as far as I know, i'm a special kind of stupid., it takes a standard m14 gearbox? I could be mistaken. I also remember having a bitch of a time finding magazines.
It's a v7 gearbox, however the ARES v7 gearbox is proprietary so you wouldn't be able to swap a standard V7 shell into it. At least it uses TM Spec M14 magazines which are much easier and a little cheaper than the CA/G&G style of M14 magazines, although I prefer the CA/G&G style because they lock in and are much more secure compared to the TM M14 magazine style.
G&P MK23 - SMP G&P MK18 - STAR FNC x2 - Tokyo Marui MP5 - CA M24 - UTG M3 - Cybergun M&P 9
Post by Legionnaire on Feb 24, 2015 17:30:21 GMT -5
What Gunny said seems to be my memory of it as well when I was researching it.
The Ares that Timm and I owned felt cheap in the area above the handguard (essentially the heatshield/top rail area). However, this was due to the Sopmod's unique features and aesthetics to other M14's. Everything else felt solid, IMO. The folding stock EBR that you are looking at shouldn't feel or look cheap at all due to its metal construction.
The overall quality is better. Yes it's still plastic, but in my opinion the TM plastic feels much better. That, and the functioning bolt.
The ares piece was nice, but I got it from legionnaire and promptly got rid of it. Would have much rather had a different brand M14.
*EDIT* That being said, it's ultimately up to you. If not having a functioning bolt isn't a big deal, and you're going for a unique M14, then the Ares is for you. BUT, if you want a sound platform in the M14 family, you can't beat a TM.