The Tac R71 is Crosman’s take on one of the most internationally used guns; the MP5k. The Tac R71 is designed for tight maneuvering, quick hip fire, and mainly used in CQB (Close Quarter Battle) due to it’s low profile and light 200 fps velocities. This gun also shines with it’s full auto capabilities.
The more pronounced features of the Tac R71 is the removable stock and the silencer. The stock is fixed, which means you can’t adjust it or fold it, however you can take it completely off. It’s made of light-weight plastic and it shouldn’t give you any problems as far as breaking. As for the silencer, like almost all airsoft silencers/suppressors, it doesn’t silence or suppress it. But, it does add accuracy and much needed velocity.
A big fact to know about the Tac R71 is that the scope and magazine are backwards. What I mean by that is, the scope, while you can see through it, is really a gravity fed hopper. What that means is that all of the BBs are stored in there, and they fall into the chamber by going through a hole in the bottom of the scope. While this allows more BBs to be in the gun at one time oppose to the magazine, the problem is that every five seconds or so you must shake the gun to get the BBs to fall into the chamber. It’s not a huge deal, but it gets annoying if you are planning on creeping along quietly and shaking it gives away your position. All the “magazine” is, is the battery.
It also gives a good fight. For only $40, the Tac R71 can put some plastic down range in a hurry. Although, you do have to shake it frequently. It’s advertised as 200 feet per second, but if you keep it clean and lubricated, you could see velocities of 275 with .12 gram BBs. It can hold ground in a airsoft fight, even up against higher end AEG’s, as long as you’ve got a feel for the gun and know what you’re doing.
The Tac R71 wears over time though. While at first the Tac R71 fires rounds at a incredible pace, after a year and a half of use, it can start losing FPS and struggles to get BBs out the barrel. The average life for a airsoft gun is around two or three years anyway, so it’s to be expected. You can try looking for a new battery which might help, but due to its unique design, it might be very hard to find a new one. You can also try filing down the inside of the barrel; because the Tac R71 has common problems of having rough barrels, causing the BB to get stuck or lose all its momentum and dribble out the barrel.
So, this is a great gun for CQB, or even as a low profile sub machine gun in a airsoft fight. The Tac R71 is good for target shooting, too! This is a good gun for someone who is just getting into airsoft, or for someone who is hesitant about airsoft and wants a good, cheap example of what it’s like, or even a good player looking for a cheap full-auto alternative. Just give it some love and keep it clean and lubed, and it’ll pass your expectations.
Feet Per Second: 200
Accuracy: Can hit a person from over 40 feet
Recommended BB Weight: .12 grams
Magazine Capacity: 500 BBs (Gravity-fed hopper)