"I'm very picky when it comes to airsoft guns and guns in general. Reliability, performance, and most importantly the feeling when I hold it. I have to say the CYMA M3 Super 90 is now my all time favorite airsoft gun I own now.
I had got the full-size one with the full stock because I just liked the look and it's true to the original. And in hindsight, it's something that I both love and hate. The full sized shotgun is long, extremely long. Almost three and a half feet long. This gives the shotgun an intimidating presence compared to other guns. Yeah, it might not be great in CQB for maneuverability sakes, but I'll tell you why that doesn't matter later on.
When I first opened up the frankly boring cardboard box and picked it up, I was surprised by the build quality. Everything that's supposed to be metal is metal and everything that is plastic is plastic. No seams in the plastic molding and no wobble besides the slight give the pump has but you kinda need that for better ergonomics. Now the metal is some aluminum/zinc alloy that feels heavy. It's your average pot metal, can take a beating just don't run it over in your truck or something. The plastic, however, is really tough. It feels very sturdy and, if you want to, can probably use the stock as a sledgehammer.
Now when I took my M3 outside to go shoot I was expecting, as anyone would, spring gun like performance. BBs would follow an arch and just kind of fly everywhere. That's not what I got. Standing at about 100ft I was able to hit a, albeit skinny, man-sized target with at least 1 of the BBs every shot. I was using .2s so heavier BBs might make it even better. I then wanted to try out a thing that every good shotgun should be able to do. Slamfire. Holy hell was slamfiring this thing extremely satisfying. You can absolutely use this in a field-type game, you just have to get close enough to unleash the slamfire and rain hell on anything within 40ft.
Jumping from using a G36 AEG to a Tri-burst shotgun is jarring. The shells are easy to load because of how big the opening is. It allows any speed loader to lock inside and load the BBs directly into a shell. If you got a good speed loader, you can load 15 shells in under five minutes. No batteries mean that I can get up, grab the M3, and head outside to practice shooting. The shells are small enough to fit into any jacket pocket. And, if you're in a rush, just drop out of the little cage it's in when you disengage it. Making for fast reloads. But most of all. The M3, or any tri-shot shotgun, is like if you're hooked up to a machine pumping you full of dopamine for every kill. You feel like a bad*** every time you pump the gun.
I shall now try and sum up this entire review with 250 words or less.
* A Tokyo Marui system within a metal body for only $100.
* Very nice spread.
* While there might be a spread, it's still accurate and will hit where you're aiming.
* Durable, heavy exterior makes it feel extremely authentic.
* Can be slam fired when you REALLY need to lock a place down.
* No battery, no gas, just pump and shoot.
* While it might not seem like it, you can replace the inner barrels and spring. Increasing performance if need be.
* Actually really easy to reload.
* The ejection port goes back when you pump it. It makes me happy.
Things up to interpretation
* Being spring powered, it's not going to have the rate of fire of AEGs or GBs, even when slamfired.
* While the range is great, It's not as good as some of the high-end AEGs or GBs.
* Have to get in close to unleash the power of slamfire.
* You're going to be sore after using this thing for more than an hour.
* Its a massive change in gameplay compared to conventional AEGs or GBs.
* Needs a test shooting period to relax the spring and make it easier to pump.
* Basic sights.
* Thing is a long boi.
This thing is better than my AEGs, sad really.
"I got the CQB model with retractable stock., and this gun is awesome. It also came with a free set of 6 shotshells, in addition to the 3 that comes with the shotgun itself. Another plus is that it comes with a pretty decent speed loader! The only reason it gets a 4-star rating is that the retractable stock twists to the right. I'm a right-handed person, but I have to shoot left-handed when using this gun. Still enjoyable to use anyway!
"Overall, a great CQB or CQC shotgun. The tri dot works great. I got the CQB full metal retractable stock version. FPS is great. Range and accuracy are great. Reliability is great. I love the feel of the pump action. Mine came with 3 shells and a speed loader. One feature that they didn't mention is that the stock rotates to the right allowing for faster reloads (for the retractable stock only). Some cons are that the rear iron sight fell off on the second day. The acre that holds it in is too small. Easy fix with some super glue. I would also like the grip to be more ergonomic. Overall great shotgun and definitely recommended!