As Devil's Advocate, I'm going to toss one out there saying FPS isn't everything.
It's great, and I'm building a couple AEGs to shoot ~400fps, but if you invest in a good hopup system, a good compression system, and get the work done right, you can successfully run a gun shooting under 350fps outdoors*.
*If you're playing an assault/ CQ role anyway
Edit: Beaten like a good Omelette.
Edit 2: As a side note from the perspective of a pupating Noob myself, unless your really really want an Armalite-pattern rifle, I buck the trend by recommending against them as a starter gun. Reason being, they are far more irritating/ difficult to disassemble then say, an AK-pattern rifle. 2 cents.
Last edited by Cliffradical; January 26th, 2012 at 22:40..