I find myself at sort of a loss of words writing a review for this airsoft rifle. There's so much to say that it's hard to find a place to start, so I'll just start by saying that I ordered this gun, with the bb's and charger from Airsoft GI and recieved it a few days later. I opened the shipping box to find a large KWA box, a bag of bbs and the battery and charger. I set those aside and just opened the KWA box, where I found myself unable to pick up the rifle right away because I just wanted to stop and look at it. It really looks like an M16. Every detail on it is perfect, it really is extremely high quality metal with the trademarks laser-engraved into the side. The only parts that are not metal are the hand guard, butt stock, and pistol grip which are all made of the most solid type of plastic I have ever had the pleasure of seeing on an airsoft gun. It feels more like a high-density composite than a plastic. One thing I'd like to note is that the metal on the dust cover, magazine, forward assist, and mag release is actually blued like on a real M16. The attention to detail is stunning. The sights are full metal and give a good solid "click " when you adjust them. The gun has a great weight to it, it feels like a real rifle. Coming from someone who has held a real AR-15, it does feel very alike to it's real-steel counterpart. There are no creaks anywhere on the gun, everything feels solid as a rock. And the mock gas tube that runs through the top of the handguard is like the cherry on the cake for an M16 enthusiast and adds that last little ounce of realism that almost brings a tear to the eye. Now the only thing that I found to be a downside about the exterior, and really the entire gun, is the shade of orange used on the tip, but this is not a big deal as most people who go to Ops paint it or buy a new flash hider anyway, so I don't count that as a con and I used some high-heat rustoleum on the tip and it blended perfectly with the rest of the rifle.
On to the internals. Now as far as velocity, Airsoft GI clocked mine at an average of 399, which is fine seeing as you can't use anything higher in an Op anyway haha. For shooting, the first thing I noticed is the magazine quality. It feeds flawlessly, not one jam or misfeed after putting several thousand rounds through it and playing two full days of airsoft. The accuracy and range? Well lets just say you're pretty much gona blow away every other (stock) AEG on the field, (and even some upgraded AEG's probably haha) especially if you use a 9.6v battery. The rate of fire is insane, and leaves enemy players practically no time to duck before a barrage of fire is all over them. With iron sights, I'd say I was able to hit a human size target every time at probly 175ish feet. But once I mounted and zero'd in my little scope, and installed a 6.03mm tightbore, I can now hit human sized targets consistantly at around/over 200 feet. The hop up is great on this gun, it took a little while to fully break in but just put some silicone in the bucking and down the barrel when you first get it and it'll break in real quick. Now it adjusts very finely, and sends the bb straight up or down with no annoying sideways curve like on cheap hopups. When you shoot the gun, you can almost feel a slight kickback from how powerful the gearbox is in this thing. It just feels solid when you shoot, and the trigger is so responsive that you can double-tap real fast with no problem.
In conclusion, I will say that this is probably one of the finest guns you can buy for doing field work, or making into a DMR which I plan on eventually doing when I get the money. The battery that comes in this package is perfectly fine and lasts for a whole day of airsoft in my experience, though I have since then bought a 9.6v to up the rate of fire even more. But my favorite aspect of this gun is the durability. It just feels SOLID. I've owned alot of guns and there's always that one part on the gun that you fear might break, but not this thing. Sure, it's over 300 bucks, but you're getting a gun that is going to outperform any other AEG out of the box and doesn't even need any upgrades to be field ready, and that will last you an extremely long time. Just save up and buy a KWA, and I promise you, you'll never regret it.
P.S. You're going to hear alot of talk about the KWA SR-12, but the only difference between that and this is that the SR-12 has a free floating rail system instead of a handguard, and it has different sights. So basically you're paying an extra $80 just for those rails and the other sights instead of the sight rail. Personally I like this one better, same internals and has the classic M16 look but it's your choice.
Best looking, most durable externals I've seen on an airsoft rifle
Hop-up is awesome right out of the box, doesn't need a new bucking at all
The 2GX gearbox is incredible and sounds like thor the god of thunder when you put it on full auto
Extremely upgradeable, and easy to upgrade for those of you who don't have experience
Like I said the orange tip is pretty huge and a really obnoxious shade of orange but that's an extremely minor gripe to have and can be changed in like 5 minutes to any custom flash hider you wanna buy (as long as it's a 14mm ccw thread).
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]