NPOAEG is a Russian airsoft manufacturer actually based in Russia. They are renown for their faithful replication of the real firearms which their AEGs are based on, down to how rugged they look and feel. There is no exception when it came to the 9A-91.
The first encounter I had with NPOAEG was with the AK-12 and I was very impressed with the build quality. The 9A-91 feels exactly the same and gave me the same confidence knowing that its going to take quite a lot to break this gun. Externally, the gun boasts full steel construction with exception to its foregrip and pistol grip. Being full steel the gun is heavy in hand yet it feels nimble to move with in a CQB situation.
The 9A-91 comes in 2 different configurations. One that is suppressed and one unsuppressed. The suppressed version features a longer inner barrel an a rather heavy mock suppressor. The battery connector is the regular Deans type.
There are markings on this gun and they faithfully correspond with the real firearm, though there are not a lot of them (markings). Like any other AEG, the gun has 3 firing modes: safe, semi-auto, full-auto. The fire selector is on the stiff side coming out of the box and needs time to be broken in. The selector also has no tactile feed back when switching in between each mode so you will have to be mindful of which mode of fire you select.
The trigger feed back is fair all be it a little on the longer side. However, even using a 7.4 lipo battery the gun felt responsive and snappy. The gearbox is a version 3 gearbox and is compatible with upgrades and accessories that correspond with that particular one making it easy to both repair and increase performance.
The gun features a similar "rock in" style reload method as AKs. However to assist with
this, there is a small magwell to help keep the magazine in place when inserting it. The release lever for is placed exactly in the same place as AKs, right in front of the trigger guard, but its is on the stiff side.
Finally the gun features an enlarged pistol grip. The pistol grip is surprisingly ergonomic and fits well in your hand. There is some minor texturing on it but don't expect too much grip assistance, if you want sure grip, wear gloves.
While NPOAEGs are not going to be the cheapest option for you, what you do get is going to be the most rugged and authentic Russian weapon you can find. These guns are truly made in Russia and for many people these are going to be the closest they will ever get to owning a real firearm. Let me know your thoughts, what do you think of the NPOAEGs or Russian small arms.
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