Tac R71 Airsoft Gun Review

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.

Specs:
Feet Per Second: 200
Accuracy: Can hit a person from over 40 feet
Power: Electric
Caliber: 6mm
Recommended BB Weight: .12 grams
Magazine Capacity: 500 BBs (Gravity-fed hopper)
Manufacture: Crosman

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Stinger R36 Airsoft Gun Review

The Stinger R36 airsoft rifle is modeled after its “military-style” counterparts. It usually comes in desert camouflage paint job, with a FPS of 260. It also comes with a Red-Dot sights, a mock silencer, a flashlight, and a twenty round magazine.

The Stinger R36 looks super cool. The stock, silencer, red-dot sight, and flashlight are all removable. If you take it all off, you’ve got somewhat of a MP5k. As seen above, near the front of the gun there’s four weaver rails to accessorize with: lasers, fore grips, bi-pods, a upgraded scope, etc. It also comes with two studs to attach a shoulder sling, though, they are pretty weak, so just be careful.

Although the Singer R36 airsoft rifle is stylish and has a ton of ways to customize it and make it your own, it’s not very accurate. It’s in fact, horribly inaccurate. My personal one shoots extreme high and left. And some of the people I know that have this, theirs shoot all over the place. Even when loaded with .25 gram ammo, it still wants to pull up and left. I don’t recommend doing this at all, but I bent the barrel down and right, and that seems to help a little bit. So, unless to have the patience or money to upgrade the scope, and maybe get some .43 gram ammo, this might be a problem for you.

While the Stinger R36 loses in accuracy, it wins in BB’s down range. The cocking mechanism is located perfectly so that you can reach up with your weak hand cock, without taking your sights off your target and your finger off the trigger. With the 20 round clip it comes with, with a little persistence and training, you can unload the whole thing in 7 or 8 seconds. This is a great advantage in a spring powered airsoft fight. Although, you wouldn’t really have a chance against AEG’s.

The accessories are cool to. Airsofters love to see a lot of accessories and customizable parts on their airsoft guns, and the Stinger R36 provides. Everything from the stock and silencer, to the scope and flashlight, to the four weaver rails are fully customizable/de-attachable to fit your needs. The flashlight is semi-powerful and is great for nighttime wars or wars in dark indoor  places. And the stock is not adjustable, but it is removable and is made of solid plastic and very durable. The silencer doesn’t silence anything, but it does add some accuracy and it increases velocity. And finally, the scope. It helps gauge where you’re shooting, but like I said, the shot’s already extremely unpredictable.

The Stinger R36 is also very light; which could be good or bad. It’s made almost completely out plastic, which makes it one of the lightest guns I’ve ever shot. On the good hand, it won’t wear you out in a airsoft match. But on the bad hand, it feels very unnatural and cheap. It’s also prone to breaking if you drop it or play to ruff with it.

To wrap things up, the Stinger R36 is highly customizable to suit your needs, but is also very inaccurate, but there are steps you can take to help that. It can put some plastic down range in a hurry, which really helps in a airsoft battle. It also comes with many accessories and removable parts to make it your own. So, the Stinger R36 is not so great for target shooting, but can be a good tool to have in a war, I highly recommend getting some heavy BB’s and if you can afford it, a new scope. More than anything, be patient with it.

Specs:
Feet Per Second: 260
Accuracy: Horrible (works okay as a infantry weapon, just don’t expect to be hitting targets at ranges over 25 feet with any consistency)
Power: Spring (you must pull back the slide before each shot)
Caliber: 6mm
Recommended BB Weight: .25+ grams
Magazine Capacity: 20 BBs
Manufacture: Crosman

Stinger R34 Airsoft Gun Review

At a glance, the Stinger R34 airsoft rifle is a almost exact replica of the standard M16. Everything from the magazine release to the sights are mirroring the M16. That’s not a bad thing, either. The Stinger R34 airsoft rifle is a very effective gun in both the field or for target shooting. The four weaver rails located near the front of the gun (as seen below) are extremely useful for mounting anything from scopes, to lasers, to fore grips, to even bi-pods.

The Stinger R34 is also very accurate. Although the real M16 is mainly a infantry rifle, the Stinger R34 is commonly used as a sniper rifle. It can hit targets from 120 feet out consistently with .25 gram BB’s; before hard to come by, with the exception of sniper rifles.

