"Absolutely love it! I've only had it about a week, so I don't have any long term insights. The build is very robust and the feel is spot on. It's a little different from the none PU model, as the loading device is identical to the Zetalabs instead of the King Arms, but the bolt functions the same as the King Arms in its short bolt design. With .35s I can make a man sized target out to about 150', so it's not exactly a tack driver, my VSR makes it out to about 300'. I doubt I'll replace my VSR with this, but it is fun. I intend to try out some heavier BBs (probably .43-.45) to see if I can coax a bit more accuracy/range out of it. The finish on the wood is VERY easily marked, I'm very tempted to get my hands on a real steel stock to mod the receiver into for a more authentic look/feel. The trades are cool, they correspond with the Izhevsk arsenal and mine is dated 1941. The serial is only stamped on the top of the receiver (round, so you can't pass it off as a pre 1936 model) and nowhere else, as it would be on a real steel model. The safety knob on the bolt is none functional, but honestly? I think I've turned it on once on my real model and just never bothered again (it's heavy and just sucks... if you have a mosin, you know). The biggest down side for me is that it is gas, it just isn't consistent enough in its power to make a decent sniper rifle, it's almost more of a novelty in some aspects and I know I can't use it in a game until the weather warms up (chicago-land).
The magazine on this thing is bonkers, though. You flip over the rifle, open the bottom of the magazine, pour some BBs into the channel and pull a string, pour some more in and pull a string, pour some more in pull the string again, close the bottom of the magazine, work the bolt, fire. The gas system involves a valve in the top of the bolt and lasts about 20 shots on average. Luckily, cool down only takes place if you're shoot AS FAST as you can.
I'd recommend it for anyone who is a Mosin enthusiast or looking to do a Russian sniper impression.
Pros: Feels JUST like my real steel PU sniper rifle
Accurate to boot within 100'
feels rugged and tough
SOLID hopup, simple bucking/screw setup. Works great.
inconsistent due to being gas
unusable in the winter due to being gas
magazine is a nightmare to load in the field (I assume, it's a nightmare to load in my house!!!!)
Get ready to carry a can of gas with you! About 20 shots per charge!
Not nearly long range enough for heavy sniper duty (think 250-300')
Short pull bolt, totally throws me off compared to the real steel
VERY thin finish on stock, might wear into looking cool, though
trades are lacking
"It is indeed a great rifle for WW2 Reenactors or for someone looking for something different or more classic. The real wood feels nice to hold and the weight makes you feel good when you swing your rifle around to take aim.
I dislike the internal magazine but I also understand that Mosins never HAD magazines and this was a simple cutaway for not manufacturing magazines. All parts are also proprietary (sad) but I do have a guy at my field who has a guy who will manufacture parts for him, so lucky me. The short stroke action is also very nice for follow up shots but takes away the glorious feel of racking the full bolt for the motherland.