Hey guys, First of all wonderful forum, I have spent hours just trying to read and absorb as much as I can as well as other forums I have come across. This one is by far my favorite and the one that most feels like a future "Home" for me. I apologize if I ask newbie questions a bit, but I am a bit overwhelmed by the amount of information out there. Background: Me and a buddy are thinking about getting into Airsoft. We have never played, though we did play paintball about 10 years ago. We have some experience with (real) guns at the range, and enjoy it, but we are looking to Airsoft to get outside and get some exercise and get the blood pumping. Our budget for our first gun is about $200 and then we can go from there with upgrades and rounding out the rest of our kits (we are starting at 0) Basically what we are looking for is a good gun, that has future upgrade capabilities. We like to tinker, and we like to learn hands on, so it's probably a gun that will be taken apart and upgraded etc, so it has to have this ability. I should mention we are looking at the M4 category for the abundance of accessories to play with. It doesn't have to be incredible, because knowing us if we get into Airsoft there will be plenty of other purchases etc, and we would probably build our own from the ground up. This gun would then be the loaner we use to try to lure friends into playing with us, so it has to have longevity in that regard. I should say that we will play a majority of our time outside in fields. I think the general consensus from my reading is that JG may fit our needs best. Seems like a good gun for the price and is extremely friendly to upgrade. My biggest question right now is full metal or not? I see a large price jump when I go from a non-metal receiver to full metal. I wont lie I love the idea of an authentic full metal gun, but if it makes room in my budget without sacrificing performance I could consider synthetic. And advice you could send my way would be greatly appreciated, thanks again for your time!