I had actually gone to my local Walmart to pick up a Crossman R71. Across the aisle, however, this G36C caught my eye. At more than double the price I was a bit hesitant but the fact that this advertises a 50% FPS improvement over the Crossman (300 vs. 200), well I figured it was worth checking out. I'm glad I did. This is a fun rifle to play with though the accuracy leaves a bit to be desired. You can stare down the barrel and watch the BBs veer off to the left, right, up, down, all while holding the rifle steady - but it's not really bad enough to be that big enough of a deal. If you're closer to your target, it would be hardly noticeable.
If your battery runs out, there's a spring-loaded lever you can pull back for a single shot. It works well and I don't really see much difference in the speed of the BB than using the battery.
Finally, the rifle is well built. Sure, it's primarily plastic but it looks good, feels good and it appears that at least a couple of the rail mounts on the rifle are metal, as well as the spring-load lever.
My only real complaint is that as the BBs come out of the mag, every now and then you have to turn a wheel several times (the instructions actually say 100-150 times), which I assume is pushing the BBs up so that they can be loaded into the gun chamber. This is a nuisance. Seems like the mag should have a spring in it to do this. Maybe all airsoft rifles are like this but this is my first one so I don't really know.
That aside, this is a nice intro to airsoft.
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