This is where you'll find spending the extra cash on a good starter goes the distance. Essentially most AEGs, even differing mechbox versions, contain the same internal parts, with the exception of a few proprietary ones. Not all brands are equal though, nor do they necessarily have the same potential. Tolerance and quality will play an eventual role in performance and longevity of a weapon. G&G is solid, but as a starter for people who just want to dip a toe in, or are short of cash/low budget. If you can afford a VFC, or have the cash flow to budget for one in the near future, then you're better off going that route. Saying a gun is "good out of the box", is more or less saying it won't likely break down and should shoot fairly straight, not that it's competitive out of the box. Quality barrels and BBs (with the proper weight) help pull the whole thing together, with your hop-up being your number one component. Honestly, if you're taking this seriously, get your gun properly r-hopped, buy a quality 6.03mm or 6.04mm barrel, and get quality BBs at least 0.28g heavy. If done correctly, that'll bring you up into the "you can cruise now" level of airsoft, so you can focus on gear and other things, while tweaking your gun further as you need. So if you can afford it, start with a killer platform. You can always buy more guns later as projects or whatever, as long as you have your primary ass-kicker to fall back on.
What I recommend:
- Buy a VFC M4 or XCR
- R-hop (Damage in Vancouver does a killer one)
- Standard length Prometheus 6.03mm stainless barrel (send it to Damage with the gun to get it installed/R-hopped)
- Turnigy-nanotech 1200mah 7.4v lipo batteries (hobbyking.com)
- IMAX B6 balance charger (also hobbyking)
- Elite Force 0.28g bio BBs
Best bang for your buck without dickin' around. If it's outside of your budget, do the exact same thing with a G&G.
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