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[release]So, I guess I should do the review of my G&G Combat Machine M4A1 blowback version.
I got it for a present, and and I figured that everybody would benefit fro ma review of this AEG.
A thing to know is that some pictures were taken at different times, and purchased at Airsoft megastore. I know some people have some things against them, but I have ordered from them multiple times, and I haven't had any problems with them.
I think that everybody should consider this review a Work-in-Progress.
This is because I do not own a chronograph, but I will do a shooting test video sometime in the near future, and will be added onto the thread after the initial release of this review.
And as a pre-warning, I'm sorry for any bad-quality pictures, I took all of them with my phone.[/release]
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The review will be divided into a few parts, as follows:
Overview (What you're reading right now)
What's inside the magical box
-Sub-Category: Shooting Test (The shooting test will be done later)
Front of the AEG
Back of AEG
Let's get onto the review.
First off, we have some technical specs, kindly provided by www.guay2.com
Overall Length: 780 mm
Gear box bearing: 8mm oilless
Motor: 25000 rpm Hi-torque Short axis
Inner Barrel Length: 357 mm
Magazine: 450 Rounds
Muzzle Velocity: 90-100m/sec with 0.2gBB (although, I have heard that it's higher, this is about 330 FPS)
What's Inside the Magical Box
This is where shit get's picture-happy.
It's a plain box, nothing special.
Open the box, and you're greeted with a manual, cleaning rod, AEG, hi-cap magazine, and a little pack of BBs, no battery or charger.
On to the manual:
As you can see, the manual is very flashy, with a bunch of basic information. (Sorry about the quality of the pictures) In the manual, it's all in perfect english, and not chinese english, I can safely say that it's one of the best manuals I've ever seen.
In the manual, it pretty much tells you how to clean your gun, has a parts list, how to fire it, etc..
Now, since we're doing a quick overview of what's in the box, let's move onto the 450rd Hi-Cap magazine.
The G&G magazine (left) is longer than a standard STANAG magazine (Right, DBoys midcap), and has a more greyish tint to it.
The build quality of the G&G magazine is very good, including small details such as little things like "G&G ARMAMENT" stamped on the bottom, etc..(shown below) As a test of the finish against scratching from normal wear, I put the magazine into the CM, and out, and in again repeatedly, and you can only see minor greyish marks, much unlike the DBoys magazines which scratch sort of easily and you get a shiny color when you scratch it.
As you can see, there are nice marking regarding the round size of the real steel weapon.
The G&G ARMAMENT markings as stated above.
Alright, now we're onto the G&G Combat Machine M4A1, blowback version.
The red sticker does come off, I just haven't taken it off.
Front of the AEG
What's more to like than the business end of the rifle?
The AEG comes with a small red barrel cap, it does well enough I guess to do what it's intended.
I have taken a magnet to the whole AEG, and on the front end, I believe the barrel is zinc, the front sight post is the strong polymer that the main body is, but with a diffrent feeling finish.
The only parts in the front of the AEG that reacted with the magnet was the small disc-type-thing that holds the handgaurds, as well as the delta ring. According to WolvesSoulZ, the G&G CM Blowback comes with a 6.04mm barrel, but I really don't have a way to confirm this, but I guess he's probably right.
I believe the flashhider is removable, as there is a tiny hole for a screw or something in the top, unfortunately, it isn't painted orange, it's orange polymer. Another thing to note is that this AEG has some of Top Tech's internals to my belief, and from what I hear.
Now, about those sexy handgaurds.
They are a god damned BITCH to get open. It just be that I have twig arms, my battery might be too big, or I just haven't broken the spring in the delta ring in, but the spring is god damned strong. I have a 9.6v, 1600Mah battery, and it takes a bit to get used to figure out how to get the battery in there right, as an ounce of room is taken by the faux gas tube (shown below).
The plug for the battery is a MINI-TYPE plug.
The fake gas tube.
The Middle of the Rifle/Some Internals
Because I don't know jack shit about internals, i'm just going to say that it has a metal gearbox, and according to the G&G website, a high torque motor, as well as a spring release feature not found on the regular G&G Combat Machines.
Left side of the AEG, you see the G&G trademarks, selector switch, polymer trigger, etc..
All I can say about this Polymer is that it feels very sturdy.
I feel confident in the plastic on this gun, I mean, AirsoftGI dropped one of these from 9 feet and nothing happened to it.
Compared to the Classic Army Sportline M4A1, the plastic on this is godlike, and it doesn't creak, as the Classic Army M4 does.
Right side of gun, dust cover closed.
There's not much to this side, except when the dust cover is open (and it eventually does on it's own during firing) Of course there's the famous G&G pneumatic blowback that uses extra air from the gearbox or something, again, I'm not a technician.
Aside from the blowback, which will be shown in a future shooting test, there is a really cool feature with the forward assist that lets you decompress the spring and relieve tension on the gears and such, I use this feature quite often, and it will be shown in the future shooting test.
Open dust cover, showing the hopup gears.
Oh boy, the hop up.
When I first adjusted the hopup on this, it was a bitch to adjust, the gear is harder than hell to move. Maybe it's just me and that it was cold out, or that it needs lubrication or something, but i'll warn you, it's hard to move it. Well at least when you get it adjusted, you know it isn't going anywhere.
On another note, the carrying handle is removable via thumbscrews on the other side, and it reveals some nice rails for optics.
Here's a nice bit of carrying handle, I was surprised to see so many little marking everywhere where it seemed that it should have them, the sights are not an exception.
Back of AEG
It looks like we're off to the back of the rifle.
Obligatory FPS view picture
The stock, sorry about the blurry picture.
There's not really much to talk about here, as it will just be about the stock.
With the G&G Combat Machine M4A1, of course, you get yourself an adjustable stock, for short people like me, or larger people as well, making the rifle more comfortable overall.
The stock also comes in handy with CQB situations, as you can adjust it and the rifle won't be a nuisance when going around corners and junk.
The stock is made of the strong polymer everybody loves, and the buffer tube is made of metal, not reacting to the magnet test, but it definitely isn't potmetal.
I've actually had a few problems with my stock and buffer tube. The first thing that happened was that the screw for the adjustment button/handle/lever thing came loose, but it doesn't screw up now.
A problem that confused me was that after having it for less than a month, the buffer tube came very loose, and Facepunch's diagnosis was the screw inside the tube, so after I tightened the screw, it works great, I haven't had any problems with it, and I hope I don't in the future, but it doesn't seem like too big of a problem that isn't hard to fix.
Now, I know that i'm going to probably sound like everyone else and their grandmother, but I think for about $170.00, this AEG is excellent for the price, with blowback and the tension release feature.
This rifle feels very sturdy, and I can feel confident and have pride with this as my primary.
Sure, I always want a KWA in the future, as there are probably many better guns than the G&G Combat Machine M4A1, but I think this gun is great for more budget orientated players who can't afford a KWA, and again, I think it is excellent for the price.
Thanks for sitting through this huge OP, and I hope you guys like it and I hope many people learn something from this, and again, the shooting test will be added soon.
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