GHK M4 Colt vs VFC HK416A5 GBBR: Which is best?
In the market for your next or even first gas blow back rifle? When this in depth video and guide will compare the top two rifles on the field and see which is the best.
Lets first get some brief information on both rifles in question.
ghk m4 gbbr review
vfc hk416a5 gbbr review
Now the GHK M4 GBBR has been out much longer and has the respect from the Airsoft Community from over the years of reliability and is an improvement loosely based on the Western Arms Gas Blow Back Rifle. The VFC HK 416A5 rifle is a newer rifle so lets see!
Appearance and finish on the outside
ghk vs vfc gbbr review
The VFC HK 416A5 has the standard matte black finish as does all VFC rifles for a great finish and quality. The GHK M4 GBBR has several layers of thick paint to make it look softer and rounded unlike the crisp edges of the VFC HK 416A5 rifle. The scratch test shows that the GHK M4 GBBR rifle lost a layer of paint and still looked black while the VFC HK 416A5 has a very thin layer and got scratched just from installing an optic. Things to take into consideration.

The fire controls and bolt carrier system
ghk gbbr bolt carrier
The GHK M4 GBBR and VFC HK 416A5 both use a steel bolt carrier with a similar easy to use adjustable screw for output FPS. The GHK M4 GBBR has more aftermarket parts on hand for it as we speak while the VFC HK 416A5 version is waiting for manufacturers to catch up. The fire control parts of the GHK is all steel with a crisp pull and wall before the trigger fires and the HK version has a stronger spring and pull. The fire controls of the GHK M4 GBBR is all high quality steel and the HK version is steel and has some alloy parts along with a complicated system of parts and springs. Keep it simple and it works just fine.
The magazine options for the rifles
ghk m4 gbbr co2 mags
Related Blog: Airsoft M4 GBBR vs AEG | Magazines
The GHK M4 GBBR has some heavy magazines and some newer options that are much lighter along with a PMag option. The GHK M4 GBBR mags hold 40 rounds and fire them all on full auto without a cool down or freeze. The GHK M4 GBBR also has a CO2 magazine as well for winter conditions and makes it the best option. The VFC HK 416A5 rifle has a 35 round magazine but only in green gas or propane.
Which rifle is the best?
ghk m4 vs vfc hk416a5 review
The GHK M4 GBBR Colt rifle wins by just focusing on the systems of the rifle and comparing it to the inner workings of the VFC HK 416A5 rifle. Yes the HK looks amazing but the little things will lead to a headache and have the GHK M4 GBBR still working fine like it has for all these years.
Watch the complete video here to see a more in-depth review but the meat of the line up was addressed already.

*pictures from the linked video above

Written by Brian Holt