Every military is as good as it is good its logistic service. A rather unusual beginning of the review, I agree. For instance: if you have several different weapon platforms with different calibre ammunition present, this grossly complicates purchase, transport and distribution. In other words, it costs money, time and sadly, lives.
Sub Machine Guns are prime example- they are useful and they have their use on the battlefield, but separate ammo complicates logistics. One of the workarounds is to make a SMG length carbine in calibre, used by assault rifles. Designers and manufacturers tried this and still try with varying degrees of success. Some rifles are better in the SMG/compact roles, others are less suitable. Soviets transferred from old, heavy, over penetrating and hard-hitting 7,62×39 to 5,45×39 in mid seventies, just before their expedition in Afghanistan. 5,45 round is faster, smaller and soldiers can carry more ammunition. Long story short, intensive program of AKM modifications took place and AK74 was introduced as standard armament of Soviet Army.
…which was, until very recently, also case in airsoft. Several very rare and expensive kits were available to enthusiasts. With exception of cheaper, uglier and only vaguely realistic option- Marui Beta Spetsnaz. Vega Force Company was first to introduce affordable and realistic replica of AKS74U.
First impression is very favourable. Shape is sleek and recognizable; upon shouldering you will instantly recognize that AK feeling, where ergonomics is not one of the qualities, but raw power is. Finish is nearly immaculate, even and surprisingly scratch resistant. I may be criticized for this remark but it is almost as good as finish on leading manufacturers’ replicas. Operating word is being almost, but it is definite improvement over other Chinese replicas we tested.
Cyma AKS74U comes with optics side mount. Bracket designation is 74MP-03, which is important if you plan to buy an optics device for your replica. It is a bit of a shame that KOBRA EKP 1S-03 Red Dot is tad on the pricey side…
Fuse housing (fuse is standard, “Marui” type) can get in the way, but it is possible to change battery very quickly. It is posible to store up to 12V battery, as the fore grip is hollow.
We tested compatibility with Tokyo Marui and Classic Army magazines and they worked flawlessly.
Replica shoots quite hot. Maybe even too hot, given its overall shortness and handiness, the replica shoots 370 fps with .20g BBs, which, for it’s size, is way too much. I was pleasantly surprised by replica’s output consistency, as results on the chronometer varied only by feet or two.
During test we encountered a persistent and fairly annoying problem with semi automatic fire. Replica fired one or two BBs in the semi automatic mode, than stopped firing. It was necessary to move fire selector to full auto, shoot couple of BBs to “unjam” the replica.
There appears to be a problem with Cyma V3’s gearbox, as we experience similar difficulties with plastic bodied AK47 replicas.
HopUp chamber is plastic and resembles Marui’s chamber. Rubber and bucking are doing their job and it is not necessary to change them out of the box. HopUp retains its setting.
Problem with finicky semi auto fire mode was not fault of the fire selector plate, but rather poorly assembled levers on the outer shell of the V3 gearbox. It is a simple and easily corrected problem. Chinese manufacturers should do their best to avoid such small problems. Their products are no longer marketed for kids or budget players, but mainstream, fastidious airsoft players.
Test item provided by RSOV