"I owned this model for a few years, stock, and as a bull pup lover, this gun suited my playstyle. It's heavy, it's unique, and chugging bbs downfield was always fun. The quick spring change system is nice and with three settings; low, medium, or high, you can easily change what you need depending on the field. Mind you, high settings for me were reaching 405-410 FPS and medium was within the 380 range. My spring now fires about 360 on medium and 380-390 on high. Misc info: it has a rear grip which is realistic and fun to hold while firing just for the sake of using it. It has a rubber cheek rest and is relatively comfy with balaclavas. It has a shoulder like brace located on the butt pad. Great if you don't want it slipping much (it won't be anyways).
The gun is stamp steel and you can feel the durability. My gun has been dropped, banged against trees, run into trailers, slammed into the ground due to running and falling, played in rain, etc. The only thing I have not tried is dropping it from several feet high, and I wouldn't really recommend it. I'm sure it would run fine regardless though. On the other hand, this thing is relatively heavy. Not as heavy, as say, an M249 with a box mag loaded, but still weighs in around 11lb. With a susat and loaded high cap, you're looking at about 13 lb. I may be off, but last I checked my gun was over 10lb. What's good though, is that the length of the gun makes it decently balanced and easy to handle. Personally, I slung this over my shoulder, held it by the rear grip, and ran.
This gun also features a bipod on the front with adjustable legs, also made of steel.
I would like to say this gun should not also be put into the sun. This thing can get hot.
The accuracy is ok, not great. The barrel is a wide bore as far as I know, but with proper hop and .25s or .28s, you can get a pretty decent distance. I would only suggest .25s or .28s on the medium or high setting for the spring. .20s or .23s for the low or medium setting.
The selector switch makes a nice clicking into place, but I wouldn't play with it too much. The tooth can wear down, thus making the switch between auto and semi a little more of a hassle.
The internals are pretty standard, but nothing has shredded itself and the hop up system is still in good condition. Taking the body apart is rather easy, but putting it back together takes some practice as the upper and lower pieces must be inserted correctly or else it will be misaligned. Forcing you to take it back apart and do it again.
The iron sight/handle can also be removed and replaced with a SUSAT. You will need to modify or purchase a rail adapter for that. I think MATRIX sells two variants. G&P used to sell one but it seems to be discontinued.
Not an M4 or variant
Easy to change spring with 3 settings.
Well balanced despite weight
Decent battery space - 8.4 brick, 9.6 nunchuck, small lipos. ICS recommends the 8.4v. I wouldn't go higher than a 7.2 lipo if your running stock.
Does a decent job suppressing with a high cap.
Can be turned into a DMR
Easy to take apart, put together
Had success with ICS, Elite Force, and KWA magazines
Comfy cheek rest
Not an M4 or variant
Everyone thinks its the L85.
Relatively heavy, over 10lb fully equipped
Not the most accurate thing I've shot.
Needs slight modifications to accept a drum mag.
Putting it together make take some practice
Fire selector switch can wear down pretty badly
Lack of choice between brands for a SUSAT "The ICS L86a2 is nothing short of spectacular.
I looked for a period of 6 months before making the decision on what kind of support weapon I wanted and this took the cake. As far as price, it is completely fair at $429.00... but by all means a steal if you utilize a 20-23% off coupon to knock it down to around $340.
The build quality is exceptional. Can and will take almost any abuse you throw at it. Apart from the poly grips on the front barrel, stock pad, pistol grip, and the "behind-the-magwell" grip... all metal. The orange tip is painted on, so if you don't like it use some matte-black nail polish. The front bipod is very study and attached to a post that allows it free rotation (which means unless you prop it up the rifle does not freestand upright), so it allows you to plant it and have a very large angle of fire without readjusting too much. The bipod feels integral to the L86. I removed it to alleviate some weight (bipod is the majority of it), it doesn't quite feel right without it on... the balance is off. The front sight post is easily removable, as is the rear sight aperture/carrying handle. The poly KWA M4 midcap mags that I use for it fit snug and do not wiggle.
The battery compartment on the front of the gun fits a 11.1v 1450mAh easily and it is what I ran in it for 2 months, or 5 all day events. But running that battery caused the gears to bugger up, and I had to re-shim them. while I had the gearbox apart there was no sign of stripping on the gears because of the LiPo.
As for what I put with the rifle, I took off the stock 19mm rail and outfitted it with a 20mm rail and a SUSAT sight. It looks great, and definitely drew the attention at the field when wearing full gear and fatigues. The L86's amazingly long 590mm barrel provides accurate fire at 100 feet and can still reliably hit a human sized target in 3-5 round bursts at 150 feet. Has the same range as all but the most upgraded springer sniper rifles (in terms of putting a 3-round burst down range and getting the same result).
