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#1 User is offline   loop 

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 07:40 PM

I'm having a hard time deciding if I should get a invert mini, proto slg, or a BT TM-7.

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 07:53 PM

out of those three i'd suggest the mini over both, then the TM-7, then the proto.

Mini's are solid markers.

but in the end, get what you want. that's why we play paintball.
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Posted 28 July 2011 - 07:59 PM

Go with the mini. Out of that and the tm7, the mini is more functional as a tm7 is a dressed up mini
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Posted 28 July 2011 - 08:37 PM

Not going to choose between a mini and a TM7. They're essentially the same gun, just one has a milsim shell. I have a sneaking suspicion that "TM" on all the tm series guns stands for "tactical mini".

Avoid SLGs. I work at a field, and almost every single person i have seen come in with one of those has issues sometime during the day. I had someone come in recently who had just got his gun back from dye, sear replaced, bolt replaced, and that day, his gun was having issues that seemed to only possibly be either his sear or his bolt.
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Posted 28 July 2011 - 08:59 PM

Mini is the best choice, unless you're into the look of the TM-7, since that's pretty much the only difference between that and the mini. As people have said, SLG is the least solid choice of the three.
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Posted 29 July 2011 - 09:27 AM

Mini, or it's most current version called the Axe. Mini's are great guns, and I've also heard bad things about the SLG. If you are buying one new, just remember that there will be some velocity spikes and such until you break in the regulator, which depending on how much paint you intend to shoot will only take a couple outings to do
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Posted 29 July 2011 - 11:46 AM

Huh, honestly don't see the bad part of an SLG, I've had mine since they first released (07-08 composite model). Only "problem" I've run into is the stock bolt bumper gets ripped to shreds, and there is a distinct lack of specific parts on the market without buying a parts kit.

I think in the 4 years I've had it, its only gone down on me....once? (No, don't even comment on that....Posted Image)

BUT, it's a low-end electro, which is why I'm selling mine to a friend with a tank, and using the money to fund towards an etek3.


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Even though mine has not had problems, I would still agree with some of the previous statements, to go with the regular mini or TM, just depends on whether you want it milsim or not.

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 01:18 PM

True, but overall if you look at most others people's experiences with the SLG, the majority seem to be negative. I've shot one once, and the only problem I had with it was I didn't like the plastic trigger frame. I think that's been changed since (I was messing with a 1st edition SLG), and I think you can buy it with the ultralight trigger frame, which is a dead sexy frame. But the Mini is rock solid, all metal construction which won't break if you are a little rough on your equipment like I am.... Hence why I LOVE my Ego, and Eteks to the same extent. But he seems to be wanting a spoolie, not a poppit, so I stick with my answer of the MINI
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Posted 03 August 2011 - 06:15 AM

View PostEagle Eye, on 29 July 2011 - 04:18 PM, said:

But he seems to be wanting a spoolie, not a poppit, so I stick with my answer of the MINI


Aren't the Mini and Axe inline poppits?
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Posted 03 August 2011 - 07:15 AM

@Chinstrap - yes. Good point... but from a shooters standpoint they feel about the same as a spool from what I remember, IMHO.

A Mini would be a solid choice over the SLG. I'd take a mini over a TM7 as well, less bulk to worry about having problems w/, but if you like milsim then a TM7 should be fine. Eagle Eye brought up the Axe which is a nice upgrade over the Mini.
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Posted 05 August 2011 - 08:38 AM

@Chinstrap: Actually, I didn't know about inline poppits. Like what Ger said, I shot it and it felt like a spoolie rather than a stacked poppit, eg my Ego. Hmm, time for some research! Quick! To the Laboratory!
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Posted 05 August 2011 - 11:41 AM

^ http://www.zdspb.com...animations.html is probably a good place for you to start.
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Posted 05 August 2011 - 03:49 PM

Definitely take the axe (the updated/newer mini). For the price, it blows ANYTHING near it out of the water.
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Posted 05 August 2011 - 04:05 PM

The axe is great, but its also $200 more expensive than any of the other markers. Out of the three you chose, i would definitely avoid the SLG and Choose the min platform. Out of the TM7 and the Mini, the mini would be the most versatile. You can play in the woods with it just as well as the TM7, but playing speedball with a TM7 would be more difficult (It has a side feed i believe). Personally, I would do some more research into wether you would like poppets or spools, and then try to go used.

Spool - The matrixes are your best bet. Proto 5($150-200 / 6($220-270) / 7($300-400) , or Dye 5/6/7 (Add about $70-80 for each)

Poppet - Ego 5($150-250) / 6($300-350), Etek 1/2 are both hanging around $200-300, Bob Long Intimidator (varies, im not very familiar with them, but many are around $300.

On another note, do you have a hopper, mask or tank? If you dont, make sure you do not skimp on this part. You can have the best gun ever but if you cant see, cant carry enough air, and cant feed it fast enough, theres no point in having it. You should find a recent, even used Spyder Electra for cheap. Then get a nice loader (Halo, or if youre really into it, a Prophecy or Pinokio), a good 68/45 or 50/45 carbon fiber tank, and the best, most comfortable mask you can find (Events, Dye I4, Proflex, Sly profits, all around the $80-100 range, but all well worth it). Then, when youve done your research and waited for just the right deal on a marker, you'll be ready to dump the spyder and have the right equipment to go with your new beauty.
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Posted 06 August 2011 - 07:56 AM

True, we all assumed his price range was for just the gun, but I agree with Benaiah, especially about the mask part. I'll play with a rental gun if I have too, but it's pretty much not worth it to play with a rental mask. Spend the $100 or so to get a GOOD mask. Or look at older designs, I still run a Profiler (somewhere in the $60-70 nowadays, used to be closer to $90 when they came out) with no problems. In fact, I prefer the fit of the Profiler over the E-vents, I4, ect. Having a fogged mask sucks, having a mask that doesn't fit right is worse.
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