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Considering an Sp-8

#1 User is offline   Bigfoot1991 

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 04:23 PM

I decided that I wanted to go more into Woods ball and Scenario then speed ball since I don't have much buck really. Not only that, but I find it more exciting playing outdoors in woodland areas then with inflatable bunkers.

I considered the SP-8 for a few reasons.

1. People say it is pretty much an Ion and I've shot an Ion before and i approve of it being pretty good.
2. the 9/10 rating I saw on pbreview.com
3. The customization of the gun, I can just add on as I please and make it look awesome. I like making things from ground up.
4. The gun just stock, from what I heard, is fairly nice so i don't have to immediately add on when i get it.

The con's I heard were really nothing big other then the weight and some har assembly at times. I think it will serve me well just like any other gun if i just take care of it.

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 05:18 PM

I've owned an SP-8 and an Ion. Lots of guys like the SP-8 and most of the upgrades for the Ion will work with the SP-8. I started playing more speedball along with scenarios so I gave up my SP-8 and kept the Ion.

Pros: Works like an Ion, upgrades same as Ion, good low cost, fast shooting marker, barrels that fit the Ion will fit the SP-8.

Cons: Feed neck is plastic and can break, same with the body. A bit bigger and bulkier that some markers.

If still interested, a team mate of mine is selling his SP-8 w/stock, rails and suppressor barrel (He wants to buy an Ion XE). LMK if you'd like more info on it.

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 08:11 PM

I'm not much for buyin used markers as my friends spent over 100+ dollars fixing his pre-owned ion. Thanks though.

Can the feed neck be upgraded? or at least replaced?
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Posted 17 January 2009 - 08:55 PM

I understand.

The feed neck can be replaced if broken, there is no upgrade that I know of.

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 08:57 PM

As long as it can be replaced I'm good, but they need to make an aluminum locking feedneck or something.
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Posted 18 January 2009 - 12:41 PM

Save some money and buy the SP-1 then put the 16" rifle barrel on it. It will be a quiet rockin machine. It is also alot easier to maintain. If you want faster than 11+ balls a second put the virtue board in it.
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Posted 18 January 2009 - 02:06 PM

I've had good luck with my Sp8. It can be a pain to completely disassemble, but its not too bad once you know how to do it. You have to be careful with the feed neck, because it's plastic, but other than that its a solid woodsball marker. Its a little bit bulky, but you'll get used to it. It fairly quiet, and the stock barrel is pretty accurate(the suppressor barrel is great too)
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Posted 06 February 2009 - 02:15 PM

What kind of gun are you using now? Unless your dead-set on using a mil-sim gun, you don't really need to ditch you marker you have right now, unless its a piece o' crap, then ditch it. I would say go for the SP-1, only because it's lighter, easier to maintain, and a lot less bulky. The SP-1 is cheaper than the SP-8 if you compare the prices of both of them new.

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 08:23 PM

Just a FYI, Smart Parts is discontinuing the SP-8.
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Posted 20 February 2009 - 03:11 PM

I wonder if they will replace the SP8 with some other type of milsim looking marker. G36 or SCAR perhaps. I'm wishful. I think they did pretty well with the SP8 but since the XM8 never made it to service they were kinda stuck with a look that mirrors a dead design.

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 09:44 PM

The SP-1 is going to be their milsim workhorse for the time being.
Coming soon.
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Posted 28 February 2009 - 09:53 PM

and what a great workhorse it is.
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Posted 28 February 2009 - 09:58 PM

I am not a fan of the SP-1 but I would definitely prefer it over the SP-8.
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