This is a great gun for anyone looking for a low-priced, average quality, shoots well right-out-of-the-box gun.
The gun is full metal, besides the fake wood plastic parts, making it quite heavy (around 8 pounds I believe) especially if you slap in a 420 round full metal King Arms M1A1 mag instead of the plastic one it comes with, but that's to be expected. It's very well constructed, realistic in the sense that it's an exact replica of the M1A1 Thompson used by the US Army and various other allied forces in WW2, Korea, and Vietnam.
The gun is very solid, other than the pistol grip, which tends to get quite wobbly after use. The full-stock contains the battery compartment, which is quite spacious and very easy to access, allowing it to carry batteries of high mAh. The orange tip is short and fat, causing it to stick out like a sore thumb if you're trying to hide in the brush. The insides are all King Arms gears and are quite reliable, but do wear down after long periods of use. The spring starts wearing down after a few games, causing the FPS to drop from 400 with .20g. The hop-up on this gun is really unique, as in it's completely exposed in the ejector at the top of where the mag goes, allowing for really easy access during any skirmishes.
Because of the 8.4v battery that this gun sports it doesn't shoot as fast as other guns, but I can tell you from experience that it is very accurate and still one of the most accurate guns I've ever seen right out of the box.
All in all, this is a very realistic gun designed for WW2 players in mind, so don't expect to be changing mags as quickly as M4 or M16 players. Take your time to love and care for it, and it will love you back.
- Shoots 400 FPS right out of the box, and is very accurate at mid to long range.
- Realistic design, weight, and feel.
- Easiest hop-up access that I've ever seen, and with the Thompson design this is definitely not a con.
- Easy to access and spacious battery compartment.
- Has pretty reliable insides, I haven't had an issue (yet), and I've been using this gun for a few months now every weekend.
- If you downgrade the spring to an M100 or M110 (whatever your local CQB Field's rules are, usually 350 FPS with .20g) this gun is actually small and comfortable enough for CQB!
- Rate of fire is low, but not low enough to be too much of a con.
- Orange tip is fat and very noticeable.
- Pistol grip wobble is probably this gun's biggest flaw, it should be fixed ASAP as to not annoy the player during a game.
- The magazine that comes with the gun is only a 60 round plastic, so upgrade the mag ASAP to truly get a feel for the gun.
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]