First, I'd be listed as a "Verified Buyer" except that my wife and son got me this rifle for Christmas from ASGI; I didn't actually buy it. But I did do the research and select this VFC Tactical M4. I wanted to get something high quality and as cosmetically similar to my modified Stag Model 1 as possible. The point here is to train/play with a gun that will ingrain my muscle memory with the same messages as I would use with the "real steel" model. Mission accomplished! The only difference, side by side, is that the VFC outer barrel is not quite the full 16" barrel on the Stag. Other than that, the exterior is gorgeous. I don't remember if I thought the working charging handle elevated the VFC above any other models I looked at in November but the easy access to the hop-up adjustment, under the dust cover, could be pretty handy for quick adjustments. I've pulled the "bolt" back a few times but this action did not change the hop-up as others have noted so no problem there.
The stock is different out of necessity, the nunchuk batteries go inside the Crane-style stock (and a very clever system it is!). The rail system is very nice and similar to what I have installed on the Stag. The back-up iron sights fold down and seamlessly blend in with the hand guard rail in the front and a nice metal rear sight is attached to the rear of the upper, both nicer than I have on the Stag! All I have to do for field play is pop off my EOTech 517 and mount it on the VFC. Presto, change-o! For all practical purposes, I'm handling a real rifle! An interesting point here is that the 517, sighted in on the Stag, was also sighted in for the VFC; no adjustment necessary! Your milage may vary but that little detail, whether by luck or by design, made me very happy. Both rifles have the Magpul AFG on them. Whether or not you like a vertical grip you might want to try one of these, it is the perfect accessory for any M4-style gun with a bottom rail.
Is the magazine a little loose? Yes. Is the included magazine easily compressed by finger strength (what some might call "flimsy")? Yes. Is the stock a little loose? Yes. But none of these are anything that should trouble you in use or even be noticeable. And if you want extra, sturdier mags just buy the KWA M4 6-pack, they work great in the VFC and carry a good capacity for mid-cap mags! I don't know if I can go along with gooping up the mag well by putting tape in there. Just live with it.
The QC tag in the box said that ASGI tested the rifle at 374fps. But with a full battery charge it tested at the field right at 400fps. The difference could also be attributed to differences in the chronometers. Either way, it seems to maintain a consistent velocity and has been nothing but reliable AND accurate (enough) right out of the box. Throw in a battery and go play!
Incredibly realistic appearance.
Outstanding value; you could spend much more but would you GET much more? Save your money and address the issues YOU care about, tighter barrel or whatever.
An excellent performing rifle right out of the box.
Looks and feels like the real thing, the perfect tactical trainer!
Multi-point slings could be a problem. It only comes with the single-point sling bracket mounted over the buffer tube at the rear of the lower receiver. Maybe ASGI has sling mounts that would work? You'd have to check to see if any after-market sling mounts from, say, Brownell's or MidwayUSA would fit. Since I'm a single-point sling guy this would never have occurred to me as a "Con" until I read some other reviews.
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Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]