The M28 platform came out two years ago, and filled a void left by the lack of CA M24 rifles, as an affordable M24 platform. This rifle was released alongside other variants of the M24 platform, like the UK Arms, Snow Wolf and Javelin Gun Works versions, all of which helped to fill in the voids. The M28 generated rave reviews when it was released, with its low pricing and its available options. Now, generating a lot of negative press, the M28 is developing a rep as a platform to avoid. Even I have advised people against this rifle, as the rifle will surely disappoint anyone not ready for the technical problems that have plagued it since its inception. From a technical standpoint, I would like to re-evaluate the M28 rifle, looking at its good points and its faults and try to get the most correct and current information available. The information will be presented as plain and as clear as possible, in hopes of clearing up some of the bad karma that has been generated over the last two years. Thread rules: This thread is intended for technical issues, and problem solving. We will look at the latest parts available, and learn how to make do with the proprietary parts in the rifle. This is not a CA M24 or VSR-10 or JG BAR-10 comparison thread, and we will not make any distinctions between the different platforms. Since many of the parts of the M28 are proprietary, this rifle platform should be treated as a separate entity all together. Pics and video are a must and are highly encouraged. Feel free to share your experience with the rifle, share what you have had to deal with, and how you dealt with it... All M28 users are encouraged to participate. As this thread progresses, I will edit this first post with any additional updates, otherwise hit the subscribe option in the Thread Tools drop down box and follow along. M28 Availability: The ECHO1 M28, after two successful years on the market, the ECHO1 M28 now comes in two colors, the standard black, and now desert tan. And yes, the rifle comes with the following accessories as standard issue: Two magazines Harris style bi-pod Barrel extension adapter Tight bore barrel (6.03) (3) Barrel Spacers Most of the top retailer such as Airsoft GI, EVIKE, Airsplat, Airsoft Atlanta and Pyramyd Air carry one or both variants of the rifle. There are many more venders, just too many to list, as they are easily searched online. One more thought, Airsoft GI and Evike have well stocked "Boneyard" links on their website that a player could pick up a spare M28 for parts. The cost is usually half that of the original. The stock and outer barrel are worth that price. Known Issues: Plastic magazines miss-feed and poor fit Slam-fire Bad Hop-up rubber Loose trigger sears (directly related to slam-firing) Bolt handle breaks off at cylinder crimp location Bolt / cylinder outer shell damage caused by out of spec receiver centering rings (may also contribute to slam-firing) Some parts are proprietary, thus no after market support Currently Available Upgrade Parts: 6.01 Barrel (Airsoft GI): http://www.airsoftgi.com/product_info.php?products_id=7577 Trigger Group (Airsoft GI): http://www.airsoftgi.com/product_info.php?products_id=7694 VSR-10 Trigger Sear Group (Airsoft GI): http://www.airsoftgi.com/product_info.php?cPath=362_364_651&products_id=5951 Metal Magazine (ECHO1): http://www.airsoftgi.com/product_info.php?products_id=8329 Aluminum 45 degree Pistons (Ranger Customs): http://rangerscustoms.wix.com/rangerscustoms#!products/c1x9v Note, EVIKE was marketing under the Matrix name, some cylinders and upgraded pistons, but these parts have proven to be somewhat unreliable and incompatable regardless of the description. For this reason, they are not included in this update.