G&G M14 Veteran Airsoft AEG Sniper Rifle
- Velocity: 400 fps (0.2 g BB) / Range 190-200 Feet
- Barrel Length:
25 inches / 66 cm
- Magazine Capacity: 470 Rounds
- Metal and Wood receiver
- Upgraded Internally (Metal Gear Box, Steel Gears, 6.035mm Precision Barrel)
- Upgraded with M130 Spring
- Functional Charging Handle
- Realistic Field Stripping
- Made in Taiwan
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Veteran version of the M14 is combined with metal and wood receiver/stock. It also sports a 470-round hi-cap magazine for ample cover fire for your teammates to advance or retreat. Solid and heavy to hold. Comes with tactical sling attachments for optional 3-point sling. The charging handle is functional and emits a satisfying "clunk" when released. Highly versatile for most mil-sims with its high power spring.
G&G Airsoft AEG Rifle Manual
- Internal Upgrades: Brass Gear Box Bushings, Ball Bearing Spring Guide Rod, 6.035mm Precision Inner Barrel, 520 mm Barrel Length, Metal Gear Box, Steel Gears)
-All G&G AEG airsoft rifles are pre-upgraded with precision inner barrel, ONLY USE high precision BBs. Failure to do so will cause jam and possible internal damage resulting in permanent damage and will VOID warranty.
G&G M14 Full Photo Review
DMR Guide Installment 1 By The Crimson Falcon
I'll start by apologizing for the unusually long-winded introduction, but there's some back history between this gun and I, and this review also introduces the first installment of my DMR guide. For those of you who just want to get to the review, please skip the next section of text.
Ever since G&G released their new generation revamped lineup, I have wanted one of their M14's. With all of the hype around the new ACM guns and designs coming out, it is easy to lose sight of some of the more common models. The M14 buzz of last year has largely died out, with the Kart, AGM, CYMA, Classic Army, and of course the new model G&G M14's out, the M14 isn't as much of an uncommon gun as it used to be. Only a few years ago, the TM was pretty much it, and the old model G&G M14's had some issues. Now, there are so many out, and so many new types of guns coming out (SCAR, HK416, etc) that even I had temporarily lost sight of my love for the venerable M14 (horrors and blasphemy!).
I recently rediscovered my appreciation for the M14 after responding to some of the “Which am teh best gun for DMR” questions sent in by my readers and viewers. I decided to do a DMR guide, which will showcase some of the best long-range stock (or lightly modified) AEG's. The M14 has survived for decades as one of the most popular DMR's, and with good reason. Although it is hard to control (in real life, that is) in fully automatic mode, on single shot it is deadly accurate, and its 7.62MM NATO round has great stopping power for one shot stops. In airsoft, its long barrel gives it great accuracy potential. Add in its sleek, organic lines, the undisputed sensual elegance of a wood stock, and gentle curves, and you've got one gorgeous DM weapon.
So, which M14 to get? For a base gun, there's really no better choice than the walnut-stocked, M130 powered G&G Veteran Edition, which comes stock with an upgrade gearbox, 6.035mm tightbore, and enough power to drive a bb out to DM ranges. While the much-vaunted TM has a superb hopup, it usually needs at least light gearbox work to realize its DM potential, and this guide focuses on guns that make good DMR's out of the box. I managed to pick up one of the very last G&G M14 VE's stocked by Airsplat, and have been anxiously awaiting its arrival…
Table of Contents
Real Steel History
Accessories and Modifications
Pros & Cons
The Final Word
I didn't have a long time to wait. Airsplat had the package at my door in under a week from placing the order, with their customary speedy service. Happily, the UPS guy didn't do a destructive dance on the box, leaving me to tear into it and reveal a simply gorgeous long G&G box.
I have always liked the professional appearance of G&G boxes, with their well-presented logos and glossy pictures of the product. Most box designs have their own appeal, of course, but G&G boxes rank among my favorites. So, time to open up the box…
It actually took me a while to quell my enthusiasm and stop drooling enough to take that picture, since the box contains the most beautiful M14 I have ever seen. I'm not a big fan of tacticool rails and such; the classic lines of the original M14 really call to me. Like every other M14 that I've seen, it comes fully assembled, and with the addition of a battery (not included), it's ready to rock and roll right out of the box. The gun also comes with a few extra goodies.
