"I received my M3A1 a few weeks ago and I am more than happy with it. I thought I would share my impressions of it so let’s get down to it.
Because I ordered a battery, extra magazine and a bag of good BBs the gun came with an outer shipping box. The extra items were well packed in that box, the M3A1 and its accessories were in their own box. The gun and accessories were well packed in semi hard foam. The factory box will prove to be excellent for storage of the gun when it is not in use, so plan on hanging onto it.
What you get in the factory box:
1ea submachine gun, airsoft, caliber 6mm: M3A1
1ea magazine, airsoft, 6mm
1ea sling, small arms
1 ea rod, cleaning and de-jamming
1 ea, bag, 6mm Snow Wolf BBs
1 ea manual, instruction
The gun w/o magazine is 6 lbs. 14+ oz. So with the magazine it weighs a little over 7 lbs. Not bad when the real thing weighs 7.8 lbs. w/o magazine. A real loaded magazine weighs 2.1 lbs., holding 30 rds of .45 ammunition. That means that a real fully loaded M3A1 weighs 9.9 lbs. .45 ACP ammunition is heavy folks. Externally the gun is built like a tank. It is quite hefty and solid. This is perhaps not surprising as the Chinese made their own copy of the M3A1 in 9mm, the Type 36. For a review of the internals see here:
The battery is not included and will not take a regular mini style battery. This is a shame as the interior of the grip is large enough, but the opening is just a little too small. However the Matrix battery designed for this gun works fine. The foam packing in the box does have a slot cut for the battery so that will give you a place to store an extra battery.
The battery compartment lid is concealed as the built in oil container on the real gun. Just slide the fake oil container cap back and the lid comes off. In fact it comes off too easily and could come off in the field and get lost because it is not secured to the gun. You could epoxy a safety line to the underside of the cover and to the inside of the battery compartment (With careful placement there should be enough room for that) otherwise I would recommend using a bit of tape over the butt of the grip to hold it in place when in the field.
I do not know if this gun has a fuse. I couldn’t find any mention of one in the manual. If there is a fuse you will need to disassemble the gun to get to it. Disassembly is not easy, but is similar to the real gun. The manual does not contain disassembly instructions or a parts list or diagram. Disassembly instructions can be found here:
The safety is the ejection port cover. Closing the cover renders the gun safe and opening it releases the safety. Unfortunately the cover must be held closed for the safety to work. The manual said to “click” it shut, but my gun had no catch so it springs slightly up and that is enough to release the safety. It would be nice if the safety were more positive. So how do you really make the gun safe? Simple. You remove the magazine. I also suggest that you remove the magazine with the magazine well pointed downward so that the BBs fall out of the magazine well. About 3 to 4 BBs will fall out, about the same number as my M4A1 AEG. If the magazine is removed with the well up BBs are likely to fall into the body of the gun and will rattle around. I don’t think they will do any harm, but I don’t like loose things like BBs rattling around the internals.
The included high capacity magazine works just fine and there is no wiggle in the magazine well. The plastic filler does its job well in removing any play in the magazine.
The sling was not used and I left it in the box. The included sling has metal snap links and might damage the finish so I got a reproduction sling for the M1 carbine (which is period correct anyway) and used that. The sling swivels are designed for a 1 in wide sling, but a 1 1/4 in wide sling might work too.
The gun has only one mode of fire and that is automatic. Just like the real weapon. You can fire single shots by trigger manipulation, again just like the real gun.
The gun appears to be quite accurate over the short ranges I have been shooting it. I have an indoor BB trap and shoot it inside my house. Actually a quite realistic range for clearing a house in a built up area. The shots land about 2 to 3 inches high from the aiming point and just slightly to the left. The grouping is quit tight. The hop up is adjustable and works by sliding it forward or backward. You gain access to the hop up by opening the ejection port cover and sliding the bolt back. There is no blow back.
I don’t know about the included Snow Wolf BBs. They might be medium quality .20 gram BBs, but then they might be cheap plastic BBs. I have a spring M4 and I will use them in that. Get good .20 to .25 BBs to use in this gun. You don’t want to ruin this gun using cheap BBs.
