KART M14 EBR Full Metal Sniper AEG Rifle
- Velocity: 340 FPS (0.2 g BB) / Range 160-180 Feet
- Barrel Length: 25 inches / 66 cm
- Magazine Capacity: 260 Rounds
- Tri-Rail included!
- Scope Rail Included
- Battery and Charger Included
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- Made in China
KART ML4 EBR M14 Metal Sniper AEG Rifle Manual
The concept of battle rifle was necesary in the years after the WWII. The assualt rifle replaced bolt action rifles, which were most common weapon in WWII. The idea of an assualt rifle, was challenged in Vietnam war, when the lighter M16 quickly replaced by M14. Recently it became obvious that lighter assault rifles cannot cover every demand, and M14 is making a comeback. M14 uses a hard hitting, over penetrating round (7,62 NATO), which means that battle rifle is not necessary for an average door kicker, but it is deadly in the arms of seasoned, trained shooter.
Latest creattion of M14 is called EBR (Enhanced Battle Rifle). EBR is an end result of a US SOCOM's project of US Navy special forces (SEAL) modernized battle rifle. First direct predecessor was M14 SOPMOD variation. Their idea was to discard usual stock configuration and to employ a combination of new chassis and stock. Their version demanded a conversion of gas system, despite one of the demands being a "drop in" conversion. This was a opportunity for less known company, called Sage International Ltd, from Escod, Michigan. Their proposal was an actual "drop,in" chassis solution. Drop in means that it is necessary to take apart your bog standard M14 and insert it in EBR chassis.
Kart M14 EBR (its official name is M668. We will use Kart M14 EBR. And box ,falsely, states that it is "Conversion Kit") is one of the more pleasant surprises in 2007. Kart has released other airsoft rifles, including the M14 and the Socom. Most of which were good airsoft guns and a great value, but none of them were as impressive as this AEG.
Airsoft gun arrives in Styrofoam box (with cardboard sleeve), which protects Airsoft gun in the transport.
It is interesting, how little Kart hides the fact, that they Airsoft gunte G&P's M14 EBR chassis.
When you pick up airsoft rifle for the first time, it rattles a bit. It is pretty much given that you need to tighten everything, make a check and than retighten everything again. In short, which is quickly and simply remedied with some elbow grease and ten minutes of your spare time.
With the exception of the rubber butt on the stock and pistol grip Kart M114 EBR is completely metal. Previous versions of Kart used plastic gas tube (and several other parts). Kart M14 EBR has all those parts in metal.
Airsoft gun comes with a Hi Capacity metal magazine and has the capacity of 400 BBs.
Generally speaking, chassis looks good. It is not machined, but casted. Naturally, there are slight imperfections in the chassis.
Finish on the metal parts ,as it case with most Chinese Airsoft gun, satisfactory at best. Problem is in its softness. It chips very easily and in couple of skirmishes it wears down considerably. Despite its softness, it is even and not too glossy.
Battery space is hidden under a plastic fore grip. Originally Kart M14 EBR comes with 9.6V battery, which is great; but works with 8.4V just as well.
You wont be able to cram large battery, but small, 8.4V battery fits and Airsoft gun works without problem. Change of battery is somewhat awkward, as it is necessary to remove three Allen screws to remove the hand guard. However, I rather see that than to mess around with a battery box. This is not fault of Kart, but configuration of the Airsoft gun.
Sights are adjustable. Rear sight adjustments are performed with two dials, which allows windage and elevation adjustment. It clicks to the position, but it is fairly soft. However, as M14 EBR is most often employed as precision shooting platform there is plenty of space to mount optics.
Stripper clip sight base replaces stripper clip guide. This allows for in line mounting of optics with magnification. You will need appropriate rings and optics (in airsoft, copies of M1 are cheapest and most realistic).
As it is customarily with Chinese Airsoft guns there is no authentic markings. Small inscription "Made in China" is located on the rear of the upper receiver, beneath the rear sight.
Bolt is functional, but bolt catch isn't. Kart's M14 are copies of Tokyo Marui M14, which reflect down to such small details. Bolt release is not very important as HopUp adjustment dial is hidden in the magazine well. Bolt is fast and slams into the front position with a nice metallic clank.
One of the main attributes of this Airsoft gun is its weight. Good sling is a first accessory you will need and thankfully, chassis if fully prepared for sling installation. Rear sling attachment have ears on left and right. Front sling attachment is by default located on the left side of the chassis, but can be simply unscrewed and reattached on the right side, if so desired.
