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Old 12-15-2014, 10:41 AM   #1
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A&K M24 review

Well.. here it is, the A&K M24. I purchased this sniper rifle since Ive been wanting an M24 style platform to snipe with and I gave up on rebuilding a boneyard E1 M28.

I must say for under $100 USD, this rifle is solid! Pretty much the only things I can see NEEDING an upgrade is the hop up and barrel. other then those, it is amazing stock. When I unboxed it and assembled the rifle i tightened all the fasteners on the rifle and gave it a shake. not a single rattle throughout the rifle and no wobble from the scope.

Out of the box, the bolt is hard to pull back to set the piston and load a BB but it shoots hard. After shooting about 30-40 rounds before using it at the field this weekend, I chronoed at 470-480 fps on the stock spring w/ .20 and around 445-455 on .25g BBs. so far, after about 10 hours of game time between last weekend and this previous weekend, it has performed great. Ive put about 170-180 shots through it and not a single jam or misfire.

Accuracy and range can definitely be improved through upgrading the hopup and barrel. I zeroed in at 100' since the field I play at it heavily wooded and the average clear sightline is about 75-100'. At 100' I was able to get a decent grouping hitting a man sized target center mass with about a 8-12" spread. Out of 10 shots, 8 hit the target. I did have a few BBs fly wide off target.

I have not completely disassembled the rifle yet so i cannot give a detailed look at the hopup unit at the moment. The bolt, spring guide, cylinder and cylinder head are all metal construction and extremely sturdy. the trigger box is also all metal with metal steel sears which have no signs of wear after almost 200 shots. then again, i dont expect to see much after that many shots. honestly in my opinion, unless you encounter a slam fire issue or upgrade to a significately higher power spring, you do not need to upgrade these parts.

One issue I did have right off the bat was the safety. with the safety on, i was able to pull the trigger and shoot the rifle with not a whole lot of addition pressure. Upon inspection, the safety lever, when engaged, was barely contacting the trigger. which when the trigger pressure is enough, the safety lever gets pushed out toward the side of the body away from the trigger box. To me, this isnt a big deal if you have proper trigger discipline.

all in all, this rifle in its bone stock, out of the box form gets an 8/10 from me. Also, i forgot to mention, from looking at the internals it is all APS2 compatible. Ill have pictures added tonight of the internals so the experts on this forum can take a look and confirm this.

If anyone else has had experience with this rifle, please post it below!
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Old 12-15-2014, 10:58 AM   #2
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Thank you for the review, looking forward to the internal review. Looking forward to the images.

I will have one on Christmas day, so I will fill in my experiences with the A&K M24.
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Old 12-22-2014, 10:54 AM   #3
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Had a good look inside the M24 this past weekend while dis assembling the rifle for painting. the trigger group and sears are really well build and strong. next to no play in the bolt sear and the spring stop. 90* sears and like I mentioned above, almost no wear evident after about a total of 14-15 hours of game time. Cylinder, head and nozzle are all metal. definitely not the cheap pot metal.

Everything is well greased from the factory but I recommend cleaning and lubing the parts with your preferred grease after your first skirmish. O-rings on the bolt are a good fit and the cylinder components have excellent compression! when I slide the bolt to the rear and plug the nozzle with my thumb, the bolt does not move unless I release some pressure from the nozzle.

I will have pictures up tomorrow when I can get back to my girlfriends apartment to get my camera I forgot haha
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Old 12-23-2014, 04:02 PM   #4
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Are their any parts that are compatible with the A&K M24? is it an APS2 Clone?
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Old 12-24-2014, 11:17 AM   #5
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so far it looks completely APS2 compatible. the only part I am not sure of yet is the hop up. havent gotten that far into the disassembly of it yet
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Old 12-25-2014, 11:23 AM   #6
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First impressions:
  • The rifle is solid with only minimal rattling in the adjustable shoulder stock
  • The stock voids are filled in (compared to the Echo 1 M28)
  • Trigger group is much improved over the VSR-10 style trigger group
  • Trigger is a zero trigger
  • Trigger pull seems nominal, very smooth with no creep or grind
  • Magazines, for looking so cheap through online images, work flawlessly
  • Cocking the rifle is very smooth and easy
  • Rifle shoots 150ft to 200ft in a perfectly straight line
  • orange tip has to go
  • Inner barrel extends to the end of the muzzle on the outer barrel
I am working on some images, and will upload them shortly...

Final thought, is that the rifle has promise...
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Old 12-25-2014, 01:03 PM   #7
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Here are some images from the first impression:

Oragne cap showing inner barrel extended to the muzzle...



Trigger group looking much improved and robust...



Seen in this image, the trigger has a roller mechanism seen by the brass roller at the front of the group...



The hop-up looks to be VSR-10 style... possibly the smaller version like the M28 hop-up...



The stock of the M24 is pretty solid...



At first glance, the rifle has potential...



I would like to wait till the 30-day warranty expires before I tear deeper into the rifle... we'll see if I make it that long... Later today I will chrony the rifle to see what our baseline is with .2g BB's.
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Old 12-25-2014, 02:57 PM   #8
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That trigger group is impressively beefy!

I might need to get one of these to play with.

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Old 12-25-2014, 03:14 PM   #9
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What kind of rubber does this one use?


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Old 12-25-2014, 05:22 PM   #10
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That trigger group is impressively beefy!

I might need to get one of these to play with.

Grant
Confirmed zero trigger unit...



The bolt has very nice internals...



However, after 30 or so minutes of trying to remove the nozzle, which never moved, I was unable to get images of the picton etc.

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What kind of rubber does this one use?


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The hop-up is a VSR-10 style hop unit, although smaller in diameter, so it takes VSR-10 style buckings.



The adjustment parts are made from the smokey looking plastic...



Here is the internal barrel assembly, note there are no barrel spacers...



I removed the orange tip by removing the allen set-screw...



There are only three parts supporting the inner barrel; the hop unit, an internal cut in the barrel (see image below), and the black nozzle cap...



A couple more items to note:
  • The receiver is a one-piece unit
  • The receiver does not have the nylon bolt ring guides like the VSR-10 receivers...
I chronied the A&K M24 this afternoon, and it is shooting 459 fps with .2g BB's
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Old 12-25-2014, 05:39 PM   #11
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I might buy this, I was looking at a bolt action and looked at the cyma 701 but this seems like I can buy it and have it as it is. Don't want to upgrade it too much, I'm thinking of just having it at bigger ops on my back in case I need to take a longer shot and maybe use it some at the local field, think I will downgrade it a bit though, would like to have under 450fps, maybe even as low as 400fps


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My M24 was shooting 450+ with .2g which I would not use in this rifle. I have .3g; .36g and .43g BB's that I will be trying out. I hope to chrono them tomorrow.
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Anyone managed to get the cylinder apart yet? I think that is the last thing keeping me from pulling the trigger on one of these.

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The nozzle on the cylinder is tight, there is no denying it. I have seen a number of videos of users trying to get the nozzle out... I have tried, and when I do manage to get it apart, I will probably need a new nozzle.
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How did you guys like the stock hop unit? I've heard tell that it's horrible.
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