The biggest gripe I have is that bright orange muzzle cap. To be clear I both love it and hate it. The cap screams to the world that this is not a real firearm and just begs to be taken off. On the other hand the gun looks so real that I am glad to have the cap to remind me that it is not a real M3A1. Again, just to be clear, this gun is super realistic so I will leave the cap on. (Not to mention that to remove it will void the warranty!) The cap is held on by two Phillips head screws and some sort of glue. If you were to remove the cap you would still have the holes in the aluminum outer barrel into which they are screwed. For display purposes it would be nice to get a replacement outer barrel. (Does Evike sell spare parts for this gun?) The outer barrel screws on and off just as it does on the real weapon.
I checked some prices for real M3A1 submachine guns and they seem to range from $13,000 to $24,000. It’s a matter of scarcity as there are few transferable M3 and M3A1 submachine guns available. And, of course there are all the legal restrictions for owning a Class III firearm. They are also expensive to shoot. (Although, if you can afford to buy one, the cost of ammunition may not be a problem.) You can run through a box of 50 rounds in less than a minute. At $20 a box it can get quite expensive very fast.
The bottom line is that for most of us this superb airsoft M3A1 smg is the closest thing to the real thing as we are likely to get. You can shoot it indoors and the ammunition is much cheaper than .45 ACP ammunition. "This gun is freakin' sweet. I have mostly positive things to say (except that a battery isn't included). The weight is a bittersweet aspect; the heaviness is nice for feeling authentic, but the heaviness is also kinda cumbersome when using for extended periods of time. The FPS is good, and the gun is very accurate. The price is very reasonable. All in all, this is a great buy. "this is a great gun overall......ive had it for almost 2 years and no problems.....only issue i see is the weight but its not very heavy to me.
pros- perfect for cqb
- good for outdoor play
- good fps
cons- little heavy
- nothing else on the cons
great gun and worth the money.........oh yea it is full stamped steel so no plastic or polymer Read More Reviews Write a Review
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Matrix WWII M3A1 Full Metal Grease Gun Airsoft AEG Besides being the most authentic WWII collector's piece with true to original replicated frame, the Matrix M3 is also the most advantageous on battle! Unlike the ARES or ICS version, this M3 is equipped with a hi-capacity magazine (while taking the ARES Mid-cap) to give you the most fire-power in a versatile system!
The M3 was an American .45-caliber submachine gun adopted for U.S. Army service in 1942. The M3 was commonly referred to as the "Grease Gun" or simply "The Greaser", owing to its visual similarity to the mechanic's tool.
The S&T M3A1 is a perfect replica of the original which makes it great as a collector's item. The internal system is a high quality, innovative metal gearbox which makes it more than capable in the field.
Comparable to the ARES M3, which retails for $320, this redesign has a compatible gearbox but with better performance. The battery in this version is wired through the pistol grip with a cap, making it part of the gun, instead of in the magazine. The freed-up magazine is now a 520 round Hi-Cap, but the S&T can still take the ARES mid-cap.
Features: Uses a 520 round hi-cap magazine for the ultimate gaming advantage! Battery stores in frame! Full Metal and Steel Construction New Generation Innovative Proprietary Gearbox Battery Compartment Located in Pistol Grip One Piece Stamped Steel with Genuine Welding Mark Integrated Hopup Unit with Easy Hopup Adjustment Hinged Ejection Port Flap that Acts as the Aafety Two Modes: Safety and Full Auto Retractable Steel Stock Rechargeable Battery and Charger not included Length: 590-760mm Weight: 3120g Magazine Capacity: 520rds Muzzle Velocity: 330~350 FPS (Measured with 0.20g BBs) Fire Modes: Full-Auto, Safety Package Includes: Gun, Magazine, Manual Battery: 8.4v 900mAh Small Type Hopup: Yes, Adjustable Manufacturer: Matrix: USA Distribution | S&T: OEM VIDEO
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