"1st off. Its a VFC and stands up to their high quality expectations for the body of this gun. Looks amazing, it is incredibly sturdy, and there isn't one cheap feeling aspect to it.The hop up is nice, plastic, but nice. Trigger response feels pretty good and immediate.The gearbox is another thing. Out of the box it shoots just fine, better than your average gun. However, for $430 you might expect to get a better gearbox. Terrible self shimming, metal gears, the plastic piston is to be desired, and I personally had my pinion gear chip a tooth. The cylinder, cylinder head, and piston head however are extremely good, and the cylinder air seal is terrific. The spring guide is extremely sturdy, to be honest I'd buy it for builds. In my personal opinion I went to build up this gearbox and decided I'd be better off buying a drop in gearbox that will perform about equally to the upgrades I desired.
I now run it with an ARES Amoeba EFCS gearbox, a Lonex High Speed motor, and an 11.1 lipo and it runs great. Honestly I didn't prefer this original gearbox but if you aren't an extreme player/speedsofter, etc. This is a perfect gun
"This is a wonderful gun. It preforms excellently and is a beast on the feild. The 416 has rock solid externals and looks amazing. Not to mention the fact that this is such an iconic gun in the real steel world. All in all, I love this gun. It is reliable and can handle a beating. The 416 is a beautiful gun with increadible performance.
"The 416 is made out of a durable aluminum construction which helps a lot if you ever have a tendency to get it roughed up, banged around, or dropped. The likelihood of the body breaking for any reason is less than getting struck by lightning. Internally, you get a VFC gearbox. For about a good year or two, this will be one of the best gearboxes to have in your m4 style weapons. It does require occasional maintenance, but its low. Make sure to keep the gears lube/greased up.
It weighs in at 5.5 pounds and most of the weight is gonna come from the gearbox and the Rail system. You are going to miss out on a few things when you buy this, so something to keep in mind. The places for sling points are in the front around the gas block and on the stock. The stock itself feels really bulky, particularly if you have a small shoulder gap, butting that puppy in is going to feel really awkward. I stick to a MOE stock and there is no place to put a sling in the back, which is disappointing. VFC should have threw in a sling point at the buffer tube like some of the other m4's. In fact, you may have to go out and buy your own sling adapter for the buffer tube, which i believe they sell on here. The grip does feel a little big, but it's not too bad. The motor compartment is nice and secure with a screw cap on the bottom.
Please understand that you are buying a CQB weapon. This weapon out of the box will be wonderful to use on CQB fields and shouldn't have any problems. But I find taking it to some of the larger, more open fields is quite disappointing, because you aren't going to get much range out of it. My 416 has been used probably for a good 2 years and may need some internal work done, but i find it hard to get a shot on a target 100 feet away from me, and I tend to use .28g bb's, so the wind can't contribute to accuracy issues. I would suggest using it for CQB purposes, because thats where you're going to get the most fun out of it.
Pros: Durable, nice internals, bolt locks to give easy access to the hop-up, nice and short, low maintenance.
Cons: perhaps the weight if the aluminum is too heavy for you, no rear sling point besides the stock, strange accuracy performance( perhaps from excessive use and worn out internals) , short range.