Echo 1 MP5-A5 RIS
I bought this gun around five weeks ago from Steel Hawk, located in Orange, California.
The final price was $175, about 25 bucks cheaper than Shorty USA.
The package included: the gun, flash hider, mini-type battery, charger, grip, cleaning rod, metal hi-cap 200rd magazine, barrel plug, and a few bbís.
I went into the store expecting to choose between an Echo 1 M4 Commando or a G36C, both around $140. I
heard good reviews about both guns, and I knew that either would serve well in
CQB and long range shots. But when I saw this gun (the last box left), I just had to take it. It's box was an eye-catching red, standing out from the rest of the Echo 1 guns with their drab blue boxes.
Immediately after taking it out of the box, I noticed how
light it felt, and how smooth and cool the metal felt compared to the other,
plastic Echo 1 guns. It
also sounded better when I tapped it with my fingernails, without that awkward,
hollow sound the other Echo 1 guns made. It also looked very realistic at first, although the RIS made it obvious that this was not a real MP5.
According to Echo 1, the A5's length is 640.5mm (accurate measurements coming soon), and weighs approx. 6 pounds.
The gun includes three RIS rails and a scope mount. The mount can be taken off if you decide not to install a scope.
It has a three-position stock that helps in close-quarter combat and long-range shots. The grip is a bit larger
than normal, to fit the battery, but feels pretty good and comfortable. One downside to this type of battery-installation is the difficulty in pushing the wires behind the ris and attaching the grip.
The removable rear sight offers four positions, for different situations. The front sight is also good. The flash hider that comes with it is a bit annoying, with a flashy, orange color. I chose to take mine off, as the gun looks better without it. However, the flash hider can simply be spray-painted black and put back on.
The body is all metal except for the sliding stock and the lower body, both of which are made from high-quality plastic. The only crappy
plastic part was the front foregrip, which you can ditch once you get a larger
battery and PEQ box. Unfortunately, the grip canít accommodate any other sized
Performance-wise, this gun is excellent. It clocks 380 fps with .2g, and around 370 fps with .23g. (.25g coming soon), mainly due to the high torque motor. The gunís accuracy was also impressive on the field, but I wasnít able to get accurate measurements. The hop-up system is very useful in getting the aim correct, since mine gun tended to shoot slightly to the right when the hop-up was off. The lever is above the left RIS. (more coming soon)
The A5's effective range is between 150 and 200 feet, with an 800 rpm rate of fire. The range is much better than other MP5ís that Iíve shot. (More coming soon)
The A5 RIS originally comes with a metal hi-cap magazine that carries 200 rounds. These are relatively cheap to buy online, around $20. Also, mid-cap 90-round ABS plastic magazines are around $10. One slight annoyance this gun has is that the magazine wiggles a bit when it's in the gun. Its fit is not as tight as I would like, but performance isn't affected, nor do you notice it in the midst of a skirmish.
There are two downsides to the MP5-A5 RISís more powerful
M120 spring. One is that the high fps may not be allowed at many airsoft
fields. This is easily solved by using .23, .25, .28, or .3 gram bbís. However,
this eventually costs more than .2g bbís. Another problem is that the more
powerful spring will cause the engine to die earlier. The only way to solve
this is too replace the spring with an M110 spring. This will both prolong the
gunís life and enable you to buy cheaper, lighter bbís. This procedure generally does not cost much;
the airsoft store near me has offered to switch the spring out for around $40.
Overall, this gun is excellent, and a great deal. It shows excellent performance in both close-quarters and long range, and serves a great primary weapon.
-very powerful motor
-comes with metal scope mount
-hi-cap metal mag
-pretty light (6 lbs)
Cons (Very few):
-paint can be chipped easily
-no room for large battery
-stronger spring = shorter life?
-no upper ris
-might be too fast for some places
-mags only hold 200 rounds
-magazine is a little loose and wiggly
The Downright Ugly:
-the flash hider
-the only 500rd magazine on airsplat is made by WELLS
-weaker spring (if you donít want to buy heavy bbís)
-PEQ battery box or other case
-folding RIS grip (on shortys)
-sling (can get heavy)
-extra hi-cap or mid-cap magazines