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Old July 3rd, 2009, 17:51   #1
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What is a good first buy?

I am a total noob,

I would like to start playing AirSoft and I would like to know what kind of gun I should get for starter. I want to put between 300-400$ and I want to be able to upgrade it overtime (scope, metal parts, etc...)

I know the rules, I don't want you to give links on where to buy but specs on what to buy, like I guess to play I need electric, but what FPS? What brand? Etc...

Thanks
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Old July 3rd, 2009, 18:15   #2
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Well, make a list of the guns you really like, then we can help you with the brands that make the best guns that you like, in your price range.
Also remember your not only buying a gun, you need your kit as well.
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Old July 3rd, 2009, 18:19   #3
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Welcome here, first off, are you in Canada? Plus how old are you?
If you are 18+ you should look into getting age verified so you'll have access to the classifieds on this site.
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Old July 3rd, 2009, 19:16   #4
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I am a total noob,

I would like to start playing AirSoft and I would like to know what kind of gun I should get for starter. I want to put between 300-400$ and I want to be able to upgrade it overtime (scope, metal parts, etc...)

I know the rules, I don't want you to give links on where to buy but specs on what to buy, like I guess to play I need electric, but what FPS? What brand? Etc...

Thanks
Welcome to the sport. Get age verified ASAP. There are two verifiers in your area: Sebastien (R3CON1) and Jonathan (F34N0R). Send either of them a private message to get you started.

Weapon choice is a matter of preference more than anything.

I personally support the following AEG brands: TM, CA, G&G, ICS, JG. My preferred choice is the AR platform due to the high availability of spare and upgrade parts as well as the many different possible configurations.

There are about as many opinions on here as there are individual users, so you're going to have to make your own decision there.

You get what you pay for.
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Old July 3rd, 2009, 19:22   #5
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Manufacturer is generally more important then the style. Generally all airsoft aeg's work the same so how it looks like outside is up to you. Though the advice in the Airsoft Newbie Buying Guide about styles is good. Generally ak47, m16/m4 or mp5 are good starter gun styles due to the availability of accessories and upgrades.

For the price range you specified you're generally going to be restricted to the low or mid quality guns. For $300 you could get a JG. Yeah JG's are China clones but they're getting quite respectable nowadays. JG's M4 runs about $290. You could get one of the G&G cansoft (clear receiver) M4's for about $340. G&G is the cheapest of the midgrade guns. $400-$450 would get you an ICS which is a higher end midgrade gun. Anything else is going to be out of your specified price range.
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Old July 3rd, 2009, 22:03   #6
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Thanks,

I am 40, getting age verified this weekend with Defcon 1. For the type of guns I prefer, I tend to go toward the M4 or G36, I like the special ops kinda look with laser sights, flashlights, etc...

When you say I will need a kit, you mean combat pants, gear, glasses and boots? This is not a problem, like I said, my initial budget is 300-400 for the gun, but if I can get only crap for that amount I can boost it to 500-600$ I just don't want to be stuck with a piece of crap.
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Old July 3rd, 2009, 22:09   #7
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For example, I found for 370$:

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G&G GR16 Carabine COMBO PACK

* G&G GR16 Carabine with ABS upper receiver
o detachable carrying handle
o 325 fps
o Clear lower receiver
o Nylon fiber pistol grip
o handguard and one piece hop-up chamber
o 14mm- threaded one piece metal outer barrel, 6 position retactable stock
o Steel gears, brass bushings
o standard spring guide
o nylon fiber piston
o Metal Parts: flash hinder, front/rear sights, outer/inner barrels, trigger, bolt stop, fire selector, ejection port cover, trigger guard, magazine, front/rear sling mounts, forward assist knob
o COMBO Package include: Airsoft gun, Magazine, 3000rd 0.2g BB, 1400mA high quality battery, Standard charger, Shooting glasses, Tactical rail, Instruction manual
Would I be happy with this? And is it easy to find a replacement lower receiver in black abs or metal?
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Old July 3rd, 2009, 22:12   #8
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Yea, its pretty solid, consider the CAS line-up of G&Gs if you want to save a little money.
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Old July 3rd, 2009, 22:14   #9
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Would I be happy with this? And is it easy to find a replacement lower receiver in black abs or metal?
it's a good starter combo. And yes M4 metal bodies are widely avaliable. Although I must say it's hard to get them in Canada since they are illegal to import. Your best bet is to paint the gun in black if you want more realism.
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Old July 3rd, 2009, 23:12   #10
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as much I personally don;t like 97% of them ... gotta recommend an M4 .. by a manufact. that you can afford (JG, G&G etc etc etc.) the build options with an M4 are pretty much endless.. any style, design, thought, dream, etc can by found with the M4 base. and they are relatively easy to resell (pretty much any airsoft short of a totally clear gun.. like crossman )
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For $500 you can get a BNIB TM M4 if you run into it?
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Old July 3rd, 2009, 23:28   #12
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Im a sucker for the G36, you should go with one of them
they look great, pretty versatile, folding stock is really good for CQB, and... well they look great ;p
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Old July 4th, 2009, 00:08   #13
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AUG!
just imagine it with a foregrip instead of a XM203 and flashlight!
Okay I know, rare gun=rare parts, but so sexy.....
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Old July 4th, 2009, 00:14   #14
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Holy Long Barrel!

What is that 650mm?
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Old July 4th, 2009, 00:36   #15
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The TM Mp5K PDW was a great starter choice for me. Many shots through it and shoots straight and true. FPS is only about 260-270 with its stock internals, but that makes it reliable. The gun is great for cqb and ok for outside/long range.






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