KidneySt0ne, on Mar 9 2009, 06:01 PM, said:
I'm bored, so ladies and gentlemen, I present you with this:
I've been paintballing for a years, mainly in the woods, and I got a M16/AR15 type set up for my tippmann 98. It's served me well for a number of years, but I want a marker that I can use in the woods or on a speedball field.
Now that I moved to AZ, and go to a field regularly, with smaller fields, my stock and remote line can get in my way.
My friends all want me to get a tourney gun, which costs 500+ bucks....
That'd be nicer to play with on the field, but I still want a kind of milsim marker. Pretty much something compact with a high ROF, but I could put sights on if I wanted to.
I was thinking about the Spyder MR3. The youtube reviews rate highly, but people at the store advise against it.
Then there's also the Smart Parts SP1, but the feed blocks your sight... And I don't really like A5s or X7s..., and none of that mag fed stuff. What's the point.
So, any recommendations on a new, affordable milsim marker that meets these conditions?
High ROF on semi (prefer a walkable trigger)
Affordable (less than $350)
Reliable and easy to maintain
compact & comfortable
I suppose it really depends on which you want to do most, speedball, or milsim?
If you plan on using it mostly for speedball, in order to keep your feedrate at max, and also prevent broken feed necks, you're going to want a vertical feed, which means blocking your top sightrail, no way around it. You could get an SP1, or simply a black epiphany or Ion, and use a mil-sim appearance grip-mounted stock. If you use an SP1, you will be able to a red-dot to the side of the gun and use that as a sight.
If you want a gun that is milsim, but will fare well on the speedball field, I'd recommend an A-5 with an e-trigger and an X-7 hopper (the part is a direct replacement for the A-5 hopper, but lower profile and angled to deflect balls). I was on a five-man team in the Navy, and did quite well for myself at the time with an A-5 on HPA and a freak barrel. But then again, I was accustomed to running around with a 12lb rifle at the time, so a stripped-down A-5 was downright feather-light to me at the time. The reason I don't recommend the X-7 is because the fake magazine adds weight as well as more target area, and because buying an A-5 will save you money for the e-grip.
Of course if you're trying to play as a seriously competitive tournament team, your idea just won't work. Buy the best tournament gun you can afford, with a decent, straight barrel, like a bigshot, and if you want to play woodsball with it, cover it with camo tape, like I used to do with my bright blue automag, or just keep it behind a tree when you're hiding from the other team in the woods. just don't cry when it breaks because you accidentally tripped and fell face first into a trench badly enough to kick yourself in the back of the head. Yes, that happened to me too, fortunately, my A-5 is ok, but my ego is still in the shop getting the dents popped out.