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I bought the Tanaka M700 Police 26inch rifle about 2,5 years ago now from Redwolfairsoft.com .
After using this rifle for such a long time I thought it would be about time to make a review of this!
The version I Have is the one without the Power control system bolt ( PCS bolt) ; A bolt where you could simply adjust the FPS in a range from 360-550. Tanaka stopped making these because of the new FPS law in Japan, which they follow because they are a japanese brand. The law is that the power of all airsoft guns cannot go over 1 joule, So in the nozzle they put a limiter. I will explain more about this later.
First impressions: The first thing that popped into my head when I first held the M700 was that it was a bit heavy, which is a good thing in my opinion, and this is indeed a rifle a bit on the heavy side and its quite heavier than any other spring rifle I've held.
Another thing I was quite happy about was the very easy cycling of the bolt, no spring pull or push nonsense here it just glides back and forward so easily you could do it with a finger.
Test shooting: After a few minutes, I of course just HAD to test shoot it, and the first thing I noticed, wasnt the accuracy, but how damn silent it was! You can barly hear it! I was really confused if I filled the magazine with gas or not cause all you can really hear is the click from the bolt and a little 'Poof' sound.
If someone is using a Tanaka M700 and is shooting against you, the possibility is high that all you will hear is maybe a faint click and the bullet hitting you.
Straight out of the box it will shoot about 370 FPS with a 0,20g BB, which isnt too much for a sniper rifle since people would normally want their sniper to shoot 430-450 since they would then get the advantage of being able to be at a distance and still hit their targets.
The accuracy of the gun is average, not too amazing nor too bad.
Externals: The quality of the stock is immense its extremely solid and has a very nice textured finish which is meant to be that of the H-S Precision stock.
The stock has no visible mold lines or imperfections and comes complete with a nice textured rubber butt plate which seems securely attached and it quite comfortable.
The barrel and bolt assembly is all metal with scope rails already attached and looks very well machined with no noticeable imperfections and has "Tanaka M700" underlined by "manufactured by Tanaka works" neatly engraved on the bolt assembly this is also accompanied with a serial number but Im sure if its unique to each rifle.
An unusual feature is the hop dial being on top on the barrel just in front of the scope rails this in turn put it at arms reaching meaning setting the hop is extremely easy to set.
Also worth mentioning are the two bi-pod and sling adaptors at the front of the stock which is a nice touch and they are firmly attached.
Internals: I have opened this gun quite a few times now and I can confirm that prettymuch every little part in there is metal, except for one. The part known as "Part 91" which is the hopup housing. This is prettymuch just a 'shell' for your hopup unit, made from what seems to be average quality plastic.
Here's a picture of it:
I have had the pleasure of using this gun only a few times because of the weather and so on, as with all gas powered guns, they preform poorly in cold weather. I've been using it when I can though, depending also on where I am, if the area is suitable for using a sniper, and I've gotten some really nice kills with it!
Its such a kick to watch someone though the scope, waiting for the perfect moment to pull the trigger and just watch as the bullet flies towards the target before hitting them in the chest (I'm a nice person and avoid to shoot people in the face.)
Now to the only noticeable flaw with the m700, the inner barrel.
While it isnt in dire need of replacing and is for the most point acceptable it can hinder the overall accuracy of the rifle and isn't really on par with those found in most common spring rifles, it can be rather infuriating when you miss your target by sheer inches due to the pellets swaying slightly to the left or right.
This problem can however be fixed with the aid of a tight bore rifle barrel. I personally bought a PDI 6,05mm precision barrel form redwolfairsoft, which costed me 125$. The barrel says that it is for M700 A.I.C.S , but it does fit in the police version. The only problem is getting the hopup unit on the barrel, because its REALLY tight, but with some effort and silicon oil it slides on. The other issue is that the barrel is a tiny bit shorter than the normal one. I dont know if it will fit lengthwise if you dont have the silencer adopter, but if you do, it will just barly fit.
Here's the barrel I bought: bit.ly/1acr9Gm
( I will write it in seperate boxes as soon as the moderators fix a bug here so I can.)
Here's just some pictures of my rifle. I spray painted it myself with mostly tan, some green and a tiny bit of brown and used a 'sniper veil netting' to make the snake skin pattern.
When Tanaka made these rifles before Japans new FPS laws, they could be at 500FPS actually without any modifications. But because of the new FPS law they made a limiter in the nozzle of the rifle, where the gas comes out and pushes the bullet forward. In the picture here you see a opened nozzle compared to the original. If you want to get up from 370-380 FPS and up to about 530 or so, you can simply buy a new nozzle without the limiter, or you can simply bore it up with a drill. First of all you need to take out the nozzle of the bolt, you do that by simply pulling it out with some pliers since its not tightened with any screws or anything. But I recommend wrapping a rubber band around the nozzle so you wont damage it (Also be careful not to squeeze too tightly around it.). After that you simply bore it up with a 4,5mm twist bit as illustrated in the pictures before putting it back in (Try not to damage the nozzle when inserting it back into the bolt aswell (Obviously.)
Begin by removing the receiver and barrel assembly from the stock as detailed in the manual. The outer barrel slips right off to expose the inner barrel. You'll notice down where the barrel goes into the receiver, it passes through a large brass nut(or silver colored depending on how old the rifle is). Wiggle the barrel a bit and you'll notice it's kinda loose inside the nut, When the barrel wobble around like that, it will cause inconsistency, which is something you dont want in a sniper rifle! So, Unscrew the nut and look at it, you'll see that its 2 thicknesses inside the nut, one where the screwing part is and one that is suppose to be around the barrel a bit. The part that is around the barrel is what you'll focus on. Cause for this you'll need some electrical tape, and carefully tape it around the barrel where the nut will be. Tape around it and make it as smooth and hard as possible so the nut slides over it (DONT take too much.) and make it nice and centered (And wobble free!)
This is a tiny upgrade compared to the others, but it does help! This will improve the rifle alittle by pushing the magazine a tiny bit more up so you wont lose as much gas as you normally would will make a tighter airseal from the magazine to the bolt. First of all, unscrew the two allen screws under the rifle on the magwell/trigger housing, Then just simply pull it out.non the part around the hole for the magazine, on the edges there facing away from the trigger guard, is where you want to add two tiny shims! Just take a normal soda can and cut out two tiny pieces and glue them onto there with some fast drying Epoxy glue as illustrated in the pictures!nnMake sure that you dont have glue running down the edge on the inside of the magwell and make sure that the small pieces isnt sticking out over the edge since your magazine will just knock them off when inserted if they are.
One of thee best sniper rifles money can buy and is of very high quality, but suffers the same problems as all gas guns, as well as pretty average accuracy.
Overall it's quite nice, the weight, externals and internals are over average. Its easily upgradable, some of them you can just do at home if you're alittle handy.