eh... the rumors are true. VFC made A LOT of "lemons" so you would be lucky to get one that works the way it should, i was blessed and got one in absolute perfect condition! yay! in terms of out-of-the-box performance, the thing shoots at ~480 fps with a .34 gram 8mm bb which is nice cause the 8mms carry a lot more energy than the 6mms do so you feel a lot more pain with that rifle which is a nice touch. the gun is virtully silent (one of the reasons i wanted to get that blowback kit) id say it compairs to my silenced M700 :-/ so some more noise would be appreataited but whatever. im currently looking for a .50 cal looking airsoft suppressor that i can use for it (maybe, i do like the massive muzzle break though) one more thing that i dont like about it is that there is a severe lack of upgraded parts, i did find a company that makes tightbores for the beast but there out of stock and may not be able to make more till the end of march! oh well, ive got patiance. i can easily hit something 100 yds away (which is what my scope is zeroed at anyway) i havnt checked its groupings in at 100 yds but i know that at 100 ft the groupings are at about 4 inches when fired quickly, about 10 (i rarely fill the mag to the top) rounds in under 20 seconds. so its a very good gun out of the box and when i can get my hands on a tightbore, it will only get better!
the trigger pull is kind of disapointing as it is a good 10 pounds of pull before the sears disconnect and the round is fired. the mags are really hard to find and really expencive when you finally do find them, around 150 bucks shipped from japan)