I posted some first impressions here in the news thread; I'm not familiar with the PTS cans though. It's a little overpriced--especially since it's solid, unengraved, and all I really wanted was the flash hider--but well made. I'm sure Element will make a more affordable one eventually (hollow with full trades please).
Thanks, that means a lot! It's gone from a spare rifle to my favorite rifle to my ONLY rifle, so I may have gone a little overboard at times. Switching from block II to the "2.5" style was particularly painful, but it's a lot easier to build one now that some decent parts have finally come to the market. Here are some of my externals:
VFC gen 1 SOPMOD stock: Lots of other stocks are more commonly seen on real CQBRs, but I'm not giving up my big battery or FCU, so I need the space.
VFC 300M rear sight and painted front sight: These are currently way off base. The most "correct" front sight would be nothing, followed closely by the KAC 99051-T. The rear should be a Matech but I don't have any that aren't broken.
RS teardrop forward assist and extended CH latch: Cheap and easy enough to adapt to an AEG. I might pick up a PRI combat latch someday.
FMA LA-5C/PEQ "upgrade version": The standard unit seems more common than the UHP, but this has several cosmetic improvements over the other available LA-5s. Plus, I don't always use lasers, but when I do, I prefer green ones. My old LA-5 was just a modded battery box.
Element/Night Evolution WMX200 (laser engraved version): A major upgrade from the Beta Project, especially since I don't care about the swivel mount. It comes with a pretty good replica of the Insight pressure switch that fits well in a TangoDown BGV-ITI.
Insight dual button remote: Really nice, but frankly overkill since the $10 Element replica plugs right in, and looks fine if you squint. Modifying the LA-5 to accept this was a big pain, and modifying one of the plugs to a fit the WMX200 was a huge pain. Yes, I ruined a $220 part to adapt it to a toy flashlight--don't we do this type of stuff all the time?
STAR Hogue style motor grip: An A1 is probably a better choice, but I wanted a change. It's more homage than replica.
The next step will be more painting and weathering--these new parts look way too fresh.