Great gun. Yeah its a plastic body but its a very sturdy one at that! I bought this to compliment my GR16 M4 Carbine which is full metal, recently my GR16 sort of kicked the bucket for the second time so I figured I ought to buy a new AEG as my GR16 is nearly 7 years old! I will be gutting the internals of the Metal GR16 and turning it into my field rifle as the thing is a tank. Anyways lets get to the Combat Machine M4 Raider Shorty which I simply like to call an M4 CQB-R (aka the Mk.18 Mod.0). Having been spoiled with metal airsoft guns the plastic feels weird but it is very solid indeed, the RIS system is no joke at all, it appears to be physically fused to the upper receiver, bad for realism but good for preventing wobbling, I figure this is a good trade off as less moving pieces = good, I run my AEG's HARD and while I treat them well and plan to baby this one a bit more Ill see how it goes. One thing I love about the plastic is the gun is SOOO light weight! Now I'm real into realism and make no mistake I can one hand a full kitted out SOPMOD M4 any day but do I really want to? Hell no! In close quarters combat I need to be high speed no drag and this thing with my EOTech 552 mounted and a vertical grip is highly maneuverable, important for CQC. Performance wise it manages to keep up in terms of range with my G&G M4 Carbine, accuracy at a distance is less but thats to be expected, the gun is louder too, my guess is its a combination of the shorter barrel and the plastic body. Speaking of short barrel's I used an M4 Carbine for CQB for 7+ years and doing fast sweeps indoors is soooo much better with this gun, I love the barrel length and for years had considered shortening my barrel of my M4 carbine. Overall for $150 it is soooo worth it, if the gun had been $200 I probably would have pony'ed up for another "Professional" GR16 but again the plastic is solid and I don't need an expensive gun to prove my skill level, I already have one :D jokes aside this is a serious deal and a serious contender.
-Plastic body is solid and well built
-Plastic body allows for lightweight rifle, important for CQB operations
-Full metal gearbox, the internals vary little different from the "Professional" GR16's
-Keeps up with my "Professional" GR16 Carbine in close quarters all while being lighter
-Great looking gun!
-Plastic Finish doesn't look toy-ish
-Fused like Rail system offers solid stability
-Plastic body is never a solid as metal. Compared to my GR16 it feels like a toy.
-Sort of loud compared to my all metal GR16 Carbine
-Rail system seams to be fused, a negative for realism.
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]