Double Eagle M41A (G36C)
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Box Says: "M41a" Three-Styles Changeable Air Sport Gun
Manufacturer: Double Eagle Airsoft
Country of Origin: China
Also Makes: MP40 springer, a Micro Uzi springer with a modular foregrip
The Rundown: Products are easy to identify as cheaper variants of popular
products, and they also pride themselves in occasionally coming up with completely
ass-backwards fictional designs
28.15' / 71.5cm
Height: 10.04' / 25.5cm
Width: 2.36' / 6cm
Real-Steel Length: 28.27' / 72cm
Real-Steel Height: 9.72' / 25cm
Real-Steel Width: 2.36' / 6cm
Capacity: 20 BBs
Estimated Weight: Medium-to-Light, Heavier Than 'Toy-Like'
How does this thing even exist? The general rule of thumb in Airsoft is that
you get what you pay for, but here we have an example of a cheap-ass Chinese
springer that's trying to blur the line a little. You've probably noticed by
now that this is not a spring version of the Pulse Rifle from Aliens, inspite
of the title on the box - this is a G36c by H&K.
The first thing
you'll see when you open the box is your gun in a couple of pieces. This is
standard fare with cheaper airsoft weapons, and how well the pieces fit together
sets the bar for how well your toy is going to perform. The modular design of
this particular G36c actually serves a dual purpose, supposedly - true to Double
Eagle tradition, you can turn your perfectly pleasent-looking gun into something
absolutely rediculous. In this case, you can ignore the G36c foregrip by keeping
it off completely and screwing on a short stubby muzzle. This is by far the
ugliest thing I have ever seen and if your eyes do not bleed when you first
look at it, then you can at least be assured you are going to hell for using
a gun that looks that bizzare.
Keep the foregrip
on, however, and you've got something that is actually a decent attempt at a
G36c. There are some size issues, as you can see above, and if you're looking
for realistic trademarks and an authentic trigger group you've come to the wrong
place. There are seam lines along the dorsal, screws adorn the right side, and
the suggested D-rings for the included sling should be the first thing you remove.
The foregrip is also missing the recoil piston that pertrudes above the muzzle
on the real G36c. You'll probably notice a few other problems with this foregrip,
So what's cool
about the way it looks? The transparent magazine turned out better than I was
expecting. It even allows for multiple magazines to come together. The open
sights are pretty authentic, but they lack the option to adjust them. The rail
mount on the top has the correct dimensions, which means you can stick on whatever
you would normally want to add to a G36c's top. Double Eagle even suggests using
their own "BestDot Sight" (not included, or "additive purchase"
as they prefer to say).
The stock doesn't
fold. It comes off with a quick-release button tab. For something made out of
plastic, the stock is a lot heavier than it looks. It's also a lot sturdier
than I was expecting, almost making up for not being able to fold it.
I finally found
out how to charge the spring in this thing. The cocking handle is in fact the
same as a real-life G36-variant, but in this particular case you can pull it
out to the side 90 degrees either to the left or the right, to make it easier
to pull on. This means all you lefties out there haven't been forgotten. I've
also been yanking on this thing quite a bit, and haven't broken it yet ... but
it is just some plastic with a few metal parts, so I can see this potentially
becoming something I have to fix one day.
I opened her up,
which involved removing an insane amount of screws. This thing is surprisingly
complex inside - the pull on the main spring is aided by a counter spring and
several gears. The piston looks like something you'd find on the street, but
it's in there pretty good so I can't find any air escaping from the wrong places
when it's fired (that happens a lot with Korean springers). I know the first
thing you're going to ask me is if there's Hop-Up, and unfortunately the answer
to that question is "I don't know, because I couldn't take enough of this
thing apart to find out, but I wouldn't expect any". Hop-up is a luxury
of design and as professional as this thing is inside, I doubt it's in there.
That fact right
away lets you know where this thing will stand in terms of range. It's nice
to shoot, certainly it's satisfying (I was expecting to be able to see the BB
flying through the air when it was shot), and while it hurts like hell to shoot
your hand with it, I still can't see it cutting through foilage outdoors. On
the Coke Can Test, it could not penetrate any portion with either .12 or .20
BBs, but when shot at the side of the can it insanely deformed the poor thing.
It bent it over. I'm not exactly sure what the hell that's supposed to mean.
To conclude, I
suppose some of you are wondering whether or not this particular springer can
be used as a stepping stone to upgrade it into something you'd feel comfortable
skirmishing with. Could you upgrade this? Yes, but it would be a miserable task
given its complexity in this case. Could you use this as a shell for a some
sort of AEG? Probably not, given how the pieces of the body come together (even
if you gutted the insides).
So if you buy the
G36c from Double Eagle, what do you wind up with in the end? Well, for starters,
you have a springer that your friends won't have. Now half of them are going
to think its cool, and the other half of them are just going to laugh at you.
Of all the cheap
airsoft guns with good potential (aka 'wall-hangers'), this is definitely the
best of the pile. I have every intention of giving it a decent paint job, and
perfecting its mechanisms irregardless of how long it takes to do so. Afterall,
I own something that probably shouldn't even exist, and that makes it very cool
in my eyes. Certainly worthy of becoming something to be proud to show off.
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