The 727 Ranger carbine replica

There are many names for the replica, as I usually refer my Airsoft tools-of-the-trade as, one of which I am going to discuss here. Usually I just refer this specific replica as the 727, but I have been noted on a few occasions that it never actually received a formal designation as the M727 carbine, but was rather the RO727. It has also been referred to as the M16A2 Carbine. Alas, this replica has many names. For the sake of clarity, I will refer it as the 727 as that is the designation I am accustomed to using, be it the right one or the wrong one.

Now that I have gotten that particular nuance out of the way, let us begin with the intention of this post. I am going to discuss the 727 replica that I have. It is a personal favorite of mine as far as my replicas go, as I pieced it together myself. If you are lucky, you can find a complete package deal with all, or most of, the correct parts straight out of the box. I was not that lucky when I went after it and had to do some search for parts.

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The main reason I wanted this specific replica was the fact that it was used by the US Army Rangers back in the late 1980s and early 1990s. During the invasion of Panama the Rangers also trialed the 723 carbine, which was used by Delta Force during Desert Storm and most notably during Operation Gothic Serpent. According to my research, the Rangers opted for the 727 due to the A2 style rear sights, which they already had on their M16A2 rifles. Having the same set of rear sights on both rifles was seen as the way to go, since the 723 had A1 style rear sights. I will go through my 723 carbine replica in depth in another post.

Externally the 727 replica that I have is mostly made by G&P. Some parts are made by other manufacturers, like the outter barrel, the front sight and the front handguard. The handguard is the slimmer version and has the 6-holes on it, both top and bottom. The receiver is a G&P one which has trademarks, A2 style rear sights, forward assists and a brass deflector. The stock is reinforced and it has the small raises on it.

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The sling I am using for this replica, and all my others for that matter, is the 1980s black nylon M16 sling. I have attached the sling with paracord on the front and back, to allow more free movement. The metal parts on the sling are also taped. The flash hider is also taped, according to reference photos. This was to prevent dirt getting inside the barrels, but taping the whole front would not be viable in airsoft. For this reason only the sides of the flash hider are taped. I also have some tape at the the back of the stock, to prevent dirt and other unwanted elements getting inside my buffer tube. I run my batteries inside the buffer, so I want to keep the battery as secure as possible.

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Internal upgrades include a custom made mosfet and “the usual” tuneups for the gearbox. I rarely upgrade my replicas from the gearbox perspective unless I absolutely need to or something breaks. The only essential upgrades that I have felt are needed on the G&P replicals is the hopup. The bucking on the G&Ps is not as good as I want for my tastes, so I always invest in a new one. Sometimes I upgrade the whole hopup unit, like in the case of the 727, but not always. The 727 replica that I have features the Prowin rotary hopup unit, which is an excellent piece. The bucking inside this replica is made by Maple Leaf, and I get very consistent shots and groupings with this combo.

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That is the short and sweet about my 727 replica. A video is also available on Youtube, which you can get to by clicking the link below. Please subscribe and follow on all the social media platforms as well to be up to date on all future content!

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Review – Gun Heaven M92 Beretta airsoft replica

Sidearms are something that need to be considered as well when looking at old school kit. For the longest time, I was using the WE P226 replica for my impressions. That specific replica was mainly bought for the UKSF kit that I was working on a while back. If you want to read the articles I wrote about that specific kit, please look at the links below. All links open in a new window/tab.

WE P226 – Thoughts

SBS in Afghanistan, Qala-i-Janghi, circa 2001

The Conclusion of Project L119A1

UKSF inspired airsoft

Sadly, both the L119A1 and the P226 are no longer in my posession and have moved on the new owners.

Back to the topic at hand, the Gun Heaven M92 Beretta. Ever since I sold my P226, I was looking for a sidearm that would meet my old school requirements. The 1911 was one option, but since I had used a plain M1911 in the past, I wanted something a bit different. I saw the Gun Heaven M92 at Milgear and with the realistic feel and markings, I was immediately sold. I had to get that replica.

I had never heard of the Gun Heaven brand before and knew nothing about them. Still I went ahead with the recommendations of the staff at Milgear and got the replica. I was impressed. While there were some initial problems with the hop-up consistency, after a few magazines these inconsistencies disappeared. I concluded that as it is the case with other out-of-the-box replicas, the hop just needed some love and use before settling in. For the record, I use .28g BBs in my replicas, made by G&G and they are biodegradable. The hop in the M92 replica is more than capable of using this weight, at least according to my tests and use.

