Dboys M4 RAS-II review by BLiTz-RDiscuss this review here.
A somewhat new product from D-Boys, said to have stronger internals than the other metal bodied m4 by D-Boys. Has a somewhat unique RIS.Basic Information
Taken from Airsoftgi.com (http://www.airsoftgi.com/product_info.php?products_id=5630
Muzzle Velocity: 400+
Magazine Capacity: 300 rounds
Package Includes: gun, magazine, battery, charger,sling,vertical grip
The Dboys M4RAS-II unique feature is it's rail system, which is based off the Knight's Armament Company RAS II
)Product Description/first Impressions:
Opening it up from the brown paper packing sent from ASGI, I was greeted with a blue box with an M4 pistol grip, with Dboy's designation for this gun. The box does not open from the top, but from the side.
According to a bathroom scale, the gun weighs about 7.5 LBS.
Included in the package is a 300rd Hi-Cap, a 8.4v Crane Stock battery, a wall charger, a Tan 1 point sling, and a KAC style vertical grip.
Already attached is a rear flip up iron sight and an orange plastic Phantom style flash mock suppressor.Externals
I can describe this gun in one word. Solid. The RIS doesn't move, the front sight doesn't move, no reciever wobble, etc. The only movement came from the stock, which had a slight, yet unnoticeable rotation.
The Nylon Fiber parts on the gun (Rail Covers, Crane stock, pistol grip) have a VERY nice feel to them, a lot better than the slippery & shiny ABS plastic many guns come with.
This gun has a working bolt catch. It does not go back all the way, but it locks in place, allowing you to access the hop up. You then press the bolt release to have the mock bolt spring forward with a snap sound. One thing bothered be though, The mock bolt kept getting caught on the hop up screw. Either way, it covers your hop up, and has a cool factor to it.
Be VERY careful with the bolt release. Hit it too hard and the metal piece which controls the release of the mock bolt will snap. ASGI was kind enough to send me a replacement.
The elevated "spikes" on the pistol grip, I felt were too sharp. I filed them down, and I am happy with the result.
There are no trademarks besides SAFE, SEMI, and AUTOInternals
According to a paper from ASGI, the gun chronoed in at a high 430 FPS. Too hot for CQB. Quite odd, seing how this is a CQB modeled gun.
I'm sure the FPS will drop a little with use, although this gun might be still too hot for CQB, it will work well in the woods/mid-range engagements.
The gun is wired to the back to use the crane stock battery.Power/Magazines
The gun came with a 300 Round Hi-Cap, Marked
"DBOYS AIRSOFT PARTS AND ACCESSORIES"
Hasn't misfed for as long as I've had it.
MAG 100 RD midcaps fit, and have a bit of movement. The movement caused misfeeds, so I taped the insides of the magwell. They fit in there nicely and come out with not much force.Performance Characteristics:
With an 8.4v 1100 MaH battery, The gun has a good RoF. Accessories/Modifications
The Dboys M4 RAS-II is open to a variety of modifications and accessories as it is equipped with a RIS, and it is of course an M4.
One thing to note is the riser, which elevates shorter mounts to be able to cowitness with ironsights and stabilizes the RIS. The mount is rock solid, and I have seen no movement in the RIS.
I have added PRI-Style flip up front sights to this gun, and added a BSA red dot sight.
There is velcro on the other side of my crane stock, for patches and to hold the covers for the red dot sight.Skirmish Results
This gun is small enough to move well through larger, wooded areas. In spite of the short barrel, its high FPS allows it to be used in the woods effectively.
I have only skirmished with this gun at one woods field, so far it has complimented my play style of being on the move.
I am a stout guy, I'm 5'2" with a big build, so longer guns and me will never mix. As said above, this gun compliments my play style and my body type.Conclusion:
If you're looking for a short gun under $200, but still want to use it to play in mid-range engagements, the Dboys RAS-II is the gun for you.End Notes:
Be careful with the forward grip. I tightened mine too much, and one side cracked. I am able to keep it on the rails, but there is movement.
I am very happy with my purchase.
Written by BLiTz-R, 10/05/09