"1st review!! This one's worth the time. So far, the Aug High Cycle is the BEST short/medium range AEG I have had the pleasure to own (out of the box, that is).
ONE DOWNSIDE: The flash hider.
I've owned/used my Aug-High-Cycle for 8 months, unmodified for 2 of those months. I bought the A-H-C for Marui quality (which it lives up to) and because I was in the market for a bullbup S-B-R. with a high rate of fire. Well, I made one "modification" first- I uh, replaced the stock flash hider with a uh, cooler looking one. Which is the ONE DOWNSIDE to this whole gun: for everyone going the extra mile and replacing the flash hider, be ready to invest some effort in removing it. Don't even try to boil the glue, you'd be fighting a pack of gorillas with a warm super-soaker. The AHC is a very, diligently, orange-colored weapons system. And taking stars off just for that would be cynical, right? The way I un-oranged it was by buying a $5, 3ft steel bar, poking it in one side of the flash hider & out the other, and then using about 2 ft of leverage to twist it off.
280fps (@ .2g), 25rps, 200ft range, 6.08x280mm inner barrel, sluggish trigger
[attachments: .25g bbs, 8.4v ni-cad, 4x ACOG, green laser sight, Marui "silencer" tracer unit, MadBull short grenade launcher, 170rnd midcap mag]
So far, hella durable. Just don't put a li-po in or you'll strip the piston. I'm using a heavy scope but the (plastic) sight rail has remained sturdy. The sling mount left of the butt is getting a little loose, and the bottom-front rail mount got a little loose, but set just fine with some gorilla glue. The sights are ok and an optic can help, but I seem to be more effective just following the spray of this thing. The real "durability" of a Marui lies within the consistency of its nozzle/hopup/barrel assembly, keeping your shots right where you remember them from last weekend! So it has good (but not great) precision, and with .25g bb's it achieves first-round-hit on human-sized targets out to 180ft. Add its consistent, responsive Marui hopup and its crazy ROF (25 rps, vs 12-18 for most AEGs) and your 2nd, 10th, or 50th round is very likely to hit someone out to maybe 220+ feet. It is sturdy, light, short & controllable, with plenty of rail space for attachments. The plastic receiver/buttstock is competently designed but it leaves me craving more detail work and is bit shiny for my taste (but, that's AUGs for you). The charging handle feels brittle but makes a satisfying sound when released. This is a terrific competition weapon, very ergonomic, very easy to aim, and very easy to carry in the ready position. Though I do crave that extra, legal, 100fps. I can just barely fit the smallest madbull grenade launcher on the bottom, and when loaded, it only mildly changes the weight/balance. I should mention, I have never used this with a hi-cap mag, only 170rnd mid-caps which have never had feeding problems. Conceivably a hi-cap could fail to feed at this rate of fire but I haven't tested. But if you're in the market for a bb tracer unit, get top shelf (Marui, again) models because only the good ones can keep up with an Aug High Cycle!
MODIFIED (I built my own gearbox, leaving the original intact as a backup. I suggest leaving the original gearbox alone):
370fps (@ .2g), 55rps, _250ft range, 6.03x363mm inner barrel, speed(ier) trigger
[attachments: .32g bbs, exterior 14.8v 100c li-po w/ killswitch, Matrix Godzilla torque motor, seigetek 10:1 dual sector gears, Burst Wizard mosfet, Guarder full-seal boreup cylinder / cylinder head, Quantum Titanium(coated) Teeth piston, Prometheus 6.03mm tightbore, Modify Ryosoku Flat Hop nub/bucking, 12guage wiring, 50amp circuit breaker, custom firing mechanism, custom trigger mechanism, remote-switch Nitecore SRT7 flashlight (960 lumen, w/ strobe), 4xACOG w/ micro red dot, 170rnd midcap]
So... admittedly I utterly rebuilt this gun. It's... well I'll just say it's a DSG named Scrambles The Death Dealer. It took to modification very well, better than any AUG I've bought. I fit a matrix V3 gearbox in with no trouble (not so with an ASG AUG). Just as easily, I can put the original Marui box in and I've got my old gun! There's not enough space inside for a truly monstrous battery, so I drilled a hole in the side and ran the wires into a buttstock magpouch holding the battery. A tightbore gave me a moderate increase in accuracy. The sight rail has remained sturdy. In terms of modification the drawbacks to the gun are the small battery compartment (not uncommon), and the trigger mechanism (special to the AUG). The trigger was the *ahem* difficult part. Long story short, while I was blowing AEG wiring/firing parts like crazy I decided to make the whole effing thing from the ground up, including the trigger. Also, 90% of my engagements are semi-auto, where the AUG has a disadvantage because the heavy trigger mech is probably modeled after an infomercial bowflex. There's something a little sad about such an ingeniously constructed brawling weapon having a Flintstone trigger (some would instead say ultra-modern dual-stage gearbox-independent firing mechanism control, but I just think it's heavy). It's not the heaviest, but not good. After ~50 hours of headaches I've got a much lighter, shorter one. I would not suggest going that far though, and the AHC is certain to take care of you (and the baddies), no question.
"Had this gun for 3months now.
First don't worry about the fps people will feel the hits at 200+ feet I know from experience.
Out of box the accuracy is surprisingly good at medium ranges (0-100 feet) you will have no problem hitting a man sized target and can probably push it out a little farther.
I now have a 6.03 mad bull Berrel 455mm (and let me tell you "berrel suck" is definitely a myth, or at least this gun can't get it) it is now able to hit a man sized target at about 230ft and he/she WILL feel the hit.
I also put a Swiss arms 4x scope on mine, but if your planing on getting a scope you might want a little more zoom so maybe a 6x or 3-9x also get 1 inch scope rings if you have a full mask like me or else trying to look down the scope will hurt your neck.
The rate of fire is crazy, like REALLY crazy.
For some reason when you put it in full auto it is a lot louder when you shoot. Don't worry about the battery space it lasts well over 6 mags with a 1600mah 8.4v. It's a very stiff gun no wobble except for charging handle grip. The fore grip is comes with is ok.
The trigger response is really nice. The hop up is amazing as expected with TM, but I would replace the bucking and nub with a higher quality soft bucking, the stock bucking is made of a really cheap rubber and actually ripped on me a little when I took it apart (but it's mostly my fault it ripped so maybe it's ok). In the end it's really a great gun and if you want a little bit more fps go with the m100/shimming upgrade evike offers here or do it you self (i wouldn't use more than a m100 spring with this gun). But you really don't need to upgrade the fps like a lot of people say, just get a longer tight bore that will give you a little boost up to about 300fps. Plus the berrel take down is really quick and easy.
The mag it comes with is good of you are gunna buy more I recommend the ASG hi caps they work fine for me. The gun also comes with a 14mm- to 14mm+ addaptor for the flash hinder. The flash hinder was crazy hard to remove but I eventually got it, I got tired of going easy on it and used one of my 4lb hammers I use for blacksmithing, put a rod through the holes in the flash hider, put the outer berrel assembly in a vice and gave it 10hard smacks and it finally came loose. But if your not as determined as me you can probably just put a pvc pipe over the end of the gun and use that as a mock silencer.
In the end it's a 4/5 not a 5/5 because of all the stress the flash hider caused me