Needless to say I was chewed up and spat out with ease by the guys running about with their high-end electronic markers , though I acquitted myself decently in the last match when I was down 4-1, and managed to get three of them with some well-placed shots, only to be bunkered nicely by the fourth guy. Compliments and commiserations were passed about, not to mention some friendly ribbing about me and my "wanna-be army marker" showing up for an airball match. I wonder what gave it away. Perhaps it was the red dot sight and stock. Nah, can't be that.
Before Saturday, I had been pondering picking up an electronic marker as it was, so the 8 welts I received didn't exactly hurt me thinking I needed some more firepower. Over the course of me peeking about I had been looking for a good reliable marker in the ~$200 range and by the end of the day I narrowed my search down to Smart Parts markers*. Now, I know some of you folks who swear on a pile of Recon Magazines that Tippmann is the greatest marker company to stride about on this planet, which is a fine opinion to have I suppose, but at the end of the day I think I'll be getting my money's worth with a Smart Parts marker, despite what some of you folks say.
My choices are essentially down to an SP-1 and an Ion. I've been going around and around as to which would be the better deal for myself, and I keep on coming to a stalemate as I've used both and really enjoy both of them. The way I see it, the SP-1 has the following for it:
- Easy Field Maintenance
- Weaver rails galore
- I can put a stock on it if I feel so inclined
- In a pinch, I can reset the board and use CO2 without any issues (since I run off of a remote setup)
- Decent maintenance issues for an electronic marker
- Great right out of the box
- 15-18 bps
- Lightweight, though a dedicated speeball marker (Though with that said, if I'm dying for a red-dot sight on my Ion, I can always put Weaver rails on it...)
*I know a Proto SLG beats an Ion right out of the box, and on the field most of the time, and can be bought now brand new for $200 but the area in which I live makes me a bit queasy about getting one. The nearest place that can work on one is in Houston, a 5 hour drive from here. <_< The local field can do Smart Parts work.
This post has been edited by FlyingCanOpener: 08 March 2009 - 08:49 PM