The Chinese-made Type 97 is a variant of the Type 97 assault rifle, which broke the mould of Chinese-made assault rifles in that it wasn't based on the design of another gun (the Type 81 and Type 56 prior to that were based on the AK series). The Type 95 used the Chinese-developed 5.8mm caliber, which outperformed the 7.62mm caliber in tests. The Type 97 is an export version, which chambers the 5.56mm NATO round instead. It was first introduced in the handover of Hong Kong, on the 1st July 1997, when the Chinese PLA Garrison Troops in Hong Kong were armed with the then brand new assault rifle.
RS continue their principle of creating authentic airsoft replicas of real-steel guns with this Type 97. Their thorough research and development means that this is an ultra-realistic AEG. Just like their Type 56/Type56-1, it features an all-new specially-developed 7mm bearing metal gearbox so that the original dimensions could be retained. The gearbox has also been equipped with a high strength gear set, air seal nozzle and spring lease device, for easy care and modification. All the external parts you see are identical to the real-steel version, even the disassembly/assembly has been faithfully replicated! Field-stripping this gun is done by removing the two lock pins for a quick disassembly.
Just like the real thing, the butt stock, upper and lower handguard are made of high strength polmer - special Nylon 66. The properties of this material make it durable yet lightweight, maintaining a rigid structure. It has a real-steel factory standard high strength duralmin forged frame, which has been CNC processed, hard coat anodized and is resistant to corrosion. What RS have done is quite admirable, and the research, development & manufacturing processes have been very concise in making a gun which is, in aesthetics, a perfect replica of the real-steel Type 97.
Manufacturers stated performance: 295fps.