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If you'd had any fantasies about being a USMC scout sniper but never could never score a perfect PFT or shoot 250/250 on the range, well then this is for you. This here is a well designed replica of an M40A3 that make your girlfriend choke you and leave you blue-balled if she's less than the understanding type. I'm not the nerdgasam type but came close after unboxing. After that though, I started regretting. Let's start with the magazine.
First of all, having an metal external magazine placed where it is a definite plus. Having an internal feed tube is not a bad idea. After watching redwolfairsoft's video a half-dozen times, I accepted the fact that the internal feed tube has to be completely loaded and the external mag had to be so, too. That gives you 82 rds total (55 ext/27 int) plus one in-between. What sucked about about the ext mag it that it will not feed into the internal consistently until it is well broken-in. If you start hearing BBs rolling inside then ext mag spring is not doing it's job. It takes a few hundred rounds but after that you can load _55 BBs in the ext mag and shoot with no problem as long as you keep 27 BBs in the internal.
Sending rounds down range is what made me initially very disappointed. Sans scope, the rounds were leaving the barrel at an extreme left angle and were impacting in a giant group. Ares claims that this rifle will shoot straight when it leaves the factory. Well then, the definition of "straight" needs clarified by Ares. I could write some racist jokes but I'm also asian. After a 100 rds, I did a tear-down. What I found was the hopup chamber was half-assed assembled with one totally loose screw and the rest barely tight. I'm not an expert on hopups but this certainly was not a good thing. My first clue of a hopup problem should have been the adjustment screw misaligned with the hole. Read into that if you want, I'm not going to argue. After tightening everything up and aligning the adjustment screw, it shot surprisingly straight and accurate with just a tad bit of right-hand hopup. All's good in the world now.
Wow, long review. Anyways, buy it if you can but wait until vendors make specific upgrades.
-Accurate replica (within reason). Makes an prior service jarhead happy.
-Well balanced and feels solid. McMillan style stock looks and feels sturdy. Has all the features of the real thing. Only one complaint about it, there is a visible seam between the two halves that kind of bugs me but not a big deal.
-Shoots good (5 rd 2" groups @ 15m w/0.43g MB's) after 300 rd break-in and reassembly (see cons)
-Magazine can feed with less than full clip (up to 55 BBs) after break-in (see Redwolfairsoft vid)
-Not super quiet but can be after a few mods.
-Seems to be VSR10 compatible but not absolutely sure yet. Found some potential upgrades but I'll wait...
-Shot like crap out-of-the-box. BBs were flying high and to the left even after cranking the hopup all the way to the right and adjusting the scope likewise. Found Hopup chamber with loose screw and adjustment screw was not centered with outside barrel hole. After reassembling it like it should have it shot very well. Very poor workmanship and QA.
-Magazine fit is very snug and takes two hands to remove it.
-Barrel handle bolt was loose. Again, poor workmanship.
-Internals need to be upgraded although it did come with an anodized piston, tapered cylinder head, and metal spring guide.
-$$$! If you're a budget shooter, start saving.