Posted by Mike - Retired From Airsoft on May 18, 2012 at 10:40 PM
I love my AGM 416, and my Galaxy MP5k. They have both served me well and have never let me down. Many of you have heard me sing praises to the 416. I've owned it for nearly three years, have easily put over 50k+ bbs through it, run it with an 11.1v lipo, and I've never modified a thing, zero problems.
When I bought it at WB it shot 413 FPS in the store. Last time I'd chronoed it was about a year ago. It chronoed just under 370 FPS, almost perfect, IMO. I have always been pleased with the gun's range. I can reach out and touch targets at quite a distance, out-ranging many other guns in the process. I have no complaints about my gun and I'd put it up against any other gun on the field.
I decided to chrono all my guns this evening to see where they were at: King Arms M4 - 375 (perfect), Galaxy MP5k - 290 (perfect), AGM 416 - 335 (What???). Let me try that again - 334, that can't be right, let me chrono it again - 335. Holy crap! My primary field gun is only 35 FPS away from being CQB!
And, I am OK with that. At 335 FPS, my gun shoots the people I aim at, even at a distance (got the hop-up dialed in). So, does FPS matter, sure. Does it matter as much as everyone thinks it does, nope. What matters is you like your gun and you can hit what you are aiming at. I saw a kid stomp off in a huff because his gun was only shooting 383 at the last Athena game, and I was a little miffed to say the least. You don't need to have a gun shooting 400 on the nose, or even higher to have a good time airsofting.
So, the next time the chrono surprises you, before you storm over to WB demanding an FPS upgrade, stop and think about whether or not you are able to hit most guys you pull a bead on. The answer will most likely be yes. Then you can save your money, and buy something cool like this instead.