This is Shinden reporting to tell you that I have the TM AK74MN and an extensive review is about to be here soon on Arnies!
Before you get excited, this review was supposed to be done by a couple days ago. What happened? Technology fails. Yes, my VAIO Sony that I entrusted my life just apparently reached its limit and I had to format the thing to get it working again. Thankfully I keep a hard copy of everything, however my pictures were deleted so now I'm just re-editing the pictures I posted on different Japanese websites for the AK74MN review. Yes my review is on other websites too, however those are all in Japanese and I understand you don't like reading Japanese here. The Final review with the pictures will be under the Airsoft Reader's Review Section. Hopefully it will be around this week I will have it completed. I will also be making a graph based on the scoring of the gun.
Just to keep this cleared up, here's the review-THE Complete review with NO PICTURES XD! Currently I am not interested in taking the gun apart because 1) I do not want to alter its performance. 2) I do not have this specific tool that is a "Y" shaped driver. and 3)No time. Sorry about that lol.
>>>>>>Tokyo Marui AK74MN Shoot and Recoil Engine<<<<<<
Modernized AK Rifle 5.45 x 39MM Model of 1991
Shinden Airsoft Review
Background of the Tokyo Marui AK74
Announced in Spring of 2007 at the Shizuoka Hobby Show in Japan, people pass through the Tokyo Marui booth with the black colored board with a AK74 Modernized poster. Many thought it was just a remake until now. The AK74MN is the latest innovation AEG available from Tokyo Marui taking a leap towards a more realistic Airsoft gun and providing realism. Before, the very first AEG created was the Tokyo Marui FA-MAS. Using a ver.1 gearbox and firing non-stop on full-auto created a technological revolution in the hobby market that changed “Survival Games” of the past from BV systems into Automatic Electric Guns.
Keeping the pace in AEG technology and standards, the year of 2007 brought an interesting competition stepping into the market. This was China. With China’s great mass-production efforts and factories, it was soon in time that new Airsoft companies were introduced. The amount of repeating companies producing knock-off AEGs and products was the proof that the AEG design is now old and a new idea must be brought on the table.
With the current AEGs, the guns were only designed to shoot a BB with no recoil while some have internal recoil system, or a bolt blowback system. There was no combination of both systems in an AEG until now. From Tokyo Marui’s PSG1 with a blowback bolt to the Uzi with internal recoil using a reversed system, Tokyo Marui has unveiled the latest weapon and a famous weapon of all times, the AK74MN. It is an AEG with both blowback and recoil with a worldwide patent design. The AK74MN is based on the Russian AK-74M model from 1991.
The information below is taken from Wikipedia regarding the AK74’s Real Steel History:
AK74 Real Steel History
That was quite a history lesson now was it? Yes we don’t enjoy reading long entries, let’s get our hands dirty now.
Tokyo Marui AK74MN - The Features of 2008 Airsoft –
Before I mention anything let’s double check on the features before you start to skip reading vital areas later in the review and asking questions. Here is a full list of what is new, different, and what to expect: (Basic Information folks)
-Likewise with the Tokyo Marui Type 89, the AK74MN sports a Full-metal Aluminum Die-cast Receiver/Body and small pressed steel parts.
Plastic Parts are: Handguard, Stock, Magazine, Hop Up, Grip, and Battery compartment.
Steel Pressed Parts are: Trigger Guard, Trigger, Selector, Receiver Cover Rib, Handguard housing,
Aluminum Die-Cast Parts are: Lower Receiver, Outer Barrel, Flash Hider, Cleaning Rod, Take down lever, Scope Mount, Iron sights, stock release button/latch.
-The Stock can fold and lock in position with the touch of a button.
-A Silencer can be easily fitted with no effort or screws.
-The AK74MN works like a normal AK, with the selector in the Safe, Full-Auto, and Semi-Auto selection.
-The gun features a working blowback and internal recoil together.
-A scope can be mounted by buying any Russian AK74 scope mount or the optional Tokyo Marui scope mount soon to be released.
-What is new is the gearbox. This also means the motor is different using an EG1000S model, the hop-up, and of course the magazines.
