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Echo1 M16A3 Airsoft AEG Rifle (New STAG Arms Licensed Version)
[AEG-E1-JP04]
$175.00
by Joel S. Date Added: Sunday 14 November, 2010
Recently traded a JG M4 for this particular model, lightly used.

I immediately swapped out the stock 8.4v large for a 9.6v small, and it shoots rather nicely, aside from an occasional, slightly unnerving slap from the gearbox and piston when releasing the trigger from full auto. It resumes fire without problem, and there is no evidence of damage, so I'm not sure if the motor's just getting a little over-excited or what.

There is also the usual barrel wobble that most M16/AR-15 types are known for, but it isn't so much that it detracts from accuracy or the overall feel, and it is easily remedied, just haven't opened it up yet to put shims in.

The accuracy is rather impressive, even for a rifle with such a long barrel. It outperforms my CYMA M14 by a fair margin, which was my DMR before, placing shots 100% of the time on a man-size target from 200 feet with little left/right deviation. Good hop-up unit with consistent results using .25g Matrix BBs.

No creaks or squeaks from the ABS receiver or stock after tightening the screws up. Accepts all the STANAG-style magazines that I have without issue, except for the standard 68-rounder that I attempted to use from an A&K M249... but that's no real problem, just an oddity. There's about a half-inch of up/down play in the mag well, and I decided not to try and fire it based on that. Also readily accepts the $35 Beta-C Mag that Evike is selling, previously $55 or so, which the JG M4 I traded for had quite a bit of difficulty fitting into the well.

Overall, a very solidly built AEG, with the usual problems of the M16-style weapons minimized. I would say that the FPS is around 400, judging from the seeping, oozing wounds it placed on a fellow player at about 30 feet through his gear... I wouldn't recommend it for CQB based on that fact alone. It's easily manuevered due to the relatively light weight and variable shooter's triangle.

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars! [4 of 5 Stars!]
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