"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
Does not like Earl grey tea in the gearbox. "My $0.02 on the ICS L86.
This is one serious airsoft machine. Opponents will think twice before engaging you and in the right hands this thing will tear up a battlefield. I have had my L86 since 2013. It is very reliable as both a DMR (it has the same barrel length as my Echo 1 M14!) and a light support weapon, if given the right magazines (I use an Echo 1 850 round mag if I play light support). I have modified my L86 with the ICS rail for optics and a rail I have fitted to the right of the gun (I disassembled it and put a polymer M4 hand grip rail in the holes beside the iron sights). Unfortunately, these are the only rail-estate options at the moment that don't require permanent modification to the replica.
Speaking of disassembly, this thing is a piece of cake strip down. It is very easy to maintain the gearbox thanks to a removable spring guide and ICS has built the internals like a tank. It comes pre-installed with an M120 spring, well shimmed and well greased right out of the box. The motor is a short-type ICS Turbo 3000 (which has neodymium magnets like the ones from high end aftermarket motors, such as Lonex).
The back grip can be removed with 1 screw. If you play your cards right you can put it on the front of the grip by attaching a washer to the screw and closing the hand guard. It is tricky but it can be done. Be warned though, it will scratch the plastic.
The flash hider can be removed but it is bulky and longer than normal flash hiders. It is large because the front support rail and the bipod clamp onto it for stability and support.
- Built like a tank.
- It will handle any gearbox upgrade you can put in it.
- Nice external finish, high quality plastic.
- Can hit targets at 150 feet. Longer with some upgrades.
- Scares the snot out of new players
- Receives lots of attention at airsoft fields.
- Looks like a boss when you put rails on it.
- Very easy to use and maintain.
- Disassembly is a piece of cake
- Can adjust FPS without opening the gearbox
- Easy to swap motors
- Takes M4 magazines
- Electric harness design may prevent the use of a MOSFET
- It is power hungry. Be sure to have 2 batteries per all day event.
- I honestly can't think of any other cons...
If you want an airsoft gun that truly catches your attention, can be used as a semi-automatic sniper or spew rounds down the field, and you require nothing but the best out of the amount of money spent in an airsoft gun then the ICS L86 is a serious contender. Don't take my word for it though, take my friend's words for it. They have the scars to prove it lol. Read More Reviews Write a Review
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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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