-Regular AK47 magazines will not work as the AK74MN magazines are proprietary. You can try fitting them in, but they won’t lock in and of course you won’t be able to shoot with it unless you modify the magazines.
-The Battery is a standard 8.4v Small Commando Battery from Tokyo Marui and fits in the front heatguard compartment. It is not possible to install a battery inside the stock.
Tokyo Marui AK74MN -The Delivery and Packaging-
The brand new Russian weapon from Japan comes in a rather sporty box, but giving a more modern feel and look. The box design is the exact same design used on the Tokyo Marui AK74MN flyers and portfolios. I believe the look is also to target PMC fans. You are exposed with a brilliant flash of savory Russian green box inside holding the AK74MN. Along with its contents is a chocolate box sized Accessories package with a printed globe giving a very “Tactical” look of the world printed on top in red with grids across (making it look like a PMC/Military/Video Game look). You will also find a smaller Ammo box with the printed 5.45 x 39mm ammunition picture containing your 6mm rounds (As usual with Tokyo Marui products, they include a small box of ammunition with the printed real ammunition specs).
Inside the main box you are obligated to pick up your:
1x Standard 74 Round Magazine
1x BB Loading Rod+Tube
1x BB Cleaning Rod
1x Accessories Box containing printed documents
1x 5.45x 39mm Box containing ammunition
Inside the Accessories box is:
1x Printed instruction manuals
1x 2007 Tokyo Marui Airsoft Catalogue
1x Front site adjustment key tool
1x Red safety cap.
Inside the 5.45 x 39mm box is:
1x Small bag of 200 Rounds Tokyo Marui .25g BBs
The packaging has no visible foam inside the box for a more displayable look. The coloring of the box and packaging are well done and leaves the buyer proud of his purchase. (At first I was thinking of the usual fabric used under the gun, however this time there is none.)
Tokyo Marui AK74MN –Rundown of the Beauty – No Trigger Discipline Required
The overall length of the assault rifle is 943mm long (94.3cm) with the stock unfolded. While this may sound like a small weapon, it is longer than your average AK47. With the stock folded however, the gun is only at 700mm (70cm) long. It is just as short as an AKS.
Let’s look at how to make the gun work: At first there is a nice red warning sticker under the selector slots stating that “if it is removed you will scratch the surface of the receiver.” There is no such thing as a scratch-less receiver from moving the selector up and down. Real AKs in general have scratches present on the selector if you move it around and scratches are nice ways to make your AK look battle worn and deviant.
The operation of the selector is the same as that of a normal AK47. In this case, the selector works as both a dust cover and safety. The selector is firmly built and moves very solid into each position. The first position is the Safe position, Full-auto, and Semi-auto position. The AK series works differently compared to your regular M4 weapons or HK weapons as the selector is reversed. The AK is more of a machine gun than that of a rifle. The AK74M uses a 5.45mm round so the AK74 has improved its accuracy very much, however it still keeps the legacy of a machine gun with the selector in the Full-Auto position at first.
Right below the selector are receiver pins that have been fully detailed and replicated. In front of the selector looks like a little cartoon character with a mouth doesn’t it?
The grip of the AK74MN is plastic, but it is much easy to grip thanks to the grooves. The trigger is nicely made with a crisp pull. Underneath the trigger, you will not see a silver colored mech case like the regular AK47s or the cheaper models as well. In fact, underneath the trigger, all you see is the trigger and the black mecha box part. This hides the “cheapness” away. The trigger and trigger guard is both made in metal as well. I’m very pleased with this little thought that was put into this product.
Right in front of the trigger and trigger guard is the metal magazine catch. This piece works exactly like the regular AKs too. You simply press the lever or catch forward and the magazine can be removed. Simply tip the magazine forward first and lock the magazine in upwards.
The AK74MN magazine is made of plastic, where the AK47 models are all metal. Russian magazines for the AK74 series are made of Bakelite (I suggest you read about bakelite at wikipedia later), however the feel of the magazine is not as bad, but it is a little smooth.
The magazine is made to hold 74 rounds, ironically the same number as in AK-74. The magazine features the same plastic follower piece to allow all the BB’s to be loaded into the chamber without interrupting fire. This magazine design is becoming more standard as current models like the Type89, MP7, Vz.61, and MAC 10 has this.
