Ever since I saw one of these at last years St. Louis NRA convention I've been intrigued. I'm not a big fan of GSG firearms but did have one of their H&K MP5 clones and it was a decent gun. This one though I couldn't resist so when my dealer got 5 in I picked one up. Taking it apart for that initial cleaning and lubrication I fould the parts quality to be quite good, also the rifle disassembles easily. A bit heavy for field use this will just strictly be a fun gun. Although reanactors are snapping them up for obvious reasons. Being a WWII history buff this new STG44 will look good with my K98s and other German firearms. If it shoots half as good as my S&W M&P15-22 I'll be very happy with it. Anyone thinking about one of these they are now shipping without the pine boxes for about $100 less then I paid for this one.