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  1. vorpalbunnie

    APS CAM870 Impressions

    Yep. I got one of these. Sorry if this is the wrong place to post it. I had a lot of nice embedded pictures but upon trying to post i was notified that I wasn't "allowed to use that image extension on this community". All photos are now links embedded in the text (Either as bare links or hyperlinks). (Review copy pasted from reddit) I picked up the APS CAM870 Magnum: http://i.imgur.com/1UI9UDM.jpg ____________ Oh boy, I've been lusting after this gun for a long time. This thing is the reason I haven't picked up the TM M870 yet. Don't get me wrong, I love the TM 870. I had the chance to run it this summer in Japan and it was amazing! I just didn't need two 870s in my life yet. http://i.imgur.com/szfMZeE.jpg _________________________________________________ So why the APS? A bunch of reasons: 1. Metal and wood. Yes I know the marui is also metal. 2. Pretty much completely real steel compatible. Functions just like the real one and takes many of the parts made for real ones. 3. Virtually no one else has one because it's so fugging expensive. I want to be speshul snowflake. 4. If it fits, it shoots. I'll get to this later. The box it comes in is very nice. http://i.imgur.com/gN6s150.jpg Although I feel like I've seen it somewhere else.....COUGH COUGH. So it's not really original. But this gun sure as hell is! By the end of this little review thing you'll certainly understand why. The gun and parts were held in very securely in this box. A lot of egg-carton-style cardboard bits that hold everything nice and tight. Here is everything that comes with it: http://i.imgur.com/6rRwo8C.jpg You get: 1. The ScatterGat 2. 2 shells 3. A Manual 4. A Shell catcher that clasps on to the receiver (http://i.imgur.com/tyHluQw.jpg) 5. The CO2 Charger (http://i.imgur.com/uYfRjYW.jpg) ___________________ Now I want to **draw your attention to the manual**. It is a surprisingly top-notch manual. The english is quite coherent with some big words and fancy structures! The pictures are all pretty informative too. (Of note, remember that airsoft is not a real word in english, so it's not that weird that APS uses it to refer to airsoft guns.) But the real star of this show is that APS has ***THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF AIRSOFT SAFETY*** which I wholly enjoyed reading. You should go read the manual right now, I took pictures for you. Some fun examples from the text: >A superbly crafted airsoft is only as good as the hands that hold it. >Kids are fascinated by airsofts. It's a natural curiousity that can have tragic consequences when no properly supervised. >SHOOT SOBER!!! Oh APS, I love you now. Yes this will be on the test. ________________ Back to the gun! IT. IS. AWESOME. looking The wood on the stock and forend is gorgeous. Hyper smooth and looks oh-so-good. The sights are boring Remington "rifle" shotgun sights. The rear sight is adjustable if that's your kind of thing. They work. They will also be replaced shortly. Too boring. The trademarks are extremely realistic, just like on the APS CAM870! Bravo to APS on that. Now this gun is really cool because pretty much all of the *airsoft* bits are contained in the shell. The bolt slides back to reveal..... nothing really, just like the real 870. There is no inner barrel because this gun is a shotgun! So with all the gassy bits contained in the shells, the CAM870 uses a firing pin on the bolt to release the gas. So yes, a spring-loaded metal rod is released by a trigger-pull, slamming into the back of a plastic cylinder, which then releases rapidly expanding gas that launches projectiles down the barrel. This is an airsoft gun, I swear. ATFplsdontkill __________________________ __________________________ Loading this gun is an intensive hands-on process, and because airsofters often look for the opposite of what real gun owners desire (We want more recoil, FFS) the process of chambering shells is awesome! Step 1. Flip the gun over Step 2. Insert shell into the magazine tube by depressing the lifter Step 3. Put up to 6 more shells in Step 4. Flip gun back over Step 5. Pull the forend back toward you which releases a single shell from the tube onto the lifter. Step 6. Push the forend forward raising the shell into the chamber. Step 7. BLAT! x7 If that doesn't sound totally awesome something may be wrong with you. ________________________________________ ________________________________________ Each shell is charged with the fancy CO2 device, then you put a plastic wad in the shell to create a backing followed by 12 BBs and a cover slip of cardboard paper that holds the BBs in(which I didn't put on these shells so you can see inside). But where's the fun in that? The real reason to buy this gun is for the endless list of non-APS-approved projectiles! I've only shot BBs from this gun once. It is simply too much fun sticking random *suitcase* (Not literal feces yet) I find into the shells and seeing what happens. Here are some examples of great alternatives to BBs. Results may vary. But kids please don't try this at home, do it at your friend's house instead! If it fits, it shoots! ________________________________ ________________________________ Now earlier I said this thing was real steel compatible. So naturally I have big plans for it. This is what it looks like as of July 14th: http://i.imgur.com/v5N4RrL.jpg I know that most of you will probably disagree with me, but I do like the wood stock with the MOE forend. It's that good kind of weird. Also, vertical grips on shotguns without pistol grips feel weird, and lights are awesome on shotguns. Unfortunately real steel scope mounts do not fit as the trigger pins on the APS870 are not real steel spec. ________________ So do I recommend it? Hell yes. Endless novelty for me. Is it skirmishable? Eh........I mean it works great as a scattergat, you'll just need to buy a lot of shells (A little pricey at $10 each!). But in the end it's an extremely expensive item (**$519 retail!!!**). So I guess I wouldn't buy this at the asking price unless you fit in the target demographic. The gun is kind of like a shotgun version of a PTW/Inokatsu/WA/ETC. Expensive but hyper-realistic. It's for the people that have reached the "end of the line" so to speak and want to buy something cool that they can work on for a long time. I have big plans for this gun. And it is just sooooo satisfying to work the action. And shoot random objects out of. And then eject the shells across the room. And try to catch them. And...repeat. So do I regret it? No, I don't. But it's probably because I have enough practical guns and this gun really fits what **I** wanted, which is something to fiddle around with. It does a damn good job at that. I bought this gun from AirSplat. And if you plan to magpul it out and save money they also have a Magpul custom one, which is notable in that it's actually cheaper to buy it pre-assembled. I would've gotten that model except I wanted the wood. ________________ For my final words in this review, I really do want to complement APS on this gun. They did something new, and did a damn good job at it. Not to mention something that is for an extremely small market niche, which **very few** companies aim for these days. I love seeing improvement, so between this and the UAR, I'm actually looking forward to future APS releases (Shrike especially). ________ ________ Again if you have any questions or requests, leave a comment. Thanks for reading!
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