"First off, I love this gun. I buy ICS guns due to the Split Gearbox construction. There is no need to buy multiple guns for two separate field conditions(350fps-400fps) unless you want to. Simply swapping out upper gear boxes allows for you to meet field requirements in less than a minute. Also, the construction of ICS guns are fantastic. NO SHAKE!!!! the "SIlver Shadow" is no different.
Out of the box, the SS shot over 400fps. (apparently, most ICS guns shoot over 400 out of the box. I have an ICS PAR MK3 that shot 416 out of the box.) I got the SS primarily for CQB because of it's size, so I had to work on getting the FPS down. I bought a secondary upper gear box (ICS part MA-193), and a 110 spring. I cut the 110 spring down to meet the 350fps. It now consistently shoots between 345-350fps. What I am surprised most about is the accuracy. For a gun with a 186mm inner barrel, it is surprisingly accurate. I can hit 4 inch targets 9/10 times outdoor at about 85 feet(with velocity to spare). Even though it has a short inner barrel, the stock inner barrel has a 6.04 bore. If the stock ICS barrel is a golden color, the bore is 6.04. If the stock inner barrel is silver, then the bore is 6.05. The frame and weight of the SS is so much more smaller and lighter than my MK3. It allows me to come around corners faster, and whip it on to target quicker. Also, I can play with it all day without fatigue. My MK3 is heavy in comparison. Originally, the SS was going to be strictly indoor, but because of what I'm getting in terms of range, accuracy, consistency, and agility, I am considering making it my primary for outdoor also. Just drop in my other gearbox with the 120 spring and I'm good to go. (it chronos in at 397-400fps with that box). I have used a 11.1 Lipo on this gun every time I've used it. I have not had any issues surface yet.
There is a known issue with ICS guns. They tend to burst fire when they come out of safety to semi. When you come out of safety to semi, you may get a 2-3bb burst for 1-3 pulls. After that, it is a solid 1bb to 1 pull every time. Also, because the battery goes into the buffer tube, I am not able to get the stock to 0 position without the battery poking the rubber of the butt stock out of it's position; but this is a non issue for me because I tend to have the stock extended during play.
CONSISTENT CONSISTENT CONSISTENT
Split Gearbox (quick easy way to get your gun ready for cqb or field within a minute)
Agile-Lightweight and small size even though it's full metal
Full metal-I've dropped the SS, and no problems
Easy to Tech
Well Constructed-No shake
Rails for everything accessory you may want to use
Comes with flip up sights
Burst fire from safety to semi
Stock cannot go to 0 position without battery pushing out rubber.
I don't have 2 of them.
I would recommend this to my friends, family, strangers, men, women, children, mammals, fish, birds, anyone and everyone. Solid performer.
"This is a rear wired ICS CXP HOG with Gilboa trades, ICS MA-81 3.7" CQB RAS handguard, and ICS MA-87 front sight basis. With the stock ICS furniture it is not really a replica of an actual Gilboa firearm.
The barrel is approximately 6 inches long from the body to the flash hider and the bird cage flash hider adds just under 2 inches. Like all ICS HOGs, it has the ICS split gearbox, electric blow back, and an M120 spring. The stock can't be closed to the zero position due to the battery stock tube.
Straight out of the box mine shot 385-390 fps (0.20g BBs) and around 14 rounds per second with a 9.6 volt battery. An 11.1v battery blew the 20 amp fuse on the first trigger pull. Due to the short barrel it's not very accurate. It's accurate enough for CQB play within 100 feet. Also my iron sights couldn't be zeroed (with a target at 50 feet). Although the shots appeared to be flat all the way to the target, I could not raise the front sight high enough to line up the sights. Could just be user error as I did not try too much to trouble shoot the issue since I plan to switch out the handguard and barrels and add a T1 red dot anyway. Overall I'm very happy with the gun so far.