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The replica comes with a 22-round magazine, which are available in both Green Gas and Co2. Due to the heavier slide that the replica has, it is recommended to use powerful gas if you go with the Green Gas version. This is to assure smooth operation and prevent cycle problems. I also have one magazine from WE, which was made for their Beretta line. This magazine has a 26-round capacity and I have had no issues with it though I am using it with the Gun Heaven replica. If you want those few extra rounds or cannot locate the Gun Heaven magazines, go with the WE magazine. Since the WE ones are also available in Co2, I would assume that they also go with the Gun Heaven replica. I have not tested these though. Both of the magazines I have slide in and out of the replica without problems and lock in place well.

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The replica has a matte black outer finish and rubberized grips. The grips have an excellent grip and they feature realistic looking Beretta markings. The other markings on the replica are also realistic looking and there is a serial number on the left side of the replica, at the bottom front. I have no idea whether each of these replicas have a personalized serial number, though.

UPDATE: We checked between another Gun Heaven M92 Beretta and the serial numbers are specific to each replica.

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The only two issues that need to be noted about the replica are the slight wobble on the slide and the loose inner barrel when the slide is locked to the back. These have not bothered me personally but might be a turn-off for some people. These do not affect the use of the replica, however. The M92 weighs around 900 grams and feels really sturdy in your hands, and thanks to the rubberized grips, it is a pleasure to use.

Naturally, the Beretta look and feel does not appeal to everyone. It is an iconic weapon, just as the M1911 is, but it still might not be for everyone. The reason I went with the Beretta was that I like the look and feel of them. The realistic looking markings that the Gun Heaven M92 has are also a huge bonus for me. This specific Beretta M92 replicates the version that was released in the mid-1970s and it feels true to its real steel counterpart. If you are looking for something a bit different from the usual 1911 series and still want an old school sidearm for your kit, I can recommend the Gun Heaven M92 Beretta.

The replica is available at: https://www.milgear.fi/fi/product/gun-heaven-beretta-m92-gf070-blow-back-metallinen/9923
And the extra WE Green Gas mag: https://www.milgear.fi/fi/product/we-lipas-m9-m92-26/4381

For the future, I am planning on testing different airsoft Beretta parts on the Gun Heaven replica and see how they work with it. I will also look more into the internal functions and see what can be upgraded and how the availability of parts is for this specific Beretta replica.

I have also made a short video review of the replica. You can find it from the link below. As always, like, comment and subscribe to the Youtube channel if you wish. It helps out a ton!

 

 

Lastly, a few more shots of this beautiful replica. Thank you for reading!


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Late 1980s – early 1990s Ranger(ish) reconnaissance photoshoot

A while back I did a photoshoot with the theme of old school reconnaissance. Here are some of the images that came out that day. For more, please head out to my Facebook page. Link below. In addition, please check out my Instagram and Youtube sites as well and like and subscribe!

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The Lawmaker – Berget BAVS launcher

I have made yet another video for the YouTube channel. This time I am talking a bit more about the LAW launcher that I use at Berget games. It is an inert LAW which has been fitted with the Berget Anti-Vehicle System, or BAVS. It is custom made by Berget Events and it functions really close if not completely like its real world counterpart. It is one of those things that can bring something a little extra to games. On the video I am talking more about how it works. I love the system and as a milsim player it is an excellent addition to my equipment.

M653 and M727 carbines

Earlier this week I uploaded a new video to my Youtube channel. On the video I am talking about my two AEGs that I have, the M653 and the M727. It is not an in depth video about the two different carbines but rather an overview of them. I do point out the most obvious differences between these rifles on the video.

The M653 was an “as is” purchase from a local airsoft retailer here in Finland. I have done some small upgrades to the replica along the way, most notably the hop up. It’s a G&P and from what I have learned from them, the hop up is something that needs to be changed right off the bat to get better results. The replica will shoot, but shot consistency when taking range and accuracy into account will be a lot better when you change the hop up. On the M653 I have a Prowin rotary hopup and a Madbull hop up bucking. These work really well and the replica shoots better than it did out of the box. Some small internal tuning has also been done to it, but nothing ground breaking. Just enough to make it run smooth and be reliable.

