Got an older generation of the gun, and from what I've heard, they've only gotten better.
First received the older generation gun 5 years ago and purchased a NcStar 3-9x40 scope ( no illumination). After just making the switch from an AEG, it took time getting used to the gun and zeroing the scope in. After that, it was a piece of cake to take out anyone within 150 feet. The weapon could fire further, but I kept close to insure every shot was a kill. The gun served me well for 4 or so years without any additional upgrades or repairs.
About a year ago I started noticing the guns range was dropping, but still firing accurately. Eventually went In and found out the fps had dropped to 380-390. Wasn't a big deal to me because every shot was still a kill, it just didn't hurt as much and didn't have the range it used to.
Went on like this for another year until the trigger box finally wore down enough and the gun started slam firing. With this, the fps also dropped to 220 even after it was fixed. I was told it was a compression problem In the inner barrel.
That being said, I decided it was time to retire the gun after 5 years of trusty service.
Overall, definitely a five star gun. Cannot go wrong with this one. If you're fighting over whether to purchase it or not, it's definitely worth the money.
Fantastic durability (4 years before I even noticed anything was different with the gun)
Heavier weight felt realistic.
For backyard play in the thigh woods, the gun was a little long, and sometimes it would be difficult to get a clear shot. However, that's deep woodland combat is for a sniper.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]