model follows all of the traditions set out by the
real-steel and copied by practically all other
and fittings First
off, the downsides. There are no RAS/RIS rails
on the gun (although loads of accessories are
available to provide this functionality) and the
muzzle does not have a 14mm thread for silencers and the
like (it has the three-pronged lug system found on
all standard sized MP5s). Again, replacement
muzzles are easily and cheaply available to provide
you with this thread if required. All photos
on this page show the upgraded 14mm compatible muzzle.
for the upsides, it has the usual clamp grips on the
top side of the main receiver that allow you to attach
a scope mount (shown left). As these grips are metal like the
rest of the body, attaching a scope rail is easy and
amazingly secure. Foregrips are interchangable,
so that RIS/RAS, tac-lite and standard grips can be
used whenever you want.
foresight is the famous MP5 foregrip that we all know
and love, but the rear sight (shown right) may
be different to what many of you expect. Instead
of having 4 different sized holes placed around the
rear sight's drum, the drum has 3 equal sized holes
set at different heights and a "V" where
the fourth should be. This provides a quick sight
height adjustment option for different ranges and an
open sight option for fast target aquisition or low
light conditions. The arrangement is shown here
in the photo on the right.
body work Excellent
quality, excellent finish. Take a look at the
photos and decide for yourself. Having seen this
and all of the competitors up close and personal, I
have to say that this is better quality than either
the Tokyo Marui or Classic Army MP5 bodies.
body work Again,
ICS have excelled themselves with the plastic body
work on this replica. The plastic used is of
a very high standard, does not scratch easily, stays
fairly warm despite cold ambient temperatures and you
can barely see where the joins are, unlike most other
models. It is all also very solid and has
absolutely no plastic-creak that has plagued airsoft
guns since the dawn of time (well, since airsoft came
magazine that comes with the ICS MP5 is a very well
made High-Capacity clip that holds up to 230 6mm BBs.
It's body and base is full-metal as usual with the
top plate made of plastic. The BBs are loaded
through a small hatch on the top and the winding is
done at the base, as usual. You really have to
look closely to see the differences between this and
the Tokyo Marui hi-capacity magazines. See "Field
in this review to see how this magazine compares to
the Marui ones - you might be surprised.
photograph above shows two magazines. The
magazine on the left is a Marui MP5 magazine, while
the other is the ICS magazine included with the
gun. You will notice that despite the fact that
the ICS magazine has been used far more than the Marui
one, the paint is still in place. The paint on
the Marui magazine came off along the top within the
first 2 or 3 uses.
I've unpacked it and had a good look around. Now
that I've found a charged battery, I'm ready to give
it a go.
battery used is any 8.4v large type battery. You
can use a 9.6v battery if you must, but this is not
necessary in most cases and you will have to modify
the inside of the stock to make it fit. The ICS
MP5 also comes with a High Torque motor, lessening the
need for higher voltage batteries. In all but
the most extreme of cases, an 8.4v battery will do
battery fits tightly in to the stock of the model (shown
similar to the models produced by TM and CA.
There is not much spare space in there, but this
translates to a very secure fit that will not rattle,
bump or slide around inside. The fuse is also
easily accessible during any battery change (it is
held in a loose, in-line, opaque white plastic fuse
holder). This is the bit when you appreciate the fact
that an aluminium alloy has been used on the body
instead of steel. With the battery inserted, the
gun feels much more like it's real-steel cousin and
it's new weight will bring a smile to your face.
A full steel body would simply make this replica too
heavy. With the gun, magazine, ammunition,
battery and a scope, the whole thing weighs about 3.5
-> 4 Kilos. That should be enough for anyone.
cocking handle on the left hand side of the forward
receiver is purely cosmetic, but has a full range of
motion. Pulling it back and forth all day will
yield nothing but a sore finger. Slapping the
cocking handle down and letting it fly forward could
result in a broken handle (just like the other MP5
replica AEGs), but this has not happened to me (I am
fire selector switch (shown right) is ambidextrous as with the
real-steel "icon" grips and is made of
metal. You have the choice of "Safe",
"Semi-Automatic" or "Fully
Automatic", each denoted by a red or white icon
(hence "Icon" grip). Moving the
selector switch from safe to semi-automatic is
disappointing to say the least and feels like trying
to push a spoon through custard with your thumb.
