A couple of weeks back I managed to get my hands on the new A&K M60 (AKA The Pig) machine gun, courtesy of Just Cause Airsoft. Here I review this iconic machine gun and this time there’s an added bonus: I managed to get some game time in with it at Ambush Adventures Southampton airsofting site.
If you’d like to just watch a video review of this airsoft gun the please scroll to the bottom of the page.
Unboxing The Gun
First impressions are good. This thing is a beast and A&K have done a good job replicating this gun. The build quality is brilliant and the details they’ve put in are as you’d expect from a high end airsoft gun. It is solid as a rock, and although I do have some minor concerns, it feels good. Weight wise it comes in just under 20lbs which is still 5lbs lighter than the real steel version, but is still pretty heavy and although it’s been a few years since I last handled a real one of these, I can see that the attention to detail is as good as you would ever need or want.
Starting at the front of the gun you have the trademark large flash-hider, triangle foresight, and bi-pod and outrigger. All are made well and are solid with the exception of the bi-pod, and this is where the first of my two concerns come into play. The bi-pod itself is made well and the materials are nice and strong, but I do worry that the joints, where the bi-pod attaches to the barrel, may not be strong enough to handle the rigours that a machine gun places on them. Now, this could just be me being pedantic having spent a majority of my military career as a machine gunner, but the bi-pod on a machine gun takes quite a beating during operation. This is because when you set it up, you lean into the bi-pod to counter act the recoil. It help’s you stabilise the gun and keep control of your bursts. In airsoft this is not necessary but it is something that people tend to do when getting behind a weapon like this. My concerns could be for nothing though because, like I said, the materials used are excellent. But this will come to light over time.
Moving rearwards we have a large barrel and gas tube. Where the gas regulator would normally be you have a rate of fire adjuster. If you want to suppress an enemy position while the rest of your team get ready to assault, you can turn down the rate of fire to conserve ammunition but still be effective for suppression. Once your team-mates are ready to assault, you can turn the rate of fire back up to really smash the enemy positions. A great feature in my opinion. Further back and where the barrel meets the main body we have the hand guard and carrying handle, and the second of my concerns. Machine guns are heavy, bulky weapons. They’re not designed to be accurate or fired from any position other than prone and using the bi-pod legs. Because of this, when moving between fire positions, the best thing to do is grab it by the carrying handle and run with the gun down by your side. Now, the carrying handle materials are again, very good. The handle itself is strong and the rubber grip is soft enough to not dig into your hand, but as with the bi-pod, I worry that the joint may not last. It seems weak and there is quite a bit of wobble in it. Again, this is airsoft and the gun is lighter than its real steel counterpart, but that would be the main method of carry during battle so will inevitably take a beating, and again, this is something that will only be realised over time. My suggestion when buying this gun would be to just check the joints before each game day and tighten any screws. The last thing you want is to be running along and your gun smashes into the ground because a screw worked itself loose.
Moving back from here you have the main body, a barrel release catch, flip up rear sights, and a butt strap. As you should expect by now, the quality of these parts are all excellent. The iron sights don’t quite work the way they’re supposed to, because you can’t adjust the sights through the full spectrum of ranges but, this is largely irrelevant in airsoft because of the limitations of range. Plus this could just be a factory assembly error on my particular gun as it does look like it should work properly. The trigger is nice and snappy, and in fact, is more responsive than a real machine gun, and the safety catch is nice and sturdy. It’s quite stiff which is something that is inherent to machine guns due to the fact that they only have two fire modes: safe and rock’n’roll!
On the left of the main body we have the ammunition box which is a hard plastic box that sits nicely inside a canvas bag attached to the feed tray. Inside here you place your battery and upwards of 2,500 bbs. One feature I do like is that the ammo box incorporate an automatic feed motor which is connected to the trigger which feeds the bbs out of the box and into the gun via a feed tube. There is space to fit some dummy rounds into the feed tray and top of the ammo pouch to give a bit more realism, however, I was unable to test this so am not sure how easily they will fit. On top of the main body you have a top cover which works the same as the M60’s real counterpart and inside here is where you adjust your hop.
Performance of the Gun
Performance wise we were getting about 60 meters at and FPS of 280 using 0.2g bbs, which isn’t bad. It was still pretty accurate, wind dependant, at that range as well which was a nice bonus. The good thing about a machine gun, and particularly this one is that you can loosely aim and then “walk on” your rounds. This involves using the stream of bbs flying downrange to adjust your aim, kind of like pointing a laser at your target. The rate of fire ranges from barely firing to as fast as you would ever need, using the adjustment knob at the front of the gas tube.
This is a great airsoft gun. Despite my minor concerns over the joints on the carrying handle and bi-pod this is a very well made airsoft gun. The details are great and A&K have done well replicating this iconic machine gun. The adjustable rate of fire is a nice little touch and works really easily. It’s accurate and consistent and there’s something about manning a machine gun like this that just makes people smile. The only drawback that you would face with this gun is that it is quite cumbersome and therefore not very practical for your average Sunday skirmish. If you work in a team though or are playing milsims, particularly Vietnam war based games, then this will be a formidable weapon. In short, if you want this type of airsoft gun, in my opinion, you won’t be disappointed with this.
To see game footage of this beast of a gun in use, click the video below and skip to the 12:00 minute mark.
You can purchase this gun for £374.99 from Just Cause Airsoft.