In the world of airsoft, every gun has its strengths. Pistols are great for close-quarters, snipers are great for long-distance, bolt-action rifles are good for medium-range, and machine guns… well, they’re great for taking out everything in your path.
So, when it’s time to finally take the plunge and get your own full-auto rifle, it’s a big decision. You don’t just want to win, you want to dominate, and you need a gun that’ll get you there. Choosing the best electric airsoft gun is a natural first step.
BBTac claims to have just the gun for you with M83-A2 fully automatic airsoft rifle. Does it do what they want you to believe? Keep reading our BBTac M4 M16 Replica Review to find out.
The M83-A2 is an exact, full-scale replica of the M4 M16 rifle. When you first handle it, you could easily trick yourself into thinking you’re holding a gun that shoots real bullets. The only things that might contradict that idea are the orange-tipped barrel and the overall lightness (it’s about six pounds) of the gun.
The M83-A2 is made of ABS plastic, which is remarkable durable, but it’s not a substitute for metal, of course. Still, the plastic is smooth and feels very premium.
Included with the actual gun is a red dot electric sight, flashlight, a barrel extension, charger and battery, heatshields, and a T-grip. That’s a fair amount of extras, and they all seem well put together and fairly durable.
The red dot sight works pretty well, but if you prefer good ol’ iron sights, they’ll likely work just as well for you. Unfortunately, those sights are certainly not iron, and are easy to break off accidentally. The flashlight looks cool, but in dim light you’ll quickly find that it’s basically useless. The T-grip, on the other hand, feels very solid, and if you prefer a vertical grip, you’ll be using it frequently.
If you prefer more of a comfortable horizontal grip, attaching the heatshields is the way to go. They’re a good addition and feel great.
The barrel extension looks fantastic, but doesn’t add much in the way of performance. You’ll likely keep it on, though, just because it looks way cooler.
The gun comes with one magazine, and it doesn’t hold very many BBs. You definitely want to stock up on those, or you’ll be running out very quickly in the field. Fortunately, BBTac does sell them at a low cost from their website.
As with any gun in this price range, it’s important to note that this is an entry-level gun and performs as such. What it does, it does well, but don’t expect too much out of it.
Accuracy on the M83-A2 is decent, but this is an electric machine gun–accuracy isn’t its strong point. It’s also designed for close-quarters combat, so any targets outside 30 feet are going to be a little tough to hit. You certainly won’t be sniping with this gun. But within that range, you’ll do pretty well. The M83-A2 has a muzzle velocity of about 240 FPS, which is decent for a gun in this class.
You can adjust the variable hop-up for some extra range, but your accuracy is going to suffer, so in full-auto mode, you might want to leave it off. Still, with a rounds-per-minute rating of 300-400, you’ll be pumping out those BBs pretty fast. If you can’t hit anything at that rate, it might be time for a little more practice.
Battery life is good, and it’ll more than last you through an entire game–even if it goes all day.
It’s safe to say that if you need a good beginner machine airgun, you could do a lot worse than the BBTac M83-A2. It does exactly what it’s supposed to, and does it pretty darn well. Still, it loses its accuracy outside of a pretty narrow range, and you’ll be pressed to find any kind of upgrades or spare parts for this gun. So if you’re a more advanced airsoft veteran, it may be best to pay little more for a different gun.
But if you’re not sure if a fully automatic rifle is right for you, this would be a great gun to use in the back yard to really get a feel for it. And for the price, coupled with the sheer cool factor, the M83-A2 is one of your best options.