I really canít say enough about this carbine. Setting aside the coolness factor for just a moment, even without it this beast is still inspiring. She shoots hard and fast with an 8.4. I wouldnít dare guess at the rof, but itís certainly the fastest Iíve got. Shot groups are incredibly small. This weapon is certainly more accurate than my jg g3.
The finish and attention to detail are extremely good. Itís almost a sin to consider this a plastic gun. Both the lower and upper receiver are thick and have a much different sheen to them than my Chinese clones. The material is very durable and resistant to wear. I almost mistook it for metal. Even weighed in comparison with a bushmaster, it was very close to the real deal. She sports a visible gas tube, nice delta ring, good rear sight with positive clicks for both windage and elevation, good approximation for the front sight. The hand guards are quite roomy and very sturdy. Removable carry handle does have embossed G&G trades (nice plus in my book). And speaking of trades, very nice replica Special Forces trades. Itís always the little touches that make that fifth star.
I have only a few problems with this weapon. The first being the most severe in my book. The wiring is rather thin, and when I pulled my battery it was quite hot. This could be problematic when considering long term reliability and upkeep cost. A burnt nimh is not cheap to replace. A much more cost effective route would be to rewire her from the start. Second is a forged (as opposed to pinned) front sight. In this area I was disappointed. I understand the need to cut costs somewhere, but a real pinned front sight (removable) would have been nice. There is, however, a fairly thick outer barrel, unfortunately with an exterior sleeve for the carbine style front end and front sight assembly. And lastly, the mag issue. The accompanying G&G hi-cap doesnít like to fit easy into the mag well. A small amount of force needs to be applied to seat the mag firmly otherwise it will wobble and refuse to feed. I had similar issues with MAG mid-caps and TM compatible hi-caps, although noticeably fewer. Personally, I think this has more to do with the mag catch than with the hop-up.
This weapon chronoíd at 330fps in asgiís tests before shipping. After cleaning and lubing Iím inclined to up that a bit.
And now to the coolness factor. The bolt cover pops at the first round fired, and does blow back as far as the bolt moves back manually with each round fired. I tried several different brand bbís, including G&G .20Ďs, Crossman .20Ďs, AE .20ís, AE .25ís, Fidragon .25ís. All fed reliably except the Fidragons (all around crappiest .25 Iíve every shot). Blow back feature worked reliably with every brand. And you can HEAR that bolt fly! There isnít enough blow back to mimic recoil, but overall, itís one heck of a system, and you know Iíll be buying the MP5 blowback when it gets released.
All in all, Iím very pleased with this weapon. The few problems that detract from its overall quality pale in comparison to the total package. For the very cheap price, I donít think you can do better.
330 fps, good energy range for cqb and woodland
Nice finish, sturdy body
Good rear sight
Nice attention to detail, very faithful replica
Awesome coolness factor
Very accurate for carbine length
G&G quality right down to the brass threaded inserts in all the right places
Little bit of stock wobble (standard LE stock wobble)
Cast front sight