- A.P.S. M4 Patriot Blowback (Full Metal)
- Weight: 2515 gr
- Length: 517 mm
- Barrel length: 65 mm
- Fire mode: Electric Semi/Full Automatic
- Velocity: 330 FPS
- Material: Metal, Nylon Fibre
- Battery: Mini Type
- Magazine capacity: 300
- Gearbox: Version 2
- Includes AEG, magazine, manual
The APS "Mini Patriot" M4 is small, short, and versatile. The Mini Patriot is an ultimate weapon for CQB games due to its small design. A Patriot is a common name for an M4 based pistol, which combines the versatility of the AR platform, with the compact stock-less overall size, truly giving you the best of both worlds. APS has designed their new Patriot with a few special features, including a railed front end, and a large buffer tube cover which houses the battery, which make for a very interesting looking gun. The Mini Patriot has a full metal receiver, front RIS, Custom Mock Silencer, and Tube-style Stock that can accommodate a 8.4v battery. The Mini Patriot also features removable Front and Rear sights, a High Impact Polymer Motor Grip, and a tactical rear sling mount.
The APS Patriot has a shuttle driven blow-back system, short RIS, and the aforementioned battery compartment which is disguised as a buffer tube cover. This extremely compact AEG gives you a tremendous amount of firepower in a tiny little package, making you a force to be reckoned with on the CQB field. APS did an excellent job hiding the battery inside the gun, whilst on other short weapons it needs to be stored in external battery cases.
The receiver is a tabless "slide off" design, secured by the front receiver pin. It is a standard M4 layout, with a left sided selector switch, right sided magazine release, and even a functional bolt catch. The faux bolt carrier is finished in a satin silver color, which will certainly catch your eye as it reciprocates with every shot. The bottom of the bolt catch must be held down to lock the bolt back, and the top pushed to send it sliding back to the front with a satisfying click. The selector switch has a very positive detent, giving you solid clicks between the different selections. APS installed a TD Battlegrip style pistol grip, with texturing on both sides for a non-slip finish. A heat sink motor base is also installed, complete with a flat head adjustment screw. Finally, a KAC style trigger guard puts the icing on the cake, adding to the unique look of the gun, and allowing users wearing gloves to comfortably use the gun.
Moving forward from the receiver, you will encounter the short, 3.3" long RIS, which is attached to the receiver using a simple screw on system. It is very secure on the receiver, with no wobble or free play whatsoever. The muzzle takes the form of a fat can, with stylish ventilation holes in the front. I was expecting your standard 14mm- can, but I was surprised once I unscrewed the front cap, which was screwed into a female positive threaded outer barrel, which extended into the can. The can is pressure fit against the RIS using the front cap, which is a very unique design, to say the least.
A gun is useless if you can't aim it, and APS included flip up iron sights, in addition to the 20mm top rail. The iron sights are fully constructed out of metal, with the rear being adjustable for windage and elevation, and the front is adjustable for elevation using an AK sight adjustment tool.
The magazine that comes with the model is a High Capacity one that keeps 300 BBs. The model is compatible with most brands M4 style magazines. The model is equipped with APS' latest GENII gearbox with silver plated wiring, 7mm POM bushings and a new type Hop Up unit.
The package comes with the AEG, its magazine and the instructions manual.
The M4 carbine is a family of firearms that was derived from earlier carbine versions of the M16 rifle, which was in turn derived from the original AR-15 rifle that Eugene Stoner designed and ArmaLite made. The M4 is a shorter and lighter variant of the M16A2 assault rifle. It is a gas-operated, magazine-fed, selective fire, shoulder-fired weapon with a telescoping stock and 14.5 in (370 mm) barrel to ease close quarters combat. Like the rest of the M16 family, it fires the .223 caliber, or 5.56mm NATO round.
The M4 carbine is heavily used by the U.S military. It will eventually replace the M16 rifle for most combat units in the United States Army. The winner of the Individual Carbine competition was to supplement the M4 carbine in U.S. Army service; all other services will continue using the M4 carbine and M16 rifles. The Army cancelled the Individual Carbine competition without selecting a replacement rifle and instead plans to equip soldiers with the improved M4A1.