The problem with the metal part on the P226 is rampant on all new model TM P226s. The inner metal cage is made of some really bad pot metal. Owners of older 226s don't have this problem, but I've read multiple accounts of people with recent model guns (bought in the last year or so) that have the same issue. Seems more like TM is cheaping out on their production costs in that case. As for the loused-up internals on the second slide, well, I don't know what to make of that.
Honestly though, this has taught me, at least with AEGs, to just stick with Jing Gong instead. Half the price and IMO, much more reliable. At least in my experience. I've had no issues with either of my internally stock JG guns and they saw FAR more rounds than the TM did.
Last edited by Crunchmeister; July 16th, 2008 at 15:59..