Things I liked:It's lightweight and pretty quiet. On top of that, it's a pretty accurate gun. I shot quarters at 15 yards, and it's great for plinking cans in the backyard. My 9-year old niece can handle it very well, so it's a great buy for beginners. Things I would have changed:The scope it comes with isn't the greatest, but it's a start. The pump can be a pain for some when you first get the gun, but it gradually gets easier. What others should know:I own a Remington Vantage 1200, a Big Cat 1200, a Gamo Bone Collector, and several others, and the Recruit is by far the best value for the money.