After my gushing HAO 416 SMR DDC review, I thought a reality check was in order.
Was I the only one who considered HAO’s rail to be an absolute masterpiece?
I needed someone else, who also owns an RS SMR and who has an eye for quality, to peer-review my findings.
I decided to ask my good friend Andy (Tactical Optician) to take a look and fit it to his HK416, in carbine mode.
He’s also using the steel barrel extension, which comes with HAO’s 416 aluminium barrel.
Andy runs an SGT Prime OEM lower, mated with a converted WE GBB upper. Now, we already know that an RS 416 rail won’t go straight on to a WE GBB upper without some fettling.
However, Andy had his barrel nut modded by Keith of Airsoft Machine Shop, to fit his 10.5 RS SMR.
Here’s what Andy had to say about HAO’s 416 SMR:
The quality of the rail is stunning. The CNC marks match the genuine article remarkably.
As you know, I’m an unabashed real steel hound. But there’s no way I’d get [another] genuine SMR over this.
It’s really changed my perception of airsoft replica kit.
A big thanks to Andy for confirming that this rail really is, “…Like RS!”