but not impossible to find
- goes through loaded mags with shocking speed
by Stephen M. on 09/14/2015
"Being a Brit, I had to have this gun, perfect for a Northern Ireland loadout. I've wanted a Sterling for ages and never thought it would be possible to fit an AEG inerds in the little pipe of a gun that the sterling is. So I was amazed when this arrived.

As an AEG it's great, although there's not much room for a battery, but a small Lipo worked fine. Performance is great out of the box and it even has select fire! Not just full auto! The hop works well but it a bit fiddly to get to.

As a replica, I am stunned. Full metal (and good metal not the normal rubbish, feels like proper steel). The stock folds out just like the real thing and is completely solid. This is one of the best replicas I've every come across, I'm not kidding. Perfect in every detail and with all that solid metal feels the right weight. I'm so impressed. This feels lovely just to hold let alone use.
by Tien N. on 03/08/2015
"update:

To all you who are on the fence of this gun...let me tell you a tale.

I fielded this gun at the LC Op New Horizon 03-07-2015. If you know the AO it is very challenging with triple canopy conditions this year. At first I started playing with an Echo 1 AK74 and it performed well but as with all AK's the magazine is very long so when in the prone during an ambush it is very hard to get lower to the ground. So after lunch I switched over to my L2A1... a huge advantage. As I mentioned in previous posts I changed out the stock spring with a Matrix M120 and achieved and average 311fps with Matrix .25 bio BB's. This gun performed beyond my wildest dreams. I was able to achieve multiple kills at distance through the thick brush as well as lay in the ambush in a fierce fire fight and get kills. I was concerned about the silver exposed faux bolt as it is not tactical but the color did not give away my position. My over all impression with this gun is very impressed with it's performance and abilities. It's not a DMR but even with a very short barrel I was able to outshoot M4's as well as AK's. If you're looking for that unique look with the ability to dominate at medium to close range get this gun w/plenty of spare mags, be sparing on the trigger and you'll kick ass!
by Tien N. on 01/05/2015
"Update to my earlier post on 12/02/2014:

This past weekend, 01/03/2014 I fielded both of my Sterlings at WarpedOps in Castaic, CA.

My first impression was the Action version magazine capacity really limits your play but makes you very much ammo aware. So trigger control is paramount when you use the Action Sterling. Battery life is not an issue as you can get larger mah batteries into this gun. You will need to get or modify the battery to a mini deans. I did have a catastrophic failure of my anti reversal gear so the gun when down during a fire fight. Outside of the equipment failure the Action Sterling performed great, just be very aware of how much ammo you actually have...very realistic.

The Matrix/Beta Sterling performed just as well but due to the higher magazine capacity you don't need to be as ammo concious. The battery life will just barley cover an entire day of play so I highly suggest you have at least one spare battery on hand.

Range on both guns for such a short barrel is impressive, about 50ft to 75ft using .20gr Matrix BB's. Heavier BB's can and will extend your range and accuracy as expected. Both guns where with stock springs and I plan to install a M115 in the Martix Sterling to up the FPS and range.

If you want to have more battery life then you'll need to install a PEQ box and change your Sterling into an E11 Emperial blaster but then your accuracy will go out the window and you'll shoot no better than a shot gun...;) lol
by Tien N. on 12/02/2014
"I just received both the Action and this version of the Sterling SMG. Here are my initial impressions:

Action:
Over all build is good but has no safety or semi setting full auto only. The PTW cylinder is easy to change out adjust the FPS for your needs. The hopup is of the sniper type so an allen key is a must to adjust. Mine has a feeding issue but if I apply a slight forward pressure as I fire it, no issues. As it is it is normal to hold the magwell/magazine as you fire it so pushing forward is a natural feeling. The magazines for the Action vers are very hard to come by and only hold 40rnds or so so trigger control and lots of magazines are needed, lol. The battery for the Action version can only be a 7.4 or 11.1 LiPo flat type with mini deans. The motor sounds like hell when fired but fine adjustment only helps a little bit. BTW, the battery compartment is in the front of the gun.

Matrix/Beta:
Unlike the Action the Beta is all black except the faux bolt and charging handle which are sliver. The battery compartment is in the rear and the only battery that will fit is a 7.4 LiPo for a PEQ box with small Tamiya. The next big difference is the folding stock. The Beta is harder to deploy but does not feel like sheet metal. The magazine well is very much curved and deeper. The magazines are the conventional mid cap type and hold about 100rnd whereas the Action looks to be like the MP5 PTW type in a Sterling magazine body and only holds about 40rnds. You'll also note the metal lip on the Matrix/Beta magazines extend beyond the body of the magazine so there is a very sharp edge at the front of the Matrix/Beta magazine. Feeding so far has been flawless unlike the Action version. The hopup adjustment is from the bottom and no tools are needed.

My over all impression of both are great all depends on if you can get magazines for the Action version as they are rare and twice as much as the Matrix/Beta version. So get one and if you're good with tools add a PEQ box to the top and rock like a Storm Trooper!
by rowan b. on 03/23/2015
"So, I'm a HUGE nerd, especially astronomy and science fiction, and I love Star Wars. Ever since I got into airsoft, I've wanted them to make this gun (an affordable, official version), because it is, of course the Stormtrooper/Clone Trooper blaster. So I was beyond thrilled when I found out Evike was going to be carrying this. I preordered, but the order didn't go through, so I had to re-order it. When I got it, the box was slightly damaged, but who cares, right?? When I took it out, I had a full-on Nerdgasm. Though after my initial excitement, I realized it was a bit beat up. The bolt has a huge black scratch on it, the aluminum inner butt piece is slightly rusted and there are a few nicks and scratches on the rest of the gun. Not that bad, but like it was a used gun. Needless to say, I'm planning on returning it for a new one, as this is the most money I've ever spent on an airsoft gun. HOWEVER, that is the ONLY problem I had!!! The gun itself is the best airsoft gun I've ever had/fired. From what I've shot, it out-performs my M16a3, AKs-74u, and SIG carbine. It's a bit heavy, but extremely realistic, and is very compact, but also has a great shoulder stock for braced-firing. Overall, it's the perfect weapon for annihilating Nazis, Aliens, Rebel Alliance soldiers, etc. haha. I highly recommend the gun!
by Christopher R. on 05/22/2018
"I’m gonna start off by saying, my sterling broke(sort of) as soon as I received it. I put the battery in, slapped a mag in and it immeadiately jammed. I thought it wasnt feeding so I pulled the mag out and put it back in and tried to shoot it again and that just made things worse. I have no idea how to field strip this thing, so unfortunately I tried to fix it myself, thus voiding the warranty. Ive yet to send it in for repairs so I havent gotten to play with it. Besides that, the metal body is so nice. The folding stock is freaking awesome and it just feels so right holding it. Mags are really cheap but dont fit in my smg pouches. They are a little wide. Accesing the battery is easy too, just need a small brick lipo. Once I send my sterling in for repair I will update with a new review.
by Angello R. on 12/28/2017
"Good SMG, I’d say the only problems with this gun are:
Small battery casing ( Fix would be to increase the guns length)
No scope or accessory rails
No hi cap magazine