"Hey guys. This was my first airsoft gun that I purchased 3 years ago, and it still runs strong on the stock internals. I highly recommend the AK platform over the M4 platform for beginners for 3 reasons- 1.The low price of full metal internals and externals. 2. The low amount of rail space teaches you to get the most out of what you have. Most M4's I see with miles of rails only have a optic and grip and that's it. 3. The AK stock barrel is around 500-550 millimeters while a standard M4 barrel is around 450-500 mm, and V3 gearboxes are MUCH more durable than a V2. I have bought other AK's but I can personally attest to the quality and longevity of the internals and externals of CYMA's stock parts. CYMA AK's are also a great candidates for upgrade parts. I like to look at it this way. A M4 with a high rate of fire WILL BREAK, I don't care how good of a technician you are. An AK with a Metal V3 gearbox CAN AND WILL handle the strain of a higher speed motor and gear setup. So think about these things when selecting your first gun. Better accuracy, upgrade potential, and life of the gun itself. Funny how even with fake guns the AK platform still outperforms it's American counterpart :)"