"When i first received my Mk 18 i was impressed by the quality of the metal body and RIS but its what you would expect from a VFC. My gun came with a loose Buffer tube, loose trigger guard, and a loose gas block tube that you can not get to unless you want to scratch up your RIS. The mag was a mid cap and it is a little hard to fit into the rifle and will not drop out. The gun did come with a nice Mk 18 flash hider (wish i would have known that before i bought my PTS 51.0) The flash hider was glued on but came right of with pliers. The 3 rail covers are very nice quality.
For this gun being in the $430 dollar range i was expecting it to be much more sturdy out of the box. This gun is worth the 430 dollars with no doubt. This is a high end gun a would not recommend getting this unless you know your stuff. The buffer tube can fit a lipo as long as its in the third position. This comes with a rotary style hop up that is very nice and functional bolt catch.
The buffer tube is Mil Spec
Daniel Defense RIS II
Functional Bolt Catch
VFC Metal Body
Comes with rail covers and Flash Hider
7.4 lipo ready (Install Mosfet for 11.1)
Flip up sights
KWA K120s fall out of magwell (I have 15 P-mags no problem)
Internals could be better
"I have owned this rifle for quite some time (since the team that I leave gained our sponsorship), and it's become a vital part of my kit. Previously paired with a Mk18 Mod 0, it's served as my primary for the last several months. It's now taking a back seat to my HK416, so I figure it's time for an informed review on the rifle.
Externals: This rifle is externally beautiful, and issue correct to boot - in exception of the flip up sights. The Asia/Europe version of this rifle comes with a Colt trademarked receiver, and KAC-type flip up sights. This one comes with Troy flip ups. Why? I have no idea, perhaps licensing issues with other manufactures, or KAC and Colt themselves. Otherwise, the rifle has all the right parts in all the right places - including a GORGEOUS 9.5" Daniel Defense Mk18 RIS II in Dark Earth. The RIS is beautifully trademarked, with a finish that far surpasses that of Madbull's aftermarket DD RIS II models. This one is actually correct to the color of the real DD RIS II, which is extremely nice. The LMT-style Crane Stock is nice, albeit not as solid as it could be. The pistol grip is shockingly slim.
Internal/Performance/Structural: Out of the box, this thing needs a SERIOUS once over - I could not find a properly tightened screw on the rifle, except those on the RIS unit. These loose screws include the gas block set screws (came off and slid down the barrel), the set screws securing the two-piece barrel, the screw securing the buffer tube, as well as a notable few others. This rifle has a fairly typical VFC Gearbox, with it's strong points as well as it's weak points. While it has some nice internal features, you have SERIOUSLY got to watch out for their polycarbonate tappet plate, as well as their polycarbonate piston - they're wildly unreliable. This is a beautiful external platform that should be used for upgrading.
Ergonomics/Overall: This is a FANTASTIC direct action rifle, although it's annoyingly high maintenance for a rifle of it's price range - you see issues that would not be present in a stock KWA. This being said, it's issue-correctness, and it's ergonomics make it a PERFECT rifle for guys on direct action teams OR impression teams, or players with impression/inspired kits. The main reason for this is that it bridges the gap between being issue-correct, as well as having the ergonomics and features preferable for a personal/competitive style rifle. It's been a HELL of a rifle for me, and will continue to be a part of my field case along with my VFC OEM'ed HK416.