Finally bought a WELL G74D (AK74M), out of curiosity, and in my country its not a regular import.
Overall, its not bad. Thought it was gonna be pretty bad, turns out it came with a few good surprises. Following from the previous reviews listed here on the WELL G74A (AKS74U). Picking it up:
- It has creaky plastic imitation wood, the whole front section wobbles like a flag pole in the wind. Its a flat black painted, with an aluminium barrel that has been surprisingly well made that has the early heat dissipating threads.
- It has a Steel based AEG receiver and barrel trunnion from a CYMA/JG AK. The receiver has a rectangular cut for a motor cage, but it hasn't been cut all the way. However the WELL pistol grip covers the rectangular cut. (More on this later)
- Front sight is of a CYMA design
- It has a Marui gas tube/ rear sight block, and a marui based stock trunion, with the creaky imitation wood. It can take only take wood kits that fit the original Marui systems.
- It had trouble fitting WE AK47 mags without mods.
- It was full of grease, which was everywhere. Basically out of the box the barrel was so dirty it was impossible to get consistent accuracy. Spent hours degreasing it afterwards.
- The inner barrel is of a VSR cut, but fitted for the WE hop unit. After degreasing the rifle is relatively accurate.
- It chronos at around 340-360fps with a 17" inner barrel with a WE AK47 mag @ 18*C, (the gun came with a CO2 Mag). Blowback is similar to a WE, except its slower.
- The blowback unit is a low output power unit compared with the WE. That can be easily remedied. After some modifications the blowback unit is now outputting 460fps @ 18*C.
- The blowback unit O-ring is not undersized as some reviews have been suggesting. It is actually oversized, no further work is required.
- The trigger unit is a replica of the WE, except it looks more heavy duty.
- The hammer, semi-auto sear and gas release striker is steel, everything else is zamak. Quite a nice surprise there. However the area on the hammer which engages the auto-sear has a really shallow cut and leads to partial engagement of the auto-sear. This leads to light striking on full auto.
Basically, after a few hours of work, by: '
- Degreasing everything
- Chopping the inner barrel down to 16", added an AK47 thread nut
- Modifying the trigger box to fit AK47 mags
- Modifying the height which the mags engaged to the blowback unit, in order to get better gas route seal
- Shimming the outer barrel to barrel trunnion
- Chopping the recoil spring
- Cutting a deeper engagement area on the hammer for the auto-sear.
- Reinforcing the trigger box
- Chopping the flute valve spring to release less gas.
Now I have an AKM at 460fps with stuff all cooldown. More pictures to follow.
Now, since it uses standard AEG style receiver cuts, has anyone considered using a WELL to converted a JG/CYMA RPK to a GBB?