Kart M14 EBR airsoft rifle comes bundled with the sling. Quality of the sling is not the best, it is too soft, even if it is wide enough. It is good temporary solution; you are advised to purchase better one as soon as possible.
Motor is not stored in the grip, so it is realistically narrow.
Overall, Kart M14 Airsoft gun is posible to adjust to the operator. Telescopic stock is adjustable in length. It is secured by button on the rear of the chassis. Just a note: button is obscured by fully retracted stock, but it is still easily acessable. Stock can be set in four increments. Movement of the stock is not smooth, but can easily be resolved with a little silicone oil.
Cheek pad is a integral part of the stock. Naturally, it can be adjusted in height. If you use sights it is not necessary to adjust it at all. Adjustment is necessary when using an optics. Cheek pad is secured with lever and it can be adjusted to ridiculous height.
There is plenty of real estate to mount Picatinny or Weaver compatible accessories. Stripper clip mount was already mentioned, there are also rails at 3, 6, 9, and 12 o clock. There is plenty RIS compatible accessories which you can choose from, from bipods to tactical lights. Tolerance of rails could be better, as some of the accessories have don't stay there very solidly.
Quality of assembly is fairly good. There are some minor details, which detracts, like visible (red) cables, which are visible through gaps on the chassis. They are visible on couple of spots and is fairly simple to take Kart M14 apart and tape over the cables with some black tape.
This Airsoft gun is very interesting for our readers, so we took special interest in field test:
Airsoft gun is very heavy, and you will need a decent sling. One of the main comparative advantages is fully adjustable stock, which enables very efficient use of sights or optical devices. Airsoft gun is muzzle heavy and puts a lot of strain on your support hand. Hand guard is fairly stressed, so it creaks and moves a bit.
Safety is positioned in the best place possible and works. Same goes for fire selector. Moving bolt makes phenomenal sound but it could use a stiffer spring. Range, accuracy and exit velocity (chronoed around 340 fps) are impressive. ROF on 8.4 V battery is comparable with other Airsoft guns. Fire selector is simple knob on the right and has two settings (semi and auto).
High capacity magazine's winding wheel works without any issues. Inserting the magazine is simple and (Tokyo Marui's) solution is much better tha nGuay Guay's or Classic Army's.
Stock has some play and it moves if it is not shouldered. Cheek pad lever has also some play, even in locked position. Trigger pull is very crisp and nice, with no sluggishness.
Change of battery is a challenge. Not as much as changing the battery, but more taking care of small screws. You will need to carry a Allen key with you (part of the package). High performance battery is preferable, just to avoid this tiresome procedure. Also, I assume that large battery presses against the hand guard (which has less place to move and moan).
Adjustment of the HopUp is uneventful; you need to remove the magazine and turn click adjustable dial. HopUp shows no tendency to reset itself.
Magazine release lever's spring is very soft and it is possible to loose the magazine on the field if you are not careful. This is one of those small details, which are cheap enough and easy enough to change.
After a field test and skirmish (approximately 4000 BBs) we opened a Airsoft gun. Kart M14 EBR uses standard Kart M14 gearbox (what else), which has upper half colored in black in order not to be seen trough the ventilation holes of the chassis. Work on this type of gearboxes is very easy.
Kart's gearbox is basically a Tokyo Marui V7 gearbox. Shell is die casted, but job could be better. There is lots of left over material, which could (and does) end up between the gears, causing havoc.
Airsoft gun uses plastic bushings. Gears are XYT brand. Shimming looks decent, gearbox was adequately (as in: not too much) greased. There was no visible tear after our little field test (and yet again, this was everything but long term test).
HopUp appears (as we didn't have an opportunity to actually cross test compatibility) to be identical to Tokyo Marui M14 HopUp. Tested version was very nice and consistent, without any air leakage. Speaking of inner barrels: there appears to be problem with diameter of the outer barrel on Kart's M14s and regular after market inner barrels can not be inserted in the original barrel. Important, if you plan to upgrade your Airsoft gun with tighter barrel.
So, this is our review of KART M14 EBR. Is Kart EBR perfect? No, it is not. Actually, it is far from perfect. But even with all its flaws it is very nice rifle, which is skirmish ready. It is a good and affordable package without really big problems, but with several smaller, less serious problems, but it is still worth you money if you want Airsoft gun of Enhanced Battle Rifle for cheap.
Review by Airsoft-News.eu
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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 KART.