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ICS M1 Garand

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#1 imp1864


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Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:32 PM

First this gun has been upgraded to 350 fps and haas new mauri hop rubber in it so fingers crossed it should have no issues with firing burst or full auto. As discussed before the spring was too weak.
So this is my first review so be gentle.
It was bought from firesupport and arrived in good time. The box is a box. The goodies with in are to first sight rather nice. Full wood with that nice Lindseed oil smell. It's not as heavy As I expected and the wood is god knows what. It is slightly bigger than the real steel garand around the grip. Now this is not a problem for me as I prefer it to last a while rather than snap first outing it gets.
A real steel bayonet will not fit, why?, well this leads me to my first and main gripe why, oh why is there a 3 mm gap between the barrel and the gas return. Have you not seen a real garand ICS. Because of this the bayonet won't fit. The lug is the right size but the 3 mm makes it impossible to slot the retaining ring over the barrel. BOO, is what I say.
So cosmetically it's kinda a garand. The mags fit into a cartridge belt but you can't lose the flaps. The fit into a bandoleer, so at least you have a method of carriage.
The woodwork is a very nice rich brown. With some more applications of oil, it should darken very nicely indeed.
The trigger guard is post war, so not a lot I can do about that. Again a pity a bit more time wasn't spent on research. So the fact it's got ww2 on the box is actually wrong. It Korean War but again I can live with that.
It's well balanced and the action on the cocking handle is very smooth.
It is fully traded on the rear, with us rifle, Springfield armouries cal .30 M1 and a unique serial number. No stupid chinglish mistakes which really would have annoyed me.
The swivels for the sling are bigger than they should be but not so much as they look out of place.
Battery space, well a large battery may be a squeeze but mini or lipo batteries will be fine. Oh the MOSFET is very close to the mouth of the battery compartment so take care when placing or removing a battery.
Magazines, well what can I say. No prizes for astethics but they fit and are secure. Releasing the is via the button on the side. This button also locks the faux bolt in place so you can access the hop up dial. Which is huge BTW.
The wood fit is ok. Mine has got a 2 mm gap between the front swivel and the rear wood. I may be able to fix this with a damn good whack.
So to make this a very good representation of the M1 the following things need to be fixed.
1. Find a way to fit a new gas tube
2. Change the sling swivels
3. Find away to replace the Korean War trigger guard.
Once these are done its a very fine gun indeed. Is it worth 385?
I don't know, I've not been left with that oh my god feeling, in fact I'm left a little cold about it. So going out on a limb, I'm going to say no its not worth the money. It's good but it should have been so,so much better.
Now I wait for the G&G M1.
Now I know I should be thankful but I'm going to play my last remaining slightly ungrateful card and say ICS take two hundred lines, I must do better.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 06:59 PM

Very nice review mate how was the performance?

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:31 PM

Not fired it yet, very small and overlooked garden. So until I bring it to my friends farm it's a bit if a mystery. The techie at firesupport said it was shooting very nicely. But we will see.

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