For: Echo 1 Fully Licensed AR57 Full Metal AEG Airsoft GunProduct Information:
At first glance, I thought this AR57 was pretty ugly. I wanted an AR that was different. I'm not a fan of m4 rifles and I thought this was a unique hybrid. It eventually grew on me and I bought one. I normally use a King Arms P-90, so I was able to use the same magazines instead of having to buy m4 mid caps.
I gotta say, this is a nice rifle! The two piece upper and lower receivers are metal and are rock solid. The gun also came with a 9.6v 1600 NiMh battery, standard wall charger and 2 68rd magazines.
At 415 fps, this gun was WAY to hot for field limits so I ended up putting an M110 spring and it brought it down to 375 fps.
After trying this out on the field, I found that magazine changes are a tad tricky. The mag release is very similar to the P-90 and releasing the mag is a breeze. Inserting a new mag is much more challenging. The front of the mags have to line up with the front post and the back has to be seated properly in order to feed. If the mag is slammed in too quickly, you can potentially miss the feeding lip and have to take the mag out and try again.
The m4 magwell can fit practically any mag you want (Pmags have a slight wobble) but will not feed the gun. The "feeding tube" for the m4 mag is sealed with plastic. You can only put a mag in it just for looks.
Oddly enough, I tried an ECHO 1 P-90 box mag. It clicks into place, but for some reason, the magazine release doesn't keep it in place. It popped out of place every single time I touched it. I found that a little unusual and it defeats the purpose of using m4 mags.
Overall, this was a great addition to my arsenal. This is definitely an intermediate weapon because of the minor amount of tech work and unusual magazine changes. Buy this gun if you want a challenge!
Pistol grip, stock, trigger guard, buffer tube, and lower receiver can be switched with other standard m4 parts
-14mm CCW Barrel threads
Metal flip up sights
2 68rd magazines
Battery and Charger
Better trigger response than a P-90
Requires tech work for field regulations
Mock charging handle sometimes comes loose, but can be tightened down
My particular crane stock battery compartment cover was melted together, but I had another stock anyway
Magazine changes are tricky
ECHO 1 P-90 Box mag doesn't work...