Like all of the other G&G guns, it comes with a muzzle cap to protect against accidental discharge. G&G and some of the other high-end companies make it a regular practice to include this safety feature, which is a fine sign that they're a responsible company that's committed to safety.
The box also contains a small sample of bb's, although I wish they were G&G BIO bb's, and I don't think these are. Incidentally, G&G BIO .28's are, at the time of this review, among the most consistent brands of ammunition that you can buy. I don't often recommend bb's for a gun made by the same company, but G&G BIO .28's would be an excellent choice for this M14. In addition, the box contains the usual cleaning rod, manual, and of course a beautiful high capacity magazine. The magazine, like most M14 magazines, can hold 470 rounds. It is made out of durable metal and feels great—nice and cold and fairly weighty, just like a magazine full of deadly 7.62MM NATO rounds ought to. It winds cleanly, with a crisp but subdued clicking, and feeds well. The gun is unfortunately NOT compatible with TM, CYMA, AGM, or KART magazines, as it has an extra cutout to accommodate the slightly different design.
Okay, so now that my fingers are itching too much to write more, I'm going to go ahead and pull this gun out of the box finally and take a closer look.
Real Steel History
(picture courtesy of www.world.guns.ru)
The M14 is the heir of the legendary M1 Garand. The famous WWII rifle unfortunately had several problems. Its eight round stripper clips could not be easily refilled during combat, it was large, heavy, and unwieldy, and the 30-06 ammunition was too bulky for soldiers to carry as much as might prove necessary. Various attempts were made to fix these problems, including the T20, T37, T44, T44E4 and E5, culminating in the M14. The M14 was designed to replace the M1 Garand, the M1 Carbine, the M3 Grease Gun, and the Browning Automatic Rifle. Yes, that's right, it was supposed to be a battle rifle, a carbine, a submachine gun, and a heavy squad support rifle. Here's a picture of the Garand:
While Springfield Armory is, in the airsoft world, the most well-known producer of M14's, it was also produced by Thompson-Ramo-Woodridge (TRW Inc), Harrington and Richardson Arms Co (H&R), and Winchester-Western Arms Division of Olin Mathieson ( Winchester). Approximately 1,380,000 M14's were produced, but production stopped due to problems encountered in Vietnam. The gun was too long and heavy to be effectively used as a battle rifle, too light to handle selective fire (the muzzle would rapidly climb skywards when firing bursts), and too powerful to be an adequate SMG. More, the wood stock was given to thermal expansion in jungle climates, which affected accuracy.
However, the gun was not a complete failure. It has been adopted for use by snipers and Designated Marksman, in updated forms including the M21 SWS and the XM25. The USMC still uses an updated M14 for their marksmen and for some snipers. The gun was also made famous in the movie Blackhawk Down, in which SFC Randy Shughart uses an M14. The gun has since become beloved among airsoft snipers and DM's. Unfortunately, during the Clinton administration, the BATF declared the M14 receiver to be a machine gun, and almost 500,000 were destroyed. Tragedy! However, a semi-automatic version is available for sale to civilians courtesy of Springfield Armory. Here's a picture of a USMC M14 DMR:
So, let's take a look at this G&G M14, and see why I think it's one of the best replicas on the market.
The buttplate is made out of metal, and folds up cleanly without squeaking. The texturing and attention to detail is superb, and the replica shoulders nicely. One thing that I'm struck by is the fact that the battery compartment cover is made out of metal, rather than plastic that's common to many of the other M14 models.
The stock is large enough to fit a 9.6V large-type battery, and for the Veteran edition, you will actually need a 9.6V battery. A lesser battery isn't strong enough to crank the powerful M130 spring. An 8.4V will work fine on the standard version, which runs a more standard spring, but the veteran edition, with its gorgeous walnut stock, requires a 9.6V battery. The packaging has a spot for a battery, but sadly does not come with one. I would recommend at least a good quality 9.6V battery, and possibly a custom 10.8V battery.
Another point of interest is that the grip is much wider than on the TM or ACM M14's. Someone with a small hand might not find it as comfortable, but for most people, it is, in my opinion, a much more comfortable size.
