"Long story short, get this gun.
I've had this gun for nearly a year now, and used it in temperatures ranging from 10 degrees to 90, and it has always worked like a champ. Accurate, sturdy, hard hitting, fantastic range, and it turns every head when you bring it out to chrono.
For the WWII airsofter, this is the quintessential piece of kit. It took my Marine impression from good to fantastic in one swift swoop. The magazine capacity is admittedly small, but since you're locked on semi it lasts longer than you would think. Be that as it may, I run 6-7 magazines for local field games and ran 10 at a small milsim event. I was reloading nearly every respawn though. Taking this guy to an AMS event would be a stretch in my opinion, but for anything lesser it certainly does the job, and in style too.
The mags DO fit in m1923 cartridge belts! i use my AtTheFront repro. You need to take off the base plate (just unscrew that little screw and slide it off) and then stretch out the belt slightly by leaving the magazines in there for a couple days. I wouldn't necessarily do it to an original, but I think it's well worth it to (slightly) stretch out a repro.
I ran it stock for most of the 10 months that I've beaten on this gun, and then I decided to buy a Prometheus smooth bucking and flat hop nub. I had to sand down the hop up arm a little, but now that I've done it I'm winging .30s out 250 Plus feet. Easily. I don't remember what it chronoed at right when I got it, but at 10 months old and with the new bucking it chronoed at 420 or so fps with .20s. I had the hop up set for .30s, so it probably shoots closer to 430, hop off. Just a hair under ideal DMR fps. With a 9.6v battery trigger response is satisfactory.
Pros: it's a freaking Garand!
Extremely accurate for a stock gun (I believe I heard somewhere that it comes with a 6.05 mm tightbore)
Real wood (mine is pockmarked with bb marks and scratched up and worn in. Looks fantastic)
Metal externals wear nicely
Serial number and trademarks. I believe it is a unique number.
It's a Garand
Good trigger response, even with a 9.6. I'd like to try a 7.4 lipo in it.
Incredibly long inner barrel. 610mm. You can shoot DMR fps on a considerably lighter spring
Aftermarket support of proprietary parts
Mags can fit in cartridge belts (for you WWII airsofters)
When I initially got it, there was a hairline crack in the wood stock. I sent it back to evike and they sent me a new gun. Make sure to check your gun right when you get it in case it comes with a crack. I haven't had any issues with my current one, even though I beat on it.
Mags are a pain. Expect to spend AT LEAST another $70 in mags to be able to skirmish. In game the capacity isn't painfully low, but you do have to be judicious with your shots in longer games.
Not a whole lot of upgrades available.
Trademarks are.. Eh. They tried. Or else ICS is just very Asian. Instead of Springfield Armory, it reads "Springdale Army." At a glance it looks right, but on further inspection they provide a laugh. This inaccuracy may offend some purists.
My piston stripped the last time I used it. No big deal, I've used it a lot, but the gearbox is such a PITA to get in. I have the replacement part sitting on my desk right now. I just need to pluck up the courage to dedicate an afternoon to swearing at my gun.
Shoots hot. OOTB shooting over 400, you'll be regulated to use as a DMR at nearly any field in the US. The gun shoots plenty far and accurate enough to fulfill this role, especially with a flat hop. Besides, the gun is long as hell. You wouldn't be kicking in doors with it anyway.
Long story short, get this gun. Like I said earlier, when I wear my WWII kit everybody fawns over me and my gun. even when I ran it at a small Milsim in OpFor gear, people were stopping me all day to compliment me on my gun. Everybody loves a garand. If you're in the WWII scene or want a DMR that will turn heads, get this gun. "DO NOT GET THIS!!!!!!
This gun, while having a realistic and beautiful appearance, broke the very first time I used it in combat. It simply stopped firing. I thought it's battery was damaged until the battery worked on other guns. The other reviews are positive because they just got their gun and think it's really cool. Dont be like me and spend 400 dollars on a gun that will break after about 200 shots fired. "This rifle is a beast I love it! I have had it for about 3 years now and works amazing still! It goes good for people wanting to complete a WWII load out just like i did it's amazing! Ics did a amazing job on it!
works great after 3 years
Shoots REALLY ACCURATE
THE MAGAZINES DO FIT IN THE M1 CARTRIGE BELT!
Feels like the real thing
I've dropped it a lot and never broke the internals or anything
Over time of use the wood will get scratched, mine actually broke but I glued it and looks good still like it never happen
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ICS M1 Garand Full Size Airsoft AEG Rifle with Real Wood Stock
The M1 Garand originated in 1936 was the first semi-automatic rifle to be generally issued to the US Armed Forces. It replaced the older standard issue bolt-action M1903 and was extensively used throughout World War II, the Korean War, and some of Vietnam. Regarded as "the greatest battle implement ever devised" by General George S Patton, the M1 Garand has a long history and even lengthier service record.
The ICS M1 Garand does some serious justice to its real-steel counterpart. Outfitted with a beautiful real wood stock, full-metal barrel and trigger assembly, and 1:1 replicated look and feel it is definitely an Airsoft gun that will be a great addition to any player's arsenal, whether it be a collector's piece or used on a regular basis. The ICS M1 Garand also comes with a sturdy full metal 6mm / 8mm bearing hybrid gearbox providing and a long service life. Features: Realistic 1:1 Replica Full Metal Barrel and Trigger Assembly Real Wood Stock Hybrid 6mm / 8mm Metal Bearing Gearbox Design with Steel Gears Gearbox is Fully Upgradeable with Marui-style Internal Parts Working Bolt-Catch to Aid in Hopup Adjustment Realistic, Adjustable Front and Rear Sights Integrated Sling Adapters (compatible with WWII style slings) Smooth-Feeding One-Piece Hopup Unit Low-Resistance 16AWG Internal Wiring One-Piece Cylinder Head with O-ring Sealed Air Nozzle Length: 1100mm Weight: 3600g Inner Barrel: 610mm Magazine Capacity: 42rds Muzzle Velocity: 380~400 FPS (Measured with 0.20g BBs) Gearbox: Custom Full Metal, Fully Upgradeable Motor: Short Type Fire Modes: Semi-Auto, Safety Package Includes: Gun, Magazine, Manual Battery: 9.6v Small Type recommended (Battery not included) Hopup: Yes, Adjustable Manufacturer: ICS VIDEO VIDEO
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