So you might have played a couple of games at this point and you’ve realised that you like to get yourself up close and personal with the opposite team. However, you’ve found that the hire guns you were given, were quite cumbersome and didn’t allow you to swiftly manoeuvre in tight positions and clear rooms in CQB situations. Therefore, you’ve found yourself looking at reviews of short barrelled Airsoft rifles. Well, in that case you’re in the right place. Firehawk is a tiny gun that packs a punch and is simultaneously incredibly easy to operate due to its size. Finally, you might be wondering why I am reviewing a G&G product as I am one of the ICS captains. However, I figured my very first RIF (Realistic Imitation Firearm) review, should be done on my very first RIF – The Handy G&G Firehawk.
- Perfect for CQB
- Good value for money
- Odd issues with high cap magazines
- Occasional gear jamming issues
- Not much room in stock for the battery
So out of the box the G&G Firehawk performs better than any other similar sized RIF within its price range around the £150 mark. It’s the perfect weapon for CQB sites and other close distance engagements; although it somewhat lacks effective range in comparison to other full sized AEGs on the field, it still manages to be an all round good performer at woodland sites.
The gun feels study and is well built; clearly G&G continues to maintain the quality of their products since they’ve launched their own brand G&G Arnaments in 2001, Taiwan. Furthermore, the Firehawk has many great features including flip up sights, ambidextrous sling loop, CR stock and a Unique Flash Hider.
So without further a do, let’s take a look at the specs of the gun! Just remember that the FPS might slightly vary from model to model, this particular one I tested was perfectly under the UK limit.
Specs and Features
- Feet per second (FPS): 345 (+5%/-5%)
- Rate of fire (ROF): 29 rounds per second (on 11.1v lipo)
- Gearbox Version: 2
- Min Length: 540mm / Max Length: 610mm
- Battery Type: 7.4v lipo / 11.1v lipo (G&G recommends 11.1v lipo)
- Weight (with Magazine): 2400g
- Inner Barrel Length: 120mm Diameter: 6.08
- Hop Up: Adjustable behind mock Bolt Cover
- Construction: Mostly Polymer, Alloy parts include: Barrel, Rails, Flash Hider, Sights, Buffer Tube & Selector Switch
After having used several good out of the box replicas, I’ve chosen to compare the G&G Firehawk to the ICS MX5 A4 which stands at a similar price tag, at just £30 more than its counterpart. In the chart below, I’ve scored both RIFs out of 10 on various aspects, based on my personal experiences with both weapons (1 being terrible and 10 being amazing):
|Scoring Chart||G&G Firehawk||ICS MX5 A4|
|Battery Consumption (Semi-Auto)||7||7|
|Batter Consumption (Full-Auto)||5||5|
(Due to odd mag compatibility)
(Occasional jamming issue)
(Never had any issue so far)
As you can see from the table above, the G&G Firehawk scored well on everything except usability. This was mainly based on the issue that I had with this particular model – some of the high-cap magazines weren’t feeding properly – more details on this in the next section.
To summarise, for a small compact RIF that seems to be more of an SMG than a carbine imitation of M4, the effective range in comparison to other small sized rifles stands at a good distance and lands around the 40-50 metres mark. The gun is well built and easy to handle, great for tight spaces and outmanoeuvring the opposition. Perfect for a player who likes to get into the midst of action and make an impact!
I know it seems like I have a lot of good things to say about the Firehawk, however there are of course some negative aspects. The main issue I had was the problematic high-cap magazine compatibility; here’s a short key to explain what the terms in the next paragraph actually mean.
- High-cap – High Capacity Magazine (300 – 450 rounds)
- Mid-cap – Medium Capacity Magazine (80 – 150 rounds)
Unfortunately, non-G&G high-caps don’t perform well in this gun. This issue is also present in some other G&G products like the RK74 lineup. Personally, the only high-cap I have been able to use in my Firehawk without any feeding issues is the one that actually came with it – The G&G G-Mag. Ironically, the weapon feeds fine with every other brand’s mid-caps that I have tried. I guess now some of you might be thinking, maybe the issue actually lies with the magazines and not the Firehawk. However, the exact same high-caps I have tested, work fine in every other RIFs I’ve used them in, including my G&G top Tech M4. However, this is not a persistent issue across all models from the Firehawk line of products; some people come across this problem, some don’t. Unfortunately, I did.
During my airsoft journey with the Firehawk, I have also come across an occasional loss of power, this specifically occurred during prolonged full auto firing. However, it also sometimes happened on semi-automatic when tapping the trigger rapidly. When this particular issue occurred the gun’s FPS would drop significantly and the range would half for a couple of shots. Although, I wasn’t able to identify the particular cause of this occurrence, I presume that installing a MOSFET might have helped. Furthermore, the gears would occasionally jam which has happened to me a few times during game play. However, I feel obligated to say this only happened on few occasions over 5 years of regular use. In order to quickly fix that problem, I found a way to smack the lower receiver of the gun where the gearbox is located as the gears had jammed and stopped spinning, this would dislocate whatever had cause the gears to jam and the gun would be fully functional again. This is not an optimal way of dealing with the issue; I thoroughly recommend seeing a technician or asking fellow veterans to have a look at your gun.
Finally, the stock tube doesn’t come with much room for a battery due to the size of the gun and the fuse inside. The Firehawk comes with a blade fuse fitted not far from the Tamiya connector which forces you to fiddle with the set up in order to get the fuse and the battery in position where you can comfortably get the stock back after everything is set.
Lastly, if you already have a G&G Firehawk and are willing to improve your range and accuracy, then I have the solution for you! From personal experience, I can recommend the Modify tight bore barrel (6.03mm diamater) at £35.99 and Modify hop up unit at £24.99 with Prometheus straight flat hop rubber @ £9.89 and an S-Hop (Price varies dependant on the technician, free if you can do it yourself). Due to those upgrades, I have managed to double my range to around 70-90 metres and in the end it didn’t cost me an arm and a leg. Although I do warn you that this may increase your FPS over the UK limit (350fps), which might require further adjustments.
If you’re new to airsoft and are looking for your first RIF and only have a budget of around £150 for your first weapon, then the G&G Firehawk will always be one of my recommendations of choice as its cheap, reliable and good out of the box for that price range. Also if you’re a veteran and are looking for a new project, then I also recommend this gun. However, that being said if you can afford to spend a bit more or if you’re patient enough to save a little bit longer than I wholeheartedly recommend investing in a better gun like the G&G ARP-9 or ARP-556 or an ICS AKS 74U or CXP.08 Concept Rifle.
So if you’ve decided to go ahead and purchase a G&G Firehawk, great! I’m glad we could help you come to this decision. Here’s a few final words if you’re new to airsoft: although the gun is 11.1v lipo ready, I recommend you to purchase 2x 7.4v Lipo batteries (Nuprol brand) as they fit snugly into the stock; don’t worry about the rate of fire as it is still adequate at around 21-23 RPS with the 7.4v. Use 0.25g BB’s to increase accuracy and buy yourself a smart Balance Charger and a flame proof Lipo Charge Bag for safe keeping. Also, make sure not to fully drain your batteries when you’re out playing. Once your RIF starts to lose power and sound like the battery is running out, you’ll know when you hear it, just return to the safe zone and input a fresh new Lipo.
I hope you enjoyed this article and it helped you make a decision about the G&G Firehawk!
Written by Stephen Howe (Callsign: Viking)
Edited by Kamil Turecki and Garlen Saldanha
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