Well lets be real. A lot of Airsoft isn't about how practical it is. It is more about asthetics. Otherwise you'd see people ripping around with Barret M92s or something more often. But I didn't think these brands were anything special really. Cheap is cheap, and you get what you pay for. But I'm looking around my price range right now for a gun, a couple upgrades, an optic (or two in the case of an aimpoint magnified), all without needing to build it over the course of 4 months. And asthetically I like the look of the EBR and the SR-9 quite a bit. Hence why I was looking at them in particular. But perhaps building an M4 would be a good idea. Since most people have one, I'm sure when something goes weong I can get help easily.