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"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
42 rd mag "Just recieved my M-1. Out of the box, it is impressive. The wood is a good service tone and has the slight oder of linseed oil. I like the clip concept, as it hold plenty of ammo and is easy to change out. The gun has a nice solid feel.
Overall, the gun represents the real M-1 failry well. There are a few details that I noticed that may or may not detract from the gun, depending on the buyer. First, the trigger guard is a M-14 trigger guard. Second, the gas tube and the barrel are seperated by a gap at the muzzle. The result of this is obvious when compared to a real M-1. The only negetive factor is that a real(or repro) bayonet will not fit on the gun. Not a big issue with most users though. There is a lot of plastic on the gun, such as the butt plate. It is molded well but I may try a real one on there just to se if it fits. The last small thing I noticed are the oversized sling and stacking swivels. Again not a big deal.
So far, the gun shoots well but I have not had a chance to put it through it`s paces. It is a nice representation of an M-1. It isn`t as correct as a Marushin gas M-1, but it will certainly work for WW2 skirmishers and collectors alike.
It comes with a loading tube, cleaning rod, spare clip(yay!) and a DVD I have yet to view. A nice gun with real wood that gives the look and feel of the real M-1. If you have the means, get one! "Just arrived! This is a beautiful rifle. The feel, weight and looks are very similar to my real M1 (held side by side only the orange tip is the dead give away). The wood on the stock actually looks better on the ICS (but not quite as dense). The real deal spends too much of it's life in the gun safe but this airsoft rifle is perfect for the wall, a skirmish or any WWII reenactor! The price is great and I am not disappointed. The mag fits an M1 cartridge belt (check out Sarco or Charley's Surplus for good prices on this and leather or web slings). I like this better than the Echo1 M1918 BAR because of the real wood (and less weight) but both are awesome WWII weapons! Thanks, Evike, ICS and Echo1! Displaying
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