"I've had this for about 2 months this AEG is very good. It is a nice starter weapon if your just getting into airsoft. I got it for $160 rather than the full price because it had the sale, and it is worth every penny, much better than any other starter AEG out there. Let look at some pros and cons:
*It comes with 2 Hi-Caps which can last you very long in games, however it is plastic, so be careful. [If they break, just buy better magazines, it is a starter AEG after all.]
*It has a full metal RIS on the barrel. It gives the M4 a nice heft to it. However, I did find it hard to fit some attachments. To be specific, Magpul products such as the AFG2 and the XTM Rail Covers. It also has a full metal buffer tube. [And yes, the crane stock is removable.]
*It comes with its own charger and battery. Though it is a weaker 8.4v 1200mAH and a regular wall charger, but if your budget is $200, it wouldn't hurt to buy a 9.6v 1600mAH and/or a Smart Charger.
*It comes with a nice stubby vertical grip. A nice addition until you get a new grip, but still will do you good.
*Version 2 ARES gearbox. A very reliable system that's full metal, widely used, and fully upgradable.
*Adjustable hop-up. [Adjustable hop-ups isn't really a big thing to speak of highly as most AEGs have it, but it is always a nice addition to point out.]
*The usual FPS on this AEG is 320-350 with .20g pellets, but mine fired somewhat hot for me (around 360-370FPS), as I play in indoor CQB fields. However, I did change the battery to a 9.6v 1600mAH, changed the motor grip and didn't quite adjust it as well, and also use a tracer unit, but I still do not know why it fires so hot. [This is only on a few models I guess. But hey, at least I'll have a nice transition from indoor to outdoor.]
*The sights are somewhat of a pain. The back post is adjustable for windage and elevation which nice, but very difficult to use because the view is very small, which makes it near to impossible if you're using a full mask or half mask. The front sights (which is also the gas block, and also part of the barrel assembly, which is not removable) is a bit wobbly, which makes it hellish if you're zeroing your various sights. [This is only on a few models I guess]
*Like I said above, the front sight/gas block is part of the front barrel assembly, so you cannot remove it. [It is fine for me, but for everyone else, probably not.
*The flash hider is a 14mm negative/left threaded/CCW and is plastic and glued in. It might have a chance of stripping the hider if put too tight because it is plastic, but can be replaced with a metal one once removed. [I heard some models have metal pins, so be always check before removing!]
TL:DR - It is a fantastic AEG to own and has a nice transition to other, more higher quality M4s if you bought attachments and internals. I've already gotten Magpul attachments, red dot sights, flashlights, etc. If your just starting to play airsoft and you want an inexpensive, great quality, well equipped AEG, look no further and buy this, you will not regret it. Just start buying better externals/internals when you get more experienced.
"I've had this gun for about 4 months now and love it! It was a great gun right out of the box. Great fps and accurate; however ROF was a little low on the 8.4v, but its great with a 9.6v. Here in Colorado it chronos at about 360fps, a bit over the cqb field limits but hey, I like it shooting a little hot. Since buying this gun I have installed the madbull 3 in 1 hop up, a 6.02mm 247mm tight bore barrel and this thing is preforming great. I also bought an after market sling mount. Both the hop up and the sling mount took a bit of modification to fit the gun.
I will say from reading another review, the stock inner barrel is not plastic, it is black powder coated aluminum.
If your looking for a great gun at a great price, look no further, but definitely upgrade to a 9.6v battery, you won't regret it!
"I have had this gun for two years now, and its a great gun, especially for starters. It has a great ROF and FPS. With a 9.6 battery, my piston got shredded and the spring guide broke, as well as the motor getting really hot, but nothing a few upgrades cant fix. Definitely recommend this gun, its a great buy, and since i bought it all my friends wanted to use it.