IZH-MP514K: Bullpup Design Full of Fun
The European American Armory company has long been an importer of some very fine and fun guns for the American airgun shooter. They offer one of the most inexpensive competition-worthy pistols on the planet in the IZH-46M, but today’s subject is a gun made purely for the fun of shooting…..the MP514K.
For many, realistic-looking military-style airguns are great fun. They offer the looks of the real thing, with the economy of an airgun. The MP514K brings to the table the bullpup design desired by many shooters. It reduces the overall length of the gun, making it easy to carry and handle.
The MP514K comes with an extra spring, cleaning rod, and manual. Securely boxed, it is a small package indeed, making it easy to throw in the car or stow in a small space for ease of carrying.
The magazine on this gun is located near the rear of the butt. It is an 8-shot magazine holding .177 caliber pellets of the wadcutter or hollowpoint design. Use of pointed pellets, or pellets that have a pronounced nose to them, is discouraged by the manufacturer. They apparently tend to jam, and in accordance to the directions, I did not even attempt them.
There is an order to the loading and cocking of this gun. You must first load the magazine and put it back into the magazine well. THEN you go through the cocking procedure. If you put the magazine back in the gun after cocking it, you will get a dry fire, and this is bad for the spring as the pellet is not positioned correctly to offer resistance to the pulse of air the spring delivers. It is this resistance that keeps the piston from slamming into the face of the breech, and dry-firing the gun will damage it quickly.
To cock the 514K, you must first push in the barrel latch located near the muzzle of the gun. When you push the button in, the barrel is released from the receiver of the gun, allowing the gun to be cocked by pulling the entire upper portion of the gun to the rear. A solid click will indicate you have cocked the gun, which also serves to rotate the magazine and line up a pellet with the bore.
Push the indicated button to release the barrel.
Now the gun is fully cocked, needing the barrel and upper portion of the gun to be returned to the closed position to be ready to fire.
The trigger and safety are located inside the trigger guard. Both are plastic, but function reliably and smoothly. Push the safety lever forward, and the safety is disengaged, ready to fire.
The magazine is an 8-shot round clip, which rotates each time you cock the gun. It slides out to the left of the polymer stock, and you need only push down on the release to make it slide out of the magazine slot.
Here is look at the 8-round magazine that pops out of the magazine well when you push the release.
Now let's look at the sights. The sights on the MP514K are military-style, with a fixed front sight and an adjustable rear sight. The front sight is all plastic, while the rear is a combination of plastic and metal. The rear sight is a peep-sight that works just fine for target acquisition.
I set up some drink cans at about 10 yards and whiled away some of my afternoon by happily perforating the aluminum sides of the cans. The pellets were traveling downrange at 460-485 fps, a quick enough pace to draw can-flipping results for the delight of the shooter. You also have the option of mounting a scope on the picatinny-style rail included in front of the rear sight.
Do I have any complaints about the gun? Not really, for it is designed to simply be fun to shoot. The accuracy is fine for plinking, as is the velocity. I did notice that the magazine is all plastic, and suspect that over time the "teeth" that help index the magazine will wear down, which may present some problems with correctly aligning the pellets after awhile. However, I haven't had this gun in my possession long enough to verify this potential problem, so can't really say for sure this will actually happen.
The recoil of this gun is light, and the report not loud in comparison to other spring guns. It may seem somewhat louder to the shooter, but that is because the bullpup design places the moving parts of the gun near the shooter's ear, and not further out as in a conventional design.
For $130.00 plus shipping, you get a fun, realistic-looking spring-piston airgun to enjoy in your backyard, or even indoors with the appropriate backstop. Give it some consideration, especially if you like military-style airguns.
The IZH MP514K.....Bullpup Design, Full of Fun!