The following is a review of the A&K M249, PARA. This is my first review, and I'd like some criticism. Please keep it mature. Nothing like "OmG, ure picsz r deh werst". A better way of saying that is "You're picture taking skills are a bit shabby". Enjoy.
The M249 was originally the Minimi, made by FN Herstal, or Fabrique Nationale Herstal, a Belgian firearms manufacturer. The Minimi was introduced in 1974, and was almost adopted by many countries including Australia, Canada, U.S, Greece, Italy, Indonesia, Malaysia, U.K, Sweden, Thailand, New Zealand and of course Belgium. The weapon is currently being built in the FN Herstal factory in Belgium, and also in Australia, Grece, and the U.S.A, by FN Manufacturing LLC. There are many variants of the Minimi, such as the MK46, with slightly altered sights and barrel, the MK48, which takes the 7.62X51MM NATO rounds, compared to the Minimi taking the 5.56X45MM NATO round. Stock sizes also vary. There is a full stock version, a skeletal stock, and the collapsible stock, for troops such as Helicopter pilots, Paratrooper forces, armored vehicle crews. There is also a vehicle Model, there the Minimi is attatched to the top of armored vehicles, and has no stock. When the U.S adopted the Minimi as the M249 SAW in February 1982, the sights were slightly changed. Then, when the M60E3 was deemed unreliable in 2001, the U.S Government had created the MK48, firing the same round as the M60, providing the same supporting fire that soldiers needed. In 1984, an FN Manufacturing factory was built in South Carolina, where the S.A.W's of today are being built.
Specifications of the A&K M249 PARA Automatic Electric Gun
- Brand- A&K
- Model- M249 S.A.W
- Version- Paratrooper [Collapsable stock]
- FPS- 389 [Average on Madbull Chrono at field]
- Weight-16.6 LBS [Unloaded]/ 17.3LBS [Loaded]
- Length- 2'7" or 31in. [Stock Collapsed] 3' or 36in [Stock out]
- Gearbox type- CA type
- Battery Type- 9.6V small conector
- Capacity-2,500 BB's, or STANAG (M4/M16) mags, Hi-Capa, Mid-Cap, Low-Cap
- Recommended BB- AE .25
- Accuracy- Up to about 90 feet
- Material- All Metal- only plastic- Grip, Foregrip, Heat Shield
- Cost- $250.00 from www.airsplat.com
- Rails- 20MM of top of reciever
- Functions- SAFE and FULL AUTO
I''m sorry, as I don't have the box. It was too hideous to actually photograph. I remember waiting anxiously June 9th, 2008. My gun was about to arrive. After about 3 hours of playing my PSP near the front window, I saw the UPS truck pull up. I saw the driver take out the box, holding it with 2 hands, looking like he was surprised. I knew it was going to be heavy. It was a plain brown box. As soon as I got it inside the house, I ripped the boxopen. What do I see? Styrofoam. Nothing but styrofoam. I was expecting at least the typical airsoft gun cover. A picture of the gun, and thing written in Japanese, or in this case Chinese, due to the fact that it's All China Made [ACM]. Nothing. That did make me frown. I removed the styrofoam top and then saw it. My M249. It was like opening a treasure chest. My face lit up. My dad's too. I pulled it out, almost dropping it, shocked with how much it weighed. I really didn't expect that. I was amazed by the gun. I really couldn't hold it much longer, not because of the weight, but it was too hot. The temperature outside was around 102 degrees, and it heated the gun up. I looked at the inside of the styrofoam, and saw black areas, burn marks. I'm not kidding. I went to put in the battery...
The battery is a stock 9.6V 1100MaH, I believe, battery. It takes a small type connector. I thought this battery would not last a long time. But it did. I played a 7 hour game, 5K rounds, ad still had juice. That was amazing. Putting this battery in was a pain. I was trying to remove the foregrip, but it was in there pretty nicely. So I used the Quick Barrel Change feature. For those of you that don't know, that is a feature where you remove the snap-oon heat shield, push down on a small lever, and the entire berral assembly comes out. The inner, outer, everything. Some pics-
The heat shield
The lever is on the opposite side of the carry-handle
The metal outer barrel slide right off
The inner barrel slide right out also.
Then, you see the bettery connectors. But somethng was weird with this connector. The black wire was in 2 parts. They fastened in. I fastened them, and out the battery in. I put everything back together, and load up the box mag
and go to pull the trigger. Nothing. I open it up again, and find that the fasteners for the black wire had snapped. My dad and I drove over to Home Depot and picked up some connectors. After putting the connectors on, everything was fine. An inconveinence, but not such a small one. The proper way to install the battery, is through the foregrip. I finally sometime last week, removed it.
To remove it, I propped it up on my bed, pulled the foregrip in an outwards motion, and then pulled down to release the catch.
This picture shows where the battery should go and shows the yellow connector used.
The foregrip alone.
More to come in next post ;]
Edited by goldeneye007airsoft, 12 July 2008 - 02:09 AM.