(NOT Woodstock, you freakin' hippie)
Behold, the Echo1 Red Star AK47 (with Fixed REAL Wood Stock)
**Regarding the blog's title. In this particular case, since we're dealing with an Airsoft AEG and not a real steel Ak47, it's actually more of a bad thing that I didn't get to use my AK today, because that means I didn't get to play Airsoft today, nor did I even shoot at my neighbors' trees from my backyard (don't try that at home, kiddos), so yea. Bad.**
Let's talk briefly about the second picture above, wherein you can see several things going on. When I opened up the box for this very sexy and very iconic rifle, my mind rapidly took an inventory of box's contents and assess a high level of value. Value, meaning a lot of 6mm Bang for your (or your parents') hard-earned buck. Included with the Echo1 Red Star AK47 is a 8.4V battery, battery charger, hi-capacity (hi-cap) magazine, manual and warranty card. Yea, you read that right. Echo1 warranties their stuff, and they're located here in SoCal (That's short for "Southern California", for all y'all who ain't be knowin' the truth I spit) so you don't have to ship your newly beloved rifle overseas for them to take a look at it and get you squared away again.
Want another photo? Yea, me too.
I really think Echo1 did a tremendous job on this AK47 AEG. They're one of the few manufacturers who, when they say "real wood" in the description, ACTUALLY USE REAL WOOD. You'll find that some manufacturers don't quite understand the meaning and somehow come to the conclusion that "real wood" means plastic, polycarb or some other type of material not purely derived from a tree. I don't know how you can possess the intelligence and resources to design and build a high-end Airsoft gun and not understand the basic English language well enough to know that if you're using plastic materials, you shouldn't call it wood. The Americans and our brothers from English mothers across the Pond will know better (most of us, anyway). Anywho, well done, Echo1. You should be able to see in the photo well enough that the particular type of finish Echo1 applied to the wood gives it that rustic, third-world look and feel, at least in my ego-maniacal opinion, anyway.
Let's get into a few of the details of Echo1's Red Star AK47, shall we?
Keep in mind, you have no choice.
You can see a bit of the wooden hand guard, along with some etchings on the lower receiver, which is made of metal. There's nothing really cheap about this gun, other than the price.
Echo1 Red Star AK47, Wood
More wood in my frame here (TWSS!!!), along with a visual of the vertically adjustable rear sight.
Using a $1,500 camera, this was the best I could do to get a shot of the fire-selector switch. Total fail, I know. AB is semi-auto and what looks like "OA" is Full. Although, don't quote me. Sometimes I get it flip-flopped and I'm too comfortable/lazy right now to get up and go check it. If you really want to know, send a tweet to my homie, Brian Holt at Echo1, asking him. He'll know for sheezy, my neezies.
Hop-up adjustment lever thing. To adjust the hop of the BBs, you slide the thing back and/or forth until you achieve an ideal BB trajectorial flight path. I just made up that word there and I refuse to edit it out. Screw you, spell-check!
We will pick up on the second half of my review of the Echo1 Red Star AK47 with Wood furniture in the next installment of the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog, which, by the way, is nominated for the Best English Language Airsoft Blog (in the Universe)!!!!!!. If you find my little blog here to be entertaining, informative or some combination thereof, I'd appreciate your vote to help secure my title as Champion. Kanye West said I was a champion, and I'm pretty sure he was telling the truth when he rapped about it. So let's do work and get me that "crown" (Metaphorically speaking. I think I would actually win a plaque or a coupon to Denny's or something, not an actual crown).