I got this gun for trade so mine was far from new. It had grass in the gearbox and the battery had an amateur re-solder job at best. I wanted something upgradeable since I like to upgrade and customize them. I got what I wanted. So far though the only upgrade I would need is a hop up and inner barrel, except for the externals, but I wanted it to shoot great first. The gearbox is pretty well done, maybe needs a better piston, and piston head for a better air seal. It fires a decent rate of fire on a 9.6 nun chuck (which fits in the crane stock if you cut that ring out inside and leave it fully extended), and it's over 400 fps, which is perfect for field. I only need to put a longer inner and outer barrel and a 1 piece metal hop up in this thing to make it a sniper M4. Or if I wanted to go the other route, just put an M100 spring and make it a good CQB gun. It is very accurate considering the barrel diameter, length and the 2 piece hop up. A great beginner to intermediate gun, perfect for those who like to upgrade, and even if you can't afford upgrades, it shoots great right out of the box (even with the stock battery).
FPS (for field)
Compatibility of after market parts (externally and internally)
RIS is pretty good (hold an M203 well without wobble)
Plastic body (it's OK on weight with an M203, but it just doesn't feel sturdy)
Iron sights are OK
Overall HIGHLY recommended for those looking to start out on a budget. All it needs to be on par if not better than some $400 AEG is a tight bore and 1 piece metal hop up & nub for the internals. Externally it needs a better stock, metal body (or something sturdier than the stock body), and better iron sights. I realize that those upgrades may be close to $250 so if you have the $400 definitely get a gun in that price range. However if you are like me and wanted an AEG to tinker with or pay the $250 later, this gun is as good as it gets.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]