KWA’s new SR series (SR12, SR10, and SR5) have rocked the airsoft world. With revolutionary design and stunning performance, these precision AEGs have set a new standard for other companies to match. The number denotes the length of the RIS; the SR12 has a 12 inch rail, while the SR10 and SR5 have 10inch and 5inch, respectively. The SR12 comes a full stock while both the SR10 and SR5 utilize KWA’s improved crane stock design.
At 39.5 inches, the SR10 is the exact same length as a full size m16. But don’t let the size keep you from considering it; the SR12 seems much smaller when you hold and maneuver it. With a battery and mag, the balance point is at the mag catch, right between your hands. Although heavy, the gun is a joy to hold, as well as completely solid.
396 ± 3 FPS
21 RPS w/ 9.6v 3600mAh Battery
Full Metal Construction
12-inch Free-Floating RIS
20-inch Outer Barrel
509mm Inner Barrel
Flip up Front and Rear Sights
KWA 2GX Gearbox and Bucking
Full stock with large and small Tamiya connectors
300 round hicap
Average retail price: $395
Externals and Appearance
KWA has taken a huge step towards improving the external appearance of their AEGs. The new models come with new logos, unique serial numbers, new matte finish on bodies, and overall fantastic quality. The construction is solid, and feels fantastic. Examining it side-by-side to a VFC 416 lying around my room, the KWA is easily of comparable quality.
The KWA SR10 comes in a plain, unassuming, tastefully designed box sporting the KWA logo and not much more. This is a pleasant change from busy boxes with bright flashy colors and images of people and guns.
Inside there is the KWA warranty, lipo battery warning, owner’s registration card, and operator’s manual (in English!). I highly suggest reading at least the warranty, as it contains important information that is good to know. And unlike many other manuals, the KWA one is actually well thought out, and has a lot of good information that makes for a good read.
Also in the box are a couple standard items. Red barrel plug, cleaning rod, hex keys for field stripping, and a front sight adjustment tool.
The included magazine holds 300 rounds, and has no markings. Simple, clean, and gets the job done. Minimal wobble in the mag well, as appropriate.
The flash-hider is a typical birdcage, and is painted orange. It is illegal to remove this orange tip, and the procedure to do so will not be covered in this review. Do not simply screw it off, as this will damage the threading.
The outer barrel construction is rock solid (as is the rest of the gun). Lifting the SR12 up by the muzzle (which I don’t recommend), there was no wobble or loose parts. The gas block is a slightly different shade of metal (along with the front and rear sights, trigger guard, charging handle, and motor plate). These parts look extremely good.
The front sight is a flip up sight. Excellent construction, excellent appearance.
The rails have full markings, which look awesome. Top, bottom, left, and right, numbered from 1 to 27. KWA also has their own trademarks on the rail system, in a classy position and style; simple and good looking. You can also see the clockwise free-float system of the RIS.
Although my model came 100% solid, some owners have mentioned problems of the rail becoming wobbly. There’s an easy 30 second fix for this. Tighten the 8 screws around the RIS as shown in the following picture.
Edited by hydralover, 21 August 2010 - 04:19 AM.