June 30th, 2018, 14:57
Originally Posted by Showe22
the VFC version of the 416 can be a great gun. It has some quirks you will be better off knowing about before buying...
1. Not all mags are created equal.
The stock mag you get is a high cap that requires a metal key to wind the mag. Put these in the same trash bin you use to throw out manufacturer BBs.
2. Not all mags fit.
the 416 mag well is unique in shape, although the differences are small. PTS EPM mags work with just about everything. Outside of those, I had Elite Force 90-rd mid caps that cost $9 a mag for a box of 10. Sure, they jammed up and needed to be smacked around a bit, but they did the job until I could afford enough EPMs.
3. Ounces equal pounds, pounds equal pain.
This isn't a light gun. It's beautiful, and heavy duty. Whether you see it a s a draw back or something else, it has some weight to it.
4. Beware of sharp edges.
The quad rail, aside from being heavy, is quite sharp. Rail covers are helpful, gloves are best.
5. Limited upgrades.
If you ever decide you want to upgrade the quad rails to something more modern, you're limited in choices. The 416 has a higher top rail than most M4's; you will need a rail specifically designed for the 416. Most aftermarket rails are knock-off variants of the Geissele models, and are M-Lok rather than Keymod.
1. Gearbox quality
The gearbox is really durable. The shell that is, but most of the internals are pretty high quality for stock parts. The tappet plate is something to be aware of - its been a weak point for the gearbox in past models I've owned. Not sure if new models have any improvements.
I've had my 2014 gearbox gutted and upgraded entirely. The gearbox has been through about 10,000 rounds and hasn't had an issue. I've dropped my gun, fell on it and broke the lower receiver, and on one occasion i made the poor choice of whacking it against a tree. Accidents and poor choices aside, I've transplanted this gearbox out of three different guns. I like to call it the Phoenix of gearboxes.
The gun has some great visual qualities. Not the least of which is the HK stock.
3. Ain't no pot metal
The quality of the metal is great. I've had other guns that have weak pot metal pieces, and snap or break in certain spots. The VFC 416 isn't indestructible, but you're getting your money's worth in construction quality.
Thank you for the helpful tips! Really helps!