Originally Posted by Kid
For $7 less you get,
Systema PolyCarb Piston - $20
Systema Genuine Flat Ratio Gears - $59
$80 in aftermarket parts over the stock TM, you can't really compare it that way.
Sure I can, because without those $80 in parts the UTG doesn't work worth shit. What good is saving $80 if the fucking gun doesn't work? You gonna take it to the field and point it at people and hope they run away or call themselves out?
These are, according to the article, REQUIRED
parts to make it function reliably when you upgrade the spring. The stock piston will strip out with anything but the stock spring, and the axles on the UTG gears are too small for aftermarket metal bushings, and so must be replaced as well. Even if you switched to stock TM gears, you'd only save another $40. (Stock TM gear = $50, Systema = $90)
The article states that this gun should not be upgraded unless you want to spend a PILE of money, because the internals are uniformly garbage. It's good against springers, but can't compete with the TM in anything but CQB. Hell, when the retailer even tells you not to upgrade it because it's crap and bound to break down...that says a lot about quality to me.