Hi everyone. Just to start off I would like to say that I love ugly guns. I seem to have an affinity to guns that are mismatched and have appendages seemingly stuck on. I have read lots of first impressions of the Maruzen APS SR-2, and they all seem to be divided. I am one of the few that seem to think this gun looks awesome and that is just opinion. Throughout the review I will probably talk about this gun better than others will because I love the idea of it. You are welcome to you opinions and some will not agree with me and that is fine. Now that we have gotten that out of the way.
Table of contents
Real Steel History
Pros & Cons
The Final Word
Well has come out with another quality clone spring rifle. The MB06 is the clone of Maruzens APS SR-2L sniper/target rifle. The original APS (Air Precision System) SR-2 was made by Maruzen with a plastic/nylon/fiberglass looking body. It was meant for short range target shooting evidently because the fps was rather low (280 ish), and it came without a hop up. The newer APS SR-2L however did come with a hop up but still very discouragingly low fps. I loved the look of this rifle and was very bummed when I saw the fps, hop up, and price. I was also discouraged because with so little interest on the forums I was sure that there would be no clones made. I was shopping around this fall and low and behold Well decides to make a clone of this gun. I was ecstatic and bought it after Christmas.
I received the box from UPS yesterday and ripped it open with great enthusiasm. The box which you really shouldnâ€™t care about at all was brown cardboard with a brown label showing a picture of the rifle. The cardboard doesnâ€™t surround the foam inside it only caps it. In the box was the Well MB06, magazine, cleaning rod, bb loader, and manual. This is all very self explanatory and if you have mad it this far then I congratulate you.
The gun has a good heft to it and I was surprised to find that there were no creaks or wobbles in this gun (with the exception of the m4 style stock). The plastic, which from the pictures seemed to be very cheap and shiny, ended up being matt and durable. The finish is closer to that of the Maruzen than I would have thought. The bolt pull was very very smooth and the gun is quite quiet (did you do a double take). All in all it was a very good first impression.
Real Steel History
I donâ€™t really know why I put this section in here. This gun is made for airsoft. There is no real steel rifle like it, to my knowledge.
The appearance is very nice if I might say so myself. The gun is about the same size as a bar 10 rifle however it is a bit thinner in most directions. The gun feels awesome! [Disclaimer]- I love rifle stocks. I wish there were more guns with rifle stocks. That was the only thing that I thought I was going to dislike about this gun.-[End Disclaimer] The gun feels very solid to hold. The one exception is the m4 style stock. I will get into this more in the modifications part. The externals of this gun are quite rugged and to me feel better built than the bar 10 (which I have owned). The pistol grip is smaller than an aeg pistol grip which made me feel really happy (small hands). It is solidly attached to the gun and it is an easy transition from an M4.
I have taken the gun down partially and will break it down even further later. The internals of the gun are astounding. I thought that the bar 10 was the standard for quality internals on a budget rifle, but was I wrong.
The cylinder is very shiny smooth metal and seems to have a very good finish on its interior. Once I opened the cylinder, I was again surprised at the nicely made piston, spring, and spring guide. After doing some research I found that the internals are all L96 internals and can be upgraded as such. The trigger mech is made from plastic. WAIT! The plastic is reinforced and very high quality. I would rather have this mech on my bar 10 than the pot metal one that comes with it. It is very securely connected to the bolt block and there is no wiggle whatsoever. The bolt block is seems to be high quality metal and is designed exactly like the L96. It is thick and strong. This is very nice.
The barrel is nicely finished and seems to be of high quality brass. According to the calipers I used the barrel was somewhere around a 6.06. That seemed to be the average ID.
The hop up is an l96 hop up. This means that it is adjustable with an allen wrench on the bottom of the gun near the magwell. The hop up system made me happy also. I have had so much trouble with the right spin on the bar-10 hop up that a screw adjust hop up (like noobies) was a breath of fresh air. It is also made of very high quality metal and it has a very nice hop up arm. The bucking which comes with it is incompatible with anything that I have seen, ever. There is however replacement hop up units which make it possible to use an aeg bucking and barrel.
The FPS I tested with .30 gram KSC Perfect BBs.
I found the FPS using a .3 to be somewhere around 375. It varied some because I had just cleaned the gun and the excess silicone oil was giving a great seal that lessened with each shot until I got into the 370s.
If you have read up until now you will know that I like this gun a lot. The performance of this gun varies greatly so far. This is due to a few factors.
