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SP-1 or Ion? Which is better? Rate Topic: -----

Poll: SP-1 or Ion (29 member(s) have cast votes)

Which One?

  1. Ion (11 votes [33.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 33.33%

  2. SP-1 (16 votes [48.48%])

    Percentage of vote: 48.48%

  3. Doesn't Matter (6 votes [18.18%])

    Percentage of vote: 18.18%

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#1 User is offline   woodzballer96 

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 06:06 PM

ok which do you think would be better for a sniper marker/all around marker? mostly will be used for sniping and ambushing. both guns would be modded to fit the sniper position. :D

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 03:24 PM

Ignore the performance. Which ever feels the best in your hands will serve you best.
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Posted 10 March 2009 - 04:38 AM

I dont know much about smart parts, but I would assume that the SP-1 would be a better gun for you because its made for woodsball Like i said, i dont know much about smart parts, but thats what i think
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Posted 10 March 2009 - 04:43 AM

It really doesn't matter. which ever one you feel more comfortable with is the one I would pick. If your going to put a lot of stuff on it, or your stuck using co2 I would say the sp1.
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Posted 10 March 2009 - 07:24 AM

I voted "doesn't matter" but I do have a preference.

I would choose the SP1 because it's easier/faster to take apart for basic maintenance, but I like things being quick and easy unless there's enough other advantages to make the harder disassembly worthwhile.

The Ion is faster (so if you found yourself in a hard spot, you could decide to use firepower to help get out of it), but the SP1 is plenty fast by my personal standards.

I would avoid CO2 in either, but at least the Sp1 has safeties in place in case you do use CO2 in it.

View Posttippmansniper, on Mar 10 2009, 06:38 AM, said:

I dont know much about smart parts, but I would assume that the SP-1 would be a better gun for you because its made for woodsball Like i said, i dont know much about smart parts, but thats what i think


I grow weary of statements like this. Markers aren't "built for woodsball" or "built for speedball." They're all made for paintball. The SP1 was given a more milsim-ish look to help market to players who predominantly play in the woods, but in terms of performance (accuracy, reliability, consistency, etc. ) it is no different than the Vibe (which has the same internals).

There is no magical formula -- guns "made for woodsball" (which aren't, but I digress) are not magically more durable than a "speedball gun." By the same, "speedball guns" are not magically faster (though they often tend to be, simply because most have electronic triggers that can be walked, however the SP8 is a gun that most would consider a "woodsball gun" that can be walked).

Paintball markers are paintball markers, and a quality one can be used in either the woods or the airball field with no trouble at all.
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Posted 10 March 2009 - 10:38 AM

Go with the SP-1, its made by a company that makes quality guns, thats your best bet.

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 10:57 AM

View PostMinnesota Sn1p3r, on Mar 10 2009, 12:38 PM, said:

Go with the SP-1, its made by a company that makes quality guns, thats your best bet.

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Both the SP1 and Ion are made by Smart Parts.
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Posted 10 March 2009 - 01:22 PM

I'd say SP1

Ion's were cool...down in price a bit these days along with accessories for them...that could be a good selling point.


why I say SP1 is:
easier to work on (tear down)
not much to do to it for that "woodsball" look...an ION would need more of an overall for same sort of look...

I think any performance differences between the SP1 and ION are minimal.

go with what you like better as far as looks, feel etc.

One thing I loved about my ION...it had Autococker threading...more barrel choices. Plus nearly 95% of my markers were AC threaded...
not sure if SP1 has that option or not...???
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Posted 10 March 2009 - 01:28 PM

View PostExplosive, on Mar 10 2009, 03:22 PM, said:

One thing I loved about my ION...it had Autococker threading...more barrel choices. Plus nearly 95% of my markers were AC threaded...
not sure if SP1 has that option or not...???



At present, the SP1 does not have the option, only has the standard impulse/any-SP-but-Shocker threads.
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Posted 11 March 2009 - 08:19 PM

View PostExplosive, on Mar 10 2009, 04:22 PM, said:

I'd say SP1

Ion's were cool...down in price a bit these days along with accessories for them...that could be a good selling point.


why I say SP1 is:
easier to work on (tear down)
not much to do to it for that "woodsball" look...an ION would need more of an overall for same sort of look...

I think any performance differences between the SP1 and ION are minimal.

go with what you like better as far as looks, feel etc.

One thing I loved about my ION...it had Autococker threading...more barrel choices. Plus nearly 95% of my markers were AC threaded...
not sure if SP1 has that option or not...???

My Ion had Imp/Ion threads, but it was the first model made. Perhaps you had a newer model with this option because I've never heard of it.
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Posted 12 March 2009 - 09:54 AM

View PostHeadshotPhantom, on Mar 11 2009, 11:19 PM, said:

View PostExplosive, on Mar 10 2009, 04:22 PM, said:

I'd say SP1
One thing I loved about my ION...it had Autococker threading...more barrel choices. Plus nearly 95% of my markers were AC threaded...
not sure if SP1 has that option or not...???

My Ion had Imp/Ion threads, but it was the first model made. Perhaps you had a newer model with this option because I've never heard of it.


LOL! it's called a New Designz ION breach with Autococker threading...an aftermarket upgrade part I bought and installed...

I'm certain WORR (Bud Orr) would want royalty fees from Smart Parts if they made their markers standard with Autococker threading... (joke people, don't need a whole write up on barrel threading, lawsuits etc.)
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Posted 12 March 2009 - 11:39 AM

OK I got a quick question, what do you do about the flashing light at night games? Can you cover it up and be done with it, or no?

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 01:58 PM

View PostWanted, on Mar 12 2009, 12:39 PM, said:

OK I got a quick question, what do you do about the flashing light at night games? Can you cover it up and be done with it, or no?

Electrical tape over the light works wonders
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Posted 12 March 2009 - 02:06 PM

View PostMedicOni, on Mar 12 2009, 04:58 PM, said:

View PostWanted, on Mar 12 2009, 12:39 PM, said:

OK I got a quick question, what do you do about the flashing light at night games? Can you cover it up and be done with it, or no?

Electrical tape over the light works wonders

Duck tape works wonders? Electrical tape is like duck tape's son-in-law.
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Posted 19 March 2009 - 06:33 PM

Both are very good because if you are available to compressed air go ion but if only excisable to co2 go sp1. Another thing is if you are not putting a stock on it or if going to put on a t2w the vibe is light and and almost the some as sp1 the speedball version.both shoot pretty strait.

This post has been edited by Sneaky Big Foot: 19 March 2009 - 06:35 PM

hybrid player speedball+woodsball its sweet
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