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Yep -you read that right - a Mark II Sten gun! Closely modelled on the V*** version, this has been simplified, particularly where the switch is concerned and features an almost entirely steel construction. Now with adjustable hop (although we don't believe it is required) and NiMh stick battery pack. Lo-cap MP40 mags only, shoots a good 40m with 0.2g BBs, although they're still rising at that! May well need 0.25g/0.30g BBs. Full auto only - no safety, no semi, no rails, no bayonets, no fancy folding stock just a big lump of black metal. Perfect! The second edition now comes with a standard charger and a NiMh stick battery pack. Running at 320 fps at the muzzle with 0.2gs. A bit more info about the MkII courtesy of Wiki... Mark II The Mark II was the most prolific, at two million units produced. It was a much rougher weapon than the Mk I. The flash eliminator and hand guard (grip) of the Mk I were eliminated. A removable barrel was now provided which projected 3 inches beyond the barrel sleeve. Also, from the operator's perspective, a special catch allowed the magazine to be slid partly out of the magazine housing and the housing rotated 90 degrees counter-clockwise, together covering the ejection opening and allowing the weapon and magazine both to lay flat on its side. Winston Churchill with a Sten Mk II in Shoeburyness on June 13th 1941. The barrel sleeve was shorter and rather than have small holes on the top, it had three sets of three holes equally spaced on the shroud. Sten Mk II's in German possession were designated MP.749(e). Some MkIIs were fitted with a wooden stock as this part was desirable and interchangeable with the Mk V. Regular Mark II: * Overall Length: 762 mm (30 in) * Barrel Length: 197 mm (7.8 in) * Weight: 3.2 kg (7.1 lb)
- a little workReview by George
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- fun gunReview by Duane
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Battery lasted for about an hour,need to get a good one.Skirmishing was a load of fun with this gun,easy to aim and shoot,one big grin.Check the screws,should of done it before the game but hey ho,lost the mag release screw.
Overall,get one ,loads of fun, fair price,lots of interest on site and really fun to fight with,got no regrets getting this one,
- Get one now!!Review by Andres
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- IconReview by 2ndlife
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Now that its reduced in price it makes it a must have for those of us with an interest in the Second World War era.
not had a chance to use it in anger yet, but looking forward to it, just lifting it to shoulder the beastie brings a huge grin,solid and feels just right, once I've had it out in the field and used it I'll add to the review.
now to get that smock and putties.
- Good and badReview by Jason
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First of all if you like the WW2 era guns like myself then you should defiantly take a closer look towards this gun. If you are looking for a very practical all round gun then this isn't for you.
This gun preforms very well. Its range is good for an SMG and it can easily hit over 320fps (most of the time). It looks the part and I had many of my friends and some strangers begging to have a go with it. Its full metal, if thats what you like. It has a good battery life and lasts most the day.
Its not practical. Its hard to find mid cap mags and the lo caps don't last long enough. (Even though I have five of them). It wobbles a bit.
In all, its a very nice, different gun. However its not very practical.
Although if you like classic guns the I would strongly recommend this.
- Ammendium to my previous reviewReview by Prophet
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After another inspection of the hop rubber it appears there was a tiny flaw, this was quickly trimmed off. With the supplied magazine the gun now appears to be firing absolutely fine. However the sten does not like the King Arms mid-caps, that much is clear. If you load up a full 110 magazine (KA) you'l find that for the first half of the magazine it double feeds, spits rounds out and generally makes a mess. However the latter half of the magazine feeds better. I believe this is due to the extra pressure caused, when it fires (on the first half of the magazine) the spring is too compressed meaning it will feed two rounds in at a time etc. This of course is no fault of the sten . . .
Also it would appear that this gun is fussy about what it eats. Feed it Xtreme .30's at it will munch away happily. Stick other brand ammo in and it will spit it back out again.
So in conclusion; Stock up on the proper sten lo-caps, a decent lipo battery and plenty of Xtreme .30s and both you and your sten will be happy bunnies
- Bit of a mixed bag unfortunatelyReview by Prophet
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I have been after an airsoft sten for a long long time. As a WWII enthusiast i now have the perfect gun to put with my para kit as, lets face it, every airsoft allied player uses a thompson due to lack of choice. So, when the new sten came out i had to have it, simple as that.
The first 'issue' i had was with the delivery timescale. Despite paying for a 24 hour courier service the package took three working days to reach my house. Its not really a problem per-se but you know what it is like, when you are expecting your new toy you want it to turn up on the TBA date. However according to the website AW dispatched it inside the proper timescale so its not really their fault, its the couriers. Still, i paid for a 24 hour service you know . . .
Ok, when i did actually get the gun first impressions were very good, basic, heavy, cold, no frills. Exactly what a sten should be. During the war a sten could be knocked up in five hours so you expect simplicity. It really looks and feels the part. The end cap can be quite stiff to get off at first but it soon loosens up. The first stumbling block with this gun is the battery. Now, i know when buying Chinese guns you should pretty much throw away the battery supplied as they are notoriously bad. The supplied sten battery is much, much worse. It will only fire on every third or fourth pull of the trigger. If i were AW i would remove these batteries from the boxes to avoid customer disappointment, they really are that bad (well, mine was). If you are buying a gun that takes a normal size battery this is not a problem as you will no doubt have plenty of batteries lying around to use, however remember the sten takes a small lipo so you probably wont have one lying around to use. This means you need to order another battery before you can even start to use it.
Onto firing the gun. When i tested it at home it seemed to work fine. However, when i took it to its first skirmish it really fell on its ass. For some reason it just spat the rounds onto the floor when firing. Maybe the ammo i thought so i tried BAW .20s, Xtreme .20's and .25's. I also tried another airsoft retailers own brand ammo with the same effect. It just was not playing ball. My first thoughts were the hop. Its a fixed unit so it probably needs to bed-in. Its also going to need heavier ammo anyway so i gave AW a call.