1 the hop up needs some work (explanation later)
2 There are no barrel spacers (modification)
3 the stock is wobbly (modification)
4 I used it in the rain in 30-40 degree weather
All that and I still got several kills with it. It is very silent. I was shooting at people 70ish feet away who couldnâ€™t hear me at all. My teammates who were standing not 10 feet from me couldnâ€™t hear it. The hop up is the blessing and curse for this rifle. The screw which adjusts it backs out after a magazine or less. The hop up seems to be fine for about 6-9 shots before it starts to droop. This is fairly easily solved with a little bit of thin Teflon tape on the treads of the adjustment screw. The second part of the hop up that needs modification is the barrel hop up connection. The problem is that there isnâ€™t a very good connection between the barrel and the hop up unit. The hop up bucking has no flange on it like the bar 10 which keeps it from twisting. This means that you canâ€™t quite keep you barrel/bucking lined up straight up and down. You can but after a few shots the barrel will rotate around and you will be stuck shooting up and right instead of just up. This is again easily solved with some Teflon tape. The tape will put friction between the barrel/hop up bucking and the hop up itself keeping the barrel straight up and down.
The next problem to be solved is the lack of barrel spacers. The barrel is a bull barrel, which means it is the same diameter all the way down. This makes it easy to make some barrel spacers. I had nothing on me except various kinds of tape so I made barrel spacers out of duct tape. I donâ€™t like messing up a brand new barrel so for the first few wraps of duct tape I did it sticky side up to make sure the spacers wouldnâ€™t stick to my barrel. The next problem and the last is the m4 stock. The stock doesnâ€™t fit very snuggly on the stock tube which makes it wobbly. This is very bad for a sniper who needs a good shot so I turn to my good of faithful trusty friend duct tape. I put some small strips of duct tape on the stock tube and voile the stock doesnâ€™t jiggle. I also modified the tube itself for a different reason. I like my rifles to be a little back heavy so I can move the barrel around easier so I opened the tube and threw in a junk of pig iron from a friends cheap shotgun (along with some paper towels to keep it nice and snug). It made the gun weigh a little more but balanced out that front heavy end. It didnâ€™t make it back heavy like I hoped but it is better.
Since doing the initial review I have made some modifications.
1. Replaced the M4 stock with a Magpul MOE Stock
2. Replaced the stock hop up with a PDI hop up unit
3. Replaced hop up bucking and barrel with firefly bucking and stock Classic Army barrel.
4. Replaced end cap with mock mock mock silencer adapter
5. "Lathed" cylinder head (thanks to Booligan)
I put on the rail a Leapers 4X32 Mil-Dot Mini Airsoft Rifle Scope from Airsplat and couldnâ€™t be happier. The scope has very nice crosshairs with Mil-Dots. It is small and perfect for airsoft sniping. I have never felt that airsoft snipers needed more than a 3-4x zoom just based on the 300 foot â€œlimitâ€ on airsoft guns. This scope worked great for dense woods and is even good for low light situations. I took it out the night I got it and could see my targets in the almost dark of streetlights.
The stock is a bit wobbly and wonâ€™t fit JG M4 stocks without modification
There are no barrel spacers
The hop up needs some work to be playable
A little front heavy
Very high quality build
The hop up is screw adjustable (no more right spin)
Good fps for a stock rifle
Upgradeable with Maruzen APS parts
Easily fixable problems
Very durable and skirmishable
Just darn cool looking.
This rifle is the Well MB06 and can be found at a lot of American airsoft retailers. Two that I use often are Airsoft GI ($130) and Airsplat ($80 and rising). It is also the basis for Echo 1's new sniper rifle build.
This is a great rifle for those of us in airsoft that donâ€™t want a bar-10 or l96. It has an amazing build quality for the price and is worthy of a match up with anything I can throw at it. I would highly recommend this gun to all airsofters who wish to begin sniping or want a change or want a really well built upgrader. I hope that helped those of you who are on the fringes.
You can see the three screws needed to disassemble the body in this picture. Two behind the mag well and one that is integral with the bi pod adapter
The two screws removed from behind the mag well. The forward screw is nicely held in the bipod adapter and will not come out.
The forward grip can now be removed from the barrel and body
The barrel has no screw holding it in the body and it will slide right out. (NOTE: when putting it back together there is a notch in the bolt receiver that lines up the barrel. Be sure to get it seated correctly.)
From there the barrel can be removed by taking out the one small screw holding in the hop up unit.
Now that you have the barrel out you can look to the body.
The receiver has no screws holding it into the body and should slide out.
When out of the pistol grip/stock portion of the body you can now get at the cylinder and trigger mech.
The trigger mech has two screws a nuts which hold it in.
Once those are removed it slides right out.
The interior of the trigger mech is full of explosively compressed springs. PLEASE DON'T TAKE IT APART UNLESS YOU HAVE TOO. I've worked on lots and lots of guns in my airsoft experience, but even with all the experiences of holding down springs with your toes and prayers and screw drivers while trying to get mechboxes back together still didn't help me get this thing back together. I worked on it for 2-3 hours trying to get it back to the way it was originally. It was a good thing I took it apart in the last section of the photo shoot.
The stock is very simple. If you have messed with an M4 stock you will recognize it right off. But if you haven't
Unfortunately the buffer tube will not take a sling mount without a little modification.
That's all for now. I've got a few more pictures, but I'll post them when the topic gets moved.