This is something Russian loadout airsoft enthusiasts have been wanting for some time, and now - like buses - a few manufactures are bringing out a replica of the Russian VAL Special Operations rifle more or less at the same time. Today's video highlights the LCT replica, and as usual LCT seem to have produced a pretty high-end quality AEG...
Now, what's good about this is that - if the usual process happens within the AEG manufacturing community - is that some enterprising Chinese manufacturer *might* be tempted to churn out a budget version of this gun if they perceive a hole in the market place. The other piece of good news for those of you - like myself - who like to use budget AEGs rather than forking out the premium prices for the likes of a LCT is that LCT has a habit of offering body kit versions of their designs.
Personally, I really have my fingers crossed that someone like KALASH (D-Boys) or Jing Gong will be reverse-engineering an LCT VAL as we speak! (Wishful thinking I know!)
Anyway, it's always good news to hear that there is another Russian AEG design on the market.
The AS "Val" (Avtomat Special'nyj Val, Russian: Автомат Специальный Вал or Special Automatic Rifle, code name: "Shaft") is a Soviet designed assault rifle featuring an integrated suppressor.
It was developed during the late 1980s by TsNIITochMash (Central Institute for Precision Machine Building) and is used by Russian Spetsnaz special forces and the MVD, FSB and select units of the Russian Army. Since 1987, it was added to the arsenal of the Soviet Army and the KGB.
Its effective range is approximately 300 m, as it uses heavy subsonic 9x39mm SP-6 (high performance armor piercing) ammunition, as well as the SP-5 ball round used by the VSS Vintorez. It can also use the same 10 or 20-round magazines as the VSS. Controls are similar to all AK-type rifles with charging handle on the right side, tangent rear sight, magazine release button behind magazine well and safety lever above the trigger guard. The fire selector is however located within the trigger guard, behind the trigger. The "Val" has two modes of fire, single shot and automatic fire at a cyclic rate of 900 RPM. According to its users, the "Val" is reliable, accurate and well liked. [Wikipedia]