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Classic Army M14 Match AEG


Review Date: August 20, 2007
Model: M14 Match
Type: AEG
Manufacturer: Classic Army
Street Price: $229.95 — $249.99










Introduction

In the spring of 2007 Classic Army introduced two new additions to their model lineup, the standard length M14 “Match” and the shorter version M14 “Scout”.

The main differences between the two models are that the Scout features a different flash hider, a top rail base for mounting of a RDS and has a shorter barrel length (463mm vs. 510mm).

Other companies producing M14 variants are Tokyo Marui and G&G Armaments.

Impressions:

Once you open the box you’ll be impressed by the size, weight and overall build quality of this AEG. In keeping with other CA products the M14 is built mostly out of metal, with only the stock, handguard, and a handful of small parts (I.e. some internal fire selector parts) being made in plastic. – This AEG is solid! With no sort of creaks, play, Etc.

The AEG includes the usual items – Manual, Cleaning rod and one 470 Rnd high cap magazine.

Like in other AEG’s, the AUG style hop up (Img. 04) is located in the ejection port. Access to it is achieved by pulling on the operating rod, which moves the port cover to reveal the hop up (Img. 02 & 03).

The bolt lock is functional (Img. 05), and keeps the port cover/operating rod in the open position, this comes in handy during hop-up adjustment. As an added bonus when the lock is released it makes a nice metal “clank” sound when the cover/rod move forward.

Takedown/disassembly is simple and only requires the removal of the trigger guard/pack, gas cylinder and unscrewing of the gas cylinder lock (Img. 06). Once these steps are taken the stock slides off.

Notice the attention to detail as seen by the inclusion of Springfield Armory trades (Img. 07). **Note: Unique serial number in white removed from image.

There have been some reports by users having issues installing the larger type batteries, as the battery cover/access is somewhat small (Img. 08). A workaround has been to remove the buttplate during battery installation.

Gearbox:

The gearbox is similar to that used in the G&G version of the M14, with two notable differences. CA opted not to include a spring release feature and is using a different fire select mechanism.

The gearbox comes stock with 7mm oily bushings, metal spring guide and most of the parts - gears, piston, spring guides, cylinders, Etc. are V2/V3 compatible.

In comparison to the Ver. 7 gearbox used in the TM version of the M14 this gearbox is less complex and should be easier to work on.

Performance:

I’ve only had a brief time to test but performance is quite decent out of the box. With an average of 320 FPS using .20g BB’s and moderate groupings at approximately 100 to 120 ft. The hop up is smooth/easy to adjust and appears to perform better than in previous CA models.

Upgrades/Accessories:

Upgrading the M14 should be relatively easy, due to its compatibility with V2/V3 parts and less complicated gearbox design.

Because of the similarity in design with the G&G version, magazines and other accessories such as rails should be compatible.

Accessories designed for the TM version are not compatible. ***Note: I was able to install a TM rail/mount with slight modification to the mount itself.

CA has already announced they will be producing versions of the stock/handguard in simulated wood, OD green and real wood.

Conclusion:

I’ve been pleased with the M14 Match thus far. It’s a solid good-looking AEG that performs well. The M14 should work well as a base from which to build a “reach out and touch someone” DMR or sniper type rifle.

With a price in the low/mid $200’s it should be considered as an alternative to the higher priced TM as well as the similarly priced G&G which folks have reported having issues with.

Due to its size and weight it may not be the most practical AEG in certain situations, but if you are looking for an AEG with a “classic” look you really can’t go wrong with Classic Army’s M14 Match.

SPECS:
Length: 44 in.
Weight: 9 Lbs. (Approximate)
Inner barrel: 510mm
FPS: 320 (Avg. w/ .20g BB)

 

Review by: CRS - Vertex

 


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