APS has been making some waves in the airsoft community with their line of “Silver Edge” gearbox-equipped airsoft rifles. What is the silver edge gearbox? APS has used a special polishing technique to remove any rough surfaces within the gearbox, allowing all the moving parts to do so with reduced friction. The silver edge gearbox also features 8mm stainless steel bearings, steel gears, and a ported polycarbonate piston. The APS ASR-118 “Boar Tactical” Custom Silver Edge 17″ keymod airsoft rifle takes the silver edge gearbox and couples it with an outstanding upper and lower receiver along with an aggressive 14.5” keymod rail system. To make it even better, APS added a ton of out-of-the box accessories which show they care about the end-user experience of purchasing and operating one of their AEGs. We would like to thank EVIKE.com for sending us over one of the APS ASR-118 airsoft rifles for review.
- Full metal receiver with laser engraved trademarks
- Precision Lipo ready high cycle Silver Edge gearbox
- Flip-up front & rear sights
- High visibility fiber optic front sight
- High speed competition style custom flat trigger
- Extended charging handle latch
- Ambidextrous magazine and bolt catch
- Custom hand stippled motor grip
- Gold tone finished selector, mag and bolt catch
- Ambidextrous QD one point sling swivel
- Gold coated mock bolt
- Functioning bolt stop for easy hopup adjustment
- “Yippie kay yay” laser engraved morale dust cover
- Full metal 14.5″ Keymod rail system
- Aggressive ported compensator
- 3x additional accessory rails included
- 6-position retractable crane stock
- Full length top rail
Length: 920mm-1120mm, Adjustable
Inner Barrel: 325mm
Magazine Capacity: 300rd Hi-Capacity. Works with Matrix, APS, Tokyo Marui and other compatible M4 / M16 Series Airsoft AEG Magazines
Muzzle Velocity: 390~415 FPS (Measured with 0.20g BBs)
Thread Direction: 14mm Negative
Gearbox: Ver. 2 Full Metal, Fully Upgradeable
Motor: Long Type
Fire Modes: Semi/Full-Auto, Safety
Battery: 9.6v Small Butterfly Type recommended (Battery not included. Wired to the stock with a Small Tamiya connector)
Hopup: Yes, Adjustable
Package Includes: Gun, Magazine, Manual[/ezcol_1half_end]
Getting a chance to field the APS ASR-118 is a dream. I have taken so many third-rate airsoft guns into a game only to be disappointed at their performance. The APS ASR-118 has outstanding performance and whatever polishing magic APS did to the silver edge gearbox was well worth it. The APS ASR-118 chronographed in between 400 and 410 feet per second with .20g BBs. That being said, I would recommend running a couple thousand .25g or heavier BBs through it to break in all the internals. The spring should settle to 400 at that point as well, making it more in-line with Southern California outdoor game field limits. With my APS ASR-118 running just a tiny bit hot, the referees were content to let me use a slightly farther minimum engagement distance to compensate, which I gladly did.
I was easily able to both assault as well as use the APS ASR-118 for SPR/DMR purposes thanks to its high FPS and ability to take heavier BBs even farther. With the 4X optic I had attached to the rifle, I racked up a number of “kills” each game. Included in the box are two 45 degree angle iron sights – the front sight having a small fiber optic piece for better visibility. I was very impressed that APS would have included 45 degree iron sights in the box as I have never seen it done before – even on very high-end airsoft rifles.
The trigger on the APS ASR-118 is also a cool feature to note as it is one of those tricked out flat style triggers. The trigger pull is very short and even when going full “paintball trigger” on the ASR-118, it was able to keep up without issue. I ran a 9.6v battery in the crane stock and had no issues getting it to fit. One of the most generic features of the APS ASR-118 is its crane stock, but that is only because the rest of the rifle looks so “tacticool”. I am considering mounting an MFT minimalist stock on the rifle just to see how it looks. Also of note is the extended magazine release, which makes changing magazines all that more efficient. Its “Yiipie kay yay” emblazoned dust cover yields yucks a plenty, and made for a great conversation piece in between games.
Overall, the APS ASR-118 “Boar Tactical” Custom Silver Edge 17″ KeyMod airsoft rifle is an excellent value at $280 dollars – not only does it perform very well, but it also looks incredibly aggressive and high-end. The APS ASR-118 is an airsoft rifle that you will have for years in your airsoft arsenal.