Thanks for the thread. Great recap for what I knew, and good for what I didn't. Great guide for picking out a gun, however I honestly don't know where I'm going with it so I have no idea what gun to start with
. It's good to know what you're looking for and how that affects you, but in my case where you have no idea what you're looking for besides a gun that looks nice... Not that helpful, that and recommending a $300 starting gun might not sit so well with it being an MP5. Not that I have any problems with people that like MP5's or anything, but I was looking more into a rifle than a sub-machine gun.
EDIT: After reading it more carefully I picked out 1 important part. "Thus proving that first timers should avoid the M4 series AEGs." Yeowch!