"My brother bought this gun about 3 years ago, and it still kicks butt. The exterior is all metal, except for the stock and orange tip. The gearbox is metal too, and is very durable. This gun does really shoot 430 fps, and the fire rate is kind of slow. However, that is not a problem because this gun is not meant for close quarter battles. This gun has superb range due to its fps and the long barrel; my brother can hit people at ranges of over 250 feet! Now, this gun is pretty heavy, and when my brother first got this gun, he was a pretty small guy. He used a sling and that really helped, so i recommend that smaller or weaker people use a sling. This gun is pretty durable, but i do not recommend beating on it. Over the past few years, our gun has had some pieces broken on it. We broke the adjuster for the rear sight, which did not affect the accuracy too much. We also broke part of the stock where it slips over the back of the gun. Also, the battery wires snapped. All of these were pretty easy fixes though. But, all this was done through about 5 dozen airsoft battles including getting dropped off a 15 foot haystack, crawling through sagebrush and wetlands, and numerous other places and things which an airsoft gun should not be subjected to. Overall, this gun is worth the money and could be used by all airsofters from beginner to advanced (my opinion)."