I review products based on three factors: Installation, Functionality, Aesthetics.
The M82A1 shroud did not come with any installation instructions, although it was very self-explanatory. It seems like this shroud was meant to be put onto a stock A5. I added the LAPCO Spyder to A5 barrel adaptor to accommodate my Scepter kit, but the adaptor adds an extra 1/2" to the overall length. This was a little too much for the M82A1 shroud. Getting the shroud on is not too bad, but getting it off is very difficult. That extra 1/2" makes it very hard to remove. I scratched the adaptor with one of screws on the shroud trying to get it off. With practice, I was able to install and remove the shroud without any problems, but the first time was a little difficult.
I'm not very fond of the set screws, but I guess there's no other way to get it to stay on the A5. I should have had the foresight to place electrical tape where the set screws are placed because the body of the A5 is a little scratched now. Nothing that can be seen, but it's still a little disheartening. It would have been nice to have the shroud attach with the locking pins, similar to the newer version of the UMP shroud.
Another issue is trying to get the shroud on straight. When I installed the barrel, it was very difficult to screw in because it touches the side of the barrel opening on the shroud. Is my shroud on crooked? Is the hole just not quite centered? I'm not really sure, but it definitely makes installation and removal of the barrel more difficult.
This shroud definitely looks amazing! OPSGEAR did a great job with looks and intimidation factor. Incredible may be the proper word. There's plenty of weaver space for all sorts of accessories. However, a riser mount seems to be necessary for a red dot sight. Also, the shroud eliminates any use of the sights. It's just not possible to get your head and mask low enough to see the sights. Additional flip sights are required if you want to be using iron sights. The eight inches at the front of the shroud make a great hand guard. In combination with the stock, the marker really feels natural to bring up to the shoulder.
Finally, this shroud can really add some weight the gun. It's around 2lbs, but with the addition of a stock, barrel, riser, scope, hopper, and paint, the gun can become cumbersome. At one point, I was carrying around 9lbs! Overall, this is a great addition to the A-5.
This is a great looking addition to the A-5. It's very intimidating, and the weaver rails give alot of options for accessories. The installation was a little tough at first, and I'm not fond of the set screws. However, after some practice, the shroud can be installed and removed with ease.
"When I installed the barrel, it was very difficult to screw in because it touches the side of the barrel opening on the shroud. Is my shroud on crooked? Is the hole just not quite centered?"
I can tell you that your shroud's hole for the barrel is probably a little off or you installed it a little crooked. As an owner of the complete M82A1 kit for the A-5 I've had no problems of this sort. If you have the M82A1 Magazine kit try to line up the shroud with the leading edge of the Mag kit, and install the screws in this certain order:
1. Screw one screw in (doesn't matter which one you start with).
2. Screw in a second screw but have it be the opposite (eg.-if you put the 1st screw in the front left hole, the next should be in the back right hole).
3. 3rd screw should be directly across from 2nd screw (eg.-if the 2nd screw is in the back right then the 3rd should be in the back left).
4. Screw in the 4th screw in the remaining hole. Tighten ALL 4 screws so they are flush with the shroud.
Hope this helps if you're still having this problem of misalignment.