i've been gaming my tm aug a2 for about 3 months now. shoots HARD, even though its only about 290 fps. but i have left some MEAN welts on people. It's a little back heavy but its balanced out nicely. There are a ton of upgrades out there for it, but the lack of a rail system does get a little annoying. The only way to really get the rail system is to upgrade the entire front system which can run you a good 200$. In my personal opinion, you may want to go with the A2 version, the scope on the A1 does give 1.5x but its tiny. The A2 allows you to get any scope you want.