"As an intermediate player, I wanted a gun that I wouldn't have to spend $300+ on. I'm also a college student, so I was just able to pay back my parents on the "loan" I took out to buy this gun. Anyways, I purchased this gun in January this year, and I've had some time to play with it. Even though I've owned few high-quality guns, this one is definitely my favorite.
For starters, this is no small gun. Eight and a half pounds plus the battery and magazine, and the gun is just shy of 40" . But with the large size also comes the large battery compartment, able to store just about and battery you put in it. It's also lipo ready. However, being an M16A3, this gun will have lots of attachments and internal upgrades available. Personally, I have mounted an NCstar panorama red dot onto the only rail the gun has. This gun is extremely accurate and hard-hitting ( coming in at a consistent 390- 420 fps ), I can fire .28g BBs out of this and hit a 4" grouping at 50' ( Using a 9.6v battery); so I don't think you'll need some miracle barrel in it, unless you're going to be doing some hardcore DM-ing. One more thing to mention is that this will inflict fear on the person you decide to mercilessly rain down a hail of plastic on, as this shoots about 15 rounds a second.
Some aesthetic features on the gun includes its own serial number, a charging handle that's fun to rack before a game, two adjustable apertures, knobs for wind and elevation, and an extremely comfortable pistol grip with good traction for gloves.
My only complaint with th gun is that it did atrocious this winter, even though it was -15 degrees with windchill, and the gun was just barely spitiing out bbs, going maybe 10'.
So if you plan on buying this gun, use it from Spring - Fall, and not winter. Anyways this is an amazing gun and a perfect gun if you plan on being a designated marksman, support gunner, or rifleman, as this is very flexible ( Except for the size ) like its real life counterpart. Definitely worth the 285 wing wangs."