Before anything else: I've already done a lot of research on AS sidearms. Sadly the effort only makes end-point choices more confusing given the widely varying opinions even in specific models, a plethora of information in some cases with next to none in others and that a lot of information seems dated. Much appreciation ahead of time for any help to sort out options and narrow things down! Overall I'm looking to find a sidearm to use for primary and later secondary. My budget is $300 max. I'd like a level of realism so it needs to be GBB. 300-350~ FPS with .20g BBs. The Airsoft field in driving range of me tests with .20g BBs so I might as well use them. Weight needs to be around 1.8lb/816g or less (BEFORE accessories) considering that my SD9 VE weighs that with full mag and I find that rather comfortable. I'd like something reliable, accurate and versatile with the ability to be modified/customized with a selection of cosmetics and accessories. I do want something that looks a tad snazzy on top of feeling good. Don't have to go stir crazy on that. I am not adverse to something I have to modify out of the box and want to add both accessories and eye candy (aka new potential slide, grip, etc) as necessary. The particular accessories I'm aiming for right off are a silencer, reflex sight, a laser sight and a couple extra mags. It needs to have good internals and feel good in the hand. My hands are medium sized for reference. Don't care about: BB count in mag. Volume without silencer (if I remove it then I won't care). Polymer vs metal so long as it holds up. Ambidextrous use. Neutral on this feature. NO: C02 or HPA powered models. Green Gas only. 1911s. No offense to anyone, I'm just not a fan of their general appearance and feel they're all too much overdone in the firearm world. Particularly large guns like Desert Eagles since I doubt I'll find those comfortable to operate. Compact models/stubbies. I want range and versatility, not something I have to worry about concealing or quick-draw. Pre-upgraded models. I don't want to waste money where I could simply put the effort in. Not only am I capable of working with small components and figuring out mechanisms (I rebuild cell phones and make handball sized contraptions after all), but I'd find the act of doing things myself satisfying. I'm aware there are a lot of Hi-Capas and Glocks out there, which I AM open to and wouldn't mind suggestions, but I'd also like some other suggestions with those since most of the information I've found is on primarily those two. Beyond that I'd appreciate a holster recommendation since I know nothing about them. Something that can accommodate accessories if possible. Draw and holster ease would be preferred without falling out when moving. In the meantime I'm going to continue my Google searching. Cheers!