Hello there, I am an experienced tech who has had years of work with AEGs, and real fire arms alike. I would like to say that this product's failure and inability to perform is NOT a result of Airsoft GI and their great services. You dont blame walmart for a crappy toy when they dont make it... do you?
Let us start with the pros. The weapon is amazing, for those who have been around a real AR or m16/m4, you will notice the similarities. This gun is a lighter due to its aluminium body, but lets face it, a lot of real weapons including some AR platforms are made from CNC aluminium
The magpul is very nice.
The weapon doesnt rattle or shake loose, it has a 1 piece barrel, an easy to access hop up unit, and disassembles easily. The weapon operates and functions very much so like a real AR, and it is quite pleasing.
Stock the weapon has a decent recoil, it isnt a fire arm, so dont expect a loud BANG and a thrust to the shoulder. The recoil is in two directions, back and then forward because of the bolt. The buffer tube follower is plastic, I recommend a metal one with a new buffer tube spring for increased recoil.
Now, for the bad parts... the magazines are t-total-garbage. I bought 7, and all but 1 work right out of the box. This is not unheard of, read the forums on the mags. Great gun, crappy magazines. The fill valves leak, or expunge the gas, and do not have o-rings to prevent fill leaking.
Also, they say 50 round mags, but you can fill past 50... but lets put it this way, 35 rounds is your safest bet, anything more will damage your loading nozzle. These mags are just garbage, flat out garbage. Get G&P mags. Lets face it, you want a mag that works, doesnt have overfill, and wont break your gun? spend the extra money.
The loading nozzle is very weak... all that has to happen is for the corner to ever so slightly chip and wear down and you are SOL.
I spent 700 dollars total on my gun, gun, magazine, G&P bolt carrier + the loading nozzle... and the KA mags managed to break that loading nozzle too and I was putting 30 rounds in the mags... well the mags that worked...
Very solid weapon, great build, quality is very high and the realism is to die for.
Great price too, and easily upgraded
Accurate and easy to use
Mags mags mags mags mags
Weak loading nozzle in combination with those stupid mags