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This aged version of the APS ASK201BW offers a new possibility with the AK-74. A rifle that is an updated version of the AKM, its production began in 1974 and it is still being manufactured today, we guess that this is why it is still a very popular model among airsoft and that we can see regularly in the fields.

All this plus the excellent work of APS in by giving this aging treatment by hand, one by one, and that makes the replica much more realistic than the previous ASK201BW model.

Why does it standut?

Fixed aged wood stock
Fully made of metal
Aged wood handguard
APS logo
Aged pistol grip
Fire selector
Aged 300 BBs magazine
Size: 95cm (L) x 25cm (H) x 5cm (W)
Weight: 3.9 kg

Aging treatment

APS has shown that the handmade customisation of their replicas are one of their strengths as a brand. In this model, as we saw in the AK-74U, the materials with which it is manufactured and the exterior finishes stand out. We find a handguard and a fixed stock made of real wood to which a wear treatment has then been applied to give it a greater sense of realism. The rest of the body is made of metal and has also been treated to continue with the worn aesthetics of wood. This treatment is done by hand. Basically each unit is customised, which adds value.

Mechanical blowback

Many believe that the mechanical blowback takes away performance from the replica, but that is not the case as APS has shown us in over 100 models with electric blowback. The power of the spring that drives the piston is much higher than that acting on the plate that moves each shot. So the performance reduction is zero, but the effect achieved is spectacular.

Precision inner barrel: 6.04 mm
Inner barrel length: 240 mm
Gear Box by Silver Edge version 3
Mechanical blow back
8 mm bearings
Fire Selector: Safe / Semi Auto / Full Auto
Velocity: 385 FPS
Rate of Fire: 1000 RPM (Rounds Per minute)


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Internal parts

Internally we find a version 3 gearbox (typical in AK replicas) with two specifications that stand out: the blowback1 (which we can easily disassemble if we don’t like it) and the quick spring change that has become a must have in our replicas.

Taking out the spring guide2 the metal head with bearings and polymer guide we can access the dock3 type M120. The piston4 is made of polymer and has half the metal teeth (seven). The piston head5 is made of aluminium and comes with bearings to help the torsion of the spring, something that we will especially appreciate when shooting in the full auto.

The cylinder6 is chrome-plated, has an opening to regulate the amount of air that pushes each BB and comes with a cylinder head7 polymer to soften piston pounding. The nozzle8 is metallic like the hop chamber which, interestingly, is attached to the gearbox with a pair of fins. The precision barrel, 6.04 mm, and of 240 mm in length, is a good option in such a compact model.


An AK is a true classic, and this AK-74U is a very striking model and on top of that in a custom version it becomes something new with which APS surprises us both for AK fans and collectors. The haters will say “another AK”, but after seeing the work that has been done to age the replica, we know that it is a unique piece.