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Professor A&K M60VN, Ph.D (Player Haters Degree)
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While the M60VN hardly needs an introduction, we may have some new people joining us for the first time. This particular Airsoft light machine gun is manufactured by A&K and is a replica of the early M60 machine gun design, which is a belt-fed support weapon utilizing 7.62x51mm NATO rounds made world-famous by none other than the United States military. The A&K Airsoft LMG used the designation "VN" which probably stands for Vietnam and likely represents a reference to the war in which this variation of the M60 is most well-known for.  I could be way off here, but I don't think it's unreasonable to suggest.  Have I done a lot any Google searching to see if anyone else has clarified this matter with facts, one way or the other?  That'd be a "heck no." 
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Anyway, The A&K M60VN is certainly no chump.  It's a full metal Airsoft light machine gun, though "light" has nothing to do with the weight of the gun.  It's not as heavy as the Echo1 M240 Bravo, which clocks in just under 20 lbs, fully loaded up with roughly 4,000 BBs, but it's definitely not going to be a super high-speed Magpul'd-out M4 CQB rifle either.  Perhaps if you play your cards right, I'll throw this beast on my baby Airsoft gun scale and see what she officially tips the scales at.

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Overall, I'd say this item is a must-have for any serious Airsoft player with a desire to collect iconic and eye-catching Airsoft guns for their Airsoft arsenal.  However, like the real M60, the Airsoft M60VN is not without its design flaws.  Nothing that would prohibit me from recommending this guns to anyone, but flaws nonetheless.  All this, and more, will be clarified after the jump...

The Vietnam-era M60VN from A&K is right at home in lush vegetation, as if it were waiting to ambush Charlie along the Ho Chi Minh Trail(s). 
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I have read from other owners of this magnificent Airsoft LMG that the carry handle is weak & therefore unfit to be used as such.  Quite frankly, I'm sort of in the middle on this one.  The metal does bend or bow ever-so-slightly when I pick up the M60VN by the carry handle, but it doesn't seem to me like anything is going to snap off or break.  But I don't know what the effects are after repeated use in this manner, as I haven't had the gun long enough to be sure.
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Ah yes, the adjustable rate of fire.  This is actually a legitimate feature.  That smooth, black cylinder hanging out, just below the outer barrel in Dave's image above is essentially the "adjustment knob" by which one turns the rate of fire up or down.  I tested this feature using an Xcortech Chronograph which usually gives a decently accurate ROF reading.  However, this was for more precise measurements.  No chronograph or other ROF measurement device is necessary to determine the difference in the M60VN's rate of fire.  Turning the knob to one extreme, then the other, after firing a burst in each setting will produce a noticeable change.  According to my chronograph readings, the A&K M60VN is adjustable from around 9 rounds per second (RPS) to 17 RPS.  I prefer the higher end.  The gun chronos right around 350 fps, using .25g BBs.  Figure somewhere around 360-375 fps with .20g BBs.  That's a hugely rough estimate off the top of my head, though, so don't quote me, trolls. 
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I just like the hand gaurd, so I thought I'd throw in another shot of it.  It does have a sling mount visible, so I guess I can highlight that feature with this Airsoft picture. 
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Charging handle on the right side does nothing, other than reveal a portion of the M60VN gearbox.  The charging handle isn't spring-loaded, but does lock into place when closed. 
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If I used the phrase, "Safety First," would you be able to guess what's pictured in the photo above?

Ah...The box mag.  'member how I was all like, "this gun has design flaws" or whatever?  Yea, most of that goes here.

Not so much inside the main compartment, with the BBs and the agitator & feeding mechanism, just wanted to give you a glimpse of the inside to make you think this review is like super-detailed with important info & stuff. 
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No, the design flaws pretty much all reside on one side of the box mag.  See below. 
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Hard to tell from the photo above, but that feeding tube exits the box mag canvas bag thing in almost the center of the side panel.  However, you'll notice that the box mag attachment plate on the gun only has notches on the sides of the plate, not in the center.  This makes it damn-near impossible to attach the box magazine to the gun the way you're supposed to do it, without, of course, crimping the feeding hose coil, preventing BBs from passing through and into the gun.  Based on stories I've heard from other manufacturers who've had bizarre design errors come out of their Chinese manufacturing plants, I wouldn't be surprised if the A&K factory ran out of the proper box mag bags for this gun and out of laziness just grabbed some other bags made for another gun and threw them in with this batch so that they could complete the order.  This is all speculation again, but seriously, no quality control analyst would let this fly. 

What the deuce? 
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Don't freak out.  Simple solution.  Just cut a new hole in the bag to the left of the original exit hole (using the photo above for reference), so that the feeding tube exits the bag and lines up with that notch in the box mag plate attached to the gun.

I have not seen anyone else who has reviewed or at least commented on owning this gun anywhere I've looked on the web who has indicated they have had this same issue.  I have reason to believe this may just be a quality control issue that affected a small sample of these guns. 

The other issue with the same solution (cutting a hole in the bag) is that the switch on the box mag to go from Off, On or Continuous Feed is extremely difficult to access while the box mag is inserted into the cordura bag.  It's a PITA to remove the box mag, so again, cutting a small hole where the switch is will alleviate that issue.

While we're on the subject of the box mag, there's a little bit of space between the plastic container and the bag, which allows for the storage of the Airsoft battery pack needed to operate this weapon.  The gun comes, of course, with the horrid Tamiya connector, but I immediately switched it to a Deans connection because all my batteries are set up for this connector.  Tamiyas blow.



The A&K M60VN features an adjustable rear sight.
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There are several reasons why you need to know the importance of that latch on the butt stock.
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For one, it allows you to flip up the top cover on the gun to access the gearbox's quick-change spring release...
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I haven't actually tried to change the spring yet (YET), so I couldn't say just how "quick-change" it really is, but it certainly has potential for greatness.

And two...
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Perhaps most importantly, flipping up the top cover allows access to the hop-up dial for adjusting the backspin and, in effect, the effective range (see what I did there?) of this Airsoft light machine gun.  This dial is somewhat difficult to turn by hand, but I found that using a small, flat-head screwdriver tip gave me the leverage I needed to turn the thing whichever way I needed.  

Stick around for the performance results, as part of my A&K 60VN Review, here on the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog, coming a little bit later than right now.  

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