Evike.com sent me an a Matrix Alien Pulse Rifle to test an evaluate before its November 2022 release. It came in a styrofoam and plain cardboard brown box. It’s not clear if this is the standard packaging or if this was a pre-release generic box cover?
This is a fully-functioning airsoft rifle styled after the iconic Armat M41A Pulse Rifle from the 1986 Sci-Fi classic, “Aliens” by James Cameron. This is the fictional rifle and grenade launcher used by the doomed Colonial Marine platoon sent along with Ripply to fight off a hive of Aliens and their Queen. Like the original movie prop this airsoft replica is custom shell encasing to a Thompson submachine gun.
The rifle was nicely crafted but obviously plastic in construction. Evike sells 5 different color/finish options. I was sent the black and grey version. In the box was the fully assembled pulse rifle, a packet of 0.20g test BB’s, a clearing rod, and a 190 round short Thompson Hi-Cap magazine.
As with most airsoft guns, the user has to supply their own battery. The main battery compartment is located in the mock grenade launcher/shotgun hand guard. I had to drill out a plastic panel designed to hold a smaller 7.4v LiPo blocky stick to make room for 11.1v round stick LiPo. The Matrix uses a small Tamiya connector.
The Pulse Rifle’s mock magazine plate covers a magwell chamber into which houses the Thompson style magazine and a smaller side box to fit a 9v battery cell which powers the functional round counter LED display, which is arguably the coolest feature of the rifle. The LED counts down from 95 to 00 accurately (as far as I could tell), though once at 00 round the rifle can continue to fire due from its 190 round small Hi-Cap magazine. As far as I could tell, the only way to reset the counter is to remove the magwell cover and reset the on-off switch on the LED counter.
The rifle can use extended Thompson magazines, but the magwell cover would have to be left off and the 9v round-counter battery would have to be secured. Still, the Thompsons slot and rail style magazine design makes for slow reloads made even slower hidden within the enlarged shell of the Pulse Rifles magwell. High Speed/Low Drag, this rifle is not.
One other consideration keeping me from recommending this as a skirmish gun is its lack of real sights or a means to add on sighting optics. The top rail/handle has a wide sighting groove but no front sight post or any means to adjust. For those used to walking their shots instead of aiming this may not be an issue.
Overall this airsoft Pulse Rifle in certainly a talking piece if not quite practical as a skirmish gun. It would make a perfect base gun to craft a more realistic Cosplay level costume prop. Hopefully if this rifle proves to be a success, it could encourage airsoft makers to create more working Sci-Fi weapons. E-11 Imperial Blaster anyone?
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