If you’ve ever wanted to feel like Mark Wahlberg in Shooter but without applying for a gun permit and, you know, being Mark Wahlberg, then UTG has made the ideal airsoft gun for you.
UTG is marketing the UTG Sport Gen 5 Airsoft sniper rifle as a viable alternative to a real gun when used for practice, and impressively, this gun actually lives up to the hype. If you need a sniper rifle, this is one of the best options currently available. So let’s get right to it.
Here’s my in-depth UTG Sport Gen 5 Airsoft Sniper Rifle Review.
Once you take it out of the box, the first thing you’ll notice is that this gun is heavy. The Gen 5 features a metal bolt, mount, and barrel, and hardened plastic for just about everything else. This is fantastic not only for realism, but also for durability. This is an extremely well-made gun, and it shows. With the Gen 5, you also get a sling, a speed-loader, and a set of tools for any adjustments.
The gun ships in two parts; the barrel is separate and must be attached before you can get to shooting. It’s fairly easy though, and only takes about a minute. Also included are two magazines, each fully metal and with a spring-loaded assist for getting them out of the gun in a hurry. Each cartridge holds up to 23 BBs, so if you’re just starting out, it might be best to get a third.
There’s an adjustable cheek pad on the stock for those tricky shots, and all you’ll need is one of the included allen wrenches to make it just right. There are sling mounts on either side of the gun, so whether you’re a righty or a southpaw, you’ll be good to go
With the Gen 5, you’re going to need a scope. Though it doesn’t come with one, the gun was designed for a scope, and as such, has no iron sights. Without at least a red-dot sight, you’ll struggle to anything at a good distance.
Finally, there’s the included bipod, which attaches near the base of the barrel. The bipod itself is extremely sturdy. There is a little wobble where it attaches, but this is likely intentional. Adjusting your aim would be pretty difficult if the bipod were entirely locked into place.
Initial impression is that this is an extremely well-built gun, and extremely similar to the gun it was modeled after. It’s big and heavy and glorious.
By now, you’ll be itching to get this thing out on the field for a test, and let me tell you, the UTG Sport Gen 5 does not disappoint. UTG claims a muzzle velocity of 450 FPS, and this rifle lives up to it. It’s fast, powerful, and perhaps most importantly, it’s accurate.
Once you’ve put a scope on it, providing you have the skill, you’re going to hit your target. Period. It’s accurate well up into the 200-foot range–and that’s without adjusting the scope to account for wind and elevation. Once you’ve done that, it’ll go even further.
It also features a double trigger for extra safety. That means, of course, you’ll have to pull both to make the gun fire. Just another feature that makes it feel like a real gun.
The adjustable hop-up will give you some extra range (quite a bit in some cases), but it’s a little difficult to get to. To adjust it, you’ll need to tighten or loosen a hex screw under the gun’s body, and it can be a little tricky to get there. You won’t be adjusting it on the fly, but hopefully you won’t need to.
There’s also an upgraded version(in camo!):
The bolt action itself is solid and very satisfying to pull. Since it’s made of metal, it’s very high quality and jamming is barely an issue with this gun. But, of course, jamming does come up every now and then (just like a real gun).
The UTG Sport Gen 5 performs outstandingly well. It’s consistently accurate and powerful, both very important things for an airsoft sniper rifle.
With this gun, UTG has made a sniper that’s as close to the real thing as you can get. If you don’t play airsoft recreationally, this gun would still be fantastic for target practice. If, on the other hand, you do play airsoft, you’re going to own with the Gen 5.
Still, a gun with this many bells and whistle probably isn’t suited for a beginner. It’ll take a bit of a learning curve to get used to it, but once you do… Well, Mark Wahlberg had better look out.