When I was taking this apart to check the shimming in the gearbox, I was told:
"A+K uses decent parts but are put together by monkeys exhausted by their daily dose of cocaine and nerf football gangbanging. No joke. Washers used as shims, shit not where its supposed to be- 0% or 2,000% lubrication..."
And this was true. There were random, unnecessary metal parts inside and the gearbox was cough*barely*cough held together by screws of the wrong size and pitch. Thankfully the actual internals are pretty nice, just assembled horribly.
Is this a bad gun? NO.
Is this a good gun? If you don't mind paying $200 for a gun that you will need to strip and re-assemble, then yes.
fair warning: Don't even think about buying this gun without a pack of shims, and be prepaired to run down to your local hardware store for replacement screws and, if you dont have any, white-lithium gear grease
Finally: the last bit you should know is this:
Yes the internal barel is a few inches shorter. No, it does not affect performance. This gun shoots way too hot for 400-fps-limit fields, you will need a M110 or M100 spring for those, and finally, there is no real easy way to get to the hopup on the gun.
All that being said, this is a beautiful gun. The trigger, fire-selection, and folding-stock actions are incredibly satisfying. The magazine is unbelievably fancy, metal, and very very smooth in operation.
good luck making your tough decision about your next AEG!
Rating: [2 of 5 Stars!]