Wassup? During my time last weekend tearing it up at SC Viper, I did some serious work with the A&K M60VN machine gun.  But it wasn't all fun & games.  I had trouble throughout the day with my battery pack, which is stored inside the box mag, because it kept toggling the switch on the side of the box mag either into the "Off" position or the "Continuous" feed position, which caused the magazine to continually try and feed BBs into the gun, even though the gun wasn't firing.  
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Firing the A&K M60VN Machine Gun at the new Supply Depot Airsoft Field at SC Village
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Trent "F." Warren, Jake "the Box Mag Beast" Marty & I, Tominatorus Maximus, all got the chance to go up against Team Threat in a 3-on-3 match to test the layout of the new Supply Depot field at SC Village in Southern California.  They were a very good and very honorable team to play against, which made the experience that much more fun.

The Supply Depot can be used as a stand-alone field to play games, or it can be used as an extension of the world-famous SC Viper Airsoft MOUT field.  Here is the Airsoft action footage, featuring me killing and being killed while using the A&K M60VN Machine Gun in a CQB environment.  SPOILER ALERT: This gun was insanely accurate and should be noted when looking over the other blogs in the review series I wrote on the A&K M60VN Machine Gun.

Check out the M60VN tearing up the Supply Depot after the jump...

As you may already be aware, I went out to the SC Viper MOUT facility last weekend and brought my homies with me.  I opted to run the A&K M60VN Machine Gun most of the day and I'm very glad I did.  It was a lot of fun.  Hadn't used it in awhile and had forgotten just how well I had tuned it up since the last time I discussed the M60VN here on the blog.

The bad guys weren't so happy about how well I did though.  I'm not even gonna be humble about it.

Check out the Airsoft action video featuring the M60VN Machine Gun after the jump...

Yesterday, thanks to a young man I like to call Jet Del Castillo, I had the privilege of previewing the new Airsoft-only field at the world-famous SC Village in Southern California.  It's essentially an extension of the epic, SC Viper field, called the Supply Depot.  I was really impressed with the materials they used to set up the field.  Apparently, somebody over at SC Village got a hold of a bunch of metal drums/barrels, inert rocket tubes & other large, assorted military-grade cases & containers to use to build this field.  Very cool.
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As you can see below, these are not just ordinary barrel drums.  At one point in their life, they were used for cool stuff coming from defense contractor Lockheed Martin (I hear they're like actual rocket surgeons over there).  
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Since I'm no military expert, I couldn't tell you what they were used for, but I bet it was something awesome because only awesome stuff requires its container to have a humidity indicator built into it. 
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 Check out all the rest of the SC Village Supply Depot photos after the jump...

I thought for today's post on the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog, I would cover one of my favorite topics.  Airsoft machine guns.  For a long time, all I could think about was designated marksman rifle (DMR) platforms and was all about that role when playing games, but over the last year or two, I've really become attached to the support gunner role and all the fun & excitement it provides.  So for those of you who have been considering the acquisition of an Airsoft machine gun to play a "supporting role" in your Airsoft squad or fire team but weren't sure on just exactly which platform suited you best, allow me to highlight some of the differences between some of the more well-known options out there.

M249 MkII Para Machine Gun
M249 MkII Machine Gun
Perhaps the most common Airsoft machine gun you will encounter on the field in the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, commonly referred to as the Airsoft SAW.

These guys come in several different configurations, but the two primary base models are the M249 Para (top) and the M249 MkII (middle).  There is also the M249 MkI (bottom), which I believe is, or was, commonly used by U.S. Army Rangers at one point in time.  This one, for whatever reason, is much less common than the first two I mentioned.  At least around the various parts of California that I've played.  Most people that have them are true support weapon fanatics, like my brother, who loves them even more than I do, and I love them A LOT.
M249 MkI Machine Gun - Image: world.guns.ru

Click here to read more about Airsoft machine guns after the jump...

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A&K M60VN Airsoft Machine Gun FTW (Finally)


After resolving the trigger switch issue I created during the process of my A&K M60VN Airsoft Machine Gun Review, General Beauregard & I took the A&K M60VN Airsoft Machine Gun back out for another range test, this time with a slightly heavier spring under the hood to push those rounds downrange a bit further.

 Luckily, this gun features a quick-change spring release lever so that you can easily increase or decrease the velocity of the gun in about five easy minutes.

I also used high quality, Elite Force .25g BBs to assist me with increasing the accuracy of the gun.
 Here's today's video, from the Pyramyd Airsoft YouTube Channel...
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Airsoft Trigger Switch vs. LiPo Battery

Ever wondered what the inside of those Airsoft trigger switches in many of our beloved Airsoft machine guns looks like?

Yea, me neither, until I had to pull one apart to see what it's freakin' problem was.

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You might recall from my A&K M60VN Review that I was having some trouble inside the gun, likely because I was using an 11.1V Li-Po battery pack that had too high of a C-Rating (rate of discharge).

Here is the link to that series of blogs to catch you up to speed. 


Check out the rest of the Airsoft trigger switch photos after the jump...

