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Gold Arrows Spring Shotgun Airsoft Gun (Retractable Stock)
[05991 / M183-A3]
$25.00
by B. FRED Date Added: Saturday 15 May, 2010
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There isn't really much in this review that hasn't already been said by other people, but I'm just writing this to emphasize that you really oughta get this gun.

First of all, whenever I find some sort of shortcoming with this gun, I always remember that it cost $25. When I think of that, all shortcomings pale in comparison to the bang-for-your-buck factor.

The range is quite simply amazing. It outdistances all AEGs I've seen (G&G, Echo 1, even the G4). I really wish I could give a number, but I'm really bad at gauging distances. It's no sniper, obviously, but you could almost use it for that. FPS wise, I have no idea. It's definitely at least 350, but I don't have a chrono, and Airsoft GI didn't send me a chrono slip with the gun (grrrr...). I have yet to try the poor man's chrono test (shoot bottom of soda can; if it punctures, FPS _ 380).

The construction of the gun is solid. Naturally, the only metal parts are the trigger and magazine trap door. The rest is just ABS. Nothing really special, but it's pretty well put together.

The hop up works just fine; no problems like what another reviewer noted. The gun also has a few interesting features. First, if you don't pump it all the way, pulling the trigger does nothing. Second, once you've pumped it, you can't cock it again, unless you're holding the trigger down, and then you're slam firing.

I do have a few gripes. The stock is pretty stiff to adjust, as well as have a pretty big wobble. The (plastic) iron sights are really low, which is good, I guess, but unless you have the stock out a ways, you can't see through the sights. This doesn't really bother me though, cuz I rarely use the sights, and anyway, I keep the stock out far enough to see through. One really weird quirk is when you're slam firing (or "running shooting", as the manual puts it), the bbs go flying way, way up, way higher than usual, however you may have the hop up set. I can't imagine for the life of me what causes this. The shell holder (or "bullet bag" as the manual puts it) is useless, because if it's upside down, the shells just fall out. This could be fixed with tape or someting, but I haven't bothered. It also blocks the iron sights, but again, no biggie. The safety can get kinda whacked if you push it in too far; when I got it, it came whacked, but it was able to be fixed. The sling is hard to figure out, but fortunately, my dad could put it on easily enough. I'm not gonna bet much that it's gonna last very long, either.

BUT, besides, the minor (emphasis on MINOR) inconveniences, this is a wicked gun, and for $25 it's crazy good. Plus, you get four shells (30 rounds each times 4 = 120 rounds), a speed loader, a sling and a ramrod. Overall, total sickness.

P.S. I don't quite know what this says about the gun, but I was cleaning the barrel with the ramrod, and it got stuck. I tried pulling it out, but the darned thing broke off. I was sitting around, despondently dry firing it, and the broken piece shot out! The performance of the gun hasn't been compromised at all, interestingly. Crappy ramrod.

Pros:
Really, really cheap
Comes with a bunch of stuff
Long range
High FPS
Good enough construction (for $25)
Interesting safety features

Cons:
Stock wobble, stock stiffness
Useless shell holder
Slam firing is useless
Flimsy safety
Funky sling

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
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Gold Arrows Spring Shotgun Airsoft Gun (Retractable Stock)
[05991 / M183-A3]

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