G&G Armament have brought the venerable Kalashnikov up to date with the incredible RK74 ETU series. Thereís no mistaking the lines of this gun for anything other than a member of the AK family, but the enhancements and upgrades make it a suitable option for most modern operators.
The gas tube and outer barrel of the RK74 are of a similar design to those that are usually found on AK74ís, albeit of a very high quality, but they blend seamlessly into a brilliantly machined KeyMod handguard. The futuristic finish is exceptional and is further complemented by a deep matte black finish. There is a standard picatinny rail on the top of the handguard and a shorter rail section on the underside, although further rail space can be added to the KeyMod sections. The battery installation is a novel design. A part of the gas block can be unscrewed and moved forwards, allowing a section of the handguard to be lifted away which in turn allows access to the battery compartment.
The metal receiver is rock solid and finished to the same high standard as the handguard. There is an ambidextrous bolt on either side thatís spring loaded and makes for a satisfying clank when released. This can be pulled back to adjust the hop unit, which is a sliding Ďbarí found on most airsoft replica AKís and the selector switch is set in the standard Kalashnikov pattern. A rail traverses the top of the receiver and has enough space to mount most types of optics. The magazine release catch sits forward from the chunky trigger guard which is larger than usual but provides a better match up for the ergonomic grip, which is a huge step forward in comfort from traditional Kalashnikov pistol grips.
The stock is based on a modern GOS-V3 configuration and is extremely comfortable to shoulder. It has six adjustable positions and it can be folded to one side which is great for fighting in confined spaces and for transportation. Other features include a CR style battery storage compartment and a rubberised butt stock. The new magazine has some great features. Itís a mid capacity that holds 115 rounds and the BB follower has an extended nozzle so every BB feeds into the gun. The AEG comes with bullet stickers to place on the interior of the semi transparent magazine which gives the illusion that itís fully loaded!
Although the AEG looks amazing on the outside, itís the insides that really count. A version 3 gearbox powers the gun replete with high quality components. The RK74 also contains G&Gís ETU system and MOSFET which gives this gun excellent trigger response and allows for rapid firing when semi automatic shooting is required. With a combination of G&Gís excellent hop unit and a 6.04mm barrel, accuracy and range is very good indeed.
The build quality really is excellent, itís solid and free from creaks and wobbles. Itís comfortable to shoulder, great to shoot with menacing looks and a foreboding presence.