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My replica M249 SAW

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My replica M249 SAW

#1 Post by PennsylvaniaRifleman » Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:18 pm

I couldn't resist this when I saw it at an estate sale for $25. Lucky for me, it was in an overlooked pile of mismatched, broken, and otherwise abused airsoft weapons outside the garage. I recognized right away that (a) All of the parts were present, and (b) it was totally awesome. This is how it looks after some TLC, cleaning, "weathering," and replacement of the airsoft magazine guts with some real linked ammo. I also purchased a sling, an authentic SAW 200 round ammo box, and a soft 100 round "nutsack" assault pack. I never realized how detailed and realistic these airsoft replicas are. This SAW, from a company called "Echo One," cost almost 400 dollars when new--a true "rich boy toy" if ever there was one. The barrel detaches, bipod folds, and receiver cover opens. Honestly it's hard to tell from the real deal. My wife was a bit taken aback to see it hanging in the basement, but I think it is growing on her!
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#2 Post by indy1919a4 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:21 pm

Geez looks nice, Are you sure its airsoft... gosh it looks real

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#3 Post by PennsylvaniaRifleman » Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:45 pm

Thanks! From a few feet away it's impossible to tell the difference. I think the buttstock, handguard, and some small parts are milspec. Most of the metal parts are cheaper and lighter than a real one, so it's a few pounds lighter. I rubbed some graphite on the barrel and weathered the receiver edges by dry brushing with silver paint. That made the metal less toy-like and really brought it to life. It hangs from a basement cross-beam right next to the stairs, so anyone interested can inspect it closely or unsling it from the beam.ImageImageImage


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#4 Post by indy1919a4 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:27 pm

I should have asked, have you tried shooting it, is it full auto???

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#5 Post by PennsylvaniaRifleman » Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:58 pm

I didn't even try to see if I could get it working--no real interest in airsoft. I kept all the parts though to preserve resale options. From what I've read it does shoot full auto with a cyclic rate comparable to a real M249..

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#6 Post by DaleH » Sat Jun 24, 2017 3:31 am

What one heck of an entry into the man cave!

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#7 Post by Ghoulardi » Sat Jun 24, 2017 3:54 pm

funny, I saw a replica M60 being sold by vendor at the military show yesterday. looked absolutely scary real like your S.A.W.. price; 450 bucks.
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