Posted 19 December 2009 - 02:36 AM
One "problem" why there are likely very few full reviews of the gun is because not all that many people want to spend $500-650+ for a gas sniper rifle, and the people that do might not be the types of people who will go out of their way to write up a review of their gun. Add to that the fact that spare mags cost probably $80+, and you aren't going to have too many users jumping to go buy one. Especially for the "specialty" sniper rifles, like say the AW-338, Cheytac, DSR-1, etc, you aren't going to have many people buying them to go use on a field.
I've read through most of the Arnies thread over time, and at one point, I was looking to see if there was some information on the disassembly. I have a Well AW-338, which is a clone of the ARES, and I was having issues with taking out the hop up assembly (it turned out to be that I just needed to force it out harder than I had been). As for upgrades, (assuming the ARES is the same as the Well), the gun uses a standard AEG barrel and hop up. I forgot to measure the barrel when I had it out, but I believe it's a 650mm barrel, or of not, it's something close to that. Mine shoots over 500fps on green gas in 60°F temperatures with a leaking magazine with both .20g and .36g BBs (yes, I got 530fps, 518fps, 513fps using Vanaras .36g BBs, which I've measured to be about .365g average, making it shoot about 4.5J), and I really shudder to think what it would be doing with the ARES CO2 mag with something like a .43g BB with a good tightbore, but I know that at that point, it's a target shooting gun, not a skirmishing gun (because who wants to be hit by a gun that is shooting a heavy BB the equivalent to a 700+fps with a .20g gun?). My gun I believe is an earlier generation of the Well, and the newer one may have been slightly improved (the magazine leakage issue), and I don't know at all how it compares to the ARES, due to that lack of information on it, as you have mentioned.
eHobby Asia lists the ARES as shooting at 340fps with duster gas, so it is likely that it would be similar to the Well in terms of power.
I personally don't have a long range to test my gun at, nor would it be particularly useful where I am during the winter season (it's 11°F where I am right now), so I can't say how a clone of the gun works, but if the ARES is at all better than the Well, it is probably a decent gun, though maybe it isn't, and the Well clone would serve a similar purpose for less than half the price. If I did have the money, though, I'd probably get an ARES in tan, and if it worked well after some minor upgrades (like a barrel, bucking, and nub), I might use it, and if it didn't I'd still have a good looking collector's piece (because I am probably more of a collector than a player, given the airsoft guns I have).
As for upgrades, various places like Redwolf or eHobby Asia have some parts, though often out of stock for some of the parts. There aren't too many specific upgrades, and the gun basically takes standard AEG barrels and buckings as I had mentioned (again assuming the Well is basically a direct clone).