Hello and welcome to my very first written review. I have just released a video review of the Valken M4 so I have decided to add some more information regarding this rifle in this new format. So lets dive straight in with..............
When I was loaned the Valken M4 I was not expecting much for this rifle after all it's a cheap starter gun and it's been a long time since I needed or used a starter rifle. I took the rifle to a quiet part of the Combat Zone site and in the short time it took me to get to where I was going to review it I realised man this is a heavy rifle!! It's not as heavy as lets say my MG42 but for a starter rifle it's got some weight. Now as an air softer who has been around a bit this rifle is an M4 and there are millions of M4's out in the market right now so this version of M4 is going to have to be that bit different.
When you get hold of the rifle you will notice that's it got a grey colour to it. The buffer tube, upper and lower receiver, outer barrel and flash hider are all either very dark grey or black. The rest of the rifle is a lighter shade of grey making the rifle's externals look that bit different from other M4's in the market. The sliding stock which rides up and down the buffer tube will lock into different position allowing the shooter to set the rifle's length to fit them. The pistol grip is the same as most other M4's and does not look out of place, it's a good quality material that does not budge an inch. The trigger pull is not too long or short allowing snappy semi auto fire when you have a good battery. Moving to the front rail is where we find the first sign that this rifle is a cheap starter rifle as it's made of plastic and if you squeeze the rail tightly you can feel the flex in the rail. Now this type of rail is a key mod rail which should allow key mod accessories to be mounted. There is a normal 20mm ris rail running across the top and bottom of the rail section allowing scopes, red dot sights and fore grips to be attached very easily. The flash hider unscrews to reveal some threads which will allow the addition of a suppressor. So without breaking the wallet you can change the look of your Valken M4 easily.
Crafty rating ****/5
The Valken M4 has a version 2 gen 2 gearbox meaning if you want to make any additions to the gearbox then the world is your ocean. Version 2's are known to be in most if not all M4's and you can change anything in the gearbox all though to be honest why would you?
It has a 300mm inner barrel which again is good enough for this starter rifle, you can buy better quality and its very easy to change the inner barrel but again why would you?
The battery goes into the sliding stock and it will take 8.4/9.6nimh and 7.4 lipo's. The stock can hold nunchuck style batteries all though when I was testing the rifle I found my 7.4 lipo which is one bank of batteries fitted in well in one of the sides on the stock.
Getting the battery changed is easily done, first you have to pop the rear most part of the stock off of the rifle, this will show you your battery and the mini tamiya connector. I found that putting the stock to the smallest setting allowed you the most space to get to the connector. Once you have changed the battery just place the rear of the stock back onto the main stock and you are good to go.
The hop which gives the Valken M4 it's accuracy is accessed by pulling the charging handle which will pop open the dust cover showing off the hop dial. It's a wheel that you spin either way to put hop on or take it off, when you are finished you can just click the dust cover back into place or run with it open.
Crafty rating ***/5
well in the video I was using .25 rounds and to be honest and taking into account that this rifle is a starter rifle I'd say .25's are a great weight to use. As you see in the video I was able to hit the target easily at the lesser distances but when I moved out to the further distances this rifle is still able to hit it's targets.
It's a good shooting rifle out of the box, the only items I would possibly look to change is the inner barrel, I would go for a 6.03 tight bore barrel that would eek out a few more FPS and also bring the grouping in a bit more but out of the box this rifle will do the job well.
Crafty rating ****/5
As I said at the start of this review, I have not used a starter gun since well I started airsoft and that's a few years ago. However that being said this rife is a great little package. If you take into account the price (£150-170) and the fact of how it feels and shoots it's got it all. If you are new to airsoft and you are looking for your first rifle then try this one out.
Crafty rating ****/5