Airsoft Action 07 - Mar 2012 - Page 71

need to be firm when carrying out actions on it. Don’t go over the top and start bashing it about, but if it doesn’t locate the first time then take it out and try again. With the mag located I pushed the bolt forward; you can hear it collect the round from the mag and feed it into the chamber. It really does make you feel like you are on the ranges at Bisley! Bearing in mind it was only 5°C when I tested this, my expectations weren’t too high – but when I pulled that trigger, Christ, was I wrong! There was a hiss and thwack as the heavy pellet whacked into a metal Fig 11 target some 120ft away. Pulling the bolt back extracted the empty cartridge and flung it about 6ft away (don’t forget to pick them up, or do it properly and cup your hand over the extraction port to catch the casing). It made all the right metallic noises as it did so. Bolt forward again and another round chambered, pull the trigger and repeat the process – it didn’t take long to do all five rounds. It was running really well so I loaded up the cartridges, bombed up the mag, re-gassed the bolt and did it all again, and again, and yet again! Pulling the bolt back is nice and easy with a smooth action. You can now access the gas valve, which is located on the top of the exposed bolt. I used ASG Ultrair on this test and for the first fill I pumped in nearly 30 seconds’ worth of gas. It would be a good idea to support the bolt from underneath with your free hand when filling up with gas. I doubt that not doing so would cause any problems, considering the substantial build quality of this rifle, but when buying top-end kit why would you not want to look after it and elongate its life? With the gun gassed up the fun really began! Taking the five dummy brass .408 cartridges out of the packet I put an 8mm BB in each. Socom Gear recommends Marushin 8mm BBs for the cartridges but I am sure that the likes of Madbull 8mm will be fine to run through it as well. Loading up the mag with the dummy cartridges was easy; the spring on the magazine is strong but not so strong as to make it difficult. The clink of brass against metal as I fed the rounds into the mag put a real smile on my face. It was running nice and consistent so I decided it was time to put a chrono in front of it. Ah! Problem! This rifle is so long and as I was on my own I had to hold the chrono while reaching back with my other arm to be able to pull the trigger. I must have looked like a circus act – no jokes please! The first shot achieved 325fps, so did the second and third, while the fourth was slightly less at 314fps and the fifth just over 300fps. That doesn’t sound like much, but bearing in mind that the chrono is set for a 6mm 0.20g BB and how much bigger and heavier the BB I was shooting through it, my mind staring whirring over. With the aid of my trusty calculator I scaled it back and worked out that this is firing equivalent of around 430fps-ish. Now that is more than ample and most sites will allow you to use it on game days, albeit with a minimum contact distance. I would still check with the site owner/operator beforehand though. Don’t forget this is a sniper with only seven rounds so you want every shot to count and make sure that your target knows he’s been hit! In Use Summary After finishing off my bowl of three Weetabix I picked up the Cheytac, magazine, tin of gas and pack of BBs and headed off outside for testing. Putting the magazine in the rifle took a couple of attempts – I was being too gentle the first time! Like most things on this rifle, and again like working on a real firearm, you Sniping in airsoft is a quirky role. I see sniper rifles of all shapes and sizes on game sites, spring, AEG and gas, and they mostly stay in the Safe Zone. So on one side, spending a fair wedge of cash on a rifle you might use for one game would be mad! However, if you are really serious about sniping and want a THE ARMOURY useable, consistent, ultra-realistic sniper rifle, then this is the one for you. Be prepared to spend another wedge of cash on a decent scope and get yourself down the gym to prepare for lugging this 9kg beast around. Some of you will be asking, is it all worth it? When you see that round hitting its target at over 150ft away, watching their hand go up and hearing that word “HIT!”, you’ll know it’s worth every single penny. ■ SPECIFICATIONS Socom Gear CheyTac M-200 Intervention Weight: 9kg Length: 1189mm (stock collapsed) 1366mm (stock extended) Inner barrel length: 650mm Build: Steel bolt, bipod, magazine and stock; heavy aluminium barrel, chassis and forend; reinforced carry handle with oversized bolts Magazine: Seven-r