First things first, this is an LPEG (Low Powered Electric Gun). People must realize that this is a $40 starter gun and must stop comparing it to MPEGs (Medium Power Electric Gun) which run $100+. Most reviewers who call this a bad product is due to the fact they are comparing apples to oranges... dollar burgers vs a Red Lobster meal. (it is at least a $60 difference vs MPEGs Medium Powered Electric Gun)
Now the product...
Crosman Pulse R73 Airsoft AEG Repeater
This is a great starter level airsoft gun, perfect for younger kids and the part time airsofter who only plays 4 times a year or so. (Airsoft rentals average about $40) It also makes a great "secondary/backup/sidearm gun" if you already own a good gun.
The scope is not a real scope, its actually a gravity fed hopper where the ammo goes. It does have a "sight" that you could look through a scope but real scopes for LPEGs are a moot point anyway. (they dont shoot that far)
PROs, CONs, and Neutral
*lightweight - carrying this gun in an all day airsoft war is a breeze. (also comes with a functional sling)
*High Capacity - 500rds - this gun holds a lot of ammo, guaranteed to last at least an entire skirmish
*Retractable/Removable Stock - The retractable rear stock is a godsend, comfortable and versatile.
It is also removable for tight places or thick brush.
*Accurate - Yes, the gun is accurate provided you use 0.20 gram ammo. 0.12 ammo scatters randomly after 20ft and causes the gun to dry fire, and 0.25/0.28gram ammo will make the range 20 ft. 0.20 gram ammo gives the best result for this gun, 50ft to 75ft effective range depending on the conditions.
*High Rate of Fire - it has a high rate of fire
*removable/replaceble hand guard - the hand guards can be replaced with most M4 hand guards. I replace mine with picattiny rails and install a hand grip.
*Price - $40 for this gun is a great price
*butt stock wobbles (which is normal even for higher priced guns... not really a CON)
*Plastic body (unit can get damaged if trampled on... but any airsoft gun breaks if trampled on)
*short range - yes it has an average effective range of 50ft - but I've had multiple kills with this gun against people with $200 guns. (a tool is only as good as the user)
*Low FPS - 225fps - if you are a pro-airsoft guy then this is bad news, too weak, low penetration (but if you are pro airsoft player you shouldn't consider an LPEG in the first place.
If you are a parent the low FPS means this gun wont break skin and will minimize breakage if they ever hit anything of value/glass. (MPEGs and HPEGs will literally disintegrate a soda can/shatter glass with sheer power and rpm)
*Gravity Fed - gravity loads the next bb into the chamber, which means extreme angles (up or down) and this gun wont shoot. (its a rare occasion that you have to do that anyway)
On the plus side, it means you dont have to stop to "wind-up" your clip (takes about 10 to 20 seconds), to shoot again, vs a quick shake of the gun (about 2 seconds) to keep firing. There has been instances that I didnt have to do that either.
Bottomline, even though this is an LPEG, I have no qualms using it (I have HPEGs and MPEGs) nor letting a friend borrow it for gamedays. I am even seriously considering purchasing a second one.
Without disparaging any product, this is the best gravity fed LPEG for under $50 in the market. Get it!
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