- ICS M16 A3 SL
- Weight: 3370 gr
- Length: 1025 mm
- Barrel length: 509 mm
- Fire mode: Electric Semi/Full Automatic
- Velocity: 330 FPS
- Material: Metal, Nylon Fibre
- Battery: Large Type
- Magazine capacity: 450
- Gearbox: Split Type Version 2
- Includes AEG, 2 magazines, 1000 BBs
Being a Sportline model, the gun is largely made out of High Density Nylon Fibre, with metal reinforcements wherever needed.
As it is an M16A3 replica, it has a full stock and standard handguards with the battery located in the stock. The full stock is comfortable to shoulder. The butt pad is metal and features a door to allow you to easily install a large type battery. The bottom of the stock has a metal sling mount to allow installation of 2 point slings.
The big difference between the Proline and Sportline ICS ARs is the Nylon Fibre receiver, which is incredibly strong and sturdy, while remaining lightweight. It retains all of ICS' specialized features, like the spring tension release button, and the flip up receiver to allow for access to the split gearbox system. The composition of the receiver is very strong, with very little flex in any direction. Pulling back the cocking handle doesn't always cause the dust cover to flip open, but it does pull back the mock bolt carrier, exposing the hop-up adjuster.
The model bears M16A2 style long handguard. On the top handguard, a short bit of faux gas tube can be seen, adding to the realistic look of this gun. Underneath the handguard, you can find the full metal outer barrel, which is a multi-piece unit, adjustable to a few different lengths to allow for different handguards, rails, etc. The muzzle is terminated in a 14mm- threaded tip.
Adjustable sights, front and rear, allow you to properly aim this replica. The rear sight is attached to the detachable carry handle, which can be removed to expose the 20mm rail installed underneath. You can adjust the rear sight without any tools, using the knobs on the unit itself. The front sight is part of the metal gas block, and is adjustable for elevation using the included tool. The long sight radius of this gun helps make it inherently accurate, and the rail lets you mount up an optic if you so desire.
Unlike most other manufacturers' Sportline models, the internals of this are the same as the Proline models. The big shebang with ICS ARs is the two piece gearbox, which is incredibly strong, and allows you to easily upgrade the gun. This thing is a piece of cake to take apart, as you can take the entire upper gearbox out, and access the hop-up and inner barrel with no tools whatsoever. The upper gearbox houses your compression components, including the piston with non-ported head, polymer cylinder head, brass cylinder, and spring guide with a rudimentary bearing system consisting of a simple washer. Compression is great, due to the slightly oversized O-ring. A ported piston head improves compression a little bit, but the stock one is very useable. The spring isn't too stiff, which is why the gun only shoots in the 330 FPS ballpark. The lower gearbox houses the gears, trigger assembly, as well as the special anti-reversal latch system that works with the forward assist to decompress the spring. The gears are standard ratio, with a sturdy build and great shimming. Metal bushings that appear to be 6mm in diameter are installed to keep everything spinning smoothly.
The motor is ICS' excellent Turbo 3000, giving you higher speed, with lower power usage. Rounding out the internals is the hop-up and inner barrel. The hop-up is plastic, one piece, and is ICS' standard rotary adjustable design. It stays solidly in your desired setting, and doesn't rattle out while firing. The inner barrel is 509mm long, and has a slight amount of crowning at the muzzle.
The package includes the M16A3, two C7 style High Capacity 450 BBs magazines, a bottle of 1000 BBs and a cleaning rod.
The M16A3 rifle is a gas-operated, air-cooled, magazine-fed, selective fire, shoulder-fired weapon. The family of firearms tracing its lineage back to earlier carbine versions of the M16 rifle, all based on the original AR-15 rifle designed by Eugene Stoner and made by ArmaLite.