Marui H&K51 Carbine Review
First of all I’ll say a bit about the background of the real steel HK51 (if
it actually exists). As you might be able to tell, this gun is based on the
Heckler and Koch G3 series of rifles, of which there are quite a few official
variants and even more unofficial ones, designed and made in other countries
and by other companies than HK, out of HK components.
The HK Model 51 is one of
these guns, originally made in America by Bill Flemming. However, if you put
the actual real steel HK Model 51 next to the TM HK51 you would notice a lot
of differences. The TM MC51 is actually far more similar to the real HK51, with
its retractable stock and short barrel. The closest I could find on the Internet
to the Tokyo Marui HK51 was an HK 51 Semi-Auto Vollmer conversion, made from
an HK 91 or 94. It still didn’t have the solid stock, but the rest was very
In the future I will buy
a Cyrus or B Square mount, as it apparently fits far more reliably. The Maglite
and mount would be useful for FIBUA (“fighting in built up areas”.
Ed), but with a gun as big
as the HK51, which cant be used effectively in such a situation, it is just
there for looks. I will talk about the other accessories later on.
Holding the gun is a different
matter altogether. It feels “plasticy”, is FAR too light and
creaks a hell of a lot, especially the foregrip. When my brother first held
the gun he said to me “What a piece of #@*, you could get that kind of
quality from a toy gun from “Toys R Us”.” I agreed with
him to some extent, and so I invested in the CA metal body. It was a bugger
to fit, as I had to drill all the screw holes, and I also had to take it apart
about 5 times when I forgot to put things back inside.
Another bonus is that
The cocking handle
Another thing you
With the stock barrel in the range and accuracy of the HK51 are somewhere between
the MC51 and the SG-1, hardly surprising seeing as the barrel is somewhere between
the MC51 and SG-1. However you can stick in an SG-1 barrel or even a FAMAS barrel
easily and cheaply and you’ll suddenly have a far more effective long-range
weapon. OK, you’re not going to be able to snipe people like you would with
an APS2, but you will definitely out-range almost all other AEGs by a noticeable
distance. The rate of fire is phenomenal with the EG1000 motor, and its also
a very quiet gun compared to others with the same ROF (– Rate of fire.
The power is probably about
300 fps now with the TN barrel installed, although I’ve never had a chance to
chrono it, but a stock HK51 would have much the same power as any other TM AEG,
between 280 and 290 fps. There are plenty of other internal upgrades you can
stick into this gun; springs, gears, reinforced boxes, pistons and all the other
gubbins, but be careful, as if you put anything above an M100 spring in you’ll
most likely have to at least upgrade the gears as well.
Right, it’s a classy gun with a high ROF, good range and accuracy, theres loads
of accessories and upgrades available and, being a limited edition, it’ll make
you stand out from the thousands of “M4a1 wielding goons”.
The only bad things I could
think of about this gun are the creaky receiver and its size, only 5 or 6 cm
shorter than an SG-1, which means fighting in buildings is a virtual impossibility.
However, if you have a backup gun for use in those situations and you want a
nice gun which you can turn into the BEST gun with a few minor upgrades then
the HK51 is your man.
last edited: Wednesday, February 21, 2001 7:49 PM