TM AK47

 

 

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TM
AK 47 Review
by
David Jones (aka Inferno)
images/edited by Arnie
including
images from ‘Three
Kings’

Stock
Specifications
FPS
290
fps (stock fps may vary)
Length: 870
mm
Weight: 2,900
g

Ammo
capacity:

70 Rounds
(Standard Mag)

600 Rounds
(Hi-Cap Mag)

AK47
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| AK47 Technical Manual


So
why an AK47?

“Every
once in a while, you get the itching to buy a gun that will stand out
from the crowd. Everyone has an MP5 of sorts, and the M4’s have multiplied
in the field like raging e.coli in your intestine after eating
“authentic” Mexican food.

You want something
different, yet evil. You want a lot of metal, a huge hi-cap (because
you can’t/won’t aim), and you want durability. You want an AK. That’s
right, this is Inferno’s TM AK47 review. Don’t ask me why I have
not written one earlier, maybe I’m afraid that everyone will get one
after they find out how great she is. In any case, on with the review…

One large AK  image
AK receiverAK backsight

First
looks:
The first thing you’ll notice when holding/fondling
her is the weight. She’s heavy, nearly three kilos with the battery
(we’re talking full-stock here). The grips look like wood, but like
my last g/f’s breasts, they’re fake.

Still, who cares
what they’re made of if they look/feel good, right? And yes, I’m referring
to both the grips and the girl.

In any case, metal
content is very pleasing… everything that is supposed to be metal
is metal, save the lower receiver. Although plastic, it’s painted with
a metallic finish that is very convincing until you start dropping the
gun and scratching it off.

She looks damn
good
. But even as pretty girls can let you down in the performance
spectrum, so can an AEG. So let’s take her out to play…

Use
in the field:
Getting into the game with this gun is
easy; one large battery and one hi-cap magazine (600 rounds!) is enough
to last you the better part of the day.

Do I recommend anything
else? Yes, a sling, you will get tired of carrying her or you will have
to be in shape to run around with her all day.

(The AK47 is one
of the few TM AEG’s of this size that can be safely used on a sling
without the fear of bending and breaking it in two –
Arnie
)

Hi-cap filler point
AK Fire-Select switch

When the ‘proverbial’
hits the fan and the shooting starts, expect to be staring at the fire
selector for some time while trying to figure the Cyrillic (Russian)
alphabet out.

I’ll make it easy
for you:

The top position
is “SAFE”,
middle is “FULL AUTOMATIC”,
and the lowest setting is “SEMI-AUTOMATIC”.

If that’s too hard
to remember, just figure that full auto is the first thing you’ll hit
once your disengage the safety – not bad.

Now how you go about
that is your problem; this isn’t as easy a process as it is on an MP5 or M16,
but you wouldn’t have bought an AK if you wanted life to be easy on you. Personally,
I move the fire-select switch with my right index finger. Sometimes I’ll pull
my left hand towards me from the handguard and switch her down with that –
either way, you’re in business. The next step is sighting in, the sights are
nice, not like the peep sights found on M16’s or MP5’s. I like standard open
sights, it’s just easier for me to use. Pull the trigger, and a nice stream
of white plastic will leave the barrel.

The EG700
motor (the older ones use the EG560) has a decent ROF, and the
600-round hi-cap means that you probably won’t use the sights much anyways.

If you have to hit
the dirt or make a run for it, you might find that huge magazine getting
in your way – deal with it. I hate people who whine about how it gets
in the way or makes prone shooting difficult – you have 600 rounds,
shut up and be happy.

In thick brush and vines,
you may get snagged, it’s really isn’t all that bad, just keep her low and
you’ll make out fine. With the stock tucked under your arm, you can even use
her for CQB. Of course, you may want to cut her shorter. That leads to the
next subject: modifying.

Sight
and ‘Hop-Up’ adjustment:

Neat little titbits for those of you trying to fine-tune your new baby…
you can open the receiver cover by pushing the button above the stock
mount & lifting it off.

On the full stock
models, there will be a pipe in there that helps keep it in place. (Handy
tip)
– I put BB’s in mine, for those “just-in-case”
situations… Hop-Up is adjusted via the cocking handle. Pull her back
to reveal a tiny lever – get an elf to move it for you. Start with the
lever full forward, and fire a few shots at a time in semi-auto while
moving the lever back with your elf.

Rear cover securing buttonHop-up access
Yup.. the hopup adjustment lever, is tiny, and hidden
behind that silver spring-loaded cover.
AK ForesightAK Backsight If you’re
too lazy to adjust your hop-up, then you can adjust your sights. The front
sight requires a tool to raise or lower it, and the rear sight can be
easily adjusted by pressing the button on one side and slide it forward
or backwards. There is no windage adjustment on this gun, just use heavier
ammo and track the shots. If that’s still too much to ask, tell your target
to stand still; it really works!

Modification,
and customisation:
I don’t care how pretty your girlfriend
is, the simple fact remains: you’ll get bored with how she looks and
wind up wanting to make something bigger or have less of something else,
the same goes for the AK.

Not many people
out there mod AK’s, so chances are that everybody you see with one will
have nothing more that black stocks or a scope. As I do AK mods, I’m
not going to tell everyone my little tricks. If I did, then I wouldn’t
be so damned special, and I like being special. Still, it’s easier
that you may think.

Some custom bits of kit from Inferno

Real-steel scope
mounts usually come in the form of a replacement receiver cover. Not
all will fit
as they usually wind up being too short for the AEG,
and you’ll end up tearing the rail off to mount directly to the stock
receiver cover which is simple enough.

Side-mounts won’t
work because they’re designed to be held in place by the receiver pins
on the real AK. Try drilling holes for those pins on the Marui AK, and
you’ll end up drilling through the mechabox.

Real-steel handguards
will fit with minor modification, and all screw-on suppressors/flash
hiders with a 14mm left-hand thread will fit.

Some people like
the look of thumbhole stocks, as the Tokyo Marui AK is
modeled after the real-steel “milled receiver” AK, make sure
you’re getting the right parts.

The grip will have
to be hollowed out, so make sure that you find one with a grip fat enough
to hold the motor.

For internal upgrades,
I find that you can run an M120 spring with oiless metal bushings off of the
stock 8.4 volt 1300mAh battery with no problem at all – it is a reliable set
up. Stay away from the Systema Bore-Up cylinder kit as it requires
an M130 minimum to run, and needs an M140 to work effectively. If you want
a higher ROF (Rate Of Fire), switch to a 9.6 volt battery and nothing
higher on stock gears. Upgrade your 15 amp fuse to a 25 or 30 for less resistance
and burn outs.

(From experience the
15Amp fuse will blow if you use the M120 or 140, for a guide to internal gearbox
work on the TM AK47, read this page here , remember
that to stay within UK FPS limits, you should fit either an M100 or
an M90 spring – Arnie)

Conclusion

In
conclusion, the Tokyo Marui AK is one of the best AEG’s I’ve seen put
out. No barrel wobble, no body flex. Buy one – you’ll be happy!

Inferno
,
Inferno-Industries

Appearance

4/5

Build
Quality

5/5

Performance

4/5

Value
for Money

5/5

Overall
Potential

5/5

External
Links:

Inferno-Industries
– Inferno’s personal website (He wrote the core-text for this review…duh
=o)

Trapper
Industries

-If you are after an obscure bit of Russian AK kit, from a supplier in
the UK, including, de-acts, parts and scopes, then look no further.

Inferno himself!

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Last modified:
Wednesday, May 9, 2001 9:37 AM copyright 2001 ArniesAirsoft
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