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Had this for a few months now and decided to do a review of it.

 

Name: APS Urban Assault Rifle v2

FPS: Chrono'd @ 340fps without hop on 0.2g

Hop Up: Er... yes

Mag Capacity: 1x 300 STANAG, 1x 150 shorty

Battery: 8.4v block NiMH, rear wired

Material: Mainly plastic, metal flash hider, inner barrel, gearbox

 

Overview:-

A nice original looking bullpup that is not based on a real steel design. Not too many around so unique. Very sci-fi looking (think Halo etc) and uses STANAG mags. Lots of rail space for assorted baubles if you are so minded. Top rail is raised which is useful for mounting optics. Comes equipped with QD sling mount. V3 gearbox so internally like an AK. 410mm inner barrel. Also, a nice feature is that all controls are fully ambidextrous and can be customised, making this a very useful weapon for lefties.

 

In Use:-

Very ergonomic, all controls fall nicely to hand. Reasonably light at 2.4kg. Short length (64cm) so ideal for CQB. Rear-weighted as all bullpups are, personally I dont mind this as the weight digs in to your shoulder making for a very front-light, manoeuvrable gun. Chrono'd at 340fps with no hop and 0.2g, with hop applied it seems to have good range at my woodland site (don't ask me to estimate distances!), certainly in excess of my M4, making it possible to build a DMR platform on it. Rate of fire on a standard 8.4v block NiMH battery is reasonable, I'd estimate 10-15rps. Another neat feature is the gun can be field stripped without any tools - three pins hold the receiver together, with three holes rather helpfully placed on the top rail to hold the pins so they don't get lost.

 

Critcisms:-

-It's plastic. Personally I dont mind that - I'd rather have a nice light gun - however this may put some off. It is a budget gun so it's it's be expected. The plastic doesn't feel super strong so we will see how it holds up in use.

-Incompatible with mid-caps. This has been the UAR's main criticism from day one. Why the design hasnt been changed I don't understand, however the mag well can be dremelled in order to make them fit. This is well-documented online, I've yet to try it but it's a pain nonetheless.

-Fire selector is a bit funny. It's easy to flick from safe to full auto - perhaps too easy as it's prone to accidentally knocking it off safe. Also switching from safe back to full auto is a bit of a fudge and it works better returning to safe then full auto.

 

Summary:-

A nicely-priced gun (around £140) that is packed with many useful features, uniquely styled (not another frigging M4) and has rather decent performance out of the box. If I'm honest it's the Halo-ish styling that attracted me to it in the first place as I wanted a sci fi loadout. Someone has created a 3D-printed kit to convert the UAR to the BR55 Battle Rifle if that tickles your fancy. It's probably the cheapest bullpup on the market and also probably the lightest, the Cybergun FN2000 and S&T Tavor being both more expensive and weighty. Also the uniquely useful features of this gun really sell it to me. It also performs well having the range and velocity to handle outdoor engagements, certainly better than my M4. Also they seem to be quite rare in the UK so it's nice to field an original weapon.

 

Would I recommend it? Without question. It's a fantastic wee bullpup.

Would I buy another? Of course I would. And maybe even convert the 2nd one to a BR55...

 

 

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