Originally Posted by Ricochet
Welcome back. GBBRs are better than ever, it's the gas that causes issues mostly now. Propane/green gas, etc is too temperamental in hot and cold and can throw around your FPS and performance. With companies like RA-Tech though you can make a reliable GBBR that won't break down like they used. That's taking into consideration you'd do proper maintenance. PolarStar kits are becoming popular as AEG drop in units makin then a hybrid gas/electric. They stabalize performance and gas by using stable gases. The downside is that it's an external reservoir and the gas line is tethered to you at all times. Some people, myself included, believe that's an airsoft no-no, but some guys don't mind it. Importing, in country costs, and gun/gear availability is at an all time high while costs are much lower. PTWs still rule the roost as the best performers all around, AEGs still rule for base reliability with some new tech opening up their markets and options, and GBBRs are now a viable option if you have a few extra bucks and some time.
Most commonly recommended gun is the King Arms Colt M4. It's an AEG, full metal, reliable out if the box, decent performance, and available in country for around $250. Probably the best starter for any new player. Or backup if you have the coin to invest in a training weapon or GBBR.
The. "Training weapon clone" flopped bad. CTWs lacked quality, DTWs and A&K TWs are cheap knockoffs, and FCC shit the bed.
Pretty bang on.
What isn't mentioned is you're going to see a TON of new faces, faces you used to see have likely mostly retired, as have some of the "newer" faces of your time. On some fronts, they will be missed, others..... not so much.
If you want back in, now's the time!