Originally Posted by ThunderCactus
You always get what you pay for in airsoft. My M249 has had the same parts in it for 4 years of hard use now, never once has the mechbox failed me. But I spent $350 on the internals alone.
If you want a gun that lasts, don't buy anything chinese or at walmart. Tokyo marui is the best long term, reliable budget gun out there. And buy G&P if you want something metal.
I wouldn't necessarily agree with that. There are some Chinese manufacturers that build great guns, just as there are some Japanese manufacturers that build pretty much ungameable guns.
Would I consider buying a WA for its "pretty factor"? Sure. Would I game it? Eh, probably not.
Real Sword, VFC, G&P, CA, KJW - they all build great guns, and are either based in China or Taiwan. Maybe not consistently great across their entire catalog, but for the most part they're reliable and can take a beating. TM - they're great also, but they've also had their share of lemons.