"Firstly, I haven't fielded this yet. I've just played around with it and shot in my backyard. I have had this now for about a month, so I would like to think I have some "legit" experience with it...
So, as anyone would guess, this is heavy. I also own the M134 Minigun from CA which weights more. The distribution of weight on this actually makes it harder to carry compared to the minigun as it is very front-heavy. This is a gun I'm not "excited" about fielding because of the weight. The M249 I ran with weighs less and I felt pretty tired after ~5 hours. However, I DO love the weight. You pick this up and immediately feel joy because it feels legit. If nothing else, it just feels impressive. I have also held the A&K PKM. The lighter weight would be nice for running around for long periods of time, but it feels flimsy compared to the LCT. I've also noticed this with the LCT vs A&K M60 and the G&G vs A&K MG42. If you like that solid feel, the extra (realistic) weight, and the different look of STEEL vs A&K pot metal, then you'll love this.
There is a great cover of the gun and its accuracy to the real thing on WMASG, so I won't go too much into detail about that. From my perspective though, it is phenomenal.
So far, the gun's performance seems to be great. It has a MOSFET, so I use an 11.1 for the gun and a 7.4 for the mag. Mine is getting a ROF of ~14rps with a velocity in the range of 400-415fps. Thankfully, the vast majority of shots are 412-415. It does also have a micro-switch for the trigger, which is nice. As for the other internals, the metal-tooth piston, spring guide with bearings, etc... are all nice. LCT uses a high torque motor and high torque carbon steel gear set. Since most "high torque" gear sets are 32:1, and since the motor is a 22k (~22 TPA. ), I'm assuming that this is the same.
Five thousand round drum... This is the biggest freaking drum I have seen, let alone own.
Thankfully, the gearbox spring is a QC, which is nice because I love taking the spring out without opening up the gearbox.
So as for the issues...
For a gun that retails $975 (since LCT is now MAP'd...), I honestly expect zero issues. When I got mine, I contacted Evike because the mag wouldn't feed. I ended up not sending it in because I found someone on Reddit that had the same issue. The connections to the magazine motor are extremely loose and had come undone. This was a very easy fix, however, the other issue I had was a random part was left in my box mag. Since I was unscrewing it to fix the wire issue, I decided to take apart the mechanism and figure out where this part came from. For a $300 gun, I wouldn't really complain but this is a very different price bracket.
Another issue is that it doesn't come with a metal flash hider. A bit of my other guns come with one, and again, for almost $1000 it would be nice to include one...
Other than that, I can't say that I've seen ANYTHING wrong with the quality or performance. Other than maybe flat/R-hopping the gun, you won't really need to change anything out. With the capacity on this thing, and the disadvantage of the weight, I might consider upgrading the ROF of this thing.
Because of those somewhat small flaws, I'd give it a 4.5 rating, but will settle for a 5 because the quality is otherwise superb.
"To start this gun is fantastic, but at a price, this is by far the most expensive Airsoft gun I own, donâ€™t let the price distract you though you get exactly what you pay for. The gun is completely steel with the exception of the stock, pistol grip, and cover for the carry handle, which are made of super durable polymer. The next thing I want to bring up is potentially a con, the gun weighs 25 lbs loaded and 22 lbs unloaded, this is not light, Iâ€™m not a big guy but not small either and this gun is at the weight limit for me.
Pros: itâ€™s full steel and nothing at all feels cheap, you get exactly what you pay for.
Cons: the price, $975 is not cheap for anyone, but mind you this is a premium product
It weighs 25 lbs
Itâ€™s long and unwieldy
The box mag doesnâ€™t wind when the trigger is pulled,( there is a button on the bottom you need to press to wind the mag)
The gun needs 2 batteries to function (one to power the box mag and one to power the gun itself)
TLDR: this gun is awesome, I whole heartedly recommend this gun if youâ€™re ready for it. 5/5 in my book
After note: this is not the guns fault at all, my gun came to me modified, normally the gun will come with small Tamiya connection in the box mag and the gun connection, but mine came with deans, this wasnâ€™t that big of a deal I just needed to buy a separate adapter, also my gun came with some visible ware marks on the box mag, when I opened the box mag for the first time there were bbâ€™s inside. All this together leads me to believe I got a showroom model gun. (The gun they have on display in the store)