This is the Ares fully licensed DSR-01. The DSR-01 is a rifle made my German manufacturer DSR Precision as a sniper rifle platform designed for police sharpshooters and was adopted by the GSG 9 counter terrorist unit. Known to be chambered in .308 or .300 winchester magnum the gun is extremely accurate. The airsoft version has been out for some time and has been extensively reviewed by us (about 10 years ago) as well as a few other airsoft youtube channels. What has changed over the years? Whats new about THIS DSR-1? Over the course of 10 years many things can happen in a product's life cycle, we shall find out whats new about this one.
This review is very much a walk down memory lane. As previously mentioned, a lot can change over a 10 year life cycle for a product but coming right out and saying it, the only thing "new" or "updated" about this gun is its color, everything else about it has "stood the test of time" or in layman's terms, NOT CHANGED over the past 10 years. The gun itself is a bull pup sniper rifle which is gas powered meaning the magazine is fed at the rear of the gun. The magazine you see here in the front is only there to act as your reserve so you can quickly change mags for a reload without needing to reach for your vest or pouches.
Everything about this sniper rifle can be summed with two words, ergonomics and adjustability. Starting with the ergonomics the pistol grip is very well shaped and when you grip it your hand, your hand sits very well in the molded form. The only downside is that if you are left handed it will not work with you as its only shaped for right handed shooters. The second point is the gun's extremely adjustability with so many parts of the gun able to be moved back and forth to suit your needs. You can adjust parts such as the lower rail forwards and backwards with a release button, the bipod up top, the monopod at the rear, cheek riser, and even the butt stock for length of pull. While its very adjustable,
some of the moving parts seem to be adjustable for adjustable sake. For example: while I think the bottom rail being movable is a cool idea, the bipod up top is also able to be moved back and forth making this whole system seem a bit redundant. A second thing is while their but stock is adjustable for length of pull, you do run the risk of pull the bolt back too much and getting it stuck. However, if you are concerned about this don’t worry about because this is a gas powered sniper rifle, you don’t need to be pulling the bolt back that much ANYWAYS. Just by simply pulling the bolt back a little, enough for the bb to be loaded into the chamber will suffice for the gun to be ready for firing.
Finding the hop up is not hard at all, adjusting it on other hand can be a different story. The adjustment dial is located at back end of the top rail. You need a small, very small allen wrench to adjust it. However getting the allen wrench to fit in that small screw while not being able to see where you are placing it makes for some slight frustration. But if you manage to fit in the allen wrench then you can start adjusting to your heart's content. Finally as a precision rifle you can change out the inner barrel to different branded inner barrels which suits your liking.
In terms of feeling, personally I don’t think the gun is all too heavy, most of the weight is distributed to the rear of the gun and for the most part if you are going to be shooting it you will not be shooting off shoulder but rather using its bipods. IF you do want to shoot off the shoulder and you are a smaller frame guy, you might have to wrestle with it a little but you will be pleased to know, the action on the bolt is very smooth, so its balanced in that way. During test firing something I did notice was how the top mounted bipod was very loose to accommodate with different shooting angles (I guess) this was rather distracting and quite honestly took away from the shooting experience rather than enhance it in any way.
Shooting it at around 40m or 130ft without adjusting the hop up and using out of the box FPS was not as hard as I thought it would be. Without much zeroing of the scope my cross hairs were held slightly above the head of the target (around 6") and it would hit upper chest to lower face area consistently. You can get much better consistency out of this rifle with some fine tuning of the hop up and zeroing of the scope but I though it was decent performance out of the box with no tampering.
A rifle I would compare this gun to is also another Ares rifle, the SOC. You can watch the video review of that HERE if you like. The reason why I would compare this gun to the SOC is because the SOC also had a lot of promise to it and on paper it would seem to be a very good high end sniper rifle to be had. While I am not bashing the SOC you did need to do a bit of work to it to ensure you get optimal performance out of it. The SOC was also designed to be used against multiple targets at long distances as its was a semi-auto AEG. Where they do have similar traits is the fact that they are both in the bull pup configuration and they both only need a little bit of tuning for them to perform very well.
The DSR-1 is an extremely well built sniper rifle and its one of those rare pieces that you can actually hang on the wall and take out for some gaming if you like. If you want to watch my full video review of the gun click HERE. If the gun so interests you, check it out at our online store HERE!