It's an amazing gun out of the box. No upgrades or anything put in and it shoots at 420 FPS and an effective range (on a head sized target) at about 85'. The plastic body feels kind of cheap, but it's lancer tactical. We aren't buying their guns for the outside to be nice.
The rails are a solid polymer. Wouldn't want to put too much pressure on them, but they do their job without automatically breaking apart like tissue paper. What I found surprising was that there were actually metal parts on this. Specifically the selector switch, top receiver plate, stock tube and the trigger set. The problem I had with the externals was that the selector switch's cap actually had to be screwed out with a wrench instead of just being a cap. I'll get into this later
And then the internals. I sure hope that Marui isn't buying one of these. They would feel shame seeing what this was composed of.
The piston and head are 1 piece with a screw going through the top of the piston and connecting to a block that holds the spring and keeps it from spinning. How this thing was able to pull off 420 FPS without breaking is beyond me. The internals were not only cheap looking, but they were nearly cooked in grease. I thought maybe I could clip the little spot from the spring that kept it attached to the box, but the spring was too hard to clip and be used for another set up. This makes the piston, piston head and spring a have to change in order to keep the thing from looking like it's ready to break.
The cylinder was a basic chrome with a large port on the side. Oh well, nothing bad or good about that. Cylinder head was again cheap plastic that actually came apart. So I got a lonex cylinder head. Big news? The lonex head doesn't fit right because the holes on the lancer gear box are too big to fit anything but the stock head. I went to the local shop where I'm at and actually tried 6 other polycarb heads that he had lying around and nothing fit. Instead of taking the time and money to try and mill out the hole in the cylinder head I just bought a new gearbox shell. The shop had one lying around.
I went home, somewhat agitated over what came about since I couldn't put the gearbox back together in the shop since I didn't have my tools with me. I went home, cooled off and put the new set up back together.
This is where the selector lever comes back into play. The selector screw and set is all proprietary to the lancer gearbox. I nearly screamed and woke up the neighbors when I found I actually had to replace the entire external selector set and lugs because they don't work with that gearbox.
If I didn't get this for free from the GI event Bob's rebel training camp, I probably would have just sold it right after just to try and get some of my money back. Now I'm just trying to make it usable so I don't have to run only lancer parts.
If it were up to me, I'd avoid lancer all together since you have to just about switch everything out just to make it durable.
Works good out of the box
accurate for a 6.10 inner barrel
some metal on a lancer
Internals are proprietary for crappy set ups
internals looked ready to break even though I barely used it
flexible polymer rail system
can't put a new gearbox in to use upgrade parts without switching out the selector switch entirely
can't put upgrade parts in the standard gearbox
got it as a prize at Bob's training camp and still feel like I got ripped off
Rating: [2 of 5 Stars!]