-Q.-Can the regular AK47 magazine fit? – A.-I assure that you cannot use your current AK47 magazines as these new magazine are designed to be worked with a new gear box design. The magazine of the AK74MN has a unique design to allow the magazine to sit into the gearbox higher. Not only that, but it was made to look like a real magazine with the tip of the magazine looking like to hold real 5.45mm rounds.
Looking down the sight is the classic AK47 style rear sight adjustment and front sight. The rear sight is like a ladder in which the two tabs at each end are to be pressed and slide up or down for elevation. Both rear and front sights are made of metal as well. The front sight is a horn-like shape ring with a post in the middle. The center post can be adjusted as well with the included front sight adjustment key tool. Simply attach the key on top of the post and turn it around until you have the desired height. The AK sights in general are not like the peep hole sights on that of M4s.
Quite a lesson again right? Well let’s move on.
Moving towards the rear, the gun features the unique folding stock. The stock is made of plastic, however there are metal parts used in the smaller areas. At the rear of the buttplate, there is a button-like tab protruding out and a large circular plate. The larger plate is actually a storage room for a Cleaning Kit in the real AK74M rifle *(Known as the Cleaning Kit Compartment). You simply press the plate in to operate. To fold the stock, you will have to press a circle shaped button/tab on the left side of the receiver to release the lock. The stock will then collapse/fold to the left of the receiver and a small latch will lock the stock in place. There is simply no play in this gun with the stock out or closed.
To retract the stock, you will press the round button tab at the back of the buttplate and bring the stock to its original position. The stock will simply lock back in place. I do recommend you to apply grease on the pivot joint to reduce friction. The stock can only be closed/folded/collapsed completely if you have no scope mount on the gun. If you attached an aftermarket scope mount or optional scope mount, you cannot fold the stock over and lock it in place. Please keep this mind. If you like to fold the stock and have a scope, you can also buy the AK47 top receiver cover rail part. It will work for the AK74MN as well.
On the left side of the AK74MN, there is a piece of the “modern” AK scope mount bracket. This piece is designed to have a clamp-on scope mount with a rail or a Russian optic like the Cobra.
Now going towards the front of the gun, we have the metal outer barrel and muzzle break. The front muzzle break/flash hider can be removed by pressing a small rod to disengage the stop. While holding this small rod in, you can turn the muzzle break and completely remove it. Note: This muzzle break is only for the AK74MN and does not use a 14mm thread. Once the muzzle is removed you are greeted with a familiar 14mm Neg. thread for you to attach your own aftermarket silencers. (Very much like the TM MAC10 as well)
Below the barrel is a thin rod-like piece. This is actually present on the real AKs as well. It is the cleaning rod for the weapon and is faithfully reproduced.
The handguard and heatguard of the weapon gives the entire AK74M the “M” for “Modern”. Its black sleek look and ribbed lining of the cooling fins is a sign of combat readiness. The real AK74M uses a fiberglass grip, however the Tokyo Marui model is plastic. The handguard not only serves for you to hold the weapon properly, however it is where the rifle’s power source is. Looking on the right side of the rifle, there is a lever-like piece. This is the gas tube disassembly lever (in this case this is how we open the grip to place the battery in.)
Simply lift this lever upwards. The lever is made out of metal too so you do not worry about breaking it. Once you have the lever in the ‘up’ position, the upper heatguard piece can now be removed like that on a real AK74M.
Before popping in the battery, you can see how the gas tube connection is also realistic and looks like the real deal. The battery compartment is small for one. It can only accept a small standard 8.4volt battery. In this case I was using the Tokyo Marui 8.4v Mini-S type Commando battery and fits in very perfect as well as a Sanyo 8.4 Ni-Cad. The battery is placed vertically inside the grip which has surprised me. The wires are designed to run between the battery’s “dip”.
You will have to make sure your current 8.4 batteries have a long wire. For users using a shorter wire battery, the battery won’t fit due to the wire and
connectors not sitting in flush. To correct this, you can simply modify the gun with pliers and a screw driver.