Maneuverability isn't meant for close quarters, even if it is a bullpup. If you go into buildings, get a backup. If you have 1-2 people with you and you move together this rifle is perfect for keeping heads down as they move up and check corners. The suppression is real.
In part from the mags I use, the L86 has never jammed, dry-fired, or had a malfunction in an active game situation (apart from not tracking ammo and popping a corner only to come up empty, that other guy was right about the fat-kid in a candy store).
If you don't like having ammo cans full of mags for different guns or changing out pouches and loadouts just because you are going to a different scenario this is definitely up your alley. I have it as part of my permanent use loadout for those very reasons.
I have the KWA KM4S, JG P90 T-mod (with some heavy modification after that), and the L86a2. All of which use the same KWA M4 midcap mags.
I would go into details about the adjustable spring, reliable hop-up, and the built-in fuse that the gun has for the battery and everything, but you can refer to Steven L's review on that. It's spot on.
- Very Sturdy, all metal
- Long 590mm barrel
- Easy to maintain
- Definitely eye-catching
- Deceivingly lightweight
- Everything that can be removed, is very simple to do so
- Comfortable ADS
- Is not front heavy
- Secure mags
- Large battery compartment
- Built in fuse for battery cable
- Gearbox had some trouble after extended use with 11.1 LiPo (what gun doesn't)
- Makes you a target
- Is a little louder than most, but that's due to motor placement (and that's just nitpicking)
In conclusion, there is no other gun I'd rather have than this one. Later on down the road if I want to upgrade it, its even compatible with the V3 P* motor. "Hands down, this is the best rifle to buy for those who want a big gun but also want to run a bit. It is light for a big gun, weighing in at about 10-11 lbs. It's very solid. I had it on a sling on my back while running to our next objective. When I took a turn with it, the sling caught a door and ripped off. The whole thing slammed into the ground. I suffered more trauma than the gun did. Everything still worked just fine. Not a scratch.
This L86 feeds like a champ with flash mags. It eats through them like a fat kid at the candy store. Every time with no jamming, no misfires, and without complaining.
This gun is accurate and consistent. The hopup needs a little fine tuning, but once you click it into it's sweet spot, you're hitting your target every time. The closest gun I have owned to this for accuracy would be the G&G m14 veteran. I would take this L86 over the m14 in any accuracy shooting competition.
The bi-pod on this gun is amazing. It swivels from side to side, so you don't have to reposition it when you want to shoot people who are running off to the side. It also adjusts height easily and tilts from side to side. Also, it makes a good makeshift front grip for when it's running and I want to hip fire the L86.
The iron sights are good. You can remove them and put on a rail for adding different optics. I switched it out for a scope at first, but then I missed the convenience of having a carry handle and soon put the iron sights back on.
The vertical grip in the back makes using the bi-pod your main objective while playing. You just set up the bi-pod, raise the shoulder rest, and then use the back grip to steer the L86 while firing like a mad machine gunner. It allows you to have more control while you are moving the gun while you are firing from the deployed bi-pod position. It also makes for fun jokes when you tell your friends that your gun goes: Barrel, trigger, mag, vertical front grip, then the stock from the front of the gun to the back.
This gun is also easy to work on. Need to change the spring? No problem, 5 minutes and no tools needed. Just pop out the two pins and remove the gearbox. Then remove the spring pin and replace the spring. It's that easy. The spring guide also has 3 settings so that you can adjust your fps a little when going to fields with weird FPS rules. For example, switch it from 415 (high) to 385 (low) on an m120 spring to get it below 400 FPS. Low setting on a m100 spring shoots at about 309 fps which is what I use when I go to CQB fields. With an m100 spring, I was still shooting as far as the average airsoft player in outdoor fields. I did not feel hindered by my lower fps even though I had forgotten to bring my m120 spring.
Quick change spring
Long inner barrel
Best bi-pod on the market
Only 36" long
Easy to lift and maneuver
Does not jam (don't invite it to play in your band)
Gets you attention on the field
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ICS Full Metal L86A2 British Military Full Size Airsoft AEG Rifle Features: Steel, aluminum & industrial polymer construction Carry handle integrated with rear detachable iron sights Realistic steel receiver, bipod, and barrel handguard Inner Barrel:
450 round hi-cap included. Compatible with Matrix, ICS, Tokyo Marui and other similar M4 / M16 Series Airsoft AEG Magazines.
375~420 FPS (Measured with 0.20g BBs)
ICS Metal Gearbox (Custom)
9.6v Small Type recommended (Battery not included. Wired to the front)
Gun, Quick Release Bipod, Magazine, Manual, Cleaning Rod
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