Deciding between 2 guns
Posted 29 January 2010 - 09:15 AM
Based on your last post it seems you're on the right track. Add a basic agitated hopper (usually used for under $20) & your air source & go play. The stock barrel is fine, if you want to upgrade later a good inexpensive option is a CP one piece. Have fun out there & play safe.
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Posted 31 January 2010 - 01:11 PM
Posted 03 February 2010 - 07:40 PM
Rather than the SP1, I would recommend a used classic mag. Not light but can be very tight and will last forever. Can be found used for about $100. Leaves you with money to get a cheep HPA system and a decent loader (which then can be transferred to any other marker you get later).
Another decent mechanical marker is the WGP Trilogy. Shunned by autococker purists but actually quite a nice little gun that gets the job done. They can be had for under $100 and are actually pretty good.
If you go the electronic gun route, a used Invert Mini, Dangerous Power G3, or other low-mid end is a good option too.
Posted 06 February 2010 - 10:17 AM
Dude totally go with the A5 over the 98C. I've owned both guns but the A5 is way better. I absolutely love my A5. You can modify it to fit however you play and boy is it dependable! I promise you that you'll never regret the choice. It's like the AK-47 of paintball guns; Been out for a while but still top of the line.
Posted 07 February 2010 - 12:36 AM
Find a used Mag, definitely a better marker. It will last forever and then some. But, you also need HPA (which you should really be using anyway).
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Posted 10 March 2010 - 12:04 AM
Just wanted to put that out there. That being said.... uhhh, yeah it's pretty heavy though. I'm guestimating about 3 or 4 pounds without CO2... but then I have nothing to compare it to but my cousin's 98 so I'm not sure how heavy that is relative to other gats.
As for the money pit issue: Yeah, of course it's a money pit... if you make it a money pit. Why would you dump any money into so much upgrades? Do you really think you need to shoot 20+ bps to shoot someone? Do fields even allow 20+ bps rates of fire? Seriously I have no idea, but I've heard they limit rof's. My A-5 is performance stock and 7 or 8 years old (except for losing tiny foam ball stoppers no parts replaced ever) with minimal maintenance, cleaned once every... 3 or 4 games. And still works like new! And tags out just as many players as any of the tricked out 40bps guns using about 1/4 as much paint or less! So yeah, you can blow alot of money on it... if you go out of your way to. Unless you make it one it's not a money pit at all, and if you go my route and throw a tac cap on the thing, forego the response or e-trigger, and learn to conserve paint you'll end up saving buckets of money over all these so-called "high performance" guns. I burn one bag of paint... per paintball day! At my old one game per week, that's one case of paint... per month! How's that for a money pit?
I wouldn't call the AK-47 top of the line :| I would call it highly effective, extremely prolific, dirt cheap and uncanily reliable... but not top of the line. With it's "intermediate" riffle rounds (less gunpowder to reduce recoil in auto) it couldn't outperform any of the riffles of it's original time in terms of range, accuracy, or penetrating power, much less modern weapons. Let alone modularity (basically customizability for different missions / environments) which is a key feature of most modern weapons and appearntly the future of small arms. It does outperform many weapons even today when it comes to stopping power though, like I said highly effective but not top of the line. But that's neither here nor there.
Point is, in terms of reliability I agree that the A-5 is the AK-47 of paintball, plus with it's push pin assembly, 1/4 turn barrel quick change feature (which is awesome) and the high availability and range of custom parts it's probably also the M4 (or other highly modular modern weapon) of paintball. Basically the best of both worlds call it the paintball AK(M-4)47 ahahaha! They say the X7 is the new most customizable paintball gun, but I don't buy it (both literally and figuratively). Dozens of companies have been making dozens of custom parts for dozens of years (or at least a bunch of years) for the A-5. X7 is brand new, AK-47, MP-5, M-4, UMP, G-36 (maybe a couple more now) all offered exclusively from Tippmann. It will be more customizable than the A-5, in few or 5 more years when all the other companies start jumping on that band wagon, but right now A-5 still trumps X7 when it comes to customizability.
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Posted 10 March 2010 - 02:40 PM
Even though Smart Parts says you can use CO2 on the SP-1, I recommend against it. Mainly because you have to use either an anti-siphon tank or a vertical mount tank on a remote. If not used properly CO2 can ruin your marker. Pure Energy sells steel HPA tanks for cheap. Currently Action Village has a 72/3k for $59.95 and a 47/3k for $35. Those would be good enough to get you started. After a while you can go get a Crossfire 45/45 or a Crossfire 68/45.
As far as hoppers go, you can get an Invert Reloader 2 for $45 at Action Village. That will be good enough to get you started, especially since the SP-1 can only get up to 11 BPS stock.
When it comes to barrels, I would go with a J&J ceramic in a 12" or a 14" length. If you find yourself going to a lot of field paint only events I would recommend getting a barrel kit. My preference is the J&J Edge kit.
Just a fair warning about that 72/3000PSI tank from Action Village, its an aluminum tank and not carbon fiber wrapped, so it is bulky and heavy.