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Registered: October 2006
Review Date: 5/2/08
||Would you recommend the product? Yes |
Price you paid?: £240.70
| Rating: 10
Positive aspects of the product (pros):
Too long to list, see bottom of review :)
Heavy...?, Selector is kind of loose but clicks in nicely, Stock can be a bugger, Battery can be fiddly SOMETIMES
STAR FN FNC Review
I’m going to start with the where I got the gun and how it got here:
Retailer Purchased From:
I purchased the STAR FN FNC from PV Airsoft for about 395 USD and paid about 72 USD for shipping (I live in the U.S.). The total came steep, but I knew I had to get the rifle.
It got here about 5 days later after anxious waiting in a green paper box surrounded in a lot of tape (I threw that out, so no picture, sorry L ). Now for the packaging:
The packaging I have to say was very inconspicuous and customs never thought twice about it. All it was was a cardboard type box (but much stronger than cardboard) with a sticker on the bottom left hand corner with:
STAR FN FNC
(picture of STAR FN FNC mirrored incorrectly)
What kind of scared me at first though was a huge gouge near the top middle of the box, but luckily upon opening the box, it had no effect.
Once lifting the top of the box off, you are faced with a type of foam layer that you must lift up. Then, behold, the ugly but beautiful FN FNC. I would have to say this is the nicest packaging out of any AEG I have ever bought. No rattling, no shaking, just snug. Now, to lift it out…!
“Woah! This is friggin’ sweet!” Seriously, I am really glad I got this AEG. I had been reading about it for at least a year and made some bad decisions on buy other AEG’s I really regretted, and she’s mine now, but anyway.
Full metal goodness. Only the pistol grip and the hand guard are plastic. One thing I will mention: this rifle is -blam!-ing heavy, but solid! It is so comfortable to shoulder with the stock unfolded, and so easy to maneuver with the stock folded. An ultimate woodland AND CQB weapon, I would say for right now that is
Now for a more detailed description going from stock to flash hider…
*grin* At first, I was like, “OMGZ!11! It FolDzoRz!!11! So L33t!11”, but then after a poo load of folds and unfolds, fail. More on that later though. To unfold the stock, you must push down the stock and swing it out. (I am sorry in advance for horrible pictures. I don't know why they got so blurry )
You don’t have to push down when unfolding, but if you don’t like metal on metal, then I would advise you do this.
To fold the stock, you do the same thing: just push down enough so that it will fold. At first, I thought that the stock was supposed to lock in, but it does not, it is just held on by metal on metal friction in the folded spot with a few millimeters of play, but for a purpose… Since the stock folds over the magazine release, it is impossible to press it with the stock folded, so this is remedied by adding a little extra play in the stock, which is what STAR have replicated nicely, and it allows you to press it to take out your magazine.
Now for the fail part. After a poo load of folds and unfolds, it got stuck in the unfolded position, meaning when you go to push down the stock to fold it, it wouldn’t move, therefore you can’t folder your uber 1337 stock. This was remedied with some silicone all over the hinges and the spring, and where metal goes on metal. The stock was a little hard to fold again, but after a while, it wore in. So just be ready with that if you plan to buy this rifle. I wouldn’t not discourage anyone to not buy this rifle just for that reason though, as it is simple and easy to fix, probably a two-minute job.
Now I can say that I love my stock! :D
Rear Sight and Block:
The iron sights are kind of blocky and impossible to adjust without some sort of tool. I tried with just my fingers, which was a stupid idea and resulted in a big owwie. The sight structure however is based like an M4, being that the sight can be flipped back and forth for long range and close range shooting.
Not sure on exact distances though. Maybe you can figure that out Looking through the sights gives a clear picture though and would be very practical for use in a skirmish.
Oh, and one thing I would like to add to that. This is really a compliment on the design of the FNC, but I really love how the rear sight block is actually WELDED onto the upper receiver, and not just held on by just some screw on a rail. No chance of loosing it somewhere.
FN type pistol grip. It’s basically a FAL or Minimi type pistol grip, but it is very nice and really solid. Very comfortable, too.
The selector I would say would be one of the only faults of the weapon. It clicks into place solidly, HOWEVER, when rotating it to a new position, it can be moved way too effortlessly. It’s WAY too loose, but it does lock in place solidly. I found FA and Single Shot to have the best locking.
Now to the best part: 3 round burst!!! Yes it does work and very flawlessly, but more on that later.
Magazine, Magazine Release, etc.
The magazine release is small, but that doesn’t matter and it gets the job done.
The magazine is extremely nice and has a very professional-looking finish to it.
It matches the rifle nicely and sits in the gun very easily with very minimal wobbling. When you press the magazine release, it doesn’t drop right out of the gun sadly, but don’t get me wrong, the magazine is very nice. Transitions are smooth and very easy.
Yes, Now Finally the Blessed Cocking Handle:
I have good news. It’s fixed! Yay! No really, the flimsy screw that everybody talked about always snapping off seems to have been replaced and now it is permanently attached to the bolt carrier, which means hopefully no snappage.
I have racked it and let go when pulled all the way back at least three or more times and it seems pretty solid. I like the feel of guiding it back and forth though, so I really won’t have to worry about any abuse. The sound is the best part though; it’s intimidating! The sound of it hitting the dustcover and back is just so awesome and almost sounds like the real deal.
The cocking handle comes back 3/4ths of the way but doesn’t make it all the way to where you would normally lock it into the receiver. It is still very nice though and I love it!
The hand guard is a mother dog to get off. You remove it similar to an M4 by pulling back the delta ring
and then separating it.
Well on the FNC, the delta ring is extremely small and the hand guard is extremely big (compared to each other) and so you get a problem and finger owwie (again). After a few opens, it wears in, but it is still very hard to get off.
The hand guard fits a mini 8.4v-9.6v nunchuck battery, which I got in easy on my first try. You have to make sure you just tuck everything neatly and leave room for the inner barrel to get in, then you can snug the hand guard right back onto the gun for a nice solid feel. It wobbles a little with no battery, but with a battery, it’s reduced even more, and gives even more weight to the gun. Buy a sling!!!
One concern I do have though that seems to be a problem with every FN gun I have owned is the seams splitting the hand guard in half. You have to be very careful not to force the hand guard on, or else I think it could break in half, which wouldn’t be too good
Not much to say really. Solid, full metal, yay.
Front Iron Sights, Block, and Grenade Sights/Gas Regulator:
Pretty solid. Full metal. Can be adjusted for elevation with a regular front sight adjuster (can’t put my finger on the name). It’s hexagonal if that helps.
Now the grenade sights/gas regulator I found to be a pain sometimes. Although it is a nice esthetic touch, it can easily be moved and get in the way of your aim if you jerk the rifle to violently or fast. It is pretty cool though I have to say.
Finally, Barrel, Flash hider, Sling Mount, etc.:
Full metal, can be unscrewed easily, but is very solid. Not a one piece barrel I’m afraid though because of the tight battery space. Muzzle brake is professionally machined and very nice and chunkay.
Sling mount rotates 360 degrees and can swing front or back.
There is also a sling attachment on the metal block attached to the stock hinge
and there is one on the end of the stock as well.
Also one thing to mention that no one I have seen has pointed out yet: It appears that there is a bipod mount of some sort right in front of the sling mount. Not sure if it’s a Harris type mount or what, but it looks like it’s there for a bipod. Just something I thought I should point out.
The upper receiver is all metal and it is solid and has a very nice finish. Even came with unraped trades! Lower receiver has somewhat of a shiny finish, but it is extremely nice. Just one bad thing though, there were two HUGE scratches along the lower receiver on the right side which I can't get off or hide, but I guess it can add to the effect. The pistol grip and hand guard are not cheap ABS thank God. They are very nice and are very comfortable.
AND NOW FOR THE GRAND CONCLUSION!!!
Firing the Beast:
I bought a poopy battery in my haste to fire the rifle. So with the poopy battery, it could barely pull the spring and the ROF was probably a sad 7. Lol! It really was pathetic and funny to watch. The FNC totally pwnt the cheap “Tenergy” 9.6v *HIGH OUTPUT* 2000 mAh battery. Then onto the serious testing, I decided to charge a Sanyo 9.6v ICS PEQ custom battery and take that for a test spin. (it didn’t fit in the hand guard by the way J ) I was in pure shock on the first burst. I was like, “Holy poo! (wasn’t that word but close enough ), this thing rapes!” The range was phenomenal, and the ROF was unbelievable. Accuracy and power were the most astounding. With the hop barely set it was going way out there. Definitely on par with a TM M14. This is probably my hardest hitting, accurate AEG I have ever owned, out of a CA M15A4 S.P.R., ICS M4, G&G RK104, and a KA FN FAL! I am really in awe of how brilliant this rifle is. 3 round burst is t3h s3chs and is so awesome.
- Metal, metal, metal… 1% plastic, metal, metal, metal
- Cocking handle = Woo hoo!
- Stock = OMGZ So 1337!!1!
- Performance is phenomenal:
- F’ing accurate
- ROF = *Howard Dean* YEAUGH!!!
- Range = probably 190 feet, no joke
- 3 round burst is t3h s3chs!!!
- Unraped trades
- Materials and finish are extremely nice
- It’s FN people!
- Selector Switch is kind of loose but clicks in solidly
- Stock can be a bugger
- Battery can be fiddly SOMETIMES…
This AEG owns all. There’s not much I can say here if you read all of my rambling about how this rifle kicks donkey. I definitely got what I paid for, so yeah, I will be getting a video up on Youtube pretty soon, so stay tuned. FNC, woo hoo!!!
(Alright I am really sorry for horrible picture quality. I am taking new pictures tonight and using a tripod this time so they are not blurry)
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