The gun also sports sling swivel mounts, which are made out of good quality metal and will not break easily. They swivel cleanly without squeaking, and are just begging for a leather sling, at least on the wood-stocked versions. Aesthetically, I think a leather sling is probably a necessity for this beautiful rifle. There is also a front hole for mounting a swivel mount bipod.
The trigger is made out of metal, as is the trigger guard and safety. The quality of the metal is much better than any of the ACM equivalents, and appears to be made out of a durable alloy, or perhaps CNC aluminum. One point of interest is that the trigger guard is much larger than its TM counterpart. It can easily fit a gloved finger, even with the safety on, which is a great feature, especially in winter. The safety clicks back and forth nicely, and works well, although due to the larger trigger guard, it is at a different angle when engaged than I would have expected.
So, what about the receiver? Virtually every part of this gun is made out of wood or metal, and the finish and quality is excellent. However, I'm most interested in the fact that the receiver has almost realistic trademarks with a unique serial number. The only difference is that instead of Springfield, or some other real armory, it say's G&G Armament. Frankly, that doesn't concern me.
The bolt handle is typically one of the most popular features of an M14, because it makes a satisfying “Ka-CHUNK” noise when you rack it. The G&G M14 is no exception. The tolerances are far tighter than on the KART or AGM models, and everything works butter-smooth. I almost feel like I could spread it on toast. Let's take a look:
Racking back the bolt opens the bolt cover, allowing a spent round to pop out and…oh wait, this is an airsoft gun… Anyways, it allows access to the hopup, and gives us a glimpse of G&G's classic brand of humor, because the bolt is marked with the words “Capital of Greedy Island.” The dull sheen of the metal really lets you know that you're dealing with a quality replica. The bolt catch is also functional, which is a nice touch.
I was actually struck by how good the hopup is. Unlike most of the other G&G guns that I've reviewed, the M14 uses a metal hopup unit which is surprisingly effective, especially coupled with the long 520mm tightbore barrel.
The rear sight is well detailed, and adjustable, but is a little finicky. You have to actually pull up a bit on the rear sight to start the elevation adjustment, which is controlled by the left wheel. The horizontal adjust works to move the sight left, but is also a bit finicky. That's a bit disappointing, as if you shoot with iron sights, sight adjustment is pretty important. Still, it CAN be done, so no real complaints here.
The gun does not come with a scope mount, but I purchased a cheap one from Ehobbyasia a while back that just happens to fit perfectly. Note that a TM mount is a bit different. The G&G style mount needs to be shimmed on the side to fit a TM or one of its clones, and the TM mount will probably not fit perfectly on the G&G. There's a nice cheap mount available at Evike. I was unable to find a mount at Airsplat, although you may be able to obtain one if you ask nicely.
Remember, the above mount does NOT come with the gun (although it should, in my opinion).
Note that the small piece that replaces the mount (and has to be removed to put on the scope mount) uses an extremely tiny Allen screw, which may be difficult to remove. You'll probably need a metric size 1 wrench (the smallest I had was a metric 1.5, and that was too large). I ended up having to use a mini screwdriver and a hammer to get it out to install the mount.
The magazine well is a bit more finicky than the TM brand, and is not compatible with TM magazines, since those lack the rear cutout and the raised feed lip. I do not think it is really possible to mod a TM magazine to fit, and have not yet tried CA magazines, which are reportedly compatible. The magazine is a bit more challenging to seat than on the TM version, perhaps because of the feed lip. It is easiest to seat the magazine if you insert it bb side first. Once properly seated, it feeds beautifully, and stays in solidly with only a hint of wobble. The magazine catch spring is strong, and works well.
The heatshield is a brown walnut color, rather than the more common black. It has a low sheen finish, and is very solidly constructed. It can be replaced with the G&G M14 RAS available at many retailers (costs around 136-150 USD).
The selector switch clicks cleanly between semi and full, and does not appear to use the same design as the TM, so I have high hopes for semi to last. It also can be turned counterclockwise a bit, which on earlier models used to be a spring detensioner, although it appears to be cosmetic on this model. My gearbox has not locked up yet, so I don't know for sure if it still serves that purpose, but nothing happens after I fire on semi and then turn it. It does seem to lock up and get difficult to turn every once in a while. I haven't identified the reason yet. It is marked with an A on it on one side—when the A faces you (assuming you're on the stock end), it is on Automatic mode. When it faces away, it's on semi.