The M727 on the other hand is not an “as is” purchase. The receiver is G&P as well as some of the other parts on the replica, but I also used random parts that I had around when building it. There were some G&P made M727 carbines for sale at an airsoft retailer online, but they were all out of stock at the time when I was looking at them. Nevertheless, making something yourself will make you have a deeper bond to it, right? It took me a while to source all the parts for the replica but when I finally finished it, I was using it in almost every game I went to. It has been my main replica for a long time now. There is just something cool about this specific carbine that pleases me aesthetically.

Here is a link to the video on my Youtube channel. I have another video on the pipeline as well and it should be released in the next few days. Stay tuned, like and subscribe!

Berget 13 kit

Decided to do something different this time around. Last post was  way too long ago and the blog needed an update. I have another idea for a photoshoot but I want everything to get a bit greener before I go ahead with that. Instead, I am doing a post about my kit which I will use at Berget 13 this year. Our airsoft team does the trip to Berget every year and we have had some very interesting roles there so far. We’ve been reconnaissance troops for NAF 3rd Rangers, bodyguards for a ruthless war lord Rico and this year, we will return to reconnaissance, enlisted with the Cerberus faction.

My kit is built around the kit that you have seen in the past posts, with some small modifications. I have acquired a few more LBV’s (now ranging from LBV-88 to LBV-E, along with some ALICE Load Bearing Harness’) and I have built one of them for Berget. Been spending most of my effort on that particular LBV and I love it. Always being a fan of that particular piece of kit, the choice was a no brainier when deciding for a base vest for Berget.

In the pics you might notice that my rucksack is missing. This was intentional, as it is basically the same (Medium ALICE) that you have seen in the past pictures. It will definitely be on my back if we do some longer recon missions that require longer stays in the boonies. On other occasions, my LBV is more than capable of sustaining me for longer missions as well. The buttpack holds two MRE’s, some spare clothing and other essential items (batteries, snivel gear etc…) plus my poncho and poncho liner rolled and attached to the bottom. I am not planning on using a Camelbak, since I have a straw system for my canteens that I will be using. Noise from the canteens? So far I have not had this problem in such an extent that it has proven to be a problem. I have about two liters of water on me plus I can add a third 1Qt canteen to the buttpack or go larger with a 2Qt canteen. An ideal solution would be to source a 5qt water bladder and store it in the buttpack or rucksack. I do not own one, though. Not yet, anyway.

My weapon is the G&P M653 with a G&P M203 Long Type grenade launcher. According to my research, this is the correct “old school” launcher for the gun, as used by, for example, by Army Delta’s during the first Gulf War. Not as heavy as I anticipated, and it certainly adds that cool factor for the gun. Though the grenades used in airsoft as not as effective as their real life counterparts, this launcher will be useful during Berget with their BAVS grenades. Taking out enemy vehicles will be fun! My sidearm is my Co2 powered KWC M1911, which has proven to be reliable as hell. My KJW M9 and WE P226 are both still in action as well, but the newly installed wood grips on the 1911 make it my current sidearm choice.

In addition to all this gear, I will have a two piece ghillie with me. Going with just the boonie with ghillie material added to it (with some AO natural vegetation) is also and option as it breaks the form, but using them both is always better. They go over my rucksack and cover it well and the bottom half is open from the front so reaching my magazines is not a problem, and neither is going prone. They are not present in these pictures since they were drying up after the weathering process I gave to them earlier.

Now that summer is coming along, I will do (I will try at least!) better with posting new content for the blog.

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1980’s – 1990’s US Army

Keeping it old-school again with this new setup. Winter is coming and the weather is getting colder, so I need to get some warmer stuff. Here are a couple of images that I took during the weekend while testing the stuff in a non-airsoft environment. Hence the lack of eye protection. I have a PASGT helmet in the mail to replace the MICH2000. The LBV is the same as I had on the previous post and the BDU has been switched for a “winter version” without ripstop. Gloves are nomex pilot gloves and my sidearm has been changed to an M9, thanks to someone special for getting it for my for my birthday. Boots are all-leather Finnish Army M05 boots. Have not found USGI ICW (Intermediate Cold/Wet) boots in my sizes since I have a wide foot. These boots are a compromise which in my opinion works well. Main armament is M16A2.

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