AW were very helpful as always and told me to check the hop rubber as this would not void the warranty (which was my fear). They also agreed it would work best on .30's so i ordered a bag there and then. The chap also said as a goodwill guesture he would keep an eye out for my order and stick a new hop rubber in for me free of charge. However when my ammo/battery turned up there was no hop rubber : (
I stripped and checked the hop-unit and rubber and it all appears to be fine. The rubber is in no way malformed so i took it along to another game yesterday. It worked better. It fill fire rounds nicely on semi with a tap of the trigger. However i was still having issues with it spitting rounds on the floor. I gave it another test later on that day and it seems to have improved again slightly. I'll try a new rubber (which i have had to buy) in it later and see how we get on . . . Have i got a lemon ? I dont really think so but we'll see.
I dont mean this to be a damning review of the sten because that certainly is not the case, when it does fire the range is very impressive. It will also accept KA midcaps, they just need a little extra poke to get them to lock in. Due to the issues i have had with this gun i just cant justify giving it a better rating as of yet. You dont really expect these kind of issues from a £200+ gun, Chinese or not.
I'll try it with a new rubber later and if needs be write a new review
- what a joy!Review by kroot
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Apart from the lipo problem, this was a dream to use in the field.
Feels comfy to hold and fire. Very solid mag housing. Slight problem getting kings arms mags to fit.
Used to storm German held town, works like a dream.
A must for ww2 fans.
- Top value WWII airsofting!Review by Frenchie
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I shall try & post pics when I can, honest!
Ok, the AGM Sten is essentially a 'product improved' version of the Viva Mk2. There is no pretence at blueing parts of the gun, it is all painted a uniform matte black. The gun comes well packed in a stout cardboard box lined with high density grey foam. Inside you'll find the gun, LiPo battery, lo-cap MP40 magazine, cleaning rod instructions and a basic LiPo charger.
The instructions are a single A4 sheet of paper, although frankly nothing else is required, if this was any simpler it would be a stick!
The battery is pants, no other word for it. I have a fairly fancy LiPo balancing charger, but even so I get a series of fire / no-fires with the supplied power source. Testing the gun with a NiMh battery - no such problem. Word is that AGM are already looking at oversizing the stock tube to allow a stick battery in there - AW have already asked that they over-produce so that the alternative stock will be available to current buyers who want it.
Operation is as simple as the real thing: Unscrew the allen bolt at the rear of the receiver and remove the stock & the end cap - both are stiff on my gun. Connect & insert the battery pack. Replace the end cap & bolt the stock back in place. I don't overtighten this as I don't want to wear or damage the thread, but in truth it doesn't need to be more than hand-tight to keep things together. That's it - your gun is now live!
Be careful - there is no safety on this gun, it's all "this is mah safety..." BHD stylee.
Load the magazine then pause - the mag well is in the wrong place! Just like the original, the entire magwell assembly can be rotated through 90 degrees to cover the feed & ejection port. You will have to pull the catch on the leading edge of the mag well up and rotate the port into position. Once there it should lock into place, although you may find yourself doing some tactical jiggling...
Don't bother adjusting the hop up - you can't - it's a fixed unit. Nothing wrong with that as we will see, although I hear that AGM are developing one - bad move and a waste of time!
Insert the magazine (use 0.25 BBs), aim and fire. Assuming that the battery behaves what will follow is the most ridiculous grin you can imagine. The Sten is full-auto only, so easy on the trigger. The LiPo gives a decent & useable rate of fire. Velocity (with 0.2s) is circa 320 fps and range is stunning! How stunning? I have shot to point of aim at 60m with 0.3g BBs! Now that is serious shit, and one of the reasons I say to AGM - leave the hop up alone!
Should it fail to fire - release the trigger & try again. Mine always starts shooting again, and we will have new batteries in very shortly.
Simple & solid, with a couple of caveats. Mostly nondescript alloys, there are only about 4 major components. The front end is located by 2 screws - one retains the perforated outer barrel /fore grip - this screw can and should be longer. The second holds the 'breech' in place and removing this allows you to remove the outer barrel & hop unit - though why is a mystery unless you intend to remove the gearbox!
Receiver is just a tube with a fake bolt & cocking handle.
Stock looks almost like the real thing and seems perfectly solid.
Gearbox - Perfection! It is, as expected a modified version of the AGM M14 box. What's missing is everything that is not absolutely necessary for operation. So there is no fire selector, no auto-cut off gear, the most basic & crude switch and just enough wiring to connect battery to trigger to motor. Since the AGM box is known to be solid, but a little weak in the ancilliaries, this bodes well for reliability and longevity. Woth noting is that AGM use standard gears throughout their M14 box, and not the undersized spur gear found in the Marui & clones.
I have lusted after one of these for as long as I can remember and the AGM is everything I could want it to be. Solid, simple, surprisingly accurate and very easy to use. I have a couple of criticisms: The outer barrel, where the Sten sling would attach needs to be stronger. It is a push fit held in place by what looks like a very short M3 screw. I have already replaced the screw with a much longer alternative, but even so I would hesitate to hang the gun off it. It would be nice if it also screwed on, but that would add further to the cost.
The supplied battery isn't great although mine works acceptably. I will be replacing this as soon as I can get a better unit.
And that really is about it. I love it and given the nature of the original I can forgive an awful lot of minor failings. In truth, those failings really aren't there, so if you have been waiting for a truly useable airsoft Sten - buy one rigt now!!
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