As you can see here in this diagram, remove the screws as shown. Next unscrew the bottom screw to move the battery tray tabs forward by about 5mm. Once you have the tray moved forward, screw it back in. Next as shown here, use pliers or any cutting tool to cut a small section of the tray. Then place the wires like shown and you can use your own batteries.
The gun is now loaded and ready to shoot! Simply load the BBs into the magazine and move the selector from Safe to Semi-Auto. – Now before I start shooting, let’s jump to the hop up and bolt.
The hop up of the gun is very much like the one used in the Type 89. Unlike previous AK47s, the hop up was a small lever that “freely” moved around at times from playing. The hop up is located inside the bolt. Simply pull the metal bolt back and hold it. You will see a “dial-type” hop up system. You can adjust the hop up more or less by turning the dial clockwise and less by counter clockwise turns. The hop up is very much like the Type 89 and M14 series. It is a very solid hop up system and there is no play too. Once you have the hop-up set, release the bolt and the bolt will make a nice chime of metal against metal. How melodious~.
Tokyo Marui AK74MN -Heavy Metal and Details-
Continuing on where the bolt is, the upper section of the receiver is made of Steel, again like the other small metal parts across the gun. The rear of the top receiver cover is a small button. This button can be pressed and the entire upper receiver part can be now removed. Upon removing, you can see how the unit above the gearbox holds the weight and spring unit to allow the bolt to blowback. The mechanism works by an open slot on the top of the gearbox that allows the bolt to catch the piston to propel the movement. Currently I do not have the proper tool to remove the top cover holding the weight and recoil mechanism.
Let’s look at the detail surrounding the gun.
This is a view of the AK74MN from underneath and you can see how the receiver pins and screws are exactly at the right areas.
There are a few serial numbers on the gun including the number “0625” on the bolt and “Izhmash logo” followed by “7840625” on the left side of the receiver.
When you collapse the stock, this is how the rear end of the gun looks like.
The receiver has every slots, bolts, pins, and screws on the right areas.
Are you curious to the design of the AK74MN? Here are the parts list enjoy!:
Tokyo Marui AK74MN –Performance, Shooting, and Feel-
Enough with the chat, lock and load!
Now this is entirely a very hard gun to explain in words as many people have different views and results on the gun’s blowback. Some may say it’s great, other may say it’s weak. Let’s get down to business and settle this.
Upon loading the magazine and a charged battery, the initial tests were done in Semi-Auto only for accuracy tests, feel, power, and blowback.
Before firing at the paper target, I have already set the front and rear sites to accommodate my tests and the hop up was adjusted for 25m. Currently using Tokyo Marui .20g BBs at 0 wind conditions at regular room temperature.
The hostage is a normal 8.5x11 paper with a 15cm x 15cm target set at 20m. No humans were used in tests so far.
Holding the rifle as a real AK-47, I pull the trigger. The first shot is fired across the room as the EG1000S motor whips a BB through the air. The blowback at first is surprising in a quiet room. Initially I have also thought it would be a sewing machine, however shot after shot, this is starting to sound like a very familiar machine…The bolt cycles every time I pull the trigger with no effort at a length of 5cm back (which doesn’t sound a lot of movement, it actually is impressive to look at.) The recoil is simultaneously engaged as it feels almost like a GBB. You do have to actually hold the rifle more securely when firing if you are to expect your shots to land on impact. The blowback and recoil engine is impressive and did not disappoint me at all. I was expecting worse, however this is much better than a regular slap-on blowback kit. The recoil shock is a little light, but not as bad as the VSR-10 Real Shock model. While shooting you will notice the vibration of the gun rattling through the gun and the barrel shakes up as well.
Firing 10 shots at the target, every shot on semi-auto whips a BB through the paper. The damage is done is rather not bad at all and has about a 95~100mm grouping on average. The gun was fired on a stable platform to improve test accuracy.
Now switching the selector on full-auto, I randomly open fire on the helpless thin material of paper. Shouldering the weapon again I aim and pull the trigger. The weapon blazes with noise of the gearbox, the bolt, and the recoil mechanism making music much more pleasant than a sewing machine. The gearbox is rather smooth in the operation and provides no screechy noise while firing unlike other cheap guns. Yes, that noise I recall was the old typewriter I used in Middle School one time. The metal slams back and forth inside the gun breaking the silence in a quiet room. The gun shakes literally from firing and the vibration is worth looking at while shooting. There is about 5+mm of movement of the entire gun while shooting.
