One of the greatest draws of the CA guns is their externals are gorgeous, solid as a rock and full metal. There's pretty much no other guns that have all three of those things (unless you go to the extremegrade guns like the ptw, but you don't want a ptw as a first gun). Some guns are pretty, some are solid, some are metal, but none other Classic Army are all three. It's the primary reason why so many people are going CA over TM now-a-days. In the past CA's internals were what was keeping them back but they've stepped up their QC in the last few years to the point where they're nearly as solid as TM. TM's QC might still be superior but considering the state of airsoft in Canada now-a-days, internals are a hellofa lot easier and cheaper to obtain then externals.