I'm new to Airsoft and I have been carrying an ARES L1A1 at the outdoor field near me. While I love the look and feel of it and it does turn heads, I have found that even with a complete internal rebuild it is not the most reliable AEG and it is very LONG and I've been using it as a DMR. Now with that being said, I would like to get a M4 for games that I'm not doing the DMR thing. I would like one that is very good right out the box but can be upgraded as my skill level and desire for even greater performance increase. Budget for this mythical AEG is around $300. Seriously, I am asking for real advice as I've been researching the different brands and I haven't been able to separate the Company propaganda and Fanboy chatter from real solid reviews. I have read some good things about Cyma and KWA but I'm open to suggestions from those more knowledgeable than I. Thanks in advance!