"This thing is awesome, the handling, action, and power are all very realistic and overall one bad mother.
I've been experiencing issues with mine and I will be going over those as well as things I find to be nice.
Pros and cons will be at the end.
Out of the box this thing is impressive for something that isn't a firearm. You would honestly think that without the orange tip it might as well be the real thing. I'd give a 9/10 as far as aesthetics go, there is a box that is labeled made in taiwan, and one that says read manual before use. They are very small, and don't bother the careless eye, but I wish they weren't embedded so I could possibly sand them off and flush.
As far as ergonomics go, it feels fantastic in hand, at many different angles and grips. It does feel a bit squared on the pistol grip, but the stippling allows a strong bond between your hand and tool. The barrel is very close to the top of the weapon, so it improves the relationship between your eye and the projectile path. Mock suppressors will hide the iron sights, but come on... it's airsoft.
Personally I'm right handed, so the whole ambidextrous thing doesn't have any effect on me. But if you are a lefty, the only thing you will have access to is the safety. I'm not sure why the made it both sides for that and nothing else, but it's there.
Shooting took me by surprise, this is my first GBB. I've owned many co2 air guns, airsoft and .177 and I've always loved the extra power. But the blowback takes the cake in this new and mysterious realm of exploration.
I can't attest to the range or accuracy of this weapon due to my hop up. (I'll explain later.)
However, the shots I can get out are around 20ft in a straight line, and anything beyond that is like shooting a mortar. Nice and high with an arc, which means you must play very close quarters.
I'm using .20 bio bbs, and the sound made from hitting metal or trees sounds very intimidating. I don't want to be on the receiving end by any means, but the included "tested by:" tag showed it chronographs 340-370FPS.
I've used a -14mm mock suppressor, -14mm barrel extension with a -14mm amplifier, flashlight, and a folding fore grip. I will note that the recommended mock suppressor on the page does not have an internal barrel, and will not boost your range. Also BB's can get trapped inside of the suppressor from roll out and aren't easy to bounce out.
All the accessories I've tried out have been very nice additions. The rail is in a good position to place a flashlight or a laser at a comfortable distance. The threads on the barrel were coated with paint, and it was very difficult to apply the suppressor for the first time. But once it's been worn down a bit, the threading gets very smooth. The o-ring was destroyed in 24 hours from having it too tight I suppose. My order also failed to include the orange thread protector. It says on the front of the box that one is included. The email support says it's due to the manufacturer and I could try a different order but it may also not contain one. This isn't a huge deal, but the suppressor adds weight and it may be nice to shed that weight for a game without worrying about your threads.
Field stripping is a blessing, just like the real steel, you can remove the slide lock and release the upper receiver with little to no knowledge of firearms. There you will find a set screw for your hop up. Mine unfortunately does not appear to have any effect on my shots. Turning the screw reveals a spring like sound, which is nothing new, I've seen springy screws before. But it seems to just turn indefinitely without actually changing anything mechanical. I tried using a headlamp to look into the hole inside the barrel for hop up, and turning the screw has no visual effect. I've been in touch with support and tech via email, and I'm considering exchanging for this reason.
I'd lastly like to conclude with the magazine. Wow are they efficient. You can stack 25 BB's in an alternating pattern all the way up. Which is a huge amount of ammo for a pistol. The construction seems incredibly sturdy, and the co2 seal feels better and smoother than any other piece I've owned. I get around 100-125 shots before the co2 is out. So you could totally get by with only a couple magazines for a game if you are a good shot.
Now one the magazine that I ordered as a spare has been giving me some stranger issues on it's own.
The included magazine works without any error. When you've run out of ammo, the slide automatically locks back, letting you know you are out. If the slide is closed when you insert a fresh magazine, the slide must be racked to shoot the first BB, just like in real life.
The spare magazine does not lock when it's empty, and allows me to dry fire until I notice.
It also has a weird mechanical error, where the firing action goes crazy full auto for several shots, even though I've only pulled the trigger once. It can also feel like something is out of phase, where something internal feels like it's half seated and makes the action behave very strangely. The only way I've found to correct this is to take the mag out, release the hammer, reinsert the magazine, rack it and fire away. Even after that it will sometimes continuously shoot in a weird way. It's hard to describe, but you can feel something is wrong compared to when it fires normally.
CQC friendly power
Threaded free float barrel
Full metal upper slide
Heavy duty polymer lower
Nice magazine design
Thread protector not included
Possible faulty hop up (still discussing with tech)
The hammer will fire even if lowered gently
Strange mechanical issues
Thank you to the support and tech teams for being able to reply to my emails in a fair amount of time!
If it is possible, I may edit this review in the future if I decide to return for the hop up.