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Matrix Collector's Limited Edition Lee Enfield No. 1 Mk III Airsoft Gas Rifle
[GR-IA-EF4]
$330.00 $270.00
by Jason S. Date Added: Monday 18 February, 2013
So this gun has been floating around for a while in the forums and whatnot, but nothing was set in stone, until it appeared out of nowhere onto Evike. I had to get it, because it is modeled after one of my favorite rifles of all time, the Lee Enfield No. 1 Mk III*, or SMLE. There will be no shooting reports in this review, because it's the middle of February and where I live it's cold as balls, so I won't buy gas until I can use it. But anyways, here are some pros and cons I've found so far.

Pros:
It's an SMLE
Real wood
Full metal-not sure if steel or some other metal
Not too heavy, not too light
Not a bag of dog turds on fire, like that Mosin Nagant by Matrix
Adjustable rear sight
It appears that you can attach an actual bayonet, but that remains to be seen.
Feels very sturdy
I like the sight picture
12 round magazine
You can take the bolt out just like the real thing
Packaging is very good

Cons:
Paint on the bolt was scratched pretty badly when it arrived. I don't really care, because it doesn't hinder performance it's just a cosmetic issue.
Bolt assembly was all greasy when I got it. A quick once-over cleaned it up.
Because the bolt is spring loaded, it takes a fair bit of extra force to chamber a round completely. I'm sure I'll get the hang of it soon enough.
I heard somewhere that Iron Airsoft will only release magazines upon demand. I think you can top load this, so it isn't that big of a deal yet, but I would like to see some spare magazines.
Putting the bolt back in is a little confusing the first few times, but I figured it out.

Conclusion:
I really like this rifle. It looks and feels extremely nice. I can't wait to shoot it. I hope to buy a bayonet in the near future and see if it fits on here. It probably will, because it would be cheaper for Iron Airsoft to use surplus parts than to cast their own. But whatever, I like it so far.

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