Project PTW published a short, fair minded, warts ‘n all review of the Dytac SMR a few days ago. As it turns out, the owner of the featured upper is a mate. Looks great as a fully built blaster and is heavily redolent of the famous Delta-guy-with-ladder SMR pic.
Here Tang (AKA Tangman, or F22 of Gray Fox) gives a user perspective on Dytac’s newest and arguably most popular rail system.
“With the release of Dytac’s replica Geissele SMR, I figured it would be the last piece of the puzzle for my spare 416 which has an Iron Airsoft upper, converted for PTW use.
With the Dytac rail being so reasonable (in price, quality we’ll get onto) I thought it was worth a punt. I wanted an FDE version and I came across it purely by chance on RSOV. I snapped it up straight away. Final price was around the £60GBP mark.
Why an SMR? Well, 1. For the current cool guy factor (along with the Remington RAHG) and 2. For a bit more variation to the 416. I have my FCC based 416 which remains my classic, unmolested version (quad rail, TD grip, unpainted, etc). My spare 416, however, is the one I can experiment on.
My personal thoughts on the rail are mixed. I love the design (though that is to Geissele’s credit). I love the weight saving. I love the slimmer profile and the narrower width.”
“The negatives for the Dytac version are all about the quality. When it arrived there were a few dings in it already. The tongue at the rear of the rail, which slots into the upper, had a ding in it to the point that the anodising had been removed.
The next peeve is the material used. It’s soft….not jelly-soft but it’s cheap and compared to the original quad rail it feels like a peach.
However, the number one problem that I’ve encountered with this rail is the step between it and the upper as documented in the PPTW review. It would be wrong to blame this on Dytac, as the rail is marked for the Umarex 416 after all; though I would like to see one fitted to see if it has the same problem.
The step is deeper than the Madbull rails I’ve owned previously. Whereas with the Madbull you could actually bridge the step with an optic or rail cover, this is not the case with the Dytac. The step is so deep that my optic mount isn’t able to grab the rail properly when attempting to use it as a bridge. It’s not far off, but I’m not going to risk the security of an RS optic for the sake of covering up an aesthetic flaw. To be fair, it’s not something I notice until I look at it close up.
In summary, it has its flaws and it requires work to be fitted. For the price and being the only option (other than RS) available at present, I can’t really fault the Dytac SMR. Just make sure you get it fitted properly by someone who knows what they’re doing. Bare in mind that if the barrel nut is machined, you will not be able to go back to the quad rail without a new barrel nut.
Finally, Dytac has still not released the accompanying SMR rail panels. With only a 12 O’clock rail, there are not many attachments options available.
I had a look around and thought that Magpul MOE Panels looked like a good starting point. I chose the medium length panels because they were going to be for my dual switch and Surefire. With incredible fortune, the panels’ screw holes lined up with the SMR and the screws were the same thread; so they went straight on. Job done.
I think this is the final piece of the puzzle for this 416. Apart from changing to more RS accessories, it is done.”