Wednesday, August 24, 2011

VB M14 Spring Airsoft Sniper Rifle

Ah, sniper rifles. Pretty much everyone that plays Airsoft either has one or wants one. The great thing about Airsoft sniper rifles is the simple operation. Sometimes it’s a bit more complicated, but most bolt-action Airsoft sniper rifles essentially work the same as those $25 clear plastic Desert Eagles. They generally have more powerful springs and components, but at the end of the day it’s just simple spring operation. This means less moving parts and less chance for failure, and just a more reliable rifle. Repairs on spring operated guns are usually very simple as well. Not to mention the fact that you don’t have to worry about batteries or gas so you can go out and shoot whenever you want.

The VB M14 Spring Airsoft Sniper Rifle is a bolt-action spring operated Airsoft rifle that comes packaged with everything you need to fulfill your (likely video game fueled) fantasy of being a top sniper. We’ll start with the attachments. This M14 comes with a removable RIS rail that you can attach scopes, flashlights, lasers, and all manner of other crazy gizmos to. It also comes with a scope, of course, for placing those long range headshots that make you feel sooo goood. Included as well is a little attachable flashlight which is super cool. I don’t believe I’ve seen a rifle packaged with a flashlight before, I wasn’t even sure it was going to be functional. It is entirely functional though, and even comes with a bunch of batteries. Flashlights are great, and usually the first attachment I get for my personal rifles. Obviously they make it so you can shoot at night which doubles the amount of time you can shoot every day. The reason I really love flashlights though is that they are amazingly disorienting. I don’t know if you’ve ever had a guy with a flashlight on his gun come around a corner at you, but if you are in low light conditions it basically makes it so you can’t see the person at all. Your only options become getting back behind cover or firing blindly towards the light source. I used to play games in a darkened warehouse with a guy that would set up in a corridor in prone position with his rifle a little above his head. When you came around the corner he would turn on his light and you would be blinded and start firing for his chest, but of course he would be prone so you would just miss every shot and he would shoot you in the leg. It was really annoying. It was also why I started using flashlights, and to this day I almost always op for flashlights over lasers.

This rifle is actually really heavy. I was totally caught off guard. I have a full metal MP5SD6 that seriously weighs about the same as this rifle, when it has its battery in.  Remember that the VB M14 Spring Airsoft Sniper Rifle doesn’t have a battery. For a mostly plastic rifle I seriously can’t believe how heavy they got it. The barrel, operating rod, and fully adjustable rear sight aperture are all metal which I’m sure helps with the weight. Honestly I’ve shot some real steel rifles that weren’t even that much heavier than this thing. Everything seems very sturdy on this rifle as well. The bolt action is satisfyingly heavy, the bolt is plastic but they did a good job making it look metal so it makes you feel like you are cocking an actual rifle. The trigger pull is nice and heavy as well. Overall the gun feels really good, I was pretty blown away considering the price. It also shoots 278FPS, which isn’t half bad actually.

The package also comes with some other accessories that aren’t as fun but are possibly even more useful. First you get a speed loader.  If you don’t have one of these, believe me, you want one. They basically just make loading clips way less of a hassle, and help you not spill BBs all over the place.  You also get some safety glasses! This means you can start fooling around immediately even if you don’t have any other eye protection. Remember that they are not for protecting you from being shot at however, they are only enough protection to be worn while firing. You also get some BB’s so you can take some shots right out of the box. A tactical sling is included as well, I don’t think it’s 3 point but it’ll get the job done.  

I was actually really impressed with the VB M14 Spring Airsoft Sniper Rifle. It completely caught me by surprise. For the price, with the accessories, I don’t think you can get anything better. I’m kind of considering getting myself one. It’s just a heck of a lot of fun, heavy, seems really well made for the price, and comes with a bunch of cool attachments. It would make a great backup gun for fooling around the backyard with, or to give to your friends who don’t have rifles when you go to the Airsoft field. I would recommend it for a first Airsoft gun as well, especially if you were already looking for a bolt action. If you spend the same amount of money on an AEG it won't be anywhere near as reliable. So yeah, sweet rifle. Go get one.

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