Airsoft Action|June 2020
I have to admit that (like many of you) I am fascinated by all aspects of firearms development and having spent some quality time now with the BOLT SR-47, I have to say that the familiar feel of the AR design but with AK magazines and loading/unloading drills has really endeared it to me. Although, in my opinion, the BOLT is a super AEG, the fact is that you’re going to need to drop iro £400 for the URX 3.1 version and I have found that it’s a little picky on what magazines it likes to devour.
As regular readers will know though, I’ve been following the rollout of the latest CYMA 09 series of AEGs and been mightily impressed at what they offer for the money. I do honestly believe that this series offers tremendous value without any compromise in performance, and longer duration testing has proved to me that they are going to give continued great service as they bed in.
I’m lucky enough to have a range, albeit only a 30m one, at home, so even during the lockdown period I have been able to continue testing. With a longer-term goal in mind, I’ve been testing a whole bunch of AEGs and GBBs during the last few weeks and I’m soon going to need to order another case of BBs! I’ll be feeding back my findings on all of them in the coming months, not simply as a review of a new gun (we can only report on how the gun is, and performs, as new from the box in this format) but as a model that’s been used hard. Personally, I find this more valid and more useful to you as players that will want to use your chosen rifle, carbine, or pistol again and again!
With that said, I’ve been blowing the heck out of the 097A and 098A (this has now been physically restricted to semi-only as a DMR) and both have had upwards of 15K BBs through them …and more in the case of the 097A! Both AEGs are operating and shooting just fine and, as the hops have now bedded, I’m more than happy with accuracy. I want to get the 098A onto a longer-distance range again to see what it’s “legs” are like now but that will still have to wait a while longer.
So, with both of these models performing well there was one other model in the 09 series that I really wanted to try and that was the CM.096. CYMA already do a passable SR-47 replica, the 093, but what caught my eye in the new series was the 096 and this is because it replicates another A/AK hybrid, namely the CMMG Mk47 “Mutant”!
“I DO HONESTLY BELIEVE THAT THIS SERIES OFFERS TREMENDOUS VALUE WITHOUT ANY COMPROMISE IN PERFORMANCE, AND LONGER DURATION TESTING HAS PROVED TO ME THAT THEY ARE GOING TO GIVE CONTINUED GREAT SERVICE AS THEY BED IN.”
MUTATED TO PERFORM
Launched back in 2015, Central Missouri Machine Gun, or CMMG as we best know them, wanted to create a shooter’s rifle that took the best attributes of the AR platform and married those up seamlessly with the utility and proven effectiveness of the 7.62x39mm AK cartridge. In the words of CMMG Production Manager Tyson Bradshaw at the time:
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