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TOP M249 Minimi MKII


Review Date: June 24, 2004
Type: AEG
Manufacturer: TOP
Retailer: Airsoft Extreme












The M249 Minimi

Our team has actually been in possession of this airsoft gun for about two years, so I thought it was about time to review it.

I have always been a big fan of this weapon due to its size, appearance, and function in a combat situation. This support weapon has come in handy in numerous firefights and other skirmishes. When you need dominant suppressive fire and intimidation, this is the way to go. The M249 is automatic rifleman's dream weapon.

The Looks

There's not much I can say about this replica that it doesn't say for itself. TOP has really crafted this thing right down to the most minute detail. The box magazine even has a spot for dummy .223 rounds. I use this piece as an eye catcher when I run gun show stands, and you wouldn't believe how many current military personnel walk up to the table and believe it's real. It takes several minutes for them to get over the realistic features.

The M249 also comes with an extendable bipod with three levels for adjustment. You can also find a shoulder rest on the butt plate for extra support when in the prone position for easy panning and tilting. The collapsible carry handle is a feature that makes transport much easier.

The Feel

Being that there are almost no plastic pieces to this thing besides the stock, it weighs quite a bit... about 20 lbs. (fully loaded) to be exact. It takes a person with a lot of stamina to lug this thing around the field for a few hours. The stock and grip are a comfortable fit. When both in prone or standing, the design of the body makes it extremely easy to handle and maneuver and it fits securely into your shoulder. The gun itself is of the most solid construction I have seen, because there are no loose parts. I will say, though, that the plastic stock has split slightly down the seam over time. One aspect of this gun that is different from many is that it has no selector switch, just like the real one. It only has the option of safety "on" or "off".

The Magazine

One of the things that I really enjoy about the M249 is its ability to accept the M16 series magazines and the 2500 rnd. box magazine. If you are into suppressive fire, then this one is for you. The box magazine is motor driven by a 9-volt battery (stored separately in the magazine itself). 2500 rounds will last even the most trigger-happy rifleman for quite a while. If you are running low on ammo, you can always switch to a backup hi-cap M16 magazine until you can dump a new load into the box.

Accessories

This is the one area where the M249 really lacks. There really aren't any accessories you can add besides the paratrooper stock and an RIS heat shield, but we did integrate a rail onto the top of the body itself for an added red dot.

Performance

The gun itself performs like a charm. We have had occasional problems with the box mag feeding properly, but as I stated before, we have had this thing for a while. The Hop-up on the M249 is not very easily accessible. When your ready to adjust the back spin, you'll have to disassemble the barrel assembly in order to reach it. After the barrell comes out, you'll have to adjust a screw height and just pray for the best. The best part is you'll have no idea how hard the backspin will be until you reassemble the barrell and check it. Then, obviously you keep repeating that process untill you find the optimal distance. The tricky part to this whole thing is that when you are done, there is no guide to tell you where to line up the feed port on the barrel and the magazine feed port...it's all kind of hit and miss. 

The M249 comes standard shooting at roughly 215 feet per second. So despite popular belief, out of the box, it doesn't sting that bad.

Technical Data

  • Built Material: Metal & ABS
  • Magazine Capacity: 50 / 2500 (Box Magazine - Not Include)
  • Length: 1045mm
  • Barrel Length: 574mm
  • Weight: 5200g
  • System: Electronic
  • Battery: 8.4V / 9.6V Large Type

 

Review by: PapaBear

 


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