@ThunderCactus fair point. I had a pretty positive experience with the purchase at the time. It was an affordable way into the hobby and provided 3-4 years of pretty consistent play without any major technical issues.
Looking back on it now, there were definitely signs of shot inconsistencies probably due to poor hop-up and air seal tolerances but at the time as a new player I didn't know any better and quite frankly, didn't care. I viewed it as the Kia Forte of AEG's, it wasn't ultimately refined but it got you on the field within your budget. I totally agree with you in that product development has come a long way since the mid 2000's. A $200 purchase today would serve someone much better than one ~12 years ago.
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