A lot of airsoft players are drawn to not only it’s stunning accuracy and reliability, but it’s price tag of only $40.  Not bad for a gun of this caliber.

Also, the Stinger R34 has an edge by having a reservoir of 500+ BB’s in the magazine. That’s a huge deal to players who have day-long fights. Taking the hassle of having to reload manually every time out of the equation equals less down time between shots.

As with any airsoft gun, the Stinger R34 has its drawbacks. For example, the cocking mechanism is located directly behind the sights. This means that you either have to dismount each shot to rack it with your strong hand, or leave the rifle mounted on your shoulder and rack it with your weak hand. Either way is fine, it just slows down time between shots and gets you off target, and in a airsoft war, opportunity only comes once. Also, if you attach a sling, you have to attach one of the latches to the very back of the stock, which isn’t a big deal, it just feels weird and the sling can sometimes get wrapped around the stock.

And, even though the Stinger R34 is reliable for the most part, it does misfeed from time to time (a misfeed is when the gun doesn’t take a BB correctly, and it doesn’t fire a BB when you pull the trigger, it basically dry fires). Not a huge deal in target shooting, but when you need to make a shot count in a airsoft fight, you need to know that your gun is going to work. But don’t let this discourage you from getting the Singer R34, like I said, for the most part the Stinger R34 is very reliable, it can just misfeed every now and then.

It comes down to this, the Stinger R34 airsoft rifle is a great gun; reliable, accurate, powerful, and cheap. While it does have some designed problems, it’s a hybrid of sniper, infantry, and assault rifle all packed into one. Good for both beginners or  advanced airsofters.

Also, note that the Stinger R34 is NOT fully automatic. It does have two “fire” modes, but they’re just for looks. A lot of people get confused by the two firing modes, but I assure you, it’s a spring powered rifle that you must cock before each shot, regardless of what “mode” you’re on.

Specs:
Feet Per Second: 300
Accuracy: Can hit person from 120 feet
Power: Spring (you must pull back the slide before each shot)
Caliber: 6mm
Recommended BB Weight: .25 gram
Magazine Capacity: 18 BBs (with a 400 round reservoir)
Manufacture: Crosman

Colt 1911 Airsoft Gun Review

The first thing you will notice about the Colt 1911 airsoft pistol is the resemblance to the real thing. From the beaver-tail, to the long 6 inch barrel, this gun’s as close as you can get to the real 1911.

It’s also cheap. Only $14! Though, spare clips will cost you around $10 for two, which is decent, considering to fact that their is no reservoir and that in a airsoft fight you don’t want to be having to be manually pushing in 12 BB’s under heavy fire and pressure. So, bottom line, spare clips are worth their weight in gold.

The Colt 1911 airsoft pistol also comes with a laser, seen in the illustration above. While the laser isn’t the greatest out in the field or at long ranges, it will work well for indoor target shooting. On that note, you do have to be gentle with the laser, as the wiring is weak. It’s probably best to de-attach the laser if you are shooting outdoors or are having a airsoft match. If the wire does fray, which it commonly will, you can repair it with some simple electrical tape.

The slide is also hard to cock. Not a big deal for target shooting, but can be a burden when trying to lay down fire while in the field; but you should keep in mind that this is a cheap pistol, and is best used as a sidearm/secondary weapon.

Accuracy isn’t the best with the Colt 1911 airsoft pistol. While the BB will fly in a straight line, it drops dramatically after 20 feet with .20 gram ammo. .12 gram ammo fixes this problem somewhat, however, it’s best if you stick with .20 because even though it will drop, .12 is very unpredictable. So, you should weigh out the odds; a BB that will fly straight but drop, or a BB that will fly very far but will be inaccurate. It’s really up to you.

To wrap up, The Colt 1911 airsoft pistol is a good, cheap, durable sidearm that has its drawbacks but can payoff.  While some parts like the laser are touch-and-go, it’s a good idea to invest in other things, like some extra clips.  Overall, the Colt 1911 airsoft pistol is a good gun. Good for target shooting, but a little less great in a airsoft fight, though it can make a good sidearm.

Specs:
Feet Per Second: 210
Accuracy: You can hit a person from 30 feet
Power: Spring (you must pull back the slide before each shot)
Caliber: 6mm
Recommended BB weight: .20 gram
Magazine Capacity: 12 BBs
Manufacture: Colt