"I have been looking into getting a 416 style airsoft rifle for a while now and decided to go for this one. I looked at a few others and made the decision on this particular 416 due to the fact its got the Gen.2 VFC V.2 Avalon gearbox. I have had my fair share of ups and downs with out of the box performance with various other guns, but this HK416A5 was ready to rock and roll the minute I pulled it from the box. I immediately noticed how solid the entire gun felt. It is not front heavy whatsoever, but still retains that beefy 416 feel. A few other things I noticed after looking it over for a few minutes was that the stock it comes with sucks. It is just terrible, plain and simple. I bought a 2600mah 11.1v 15c Li-ion nunchuck battery and 1000mah 11.1v 20c Li-po small type battery for it and for the life of me I cannot get the nunchuck to fit anywhere in the stock. The 1000mah fits perfectly inside the stock though. Highly recommed buying the PTS EPS stock for this gun as fast as you can.
I chrono'd the 416 with my xcortech x3200 MK3. Using .20 gram BBs and equipped with the 1000mah 11.1v 20c battery I was getting on average 415 fps and 23 rps straight out the box, easily reaching out past 150 feet too. Very snappy trigger response, with a bit of pull. But so far, VERY impressed with the performance of this gun. The only things I have added to it is a magpul fore grip, red dot, and a light. I also have 3 PTS midcap magazines for it which work phenomenally, no shaking or wobble to them.
So onto the pros and cons
- great build quality. All metal and no rattling or shaking.
-the VFC gearbox, I have a feeling I might not need to open it up for a VERY long time for any reason.
-that freaking fire rate dude. It doesnt mess around. Its all business
-the iron sight system. Very nice, and folded down they are completely out of the way and ready to throw whatever optic your heart desires on top of it.
-the stock metal flash hider is a plus, but come on lets be real here, who doesnt buy a new black metal flash hider for their new gun?
-it is incredibly user friendly for both right or left handers. I shoot ambidextrous so its extremely convenient to me no matter what hand im shooting from.
-the enlarged trigger guard, you can wear the largest gloves you can find or have the worlds fattest finger and im still positive you could still pull the trigger with ease.
-the dual mosfets. That is DEFINITELY a nice plus. This monster definitely without a doubt craves lithium batteries.
-its a 416, what else is their to say?
Now for literally the only con I could come up with:
-that stupid stock. There is almost no space for any decent batteries and the plate that you slide off to access the sad excuse of your battery storage space is cheap. The little piece you push back on with your finger that allows you to slide the plate off the stock broke after like 4 uses of the gun, so yeah. Like I said earlier, just do yourself a favor and buy the PTS EPS stock. But I will not lie, the stock itself is actually pretty comfortable to me.
All in all, I havent had enough time to actually dig real deep into this gun so these are just all first impressions based on some basic testing and a few hours of messing with it. If you can afford it, just get it. You will not be disappointed.
"This would have to be my first review and overall I would say the gun was pretty impressive. I have been using the gun since release and it has held nicely. What I would say are pros have been cover but for cons I have new problems. First, the high cap magazine that comes with the gun is great but over time the wind-up tool scrapes back against the metal to a point where it is difficult to connect the tool with the gear box. That being said I would recommend replacing the magazine. Next, the stock. Personally I don't like the way it looks but after a couple months the plate on the stock's locking mechanism broke so a point in which I could not access the battery. So if you have another M4 stock available I would suggest using one, or being incredible cautious about how and or what you do regarding the plate. Overall with all of this said I would highly recommend this weapon.
-This AEG features the same gearbox as VFC’s “Avalon” series rifles, which are renowned as being rockstar performers right out of the box. This thing is a laser pointer at around 150ft with .28s. Slap the ol’ 11.1 LiPo in there and you’ll get some of the best performance in a stock AEG you’ve ever seen.
-The full metal construction is very solid feeling, and the slight satiny finish on the receiver parts is a very pleasing touch.
-The RAS is big and beefy, yet balanced and not too heavy. You’ll love all that real-estate for your tacticool accessories.
-The integrated iron sights are sturdy, and snap into position firmly. When retracted, the detachable rear sight is low enough to not be in the way of any other sight options, and thus does not need to be removed; quite handy if your electronic sight stops working for whatever reason.
-The buttstock does require a bit of oomph to slide between positions, however it does not wobble at all, and is very light.
-The mock bolt catch allows you to access the hopup adjustment without needing to hold the door open manually, and the ambidextrous bolt release controls are fun to press.
-The pistol grip has a nice, grippy texture to it, and is not too big, even for my rather small hands.
-The rounded, convex trigger guard is just perfect. Perfect for when you’re wearing gloves, perfect for when you’re sick and tired of scraping the bottom of your trigger finger on regular old flat ones, what have you.
-The US Compliant orange muzzle is also metal, which is always nice.
-The Elite Force HK specific magazine included is amazing. It feeds very nicely, it has the caliber and “military and law enforcement only” laser etched in the metal for the realistic aesthetic, but the best part is that you only have to wind it once (that’s right, one time) to fire all 300-ish rounds. HOWEVER... (see cons)
-The buttstock being slim and sleek as it is, there’s a bit less room for the battery than you’re probably used too. I was able to fit an 11.1 stick type down the buffer tube with the wires tucked just behind the shoulder pad, but only when the stock was extended a bit.
-It’s wired Tamiya, not Deans, which is somewhat of a let down for this price point.
-The included magazine wobbles a little, side to side. It still feeds perfectly, and it’s nothing some electrical tape wrapping can’t fix, but for a magazine specifically designed for this rifle, it just annoying.
-This AEG does not come with a battery.
-The fire selector switch on the left side is perfect, and is very satisfying to click between positions, but the same switch on the right side feels loose. This could just be mine, though.
All things considered, I definitely recommend this gun if you’ve got the money. It makes one feel like a boss just holding the thing. Honestly, I think the price is a tad high, but a lot of the price is for the HK trades and 1:1 replication. But hey, that’s what it takes if you want a truly authentic HK.