"When I ordered the ICS BLE-XFG (from here on referred to as the XFG for sake of convenience) I was struck initially by it's form factor and visuals. While I ended up getting the hairline slide for my personal XFG, the speedcuts in the slide are even striking with a simple black on black make it stand out amongst competitors. It definitely doesn't hurt that this pistol is under $130 compared to many competing designs.
Now on to actually talking about this pistol. If I had to start somewhere other than the pure visual majesty that is this particularly gorgeous BB driver, I'll start with the controls. Being a striker fired pistol, there isn't much in the way of controls on this, and that is a fantastic thing. Having been a SIG user for much of my time in airsoft, the simplicity that comes from the XFG is refreshing, though it's hardly a surprise for me as the XFG's controls and form factor match my real steal pistol of choice, the FN FNS-9. Everything on the XFG is ambidextrous, making it a wonderful experience for all shooters, and making lefties out there feel much more appreciated than many SIG offerings.
Moving on to the fit and finish, I have to say the XFG feels fantastic in the hand. The stippling on the grip feels grippy without being painful or biting to the hand, which is something of a rarity, I've found. The raised ridges that form finger groves feel fine for me, though I don't have particularly large hands. With that said, the option of swapping the back-strap is thoroughly appreciated, even if I didn't feel the need do so on mine. The slide fits flush with the polymer frame in every dimension, which adds to the form factor and visuals for sure. If I had to have any gripe about the fit of things, it would be in regard to the rail. For my personal use, I decided to mount up an APLc, which looks fantastic on the pistol for sure. However, it didn't fit as well as I would have liked on the XFG, wiggling quite a bit when mounted and making activating the light a bit touchy. With that said, it was an easy fix with a bit of thin cardboard shimming everything. If you aren't dismounting the light, it's completely negligible of an issue, but worth mentioning.
Now, I wouldn't feel right doing a review about this pistol without mentioning a few things. This pistol is roughly the same width as a glock, which is rather nice for holsters, but the height from the bottom of the trigger guard to the top of the slide is notably greater on the XFG. Minor, but worth mentioning for when you search for holsters.
Lastly, lets talk shooting. The XFG is a nail driver as far as I'm concerned. It shoots fantastically, has great recoil thanks to the lightened aluminum slide, and has no problem keeping up with my trigger finger. The trigger feels nice, though is slightly gummy. It's incredibly quick, making follow up shots feel nice and speedy. The magazines are also great because you can quickly load up and easily check the magazine from the side if you need to do a mag check. I can confirm, at least from the bit I shot since receiving my order today, the magazines and pistol have great gas efficiency.
+Looks amazing, particularly the hairline
+Feels great in the hand
+Light. Very light.
+"Snappy" slide action
+Large trigger guard for gloved hands
+Mags drop free exceptionally well
-Rail can be a bit touchy, might need to shim a light or laser that's attached
-Not a great fit for glock holsters, can work if you get lucky on one good hoster (definitely try USP holsters)
-Left hand slide release can be slightly "stiff", I recommend sling-shotting the slide for lefties.
-Um... It's... not a glock? (pro for me, con for others, I'm struggling for negatives here)
Final thoughts: If you want a "combat package" pistol that isn't a SAI Glock/BLU or M&P, you'll be extremely happy with the XFG by ICS.
"These are actually some pretty great little pistols. They feel like a Glock and a M&P had a baby.
The grip feels very similar to a G17 with an ambi mag release and is solid. The trigger is similar to the stock M&P design, but interestingly you don't get the normal resistance before the release. It's a nice smooth pull all the way through. The magazines are pretty interesting on these as well with a side opening so you can see how many rounds you have left at a glance without needing to take the magazine out and look at it head on. It tears down just like a M&P and this model does accept some aftermarket sights. Performance is standard fare out of the box and is pretty reasonable.
There are definitely some things I'm not too sure on though, as I haven't had time to really go through one of these and attempt to modify it. The hop up LOOKS similar to a standard TM or WE Glock setup, but I don't have any spare parts to test it out. I also have no idea what holsters this would fit in, I use a fabric one personally, I like to use a variety of pistols and always changing out Kydex ones would be irritating. Magazines are proprietary as well.
I recommend it. Great budget pistol. ICS surprised me with this one.
I would definitely warn people away from the other version they have, the BLE-XAE. The adjusted degree of the grip makes it very uncomfortable and it is a completely different magazine and gun altogether. The slide is NOT compatible with the XFG either, so you can't mix the designs if you wanted to.