The gas tube is also solidly constructed out of metal, and the takedown is actually much easier than on a TM. Rather than having to unscrew a grew screw and slide the gas tube assembly forward, you just have to use a regular screwdriver to turn a screw one quarter turn, remove the trigger guard (just like on a real M14 or on the TM), and then the stock comes off easily.
The muzzle is the classic M14 style, which boasts a blade sight instead of the more common pin. The castle nut is screwed on solidly, and there appear to be two grub screws holding it on, one in the front at a diagonal angle, and the other in the back of the sight. To remove the sight, you must unscrew those grub screws, then unscrew the castle nut in the middle. This allows access to the standard 14mm CCW threaded barrel, and permits installation of a suppressor.
TCF Externals Rating: 49 out of a possible 50 points.
The internals on this gun are really what set it apart from its competitors. This gun comes essentially fully upgraded with quality parts. The hopup chamber is actually metal for once, and although I think it would advantageous to replace the hopup bucking, it's the best hopup that I've encountered in a G&G gun, and I don't really think the chamber needs replacement. In fact, the stock bucking does a great job if you clean off the small amount of grease that's on it with warm, soapy water. The gun also supports a 6.035mm brass tightbore, which is good quality, and, since it's brass, will likely get even better the more rounds get fired through it. I will still probably install a PDI or an EdGI 6.01mm tightbore, but the stock barrel is plenty good. The barrel is 520mm long.
The gearbox is really where the G&G stands out. It's built out of reinforced solid alloy, and looks incredibly durable. It's got stock 7mm metal bearing bushings, and the spring guide is a metal bearing spring guide, which prevents stress as the spring torques. The gear set is the usual high quality G&G steel gear set, which looks very sturdy. It's still relatively standard, and sports what appears to be a well-made polycarbonate piston. Unlike the Marui, however, the trigger is part of the trigger guard unit, and engages a piece on the side of the gearbox. It looks a good bit more complicated, but the selector switch design is a bit different, and I hope that it will be good on semi for longer than the Marui design. The motor is a high torque 250000 rpm motor, and, in conjunction with a decent battery, produces a decent ROF out of the powerful stock M130 spring. For those of you unfamiliar with the designations, M130 stands for 130 meters per second, or about 426.5 fps with a standard 6.08mm barrel. With the stock tightbore, it shoots a bit over 430 fps. Overall, I'm very impressed with the quality of the internals, and there's really no reason to mess with the gearbox at all, which is a nice thing to note. It's well-shimmed, and doesn't make much in the way of a whining noise.
TCF Internals Rating: 43 out of a possible 50 points.
Like any AEG, you just have to insert the magazine, cock the charging handle (well, you don't have to cock it, but it sounds cool), remove the safety by pushing it forward out of the trigger guard, aim the gun, and fire. Pretty simple, as usual. But, how about performance? How does it perform?
Performance is actually staggeringly good. I started off with the classic coke can chrono test for reference, and was disturbed when my gun insisted on penetrating whatever surface I put in front of it. Granted, the cans I'm using are Safeway Select and Hansens' for initial testing, and it seems those are weaker, because…can-top capable!
Now, that puts this gun firing at over 470 fps, which seems a bit high. So, I tested it again:
Weird. I figure it will settle, since it's specced to fire only at a respectable 430 fps. Still, the stock power is amazing, and it can easily power the G&G Bio .28's that I recommend using.
After firing a few hundred more rounds, it did indeed settle. I did some testing (on video) using TSD Tactical .2g bb's, and ended up with a more reasonable 400-450 fps range. It's easily 400+ (bottom center), and not quite 450 (bottom edge). Overall, pretty impressive. I'm not quite sure why the initial testing was so much higher, but it's certainly a powerful gun right out of the box. Here's a demo of the coke can chrono test:
Okay, so I next tested it for accuracy at 100 feet, using standard .2g bb's. Overall, I was fairly impressed, as it held about a 3” grouping, and closer to 2.5” if we discount some of the fliers. What was more surprising to me, however, was that it held its grouping fairly well even when I moved out to 150 feet. It opens up a good bit past that using .2's, but again, it's shooting too hot for .2's anyways. Here's a shot of the target:
I highly recommend doing some cleaning first—the barrel was fairly dirty, as was the hopup bucking, and removing that grease really improved my groupings.