A&K M60VN Review - Takedown Tutorial
A&K M60VN Review - Takedown Tutorial
Photo: Bakholdin Photography
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Today's entry on the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog features a take-down tutorial that I'm including as part of my in-depth A&K M60VN Review.

Check out the A&K M60VN Takedown Tutorial after the jump...

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A&K M60VN Review - Hop-up upgrades & modifications
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Today's portion of my A&K M60VN Review doesn't exactly do the gun a whole lot of favors, but if the damn thing would just cooperate with me, this would have turned out a little better.


I made some progress with the hop-up, though I think I want to replace the bucking with a better one. Not a big deal, I usually replace the stock buckings in my AEGs anyway. The big issue came when I was doing a run-through before I started filming. I think the trigger switch is stuck in the on-position because the gun wouldn't stop firing after I let off the trigger, so I just had to unplug the battery. But, since I had already gone through the effort and spent quite a bit of time getting set up, I decided that the show must go on and I propped the gun up on some shooting bags and just connected and disconnected the battery to fire the gun on camera to show the improvements made on the hop-up. 


Check out today's A&K M60VN Review video after the jump...

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A&K M60VN Review - General Purpose Airsoft Machine Gun for Squad Support
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Did anyone catch my random German language reference?  Anyway, this part of my A&K M60VN Review features my A&K M60VN box mag getting cut up like the Fourth of July.  Wait...what?!

Yea, that's right.

I didn't like the way the box mag looked at me, so I cut it.  

I cut it wide open so I could see its guts.

Also, I see that Blogger has pulled some sort of prank on me for yesterday's blog in that it has refused to publish the post in its entirety.  I am currently working on recovering the data that I spent quite a bit of time creating, but I may have to rewrite the dang thing, which I can assure you, will make me want to choke a cute & cuddly teddy bear with no remorse while in blind rage.  I do apologize for the inconvenience.    

Check out the A&K M60VN Box Mag carnage after the jump...

If you caught the last installment of my A&K M60VN Review, you no doubt saw the underwhelming footage of this general purpose machine gun's performance at 30 yards.  As I stated in that blog entry, I had a sneaking suspicion that there was an internal issue with the hop-up.  Turns out, I was right.  Somebody at the A&K machine shop didn't quite have their settings dialed in on the CNC machine.  I think my photos pretty much explain what happened.  See below.

First, to get to the hop-up, you must remove the outer barrel on the gun using the barrel release lever seen just above the hand guard. 

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A&K M60VN Review - Fixing the hop-up
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Push the bolt in and rotate the barrel release lever 90 degrees
A&K M60VN Review - Fixing the hop-up
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Go no further than 90 degrees, barrel won't release otherwise
A&K M60VN Review - Fixing the hop-up
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Get the rest of my expoloratory Airsoft gun surgery on the A&K M60VN Machine Gun after the jump...

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Shot of my "shooting range," where the A&K M60VN Performance & Accuracy Test was performed
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Today's entry on the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog features the A&K M60VN on camera. The video is just a super quick and dirty performance test on the range to see what we've got to work with right from the get-go. It's important to note that this is Airsoft and while there are a few companies who are actually starting to give a crap about quality control (*cough* Elite Force *cough*), it's still fairly common to pull a new Airsoft gun out of the box and not have it performing to its full potential. What I've learned in my experiences in having the opportunity to work with a number of different guns is that just because something isn't cooperating as well as you'd like intitially, doesn't necessarily mean that the issue cannot be resolved relatively easily with a little fine-tuning of your own, assuming you know what you're doing inside these guns. With that in mind, please check out the initial performance test of the A&K M60VN after the jump...

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Photo: Bakholdin Photography - It is illegal to take your guns (real or Airsoft) to school
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While the M60VN hardly needs an introduction, we may have some new people joining us for the first time. This particular Airsoft light machine gun is manufactured by A&K and is a replica of the early M60 machine gun design, which is a belt-fed support weapon utilizing 7.62x51mm NATO rounds made world-famous by none other than the United States military. The A&K Airsoft LMG used the designation "VN" which probably stands for Vietnam and likely represents a reference to the war in which this variation of the M60 is most well-known for.  I could be way off here, but I don't think it's unreasonable to suggest.  Have I done a lot any Google searching to see if anyone else has clarified this matter with facts, one way or the other?  That'd be a "heck no." 
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OP: Red Storm II
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OP: Red Storm II
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Anyway, The A&K M60VN is certainly no chump.  It's a full metal Airsoft light machine gun, though "light" has nothing to do with the weight of the gun.  It's not as heavy as the Echo1 M240 Bravo, which clocks in just under 20 lbs, fully loaded up with roughly 4,000 BBs, but it's definitely not going to be a super high-speed Magpul'd-out M4 CQB rifle either.  Perhaps if you play your cards right, I'll throw this beast on my baby Airsoft gun scale and see what she officially tips the scales at.

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Overall, I'd say this item is a must-have for any serious Airsoft player with a desire to collect iconic and eye-catching Airsoft guns for their Airsoft arsenal.  However, like the real M60, the Airsoft M60VN is not without its design flaws.  Nothing that would prohibit me from recommending this guns to anyone, but flaws nonetheless.  All this, and more, will be clarified after the jump...