Limited to time rather than numbers, as soon as production of the Garand takes
off this one will effectively stop the owner of Smokeys estimates that
less than 150 will see the sales desk.
Im not in a very good
mood at the moment. This is the first real job of airsmithing I have done
in a long while, and while the results have been ultimately worthwhile, I
still cant come to terms with the way I have been required to mangle and
I do mean MANGLE an innocent Tokyo Marui AK47 to get the job done.
Real Steel The Sten is one of those guns that Japanese WWII
airsofters have lusted after for decades (right behind a workable
version of the MP40), but
the lack of a pistol grip meant that a simple AEG conversion of the Mks I
through IV was out of the question. Which is why Smokeys picked on the MkV
for their journey into Sten-land.
The real gun first saw
service in 1944 and was designed almost exclusively for the airborne divisions
and the special forces, and
was laid out with paratroops in mind.
For example the gun was
fitted with both pistol front and rear grips as well as a removable wooden
shoulder stock, but most important, especially for paratroops
was the ability to swing the mag well down in line with the grips to allow
the gun to sit better against the body in the drop.
The Airsoft Version As you may or may
not know, Smokeys is justly famous for its guns and upgrades the famous
Carl Gustav (the so called Swedish K), Ultra Shorty AK, flip
up M16 sights, battery grip for RIS M4 etc as well as the upcoming Garand
and Barratt 50 so it was not with much trepidation that I shell
out the readies (only 60,000 as I bought the kit as ASCS) and dragged her
home via First Factory to pick up the required AK47.
of the box, the only things required from the AK are the mechox and the barrel
assembly and we will deal with the latter first.
first hard part of the job comes in the preparation of the barrel unit for
insertion as one is required to remove the front 26.5 cm of metal (a painful
experience indeed). Moreover only the bare bones of the hop mechanism are
required, there being a very ingenious adjustable hop mechanism built into
the breach of the Sten itself.
The shortened inner barrel
and modified hop then slides straight into a brass outer barrel and butts
up to a specially designed ammunition feed. Getting the barrel into place
is a bit of a bind as the receiver is a very narrow steel tube and the barrel
assembly is a very tight fit.
The mechbox is quite
Moreover (and this
Sadly this means
For the record,
Magazine The cheeky little buggers at Smokeys dont actually
supply you with a custom mag but simply with a modified Marui MPL springer
magazine. However this is
no bad thing, as the magazine is very well designed and a good match for the
mkVs own. An unusual feature on this thing, as MPL owners will know, is that
a filling spout is installed in the top of the mag, making for an easy loading
operation even in the field.
The mag holds 49 rounds
according to the manual, but it invaliably never feeds the last 5 or so, lacking
the spring strength to push them past the collar. No highcaps are planned
for the sten as the gun is primarily designed for WWII historical games here
and highcaps are not, in the main, allowed in such games to maintain some
sense of reality(?).
Shooting With a barrel only a cm or so
longer than a Ks, this beast is not the most accurate of animals, neither
is it the most powerful, with the leaky nozzle dropping the output velocity
as noted elsewhere. However, ROF is not affected and, as I did, if you order
your AK box from someone like First with either a J-nesis of (as in my case)
a fuzion upgrade installed this helps.
But all this is immaterial anyway as this gun is not really designed to operate
outside the CQB environment if the truth be told anyway and it suffers no
problems in that role.
points Apart from what you have to do to the gearbox and barrel,
the gun is not free from flaws. First, there is no quick take down option,
and every time you want to get at the gear box you must strip down the whole
gun and risk stripping off the tiny allen screws which hold it in place.
Secondly the wooden rear
grip is incrdibly weak, and I broke mine simply by screwing it into place,
though here the AK came to the rescue as the 47 grip looks the hounds nuts
in place and IMHO feels better in the hand.
Then we come to the battery,
as far as I am concerned mini batteries are all problems ^_- . There really isnt a lot of room in the stock, but I think
that someone with a brass pair could remove enough wood to install one of
the P90 special batteries without weakening the gun unduly. Another problem,
which so many replicas seem to suffer from, while Smokeys have supplied a
rear sling mount, they have not supplied the front.
This is the flagship
‘Tom Andrews’ collection – Tom’s impressive collection of custom
replicas including a nice Sten
– History of the SMG, covering
almost all the Sten models.
– Another page covering the history of the Sten SMG
– a very good page covering information of the real-steel Sten
 The Asahi one was all very nice, but with such a
high potential velocity many sites stopped allowing them after some unfortunate
incidents of excess.
 Number 6 Airborne did most of the trial work on
 Why a folding stock was not used is an issue not
even my (vain)glorious uncle Dennis a mkV user of ill repute during the
last year of the war could address.
 This is one of the poor aspects of the gun as it
verily pisses air out the seal and brings the final velocity down to a weak
average of .72 joules on a stock box
 Or so the instructions said. However I found a way
to alter it manually. This was because I am of the last shot Semi to reset
the spring generation and though it involves a complete disassembly of the
gun to do it I feel it is worth it.
 The only modification is a small plate screwed to
the back to give the thing a good seal in the well.
 However hicaps are not impossible to make for the
gun. One enterprising chap has modified a mag to take Thompson HC internals,
and though the gun has to be tilted to the left a good way to wind the bugger,
it works quite well.
 Actually this was a good thing as even with a Fuzion
upgrade, the velocity is still under 100 mps my local site limit.
 Indeed one enterprising owner simply removes the
stock and runs the cable down to a horseshoe battery disguised as a suppressor
on the front. For myself though, the charm of the gun is that it is a faithful
reproduction of the original.
 I use a Solid K 8.4-700 batteries in mine and
I find these last for about 8 good games each before needing conditioning.
 Which is ironinc when you remember that all the
demo models they have are fitted with them .
 Nicknamed Little Lyn as a personal tribute –
because the quality, reliability and uncompromising nature of the Smokeys
build is like the man himself.
Wednesday, May 9, 2001 9:37 AM
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