Well the money you spend on upgrading a kjw, you should just by tanaka but that is my opinion. Also the master of gas on this forum is wanko, so you should shoot him a pm.
Wow, I totally disagree. (with your opinion about Name brands not Wonko. All hail Wonko! And his endless pursuit of rare replicas. The lucky [email protected]
@rd!). I'll try to relate this to springers so most of you "other guys" might understand better. I'm not trying to pick on you hidden187, but I rarely post unless something gets my attention.
You buy a gun and guess what? It's stock performance is no where near your fantasy lead you to believe. Its the same for every other *ucking replica out there unless you got lucky on a used gun. Big surprise, you now own a base to build off of, these are also known as money holes. Lets say you just bought a TM VSR-10. Whats the Zero-trigger run, $200+? Well, you're not done with your VSR-10 yet are you? You still want and scope, TBB, bucking, mags, maybe a spring or a suppressor... for me, the list would go on form there. An air rig is the same for most gas rifles minus the recent GBBRs unless you really don't care about reloading. They are the single most performance increasing part you can add to a gas replica. Tanakas are money holes and more so than most replicas out there. I don't see much difference between a KJW besides the $300. You basically end up buying all the same upgrades for either system anyway. I liked the ARES AW-338 for some of its advantages but ARES as a company is, well as Simon and Garfunkel said, a bridge over stormy water.
Mroverkill hit the nail on the head. Thats pretty much it. If you are serious about classics this the wrong forum for you. You can go over the classic airsoft forums right now and buy Booster's Customs Asahi M16 carbine for $600+ and rock BBs out past 250' easy with a 30' MED. Yeah its a 400FPS rifle. LRBs are the ticket but are not always sniper friendly. Classics are far superior is quality than what we are normally used to seeing. My Asahi is around 25 years old and has been on at least three continents. They are build to last.
Buy an air rig and worst case scenario you keep it around for side projects. I have used mine for classics (DG AMD-65, SP-16, Asahi M60 SDX, Kokusai Crimebuster), a KJW, an Ares, and my TM 1911. I sure AirsoftGI will have something else for me soon to hook up to it. I look at them as alternatives to nice batteries and chargers. They are just more gear.
Used HPA tanks can be bought at some fields or from people just like anything else. Just check the hydro and make sure you have a year or so at least before you have to hydro test it. On avaerage hydro tests cost $35 so keep that in mind if its worth it to you or to just buy a new one. My 20os Co2 tanks are starting to expire and I'll just part them out and buy more used.
I give you that classics are expensive and in most cases you'll end up spending more after you have bought your replica. Just like any replica purchase right? And be honest, its more so if its an AEG or bolt action. The difference is whether you are willing to nickel and dime your paypal account until you get your replica to perform the way you want it to. Classics are usually bought used and with their track record and upgrades they are a steal if you are willing to pay the lump sum up front. A $600 used classic might have cost the original owner over $1500 by the end. Ask Wonko about classics and their quality and bang for the buck.
Admitted, a little off topic. Sorry mods. I'm enjoying my Friday afternoon "neat."