the eggman, on Oct 17 2008, 11:19 PM, said:
tib 8- great marker, great fun, easiest reload in the game, and may be useful in a scenario team that may happen at my school
overlord- inexpensive pistol, easy to maintain, again with the scenario team, and comes with mounting rails for a lil customization
sniper- great reviews, many possibilities, dead on accuracy, less on paint, and its pump. what more do you need?
splatmaster- started the game... nuff said
automag/mag rifle- more great reviews, very modable, mag rifle- epic scenarioness, fun to use, yet downfall- quite expensive, yet great resale value
pmi-1- brass ftw, dead on accurate, great reviews.
T8: Yes, easiest reload if you have extra mags
. Reloading paint is no easier than any other pistol out there. Changing CO2 without the quick changers is impossible on the field (no tools allowed). You say it will be perfect for a scenario team, so from that I'm assuming you'll use it mostly as a secondary/back up. If so, choose another pistol. It's far too expensive to sit in a holster 95% of the time. If you are going to use it as a primary, you'll want probably 3 total mags minimum. Plus a leg pouch or other method of carrying your mags. Expect to drop ~$400 for a primary setup. Tac 8 is by far the best pistol available.
Overlord: Not worth it. Overall not a good pistol. Zeus G2 is better, Miltec G2 is better than the Zeus. Miltec info: http://www.mcarterbrown.com/forums/sidearm...-miltec-g2.html
If you are using your pistol as a backup, then either of the G2 is a better buy than the Tac 8. If you are using it as a primary, Tac 8 is better. Just as a comparison, today at the field my Tac 8 shot 22 shots on a 12 gram at ~270. Over the chrono, a 4 shot string shot 269, 272, 269, 272. The Tac 8 is EXTREMELY consistent when fired at a moderate rate (gets some shoot down due to the slightly slow recharge on the reg). My friend used his Ariakon ACP (basicall the same as the G2, stacked tube blow back). He got 8 shots at 260. Granted it was very cold out (40-45 degrees), which explains the crap efficiency on both guns, but on a good day my Tac 8 can get near 4 full loads (32 shots) while the ACP get about 20. Overall stacked tube blow back pistols get poor efficiency unless you know how to really tweak them. There are just so many flaws in the design for 12 gram use.
Sniper: No more accurate than any other gun. One gun being more accurate than another is largely a myth. It comes down to a good barrel, good paint, and the shooter's skill. But they are good pumps. Definitely one to look at if you want to get into pump. Can be had for not a whole lot ($150 and up usually, used).
Splatmaster: Only good if you want to play old school. It's mainly just fun to play with a gun more plastic than metal and rock faces. I wouldn't get one for anything else than just a gimmick to mess around with and really challenge your skills. But you could pick one up and one of the other cheaper guns for less than one of the more expensive.
Automag: Forget the mag rifle. Looks cool, too expensive and not practical enough. A regular mag is always a good choice. Proven design, great performance, great reliability. But, of the guns you've listed, it's the most like your Ion (semi auto with a hopper). So it won't be a huge change and won't test your skills as much as a pump or pistol or pump pistol.
PMI-1: Again, no more accurate than any other. Maybe less so because paint sizes are generally shirnking and it has a fixed barrel of a somewhat large bore (.690 if I had to guess). Expect rollouts without wedgits from Palmers. Brass is nice, but when something goes wrong (and I say when because a marker of that age will have issues) parts can be expensive or hard to find. Not a real practical choice unless you get a good deal on it.
I'm not voting since in the end it is your choice. I hope the info we've all provided will help YOU make a choice. Don't go by the poll. If you are going to use the pistol as a backup, first I'd recommend getting something completely different since you will hardly, if ever, use the pistol, at least not enough to make it worth it. If you are going to use it as a primary, the T8 is the best option, but also the most expensive. If you are going pump, the Sniper is the better, more practical option. The mag is the most like what you have and will offer the least amount of difference and variety. The Splaty and PMI-1 aren't that great of choices IMO because of their age. Only get them if you want to try the old school stuff.
This post has been edited by Jackson: 18 October 2008 - 08:48 PM