So, this is one of the questions that I wanted answered when I was looking to get my first good gun, but had to research the hard way. I hope this post helps you guys as much as it would have helped me... And if this isnt the place for this post, just tell me where to put it. No matter where in your "airsoft walk" you are, whether you are twelve years old looking to buy your first non Crossman gun, or wether you are an experienced airsofter that is looking for the gun that will support your game play type, chances are,you don't have the time, money,experience, resources, or patience to research every last contender for your next gun. I am not goung to do that, but I am going to try to guide and educate you on what to look for in your first gun. This post is different from this one: http://www.airsoftsociety.com/forums/f88/things-consider-when-choosing-airsoft-gun-25822/ It is recommended with all AEGs that you re shim, re lube, and correct Angle Of Engagement (AOE) I reccomend that you read the post in the above link as well, it is very informative and helpful.^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ This post will be originated on AEGs, but I will eventually add in a GBB and spring part too JG: good for the price, but when compared to the higher price ones they just can't compete. They are an ideal base for a project build. Recommended for: BEGINNERS and PROJECT BUILDS Echo 1: similar to JG, but slightly upgraded compared to them. They are good if you want to use them stock, but are not good and have a bad trade in value for a project build. Recommended for: People who want to do little or no upgrades to their gun King Arms: great mid-ish priced AEG, competitive while left stock. With a little upgrades they can be very solid guns Recommended for: good for any player type with some upgrades to increase it's longevity ICS: Competative while left stock, solid internals and externals, well known for for the innovative split Gearbox design recommended for: Players wanting a great price/performance ratio A&K: I have no experience with their aegs, but have heard that they measure up very competatively to JG Recommended For: Beginners, and custom builds Dboys: while my Dboys scar shot pretty hard and had 10,000 + rounds through it without many problems, it's attention to detail had room to be desired. It's ROF was awfully low though. Recommended for:Beginners and intermediate players CYMA: they make great AK's but their m4 guns are similar to most other Chinese rebrands like Dboys and such. Recommended For:Beginners and intermediate players. VFC/ SOCOM GEAR: socom guns are custom VFCs with madbull externals. They are my favorite manufacturer because of how incredibly realistic the externals are, and how little upgrades you need to run them. If properly cared for, VFC guns will last a very long time. There are some faults too. VFC guns "self shimming gears" work good, but not perfectly, and the wiring should be replaced. G&P, Classic Army, and G&G are also competative with them. Recommended For:High level players who want outstanding quality and reliability, as well as realism G&P: great externals, solid internals, an outstanding rate of fire, and they come stock with good wiring and deans connectors. The piston strips easily, and the motor has no torque, so good for cqb, not ideal to pull back anything over an m110 or maybe even an m100. Recommended For: high level players who want an internally and externally sound gun for a bit less than a VFC or CA Classic Army: unlike the sportline version, the CA proline (metal) guns are very good. The externals are more realistic than G&P, but the internals are not quite as solid. They are still good though. Recommended For: people who want a high quality gun that can be built on to, and good realism G&G: the g&g prolines are slightly lower performance than the others in the price range, but in my opinion they come with one of the best motors. If you rewire them, and the usual tune up, they are great guns too. recommended For: People who want a solid high quality gun the above is an analysis of the V2 gearbox makes per company,(m4, scar, so on) More is coming very soon, I just wanted to put this out there to see if people find it useful or not. If I missed some companies tell me. I will be making a post similar to this one to have everybody with the " what is the best gun" question I hope that helps, questions, comments, concerns,input, recommendations? make sure to tell me, after all, I don't know everything, nor do I want to.