I always wanted a real gun BUT real guns aren't any fun for me. I don't care for hunting and I want to be able to use it... and since there is an obvious lack of zombies currently I just don't see the point. Then when I found out that I could get the best of both worlds I was in. I was in but my first gun would be something I wanted not something that just does the job. It would have to look and feel good even if I didn't use it often.
So I bought mine based roughly on this order
1) Something that was cool to look at/handle
2) Quality of build, Brand, inner/outer materials
3) Level of experience, I didn't want to jump in with a GBBR maybe later but not now
500) what other people think.