I next ran a skirmish test using those recommended BIO .28's. Without a doubt, this gun is very impressive, even in stock form. I was able to get good consistency on torso-sized targets (90% hit out of 100 shots) from 200 feet, and was able to hit out to over 230 feet. It was instantly clear to me that this gun is made to be a long-range rifle; it's got very close to the effectiveness of a decent sniper rifle, and much faster follow-up shots, since its an AEG. It's probably shooting a bit too hot to use at most fields, but if you use the standard version, which uses the standard M120 spring, you'll be good almost everywhere, and it's still going to give you the ability to reach out and touch someone.
Accessories & Modications
Well, first off, it's an M14, so you shouldn't do that much. The stock has a hole for a swivel stud or bipod in the front, and it can also accept various kits, so you could put on M14 RAS, scope mounts, leather slings, etc. G&G sells an M14 RAS for this gun, and it needs the G&G M14 scope mount as well if you plan on making it a DMR (and you should). If you remove the front sight, you can also screw on any flashhider or suppressor that you want, as it uses the standard 14mm CCW threading. You can also install aftermarket tightbores if you choose, and you may want to use some tape to make barrel spacers. It can take most AEG aftermarket parts for M14.
Pros & Cons
Its an M14.
Full metal receiver, with really hot cocking handle action.
Nice solid stock, full stock configuration.
Accepts v.7 gears.
Stock tightbore barrel, 520 mm long, 6.035mm inner diameter.
Fully adjustable rear sight.
Metal Hi-cap magazine which works quite well.
Solid magazine catch, no wobble when mag is inserted.
Functional bolt catch.
Metal bearing bushings
Metal bearing spring guide
Metal gas tube
Secure construction with trigger guard latch
Metal battery cover
Metal hopup chamber
Powerful M130 stock spring
High torque motor
For the veteran edition, a walnut stock
Redesigned selector switch
May have spring detensioner
Selector switch gets a bit sticky
Requires at least a 9.6V battery
No Dean's connectors
Not compatible with most aftermarket magazines (only CA and G&G)
It's a long gun, so it's not maneuverable except as a DMR or long rifle
You can order the G&G M14 from a variety of retailers, including Airsplat, who was kind enough to give me a deal on this one. The G&G M14 regular editions cost 255 USD shipped, while the Veteran edition with the M130 and Walnut stock costs 355 USD. Airsplat reports that they will be discontinuing the Veteran Edition, so if you want a great DMR right out of the box, get yours quickly, as they will not be restocking.
TCF Overall Rating: 92 out of a possible 100 points.
TCF VPC Rating (Value Per Cost): 0.256
The Final Word
Those of you who have been keeping track of these things may know that I absolutely love M14's, and have tried all of the ACM M14's, as well as the TM M14. I have not yet tried the Classic Army M14, but as the CA is a clone of the G&G, and doesn't have the sheer power of the original, I'll stick to the G&G, personally. It is to date my favorite M14, beating out even the much-vaunted TM in my estimation, although the walnut stock and larger trigger grip and better selector switch design and fully upgraded internals certainly help in that respect. This replica is an effective DMR out of the box, and can be top-notch without even having to touch the gearbox at all. I would recommend a Firefly hopup bucking and an Element, Big-out, or EdGI H-nub or SCS nub, along with perhaps a better quality tightbore (or else break this one in), but overall, G&G has produced an amazing gun that is pretty close to perfect right out of the box. The realistic trademarks are a real plus, and the detailing and easy takedown are great features as well. This is the best G&G gun that I've seen yet, and is far better than the older models. I highly recommend the G&G M14 in any of its incarnations for those of you looking for a Vietnam-era assault rifle or a DMR, or perhaps looking to build a Blackhawk Down loadout. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
This airsoft gun is not to be misrepresented as a real firearm or gun that is manufactured by Springfield Armory and is merely an airsoft gun that fires 6mm pellets. The manufacturer of this airsoft gun is G&G.