The paper is literally obliterated at 20m away. Bullet ridden victims around the house, this is the new AK74MN Russian Typewriter. I can also add, it’s like a mini-jack hammer.
Now shooting aside, the weight is one thing to consider of this gun. The gun is made of Aluminum Die-cast, pressed steel, and plastic for the body. The weight is roughly 3050g with the battery and BBs loaded. Not bad at all and in fact the weight distribution and center of gravity is right in front of where the magazine is located. It makes the gun very easy to hold and shoulder with both hands. It is also comfortable to hold the weapon by the foregrip, the magazine, and single hand.
Tokyo Marui AK74MN -Price, Statistics, Accessories, and Optional Parts.-
Q.-How much is the AK74MN?
A.-This is good question. Tokyo Marui is selling this weapon for 57,540YEN., however in Japan Airsoft shops are selling at a much lower price at roughly $420.00. Currently online shops as Redwolfairsoft.com is selling the AK74MN for $422.00
Q.-What is the statistics?
A.-Here’s a complete rundown:
Tokyo Marui AK74MN
Magazine Capacity-Standard 74 Rounds/Hi-Cap 480 Rounds
Gearbox type-Shoot and Recoil Engine
Motor-EG1000S High Torque Short
Shooting mode-Safe, Semi, Full + Bolt blowback and internal Recoil
Rifle Length-943.0mm with stock / 700mm with stock folded
Power-300 (280Low-290Mid-300+High) FPS Average / .88J with .20g / 93 MPS Average
Battery Type-8.4v Mini-S Type 600/1200/1400MAH
Hop-up-Dial type hop up Adjustable
Inner barrel Length- 460mm
Bolt blowback travel length– 5cm
Gun recoil movement- 5mm~+ (Depends on how strong you hold the gun or how loose you hold the gun, the recoil movement is changed.) So results will vary. Tests from users and friends have stated the gun has enough vibration to spill a half cup of water. Although some states the gun is not as strong as a .22cal rifle. It is more comparable to a GBB handgun inside a rifle.
Price- Est $420.00~480.00+ Average
Q.-What else can I buy for my AK74MN?
A.-You can currently buy the following items that are on the market right now or coming soon:
TM AK74MN Hi-Capacity Magazine 480 Rounds.- Est. $38.00 ~ $45.00
TM AK74MN Standard Magazine 74 Rounds – Est. $25.00
TM AK74MN Scope Mount Base – Not released at the moment
PDI Inner barrel Short
PDI Outer barrel Short
PDI Cleaning Rod Short
AK47 top receiver rail will also work with the AK74MN too.
AK74 Magazine Well from Echigoya
Other AK74M related parts
Silencer – Any brand will be fine. Russian PBS Silencers are recommended!
Russian Optics for AK- POSP, Cobra/Kobra Reddot scopes are great choices and fits fine.
Tactical Sling- Any brand
14mm Neg. Flash hiders-Any brand
Tokyo Marui AK74MN –Conclusion, Score, and Personal Opinion. The Verdict-
Now is the verdict!
Ever since the first Airsoft gun was made I was amazed with the concept of the AEG system. The ability to fire a rifle, semi-auto and full-auto without the use of tanks and a more user friendly system to charge a battery and go, changed the games; not to mention the available aftermarket parts to create your own custom gun. With Tokyo Marui producing guns with blowback, burst, internal recoil, compact gearboxes, improved hop-up and accuracy, the TM AK74MN is a nice surprise and change of airsoft in 2008, the start of realistic functioning airsoft.
The TM AK74MN is certainly built like an Assault Rifle. The weapon is a very close representation to the real AK series. The AEG with its blowback and recoil system will impress users on the field who enjoys realism very much. The blowback on the gun will not change the game drastically in out doors, however indoors it will. This is a rather simple AEG with not much area to customize until manufacturers produce more optional parts for this.
One area that was peculiar was how the classic AK47s magazines cannot be compatible. As with the Type 89, at least a regular M4 magazine could be used, however with the AK74MN it is completely different. There is also another point that the limited small battery space was not a very good choice for a gun that uses more power than a normal AEG. It should have at least stored the battery in the stock and use VFC’s contact tabs in the stock to allow the gun to fire.
