The Echo1 General Assault Tool (GAT) has been talked about for some time with rumors and hopes that it will be released someday soon. All of us here at Echo1USA were excited to release the news of our new project a little too soon but it will be worth the wait. We are becoming more known for making some out of left field projects for example the AR57, ZB30 and the (GAT) and the reason for this is that we enjoy firearms and what to see more variety in the airsoft world instead of a new M4. You maybe asking why is the (GAT) taking so long to produce and bring to the market and you wanted it a couple years. the main reason is to make sure the product is able to handle the abuse and keep on going. The early samples were good but with the new gearbox design they would crack and being airsofters ourselves we did not want to release it and disappoint you guys.
We did complicate it with a select fire switch since the real firearm does not have a traditional safety and for our Airsoft version that was needed.
Being that it is an electric airsoft gun or (AEG) we had to make the parts fit inside the body and then where does the battery go? For a while we were working on a tri-panel lipo that would go in the barrel assembly but we stopped that since the process might deter some people from wanting the (GAT) so we started a front grip to house the mini battery.
By this time the product has been tuned and ready for its first gameplay with Airsoftolgy Jonathan when he was at Airsoft Tactical with Brian. Check out the video here of the (GAT) in action for the first time.
The new pistol grip did not make it in time for the event but they made due with a small lipo attached to the heat guard of the (GAT).
Once the bolt on front grip is completed and a final stress test it will be released and it will be well worth the wait. The advantage of the (GAT) and it being electric is that it uses a standardized parts list including: Piston and Piston Head, 8mm metal bushings, Gear Set, Short Motor, Anti-Reversal Latch and Inner Barrel. The other parts such as the trigger switch, cylinder head nozzle and tappet plate are proprietary due to the alignment in the body but keep in mind we have spare parts on hand and we work closely with Modify so upgrade parts are an option. You will be able to upgrade and tune the (GAT) to your liking.