"Dang. This thing is a beast.
I recently picked one of these up and wow, itís really amazing.
Overall, it's a very solidly built rifle. The bipod is full metal and sturdily mounted, wonít be going anywhere soon. In regards to the actual body of the gun, it is also very solid. The trades are clear and crisp, look very nice. Internally, I am normally not Echo1s biggest fan for gearboxes, but they did a good job with the 240b. The wired in mosfet was a good idea, especially with the micro trigger-switch that has to be employed with LMG style gearboxes.
Something I didnít like was the boxmag. It has a cardboard shell and is not very durable. Reinforce it with something, anything, Cmon Echo1, the 249 box mags are a solid plastic, why not with the 240? However, the boxmag is hooked up to the actual gunís mosfet, so it will automatically feed when you pull the trigger, cool feature if you ask me, it works amazingly.
Going more off the MOSFET thing, The way the mosfet is fit into the rear of the gun makes it somewhat vulnerable to damage if you remove the stock carelessly. In order to access the mosfet (where the battery plugs into the gun) you have to actually slide the stock off, unlike on the 249 where you just lift up the rear flap to access the battery compartment. Itís not too hard, but if you do it carelessly, you run the risk of shearing the mosfet off the trigger switch. I ended up doing it, but I resoldered it back on in 10 minutes, lesson learned. Just be careful with it.
Another, ďehĒ point is how heavy it is. You really have to make your play style revolve around this rifle. Itís not an M4, itís not a 249 which is somewhat portable. Honestly, you cannot be on the move and be shooting at the same time. Find a hole, a bunker or a window to secure yourself in, and then you can rain down holy hell in the form of plastic balls.
Obviously, cost is a big con to this thing, but if you have the money, I would definitely suggest getting this thing.
Extremely well constructed, internally and externally
Full metal bipod, rock-solid.
Pre-wired MOSFET, this gun is ACTUALLY LiPo ready
Very nice trademarks
Gearbox is smooth as butter and built like a tank. I might just leave it stock (rare for me, a techieÖ haha)
Box-mag feeds perfectly
Hopup works quite well
Weight. (22lbs fully loadedÖ Normal m4s are like 7.)
Poorly constructed box magazine externals. (You cannot use normal m4 mags like in a m249)
Cost. $850, itís a lot. My PolarStar setup was the same price. :P
Stock design (wiring can be damaged if youre not careful removing the stock.
Some assembly required.
Overall, if you have the money, go for it. I would suggest this as a great rifle if you have a large field with a lot of players who frequently attend. It really is not a good gun on smaller field play, or games with not a lot of participants due to the fact that the 240 gunner is reallllly slow and probably stuck in 1-2 places during the whole game.
Anywho, Iíd give 4.5/5 but the ratings donít let me do halves. 5/5!
"Yes, the price is high. Yes, it's an Echo1. But is it really worth it?
I've owned this weapon for over two months now, and got it when it came out. It has done nothing but prove its worth to me as a highly dedicated support gunner. Other weapons in my arsenal include the Inokatsu M60E3, A&K M249 and A&K M60E4 just so people know i'm not inventing my perspective.
To be considering this weapon means you're probably a dedicated support gunner, which means you already know the disadvantages of the weapon. Yes, it's 18lbs of solid, sturdy, no creak aluminum. Yes, it's 49" long. But as a support gunner, large weapons should already be a fact of the game.
I put the weapon to the test at Skirmish USA on February 28. I went through 40k rounds the whole day. How do I know? I measured a .50cal Ammo Can with 8x bags of 5000 round BBs, filling nearly exactly to the brim. I really did not think i'd fly through BBs that fast but I did. The can was empty when I left Skirmish and I was down $100 worth of ammo. At least it was fun doing so. The M240 only jammed once the entire day, and i cleared it on the field just as the second game ended. Out of the box it got incredible range and accuracy, tested out to 55-60yards consistently for effective range on a man-sized target. 70 yards for suppression fire.
Now, is there anything to be wary of?
Yes, certainly as with all guns. The stock has been known to come off easily with a swift smack at the bottom, and in one case cut through the battery wiring for one person. My stock fits and sticks fine, so I guess I got lucky. Definitely clean the barrel though; it's filled with barrel-clogging gunk and your accuracy/consistency will improve dramatically.
Other things of worthy note?
The bipod is sturdy as all hell and i have no doubts it will hold up to a lot of strain and pressure for years. The box mag feeds as you pull the trigger, so no winding is ever needed. The mag also holds 4000-5000 rounds of BBs. The ladder sight is also fun for lobbing shots. One bad thing to note though, is the lack of places to hold the M240 while moving forward firing. Lefties will be more comfortable since the box mag is very intrusive to the support arm. It's an MMG class weapon though, so it should almost always be fired from a fixed position unless you can manage somehow?
So in the end, would I recommend this? Only to support gunners and dedicated collectors. But it is more than worth adding to their arsenals if you're one, and I hope you will be as happy with it as I was. I honestly only gave it a four star cause of its price and specialization. So support gunners, if you got enough guts and muscle to wield this, by all means join the M240 club!