An Entry-Level Carbine With Options
Words: Jimmy Beckett
Photos: Walter Sidas
If you have been playing airsoft for any length of time then I am sure you have heard of G&G. They are very well known manufacturer offering top-tier models. This is another AEG platform that they are well known for, but at a price point that won’t break the bank. The CM16 is a quality entry to mid-level gun by a company with a fantastic reputation.
THROUGH THE SCOPE
WHO MAKES IT: G&G Armament
GUN NAME: CM16 Raider-L
TYPE: Assault Rifle
WHO IT’S FOR: Entry to mid-level gamer
HOW MUCH: $149.99
FPS: 340 w/.20g BBs
After putting it through the paces, I must say I’m a big fan. Although it’s not a metal-bodied gun, it certainly will hold up. It has all the essentials a player could need in features. The rear sling plate is very nice and CM16 has the sleek look that M4 fans seem to love.
Star rating (1-5) = 5
PROS & CONS
+ Low cost
+ Strong plastic body
+ High cap magazine included
+ Light weight
+ 7-inch rail system
RIS (Rail Integrated System): Nylon composite 7 in.
STOCK: Crane-style stock
BARREL LENGTH: 14.5 in.
GRIP: Tango Down-style, (smooth)
TRIGGER GUARD: Standard
UPER & LOWER RECIEVER: Nylon Composite
MAG RELEASE: Standard M4 push button
OPTIC SPACE: Top rail
MAGAZINE: High capacity 450 rounds
GEARBOX VERSION: Version 2
MOTOR: Long type
GEARS: Standard ratio meal
BUSHINGS/BEARINGS: 8mm Bushings
CUT-OFF LEVER: Standard V2 metal
SELECTOR PLATE: Standard M4 V2 plastic
WIRING HARNESS: Version 2, rear wire
CYLINDER & HEAD: Aluminum with Composite head
PISTON & HEAD: Plastic, Plastic Vented
SPRING: Non linear
ANTI-REVERSAL LATCH: Standard metal
SPRING GUIDE: Metal non-bearing
INNER BARREL: 363mm aluminum
HOP-UP UNIT: Plastic V2
Venom 8.4V 1600mAh NiMH
Venom 9.6V 1600mAh NiMH
Intellect 11.1V 1200mAh 25C LiPo
Elite Force .20g
Elite Force .25g
8.4V – 11.4 RPS
9.6V – 13.62 RPS
11.1V – 18.91 RPS
.20g – 330 FPS
.25g – 305 FPS
For a few years the airsoft and hobby store I worked at did not carry the G&G line of products and if I had a dime for every person that asked for a G&G gun, I would have retired already. Finally, after being asked to the point of harassment, we started to carry a full line of G&G products and one of our top sellers is this very model. From the moment we started carrying them they would fly off the shelves.
For starters, the low cost made this a great buy for any new person getting into the game. The lightweight nylon-composite body keeps the cost down but maintains an acceptable level of durability. The large 450 round hi-cap magazine is great to start with and there are tons of aftermarket mags are available. The overall length allows a player to use this gun affectively both indoors in a confined space our outdoors in the woods or open fields. The collapsible stock allows it to fit almost any shooter and houses the mini type battery. It also has a front and rear sling mounting point and a rail system for all the “must have” accessories.
Out of the box, the stock performance is pretty good and more than enough for a new player. But this AEG can grow with them. Since this is an M4-based model you can always add new parts to the interior and exterior, making it into an entirely new model. Although its price may boast “economy model” the quality of parts inside put it on par with much higher quality rifles. My only complaint is that the gearbox shell seems a little on the weak side but only time will tell how my test model holds up. The gearbox uses bushings rather than bearings and many high quality metal parts. The standard gear set is precisely cut and of excellent quality; in my opinion much better than other budget AEGs.
Come game day the CM16 Raider-L really showed its worth. At the local outdoor field, I loaded up my mags with some .25g BBs and hit the field. Like any other M4, I fit in with 90 percent of the airsoft community. After all, the AR-type M4 is one of the most comfortable and easily manipulated platforms out there. In the first round, playing in open woods, I noticed the accuracy was acceptable at long ranges even with the stock barrel. One thing that the CM16 has in common with other AR-type AEGs is that there is no ambidextrous selector. It’s not a show-stopper by any means.
In the second round, we moved to the area of the field with a series of small buildings. This was a good spot and the G&G again proved its worth. Having such a light AEG made snap shooting and transitioning from side to side very easy. With my desired vertical forgrip installed on the rail, my shots and overall comfort level were at my preference and I really enjoyed it. Late in this round I used up all my mags. I was with another teammate in a building but fortunately he had a few spares so I was back in action.
Pair this AEG up with a decent battery and charger and you will be one happy player. For a model in this price range this is one of your best choices and you really cannot go wrong. This AEG will keep you happy for quite some time.