I played on a woodsball field with the basic rental Custom 98 with stock barrel, gravity fed hopper and CO2, it was accurate at times, but for the most part the paintballs fell short of the target or just curved right off. I tried a friend's rental BT4 combat with 16" barrel, which was only marginally better for some reason, and then an Ion with a 14-16" barrel (can't remember which) which blew both mechanicals out of the water, eg me and my friend are about 15 metres / 30 feet away from a rather well built fully adult male, our balls kept curving off and didn't even hit him, in fact, they only impacted around him, leading him to be alerted to our presence and being able to take me out with a one shot headshot (T.T) and my friend shortly thereafter, really disliking the Custom 98 after that particular mishap.
We were using the sights and firing a GOLLY GEE WILIKERS cloud of almost 50 balls all up (apiece) in his direction, seeing paintball splats hitting the piece of cover that was directly to his left, it was a CLEAR SHOT ==;
But since this one case instance is not enough, I've been looking around, and after deciding to leave the PBreview ship which was sinking under a flood of 10/10 "THIS GUN IS AWESOME" or 1/10 "THIS GUN IS poo GET A *insert famous brand name here* " (cough* tippmann *cough)
I've found two markers that i really like the sound of, after looking at the features listed.
What I'm looking for here is a balanced, prefferably first hand experience based mini review or simple overview (compare and contrast =]) of the BT4 and the Smart Parts Vibe, based on:
Ability to accept an accurate barrel (name please =])
Ease of maintenance
Fresh out of Box (FOB) capability vs value
Weight is NOT an issue
Neither is Rate of fire (being in Australia, all paintball markers MUST be semi automatic)
My main reasons for picking these two are the ease of maintenance of the Vibe, and it's similarity to the Ion which outperformed the other guns i tried. For the BT4 is it's rare milsim nature and It's rail system, plus the fact it has IRON SIGHTS (I LOVE them =]) which is also directly linked to the fact it doesn't have a center feed neck.
Also, the SP-1, Alpha black tactical etc and most other mil-sim markers are banned in Australia, or will be.
If there is other information that would be vital, i would love to know!.
This post has been edited by mixcow: 06 November 2009 - 03:46 AM