However, it is no worse than the switches found on
most TM Heckler & Koch replicas, so this I can
live with (until I decide to modify it). Once in
position, it stays and doesn't budge during a firing
cycle. All other movements on this switch are
crisp and positive.
standard sling or 3-point sling can easily be attached
using the front sling loop and the sling brace on the
left hand side of the solid stock. Both fixtures
are metal and seem very strong. There is no
wobble or flex in either point of contact.
is fitted to this model and is fully adjustable.
The HOP-UP control lever (shown left) is located just above the
back of the foregrip on the left hand side of the
gun. Pushing this lever forward decreases the
spin put on the pellets. Pulling the lever back
will increase your HOP-UP and cause the BBs to stay in
the air longer. Get this adjusted correctly and
the BBs just don't seem to drop until they are a very
long way away (tested with 0.2g 6mm BBs).
of the box, this MP5A4 gave 312fps -> 315fps
consistently. The range is outstanding (with correct
HOP-UP setting) and the accuracy surprisingly good
given the length of the barrel.
of fire is also excellent and will beat many other
replicas out of the box. 950 shots per minute is
achievable with no upgrades or tweaking at all.
Accessories and Bolt-ons
MP5 is famous for two things when you talk about
1. If there's a tactical need for
it, there is an accessory to fit the MP5 that will
fulfill that need.
2. The more you stick on it, the
better it looks.
this in mind, there are loads of accessories and bolt-ons
that will improve the look, feel and tactical
effectiveness of your gun. These range from
foregrips with lights/lasers built in to scope rails,
alternate stocks, main grips and RIS/RAS rail
systems. Best of all, most bolt-ons are easily
available from most good airsoft retailers.
internals too are compatible with other MP5 AEGs.
You can use standard AEG pistons, gears, batteries,
cylinders, etc... to full effect, without the need for
here comes the fun bit. How does this AEG stand
up when faced with a real challenge like a day of
hard-core skirmishing in my hands? Some of you
may know that I have a nasty reputation for being able
to break any AEG simply by looking at it. Well
as many have said, if it can survive me, it can
took my impressive ICS MP5-A4 to my local woodland
site to put it through its paces and give it some
abuse. During the course of the day it has fired
approximately 10,000 and was stunningly accurate on
every one. The gun is a delight to use - very
light, yet utterly solid. Everything I aimed at,
I hit (without additional sights, scopes or
upgrades). It was light, manoevrable, tough,
reliable, accurate, fun and surprisingly
powerful. The high rate of fire made "Spray
and Pray" missions a breeze, although it can lead
to a swift lack of ammunition, even with High-Capacity
Magazines (of which I had 3). Some sticky
situations ensued, but never mind, that's what my
trusty Glock 19 is for.
gun was a triumph, plain and simple. The ICS
magazine that came free with the gun was totally
reliable and never missed a single shot (out of about
4,000 shots). There was however, one small
problem. The Marui magazines I purchased along
with the gun were hopeless. They stopped feeding
for no reason, totally un-wound whenever I inserted
them in to the gun and generally only served to annoy
and upset me. I spent most of the time slapping
the magazines in an attempt to get them to start
feeding again and using a torrent of harsh language at
a disrespectfully loud volume. The ICS magazine by contrast was a
jewel. I only purchased Marui magazines as my
extras because so many people on public internet
forums slated the ICS equipment saying that the Marui
magazines were much better. I wish I hadn't
listened as the ICS magazines were about 2/3 of the
price of the Marui ones and yet perform so much better
in the field.