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JLS SCAR-L


Review date: April 17, 2007
Model: SCAR-L
Type: AEG
Manufacturer: JLS
Retailer: Airsoft Atlanta
Price: $169.99











Budget Airsoft

Now, I’ve always been a big fan of Classic Army products (read my reviews on the CA36C, SLR-105) so when I heard they were coming out with a new model, I was apt to get one. It came out, I saw a few at the last Gator game, and the decision was made. So, here I am in front of my PC, initially looking to buy a bulk of M203 shells from some of the retailers. I hit up Airsoft Atlanta and right there on there front page, tempting me it says “CA SCAR-L: Now Available!” I click the link and it brings me to their AEG page and lo and behold, there is a SCAR right on top for only $169.99. Now, I have read the budget airsoft threads, and I am handy when it comes to fixing an AEG, so I decided why not save some money and see how well or how cheaply the JLS model is made.

The Wait!

So I ordered it Monday night, added the $1.99 RUSH Priority Service and bam, Thursday afternoon it arrives at my door. Airsoft Atlanta sent me an email when it shipped, and shipped it within 24 hours. I opened the box, and the AEG box was packaged securely inside, packed around the edges with packing peanuts.

What’s Inside

The AEG box itself is plain brown with no external markings except for a small sticker with “CI” on it. It is a typical AEG box though, cardboard lid, Styrofoam tray. I open it and packaged inside is the AEG, 8.4v 1100 mAh stick type battery, wall charger, loading rod, hi-cap magazine, foregrip/bi-pod, small bag of BB’s (200 approx), and the manual.

The manual claims this is an E-O2 Automatic Electric Rifle, and is both in English and Japanese. The foregrip/bi-pod is a nice accessory. Push a button and the legs drop out from the bottom, push the legs back up and they lock into place, the bad thing about it, it that it does not match the coloring of the AEG. The battery itself is an AK stick type battery that loads in behind the front sight.

The AEG

Upon looking at the AEG in the tray, I notice that the front sight, and rails all seem to be scratched. They are, the metal for these parts is very pot metalish, and painted with a thin coat of black. I pick up the rifle and check out some of the other features.

The rear stock is collapsible, mine took some forcing to move in and out, and the button seemed to “pop” loud enough where I though I broke it. The plastic on this rifle in the stock feels very thin.

I pull back the cocking lever to take note of the hop-up; the hop-up is a white plastic and looks cheaply made. The door covering the hop up is shiny silver, which looks out of place.

The magazine feels decent; it wound fine, and does fit into the rifle snugly.

There is a pin behind the front sight, you remove this and the entire outer barrel/front sight assembly is supposed to come off to access the battery compartment. I could not get the pin removed. I used a key, that didn’t work, I used a screw driver, that budged it about an 1/8th of an inch, I tried pliers, I smashed my hand on the screwdriver, using it like a hammer to force it out, still didn’t work. I then decided to put my body weight behind it. I pushed down with all my weight, and popped the pin out; the spring release in the pin came out (I was able to put it back in.) The pin seems looser now, so I will keep note of it on the field to ensure it does not fall out now.

Performance

So, now that I am able to access the battery compartment, let’s see how this fires. I take it out in the back yard; my fence is about 48 feet away from the back porch. I take a few semi auto shots at the fence and note some rapid pitching of the bb, so I adjust the hop up and take a few more shots. After a couple adjustments, I am able to pick out individual boards on the fence and hit them without a problem. I’m going to bring this to the next Gator game and chrono it, and compare it to the CA version.

JLS vs. Classic Army Comparison

So, Gator was a bust this month, but I did get to play elsewhere. I was able to compare the JLS to the CA versions. The CA is heavier, and feels more solid. Cosmetically, the CA has a black ejection port, while the JLS has a shiny silver one. The top rails on the JLS are black, while the CA version is tan. The CA has better sights as well, since the JLS are pot metal.

For a performance comparison, the CA out ranges and out fires the JLS model. The JLS fires about 60 feet before the bb’s pitch downward. I attempted to fix this with the hop up, but the hop up will not adjust enough to correct this. Also, the ROF is not good, I was using an 8.4 battery and the gun was very chunky – chunk, chunk, chunk, chunk on full auto. I felt I could fire faster on semi automatic by pulling the trigger myself. I was unable to chrono test it, but I did shoot Sonik in the ass, and he yelped like a schoolgirl being chased with a worm.

I did have to break down the JLS model at the game due to it NOT firing. I noticed that the positive wire in the gearbox near the motor was tore up, it was grounding out, and I was able to fix this on site temporarily. Breaking it apart is very similar to an M4, the only complaint there is that the wires do not have a connector to release it from the upper to the lower, you need to remove the gear box, or pull the wire completely out of the upper, which will then require trying to fish it back through.

The Decision

It is not a bad budget rifle for CQB scenarios. On an open or wooded field you will be out ranged. I am not too sure about the longevity this gearbox will have, it is very loud, and like I said above, sounds “Chunky”. But, if you are able to work on your own rifles this may not be too bad of a deal. I am going to replace the hop up unit with one that will work.

What Happens Next?

So, next thing that will happen is with the body of this replica. I do plan on installing the Madbull 470 CO2 gearbox, changing the hop-up, and installing a longer barrel.

 

Review by: FA-Philip

 


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