At the price, this gun is an excellent buy, especially for a beginning airsofter. I have no idea why this is $5 less than the version without a long barrel, but I can't complain. The long barrel is purely for aesthetic and does not actually improve accuracy (but does not detriment it either) because the 3 inner barrels for the BB's are the same length in both guns.
Anyways, I was so happy when I bought this gun. The barrel and the pole on which the front grip slides (sorry I don't know as much gun terminology as I should) are both metal, as are the internals (I believe). The rest is ABS plactic. Both grips and the butt, however, are a nice rubber.
The trap door on the bottom, because of how the spring on it works, will not want to open if the magazine well is empty and unless it is upside down or pointing up. However, if there is a shell in there, it should open at any time you activate the release.
The gun itself fires quite nicely and the cocking, after getting used to it a tiny bit, is very easy. The spread stays together pretty well. At the guns effective range, the spread will extend to about the size of a human target, which is perfect.
The range is the only thing that lacks for this gun. It is pretty great, but cannot be altered with the hop-up, as the hop-up in this gun is fixed. I'm sure that you could change the hop-up if you took apart the gun, but I would not recommend it. The range is still nice for this gun in the situations in which you will be using it, and it is easy to hip-fire. Also, the sights are white painted iron sights, which makes them extremely easy to see.
I had a great time with this gun today, and I am playing another game on Saturday. If you are entering large battles or competitions, I would recommend buying an AEG, but this could be a great gun for a beginner or anyone on a budget.
One occurence I have encountered is that you can move the cocking mechanism back and load BB's into the chambers, but not enough to cock it back. Then once you actually cock it, you load 3 more into the chambers. With this weird 'glitch', I have fired 6 BB's at once, which isn't a problem in the least, but more of an advantage, however I do not know if that effects range or anything like that. It did not appear to for me, but your first 3 BB's can come loose in the chambers (because the other 3 pushed them forward) and roll right out of your barrel if you hold the gun at a downward angle.
NOTE: To empty the chamber of BB's after removing a magazine, open the trap door for the magazine well (or shell chamber, whatever) and pull the cocking mechanism most of the way back, but not enough to cock the gun. About 4 BB's or so should fall out of the back of the barrels and out of the magazine well.
Should you buy this? That was a rhetorical question, and the answer to it is YES.
Good for someone on a budget
The gun is durable
The sling is functional and good
Fires 3 BB's at a time
Safety is easy to reach and operate
Shells are easy to load and eject
Sights are accurate and painted
Speed loader works with shells perfectly
The hop-up is fixed
It only comes with 1 shell (just buy some more and this will not be a problem)
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]