Since joining the team and being assigned a specific role on the team, I came to the realization that I needed to change my weapon platform from a CQC type weapon to something with more range and that will pack more punch. After much research and evaluation of my wants and needs in a weapon system, I opted for the M-16 SPR MOD 0, a versatile variant of a rigorously tried and true weapon system.
A&K M16 SPR MOD 0
I originally ordered the D-Boys version from Evike for $175 USD, however, the gun ended up being on a back order from hell, so following the advice of my team mates I subsequently ordered the A&K version from Airsoft GI. The A&K listed for a little more at $218 but Airsoft GI offered free shipping on my order so I ultimately paid about the same as I would have from EVIKE. I placed my order with them on March 8th and got the gun on March 12th. Four days wasn’t bad compared to the two months I had waited for Evike and to be honest, I’m glad I switched.
WEAPON SPECS (as quoted by Airsoft GI, not all tested yet.)
Gearbox: Version 2
Accuracy: 120 feet
Muzzle Velocity: 400+ fps (the gun came with a slip of paper saying that they chronoed the gun at 410 before they shipped it.)
Battery Type: 8.4, 1200 mah small type (doesn’t make much sense for such a large gun, but I believe they expect you to upgrade, which I will.)
Large Magazine Capacity: 300 rounds
Full Metal Receiver (upper and lower)
SPR Style Flash hider
Functional Charging Handle
Free Floating, all metal RIS Hand guard
Flip-Up Front and Rear Sight
Metal Ball Bearing Spring Guide
High Torque Up Motor
The gun came in a tidy Styrofoam package which encased the gun and all the accessories; a 8.4 volt 1200 mah battery, charger, high-cap magazine, cleaning rod, vertical fore grip, the barrel extension/flash hider, a tiny screw driver and a small bag of crap bb’s.
After taking the gun out of the box, I noticed immediately how solid it felt, no play or wiggle anywhere. It also has good weight to it. As stated on the website, the entire gun is metal (with the exception of the pistol grip and stock). The stock is completely hollow and feels cheap and there is a lot of room for the battery and wires to jostle around inside, so I took some egg crate foam and placed it inside to keep those components in place.
The pistol grip feels solid and is comfortable to grip.
The selector switch is standard with a semi, auto and safe trigger group. It’s very solid in feel and delivers distinct, audible clicks when selecting fire. It is not ambidextrous, however.
The charging handle is fully functional, in that it releases the dust cover and exposes the hop-up when pulled back.
The magazine that came with the gun is a nice, full metal 300 rounds or so, high capacity magazine. It fits in the mag well snugly but takes a bit more force to get it to click in. I tried another mid-cap mag I had laying around (not sure of manufacturer) and this had a little side to side play once seated, but not enough that I’m worried it will fall out. I also tried a mid-cap Viet Nam style magazine which seemed to fit the best. The magazine release works well but is also not ambidextrous.
This gun has a full metal, free-floating outer barrel inside an aggressive MOD 0 type hand guard which features a top rail that extends from the receiver to the front sight. There is also 3 other shorter rail segments on both sides and on the bottom of the hand guard which could facilitate a number of accessories including a bipod. To add to the versatility of the included rails, the hand guard is pre-tapped on all sides to allow for the addition and movement of rails along the outer barrel, making the possibilities for mounting accessories endless.
The front and rear sight both flip up which is a nice feature, but they are both a little wobbly. The rear sight is engaged by depressing a lever which allows it to spring up and has two peep holes, one large and one small that are selected by flipping it forward or aft. The front sight is engaged by flipping it up until it clicks. To put the sight back down, a button on the side is depressed, allowing it move back down.
The gun comes with an all metal, SPR type flash hider which is 3 or 4 inches longer than the orange flash hider that comes on the gun, allowing a longer barrel down the road. Switching these out was pretty easy as the orange tip was glued on but a pair of pliers broke the bond and it unscrewed with ease. Once off, the new flash hider screwed on easily and securely, making the gun look a lot better.
Basic takedown is a little more in-depth, as the entire top rail has to be removed. This isn’t rocket science but there are more tiny nuts and bolts that could be easily lost. Care should be taken when disassembling this weapon. Once the top rail is removed, there is one bolt on the forward side of the mag well that allows the barrel to slide forward and off, exposing the hop-up and the gearbox. From here, the inner barrel and hop-up can easily be removed and/or maintained. This procedure also allows for easy access to the gear box, air nozzle and motor.
All the internal components appear to be clean and sturdy. The gun has an all metal gearbox, hop up and a plastic air nozzle. It is also advertised to have metal bushings, a metal ball bearing spring guide, and a high torque up motor which I will have to verify with my team as I am not internal savvy.
The inner barrel is a crappy brass stock barrel, which I assume to be 6.08mm in bore size and 509mm in length.
I haven’t had a chance to test the real performance of this gun. However, from the firing it a few times in my back yard, everything seems to work well. The motor is a little whiny but smooth and the piston gives the gun a mean sound as well. The hop-up works well and is pretty sensitive from what I’ve seen so far. The gun shoots well on semi and also on full. I plan on chronoing the gun soon and when I do I will add the numbers to this review to give a good idea of how the gun performs stock. I will also add more after I use it a few times in the field.
All in all, this gun is solid for the money. It’s a versatile gun out of the box but is also a great platform to build on and I look forward to upgrading it to meet my needs as a Delta Seven operator.
Solid all metal construction
Limitless rail system
Cheap hollow stock