This was my first experiance with an ICS gun and after hearing tons of horror stories, I am relieved to say that this is only the second AEG I have been impressed with right out of the box.
The packaging is really nice with a velvetized plastic lining which gives it a very elegant look.
The weight and sturdiness of the AEG is very reassuring when you first pick it up, and the fit and finish is near perfect. This AEG was no TM clone by any stretch. ICS put alot of thought into this AEG which is evident when you see how different it is. The bolt locks all the way to the rear with a functioning bolt release, and it even has the rubber dust flaps that hug the bolt handle when it is all the way back. I had no idea what these were on the TM or why they were a separate piece when I had to transfer the piece to the Hurricane metal body. It makes for a very easy hop-up adjustment.
Also, bringing back my memories of the complication in disassembling the TM Sig, this one is one of the simplest AEGs I have had to break down. Right up there with VFC's SCAR series. You pop the front lower receiver pin out and slide the handguards off, and then you push the little ICS button behind the rear sight and the whole upper receiver slides easily off.
A step further with removing the motor and selector levers completes disassembly, but you get the point. The AEG shoots a pretty brutal 378-393fps, which is a little high for my liking, and you can hear it snap pretty loud when it fires, but the movement does sound very crisp and precise. The ROF is a little low, even with a 9.6v NiMH 1400MaH battery, probably due to the high power.
The only cons I sort of have are that battery changes could get a little annoying because the upper receiver likes to slide forward along with the handguards, so you will be trying to line up all three pieces before putting the receiver pin back in. It just takes a little practice though. I was able to fit a 9.6v stick battery along the top, but thats about as big as it'll take. The selector lever is also pretty stiff and unless you beat off alot, you will probably have to take you hand off the grip or use another to move it into the "20" position. The trigger guard also swings left and right a little too easily, but I won't let that get to me. That's about all I can think of. If you are thinking of getting a 552 or 551, based on this piece here, I would take these over the TMs or the upcoming G&G ones anyday.
Perfect fit and finish.
Very good accuracy and velocity. 3" spread at 15 yards.
High quality materials used.
Very economic; to be able to get a full metal and trademarked SIG SG series without going through the hassle of disassebling a TM and putting it in Hurricane's kit along with the Guarder metal parts for half the price is insane.
Compatible with TM scope mounts, cheek pads, and magazines.
Easy disassembly compared to TM. Hop-up and barrel changes are a breeze.
Selector lever is pretty stiff.
Battery changes can be awkward.
The trigger guard swings kind of loosely.
Bolt handle is not held in by much; just at spring loaded catch visible on the side of the bolt. When letting the bolt slam forward, it tends to shake it loose so that it may fall out. Be mindful of this after letting the bolt go forward.
Battery space limited; 9.6v or 11.1v Li Ion stick battery is about it for an internal fit. A simple drill hole would probably allow for a PEQ however.
SIG SG mags may not fit well in your pouches as they are pretty wide and long.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]