First off, let me say that every gun has its ups and downs. For the most part, this gun works fine as it is without upgrades. The FPS is high and perfect for field play. The range is decent and the hop works well. Most of the gun is plastic, except for the gearbox, sights, and rails. The biggest issue is getting the battery in the front handguard, but practice makes it easy. You just need to push the fuse and the wires next to the outer barrel between the RIS.
After getting the gun, you may want to re-shim the gearbox and get a 9.6v battery (you probably want to remove the fuse altogether, just look up a youtube video if you dont know what this means). A necessity for this gun is a tight-bore inner barrel to help with range and possibly a longer inner barrel. If you do happen to get a longer inner barrel, the flash hider comes off relatively easy by wrapping an old shirt around it and then using pliers to twist it off.
Another thing you may want to look into is longer rails, because the ones on the sides are extremely short and the bottom one isn't quite long enough to mount anything more than a grip.
All in all, this gun works for skirmishes, and if your an avid player, you can fix it up pretty easily and make it a monster on the field.
Hits hard out of the box
Different (at least it was when I bought it...)
Needs a better inner barrel
Front heavy (thats where the metal is)
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]