ICS PCR-97 MIL4AS
I will start off this review from the outside in. The ICS PCR-97 MIL4AS AEG is a very sturdy gun, with a good solid feel
to it. I personally like the feel of a CA M4/M16 over the ICS, however the integration of the forward assist as a gear release
and the 2 piece gearbox cause me to leave my loyalties to ICS. The reinforced barrel helps to completely erase barrel wobble,
such as in the TM M4/M16's, however you will need a nun-chuck style battery due to decreased space in the foregrip. The forgrip
is very plasticky and is a major downside to the gun, so if you are looking for feel, I would suggest either ordering a new
set of foregrips made by CA or another company, or simply scratch the foregrip all together and get a RIS/SIR system.(Be sure
to remember that if you decide to get a RIS/SIR, you will need to get something such as a mod stock or PEQ to hold the battery.)
As far as the internals of the ICS go, everything is well built. Some weird things have been going on overseas though, as
far as internals go. I received an aftermarket reinforced sector gear in my ICS rather than the stock one, and some fellow
teammates also received aftermarket parts in their CA M4/M16's. I don't mind the reinforced sector gear except for the fact
that it completely eliminated the ICS's ability to shoot first then rewind the piston, which is a very nice feature on the
gun because it decreases the amount of time between trigger pull and the actual firing of the BB. Barrel access is as simple
as removing one pin, sliding out the top part of the gearbox witch contains the piston and spring assembly, and then
simply pulling the entire barrel assembly out witch is all contained in one basic piece. Out of the box my ICS was shooting
right around 300 fps with .20 gram BB's witch is about average for an ICS. Overall I don't think I would rather have any other
version of an M4 or M16. The ICS is very reliable and I have had no problems with mine, and am now running an m120 spring
with a reinforced spring guide, new bushings, new shims, and a reinforced piston. I have had no problems with my gun before
and/or after the upgrade and except the decreased battery life, have no complaints. I would highly recommend this gun to anyone
looking for a reliable, all metal gun at a reasonable price.
Classic Army G36C
The CA G36C is a great cqb weapon and is very reliable as well. I do not have a single complaint about this gun. Sure there
are a few miner inconveniences such as gear box accessibility and battery room, but such things are to be expected when you
are talking about a gun that is made to be as compact as possible. When it comes to which is better, the TM version or the
CA version, I wouldn't even consider it a competition. The TM has a bit of a glossy black gleam to the body where as the CA
is a flat black and feels very ridged. Power out of the box is also above normal at around 315 to 325 fps. When you consider
that the CA comes stock with a steel reinforced spring guide, 7mm bushings,the ridged fiberglass body, and shooting at above
normal fps, it is no wonder why I prefer the CA over the TM. The TM is a reliable gun, don't get me wrong, but when you feel
both guns in your hands and have a chance to shoot each, you will realize why I LOVE my CA G36C. The upgrade options are also
growing, with the possibilities of converting the gun to a G36K, MG36, SL-8, or XM-8. The amount of aftermarket parts are
also growing so you can customize the gun any way you want. Overall, I would recommend this gun to anyone, a beginner, a veteran,
anyone. It is very low maintenance. To be perfectly honest, I have only had the gun apart once in the 5 months that I have
owned it, and even then it was a simple tune up and grease job. Such a simple and reliable gun for a very reasonable price
at around $300 US.
Classic Army M249 MKII(MK46 conversion)
I will start with the one complaint, the weight. Although
very realistic, and very very nice feeling, the weight is rediculus. It comes in around 23lbs fully loaded, and carrying that
thing around even with a sling, can get very tireing.
Now, for the long list of pro's.
The gun itself
is one big pro, it is full metal, feels like a very large rock in your hands, and the gearbox is amazing. To change springs
out all you do is unscrew a thumbscrew on back of the reciever near the stock, hing the stock down, and there is a large metal
chunk on the base of the stock, that acts like the back of the mechbox. When the stock is swivled, the spring guide and spring
comes right out the back of the gun. The problem is that you still need to get into the box to replace anything other then
the spring or spring guide.
The gun while stock and upgraded is amazing. The reinforced parts in the mechbox can
very very easily handle a 9.6v battery, pushing rof amazingly high, to the point where it puts out so many bb's, it looks
like a wall coming at you. The inner barrel has a good length to it, and the gun is not to shabby on accuracy with the stock
barrel. It has just the right spread of bb's to where even if you are off on your aim by about a foot, you still have a very
very high chance of hitting the target.
The feel of the gun while shouldered is not bad at all. The stock is a
little long, but not to bad. It is a bit tricky to go from a patrol stance to a firing(shouldered) position, but it can be
done with some practice.
There is a fair amount of upgrade and aftermarket internal and external parts for the
gun. Mine sports top and bottom RIS rails, and a railed feed trey cover. This allows for ALOT of attachments, however with
the front RIS rails installed, you need to remove the bipod, because it can no longer fold inwards. If you really want a bipod
though, you can get a tactical RIS mounted one.
Overall, with this being the second CA I have owned, I am again
VERY impressed with the guns. They preform wonderfuly, and feel very pleasing in your hands. They are great guns for beginners
and vets alike, and I would recommend the gun to anyone.