||8.4V Large Type
||Semi & Full Auto
|Rounds per min.
||2750g (with battery)
||70 (std.), 150, 250 or 600
Allow me to start by sharing that the Tokyo Marui AK-47
Beta Spetsnaz is my first AEG and that this is also the
first article I've written. I won't get into any technical
details but I will let you know first hand what my first
impressions were as the proud owner of this great looking
replica, and once I get my battery from Hong Kong I will
submit information about field testing, accuracy and such.
With that said, I'd like to continue by saying that in
my humble opinion, the Spetsnaz is one of the prettiest
airsoft replicas. For a long time I had been searching for
my first Automatic Electric Gun and it wasn't until about
4 to 5 months that I finally decided to go for the AK-47
Beta Spetsnaz model.
Why go Russian?
I've always liked the AK rifle series and all of their variations.
Call it Hollywood, propaganda, or the little OPFOR in me...
I just think they're cool. I favor close quarters battle
scenarios and AK rifles are maybe too long for that. After
a lot of searching on the web I found out that the Tokyo
Marui AK line is one of the best and more reliable in the
airsoft market and so I ordered the short AK rifle variation
(the Spetsnaz) knowing that it would best fit my favorite
style of playing (CQB).
My first impression was
well... how can I explain it...
I can't find the right words for the feeling! My gun was
delivered to a friend's house a few hours from where I live
and so I was left waiting for two weeks until I could finally
head out, pick it up, and hold my new baby in my arms. He
sent me some pictures but since it's the same gun, I'd rather
post the ones from Marui at least until I take it out for
testing and I get a chance to shoot my own photos.
When I saw the box I said "Wow! This is huge!".
Then I pulled out the gun. It felt heavy and sturdy. I played
a bit selecting the available fire modes and I noticed the
plastic frame. I proceeded to cock the gun as I had seen
in an AK DVD that I own and I became ecstatic. The upper
receiver is metal and it sounds like the real thing.
Design-wise, the Spetsnaz has been very pleasing to my
eye since I got it and the more I see it, the more I like
it. It is also very sturdy and as compact as a submachine
gun can get. It was easy to wave around and do Matrix style
moves and it feels just like an extension to your arm.
Box & Contents
The box outside shows a picture of the replica, branding,
etc. Inside comes with everything you need standard. A cleaning
rod, AK series and AK-47 Beta users manual, a Tokyo Marui
catalog, a sight adjustment tool, 200 rounds of .25gr BBs,
a standard metal magazine, and of course the AEG.
The short standard magazine holds 70 rounds. I personally
liked the very compact magazine as it guarantees a perfect
fit in pretty much every imaginable vest pouch or even pockets
if you're "vest challenged". Furthermore I'm not
a big fan of hi-cap magazines since what I like the most
in airsoft is the feeling of realism. However, if you're
like Rambo, you'll be happy to know that you can use longer
hi-cap magazines as well. Another nice thing about this
gun is that despite its compact size, you can fit in a large
type battery, which will not only give you extended play,
but are easier to install and will keep the weight on the
stock as opposed to the front in most replicas with mini
type batteries. Front weight tires you faster and makes
it harder to aim.
After a few days waving the gun around I noticed the rear
sight started to get a little loose and needed some adjustments.
These AK sights are a little difficult to get used to, but
that's not a problem of Tokyo Marui, but of the AK design
itself, so it would be unfair to make that an issue. I will
get a red dot sight in a few months to help me with that.
More to come later...
As I mentioned before, I'm waiting to make a big order from
HK and the batteries will be in there. Once received, I
will update this review with field testing results. When
it's ready, it'll be mentioned by the administrator on the
homepage. See you then!
This review was brought to you
by Andreas Foteas.
January 15, 2006. Athens, Greece.