The Echo 1 M1918A3 BAR is one of the most solid built airsoft guns I've owned to date and I've owned quite a few since 1999. Everything on it is metal except the furniture and its made of a very dense, quality plastic. With the bi-pod and carry handle she's a lot to tote around, even for big guy like me, so I removed them and that dropped the weight considerably. The safety selector switch is easy to manipulate and accessing the hop-up is easy by pulling back the charging handle. It locks back so you don't have to fight with keeping it open as you do adjustments. The rear sight is very nice and fully adjustable. The stock has foam inside that has been shaped to hold the stick battery but it's removable/adaptable for allowing a larger or different shape battery to fit. The back of the stock has the cleaning kit door that allows access to the battery compartment but unless the foam is removed it's almost impossible to use it. Currently I remove the 2 screws from the butt plate to install/remove the battery which is not a big deal to me since I'm use to removing the butt plate from my TM Thompson for the same reason. Velocity out of the box was 400 - 408 fps with .20 BBs. Overall this gun is a beast and I'm really impressed!
Built like a tank!
Working Bipod and Carry Handle that can be removed without much trouble.
High rate of fire
Fully adjustable rear sight
Easy to use safety/selector switch
Large Battery capacity
Really, REALLY heavy! (much lighter though without he bipod and carry handle)
Extremely long. Definitely not for CQB or running through the thick under brush.
Butt Plate has to be removed to access the battery compartment.
Awkward magazine release
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]