Goldenhand, on Mar 9 2008, 01:04 PM, said:
Ok, so from everything I've heard, automags are supposed to be really good first markers, and I was just wondering if there's anything special I should know about them.
(PS: Almost all the mags I've looked at were kinda ugly, (no offense) but I saw this one now and was wondering where you get such a sexy one!
(PPS: All credit for this marker goes to Going_home, it's his..)
What you've heard is only partly true. Yes, an Automag makes an awesome first marker. But an Automag also makes an awesome last marker. Automags may be had in many different configurations. Whatever you want in a marker, there's an Automag that will fulfill those wants. It's only a question of money and availability. If you give us a price range and a reasonable set of requirements then we can give you an Automag that will fit those requirements.
Ugly is truly in the eye of the beholder. In my mind, a well tuned Mag is one of the most beautiful pieces of equipment on the paintball field, regardless of exterior appearance. Heck, even a poorly tuned Mag will often outclass many of the other markers on the field. To my mind, an Automag is very much a no-nonsense piece of gear. It does exactly what you need it to do without any frills or fussing. It will "just work."
However, all that being said, if you're aesthetics are important to you then an Automag can be made to look like just about anything. There are some very beautiful milled bodies and rails available. In addition, many people have built Automags into rifle stocks. If milsim is your cup of tea, then the Tac-One body can likely fulfill your needs.
Going_home's Phoenix Mag is a great example of how well a Mag can look. If you want another example, bounce on over to my new thread to see pics of the Mag I just put together using a Chord body, Mini-Wave rail, and Triton frame: