Keep in mind, the recoil on the WE M14 GBB gun is pretty insane. I clock in at 6'6", 245 lbs and this thing still bosses me around a bit. So you can't, with a sane mind, expect the rifle to be as accurate as an AEG, however, for it's given attributes, I'd say this rifle is DEFINITELY skirmishable out of the box (with some teflon tape wrapped around the hop-up bucking). See the other videos that I've posted here on the blog about how to take the gun apart to get down to the bucking. It's quite easy to do and I've got a better version of my disassembly guide coming this week. Anyway, today's video is all about how the WE M14 GBB shoots at 32 yards with a small smidge of wind, but nothing too bad.
Lessons learned for next time (and there will be a next time), don't set the camera & tripod on the table while firing a GBBR with heavy recoil like the WE M14 GBBR. Sorry about that. I didn't even catch that until I had already packed up for the day and did not have time to reshoot. If I get enough requests, I'll redo the video before I upgrade the rifle so that you can see the BB flight on film. I think it was pretty clear that the rifle hit the target though, because of the fact that I started the film out at the target to show that it was pretty much unused with the exception of 3 or 4 shots.
Also, for the record, I was using the iron sights on the rifle while firing. This is one of the few rifles I've fired pretty much out of the box where I did not need to watch the BB flight in order to know where they were hitting. So that's a huge plus right there.
So like I said above, based on the testing I did on Sunday, I'm going to go ahead and give the WE M14 GBBR a preliminary SKIRMISHABLE rating, as in, it's likely, but not for certain just yet that you should be able to take this thing out to your field and let the OPFOR know what's up. I still need to take the gun out to a field and test it out at longer ranges in addition to simply putting more rounds through it to see what kind of wear and tear takes place with all that recoil, but we will get to that in good time. I'd say I've probably got between 300-400 rounds through it by now, and haven't got any major complaints yet. I'm getting more and more excited as I continue to spend time with it. This could quite possibly earn a top spot on my favorites list, which is no easy feat. Let me tell you.
I know for a fact that there are a ton of you out there that are far better Airsoft gunsmiths than I, and I'm pretty confident that if you know what you're doing, it wouldn't take a whole lot of work to get this thing shooting crazy good. I spent some time this evening doing a couple easy tweaks, and was able to achieve a significant boost in performance. I'll be mapping all of those details out for you when I've got everything done, so sit tight for just a bit, my homies.