First off, the format: Budget: $450 Lower is fine if it fits the bill. Type: AEG Model: AR-15 (M4) Role: Field and dense woods, general assault I am looking for an investment here. I want to purchase a rifle I can use as my go to for milsim and crossover training for 'real steel'. External quality is paramount to me, as in the overall RELIABILITY of the gun in general. I would like something that is 90% of the way there out of the box, but if there are options for a base and suggested parts to build it up, I'm game for that too. I have experience working on AEGs and I'm not afraid to tinker if need be. As long as the overall build doesn't go over my limit. I am looking for an AR variant with a 10 inch rail and preferably no greater than a 10 inch external barrel, something like an MK18. I intend to attach a suppressor to extend the inner. I am open to options with a 14.5 inch external if need be and naked guns with the ability to mount a rail (suggestions for that appreciated too). This will be my main and needs to be at the standard 400 FPS or able to be easily pushed there with a drop in spring. I would use this same rifle for dedicated CQC with a spring swap. I play in areas that transition between open field work to dense woods to closer urban engagement. I'm looking for a real all arounder here. I play with mid caps and appreciate something with a decent rof without being a hose. I like to burst accurately. I am not opposed to 416 variants if they fit the bill. My only hesitation is that I will be transitioning my Aimpoint PRO from my real carbine back and forth to this replica until I can afford a second and 416s have odd rail heights that can cause this to be a hassle. It seems most milsim circles do not unfortunately discuss openly what brands are near and dear to their hearts (M7, AmericanMilsim, Milsim Mechanics, etc) except for gushing over the VFC/Elite Force HK416. The general idea I have gotten is that I will be looking at VFC, Elite Force (same thing right?), G&P, ICS, and KWA. I am not particularly thrilled with the proprietary nature of the last two. Suggestions on brands as well at specific guns is extremely welcome and I thank any and all who respond. I would also be interested in general build information if applicable. I have been away from airsoft and the technical side for a while and am a little lost in the wood rights now. Your help is appreciated.