"First off, this thing is heavy! It's about 8 pounds without the mag and battery, and probably close to 8.5 pounds in "combat" trim. Most of this weight is from the full metal Thompson SMG buried under all the plastic, as just about everything else either light weight aluminum or ABS. Maybe because of this, the gun actually balances pretty well, despite looking incredibly front heavy.
Performance wise, the gun is about what you'd expect for what you're paying: out of the box, mine shot 412 fps (give or take about 5 fps) with .25g BBs. ROF was about 620 RPM, which is somewhat less that what is claimed, but still pretty good. The digital counter works great in semi, but isn't completely accurate in full auto. The 9v battery powering it is annoying, though; I don't know why they didn't just wire it to the main battery.
Overall, I am extremely impressed by this thing. I bought it mainly for show, not expecting much in the way of performance, but it is actually a very competent rifle, in addition to being one of the coolest looking guns out there.
The biggest improvement you can make to this rifle when you get it is to rewire the round counter to run of the main battery. This not only allows you to eliminate the 9v battery, but it also removes the need to have the mag well cover, meaning you can use regular and high cap Thompson mags.
Did they really need to laser etch "Made in China" on the side of the gun?
All the aluminum has sharp edges."