Things I liked:The construction is rigid... and I mean really rigid. You'd think that a gun with a metal body would be better but CA really hit the mark with this one. All metal gear box, nicely crowned barrel, accuracy, power, and rate of fire that rivals that of ECHO 1 or JG. Light weight makes it ideal for long battles. Mag is all metal. Things I would have changed:A few small things... the wiring for the battery is a little sloppy and excessively long. Also, I would prefer to have the battery located in the stock with one of those wider stocks to accomodate for a larger battery. Metal hop-up system would be nicer. (This one is just wishful thinking: please give it the standard classic army metal gearbox instead of a offbrand replica). What others should know:This is the ideal choice for any first timer. For the money, it can't be beat. I've shopped around, watched reviews, checked out other websites, and asked friends who are active in airsoft. Do the research for yourself... when you do, come back and make the smart decision.