Originally Posted by Silly_Ghillie
Thank you all for the helpful replies! But in regards to KingSix's statement regarding the fact that externals will fall apart before internals. How long does it normally take for that process to really be noticable?
Even with the abuse I give mine, all my CYMA/TM externals lasted 6-8 years before anything broke, but the paint etc will wear off much quicker and not stay original colour for long. And the builds these days are much better than they used to be. I have TM based AK's that are now just reaching their end of life span at over 12 years hard use. Parts have broken off etc but they were able to be maintained.