With current models from Tokyo Marui including small extra items, I was hoping for Tokyo Marui to include an extra item. Rather the TM AK74MN only came with the basic necessities. With such a release of a new product, a sling or scope or silencer would have been a nice addition.
Overall, the gun will not disappoint any first time buyers who are seeking either a full-metal AK, blowback AK, or a reliable gun with decent finishes on the gun. The price is steep for a new gun (as TM guns are becoming more expensive one after another.), so buyers may not be attracted to this gun thanks to the high price.
Upgrading the power of the gun is not recommended as crucial parts are not available at the moment.
On the other hand, the gun provides a slightly interesting addition to the game. With the blowback and noise, it will be loud on the feel so the way you play may change (It will attract more enemies on the contrary for good or for bad).
The power of the gun is below 1.0 J so it is acceptable for people living in countries with strict FPS limits. Yet, the gun has decent range and accuracy as well. The accuracy of the gun depends due to the gun shaking while shooting on full-auto, but you can still shoot a man target from 20m away no problem. This is still an assault rifle so it was designed for mid-range combat and close quarters as well.
With the release of this AK74MN, I do hope conversion kits will be available for other AK type weapons. I would like to see an AKS74U conversion kit with blowback or an SVD for a change. I am sure the recoil and blowback gearbox can be made into other guns as well and provide the recoil and blowback in the future from Tokyo Marui.
-Full metal complete AK74M
-Bolt carrier blowback and internal recoil offers hours of enjoyment and engagement on the field
-New magazine design which allows every BBs to be fired without skipping
-High surface details
-Side scope mount is compatible with third party scope mounts
-New hop up design compared to older AK47 series
-Good weight balance
-Fires very smooth with the blowback engaging
-Innovative gearbox design
-World-wide Patented gearbox, therefore you won't have any cheap knock offs of the "shoot and recoil" engine
-This might bring forth new guns in the future with blowback and recoil as standard
-This is an AK74MN
-Aftermarket AK47 parts and AK74 parts can be fitted on
-Battery compartment is too small for larger batteries and the battery compartment is designed only for certain small 8.4v batteries
-Magazine is proprietary and cannot use AK47 magazines
-The plastic should have been glass-fiber as many other companies are using Polymer/Glass Fiber parts
-Bolt carrier movement is only 5cm (this is either a con or pro)
-Recoil may seem weak to some people
-AKs in general not popular among Armalite lovers or HK lovers
-Lack of internal upgrades except small parts as bushing, spring, innerbarrel, and hop up etc. Crucial parts as the piston or gears not released as of now
-Should have included more extra items like the MAC10. The initial press photos showed the AK74MN with a tan sling and this may have been a nice set
-The gun should have been named the AK-74M instead of AK74MN
-Such a gun should have been released more earlier
-This is an AK74MN
Perhaps I may be a little strict on my scoring, however the AK74MN receives:
Packaging 9/10 Overall box packaging is appreciable
External 9/10 The quality of the surface detail is just right. Trademarks are also appealing. The AK74M is too common now.
Internal 8/10 No steel gears…
Realism 10/10 Blowback and overall looks are just real enough to fool a pro
Material 9/10 Aluminum Die-cast is not bad, but more steel would be nice in the future.
Function 9/10 The stock, sights, selector are just satisfying. Bolt should
move back more next time or offer more heavier recoil.
Shooting 10/10 Shooting is just great as a plinker too. Never gets boring.
Performance 9/10 Great performance, yet not an accurate weapon thanks to the
recoil shaking the gun. It is accurate to the point where you
can hit the target, however not spot on the same spot. It is a
smooth reliable blowback gun. Not recommended for long range.
Feel 9/10 Almost like the real AK, however the weight is slightly off,
but it is by far the most sturdy rock-solid AK from Tokyo
Skirmish Use 7/10 This is not an ideal outdoor long range weapon. It can be
used in outdoors thanks to the hop up, however you must
keep your engagements close to med range. (Roughly 25m is
The TM AK74MN scores an 89/100, a B+ Class AEG.