I'm with gunhand, If you're totally set on the One Shot, One Kill mindset, look at a SC or VSC Phantom (or Gray Ghost or Buzzard if you got that kind of cash). It'll be lighter, more reliable than any ion, much faster and easier to maintain, more consistent out of the box (as in +- 3-4 fps), and pump will seriously force you as a player to up your game. But there's a trade off. You get one bps. Period. You might squeeze off two with practice, but you wont hit anything unless you are lucky. A sight would make a good investment. And you'll need practice. Plus, Stock class specific gear like a PB Mafia harness tubes, and 12ies or a 3.5oz tank (or 14/3k if you like HPA). Really though, SC makes for one hell of a fun game. Just ask any of the pump guys.
And along mass destruction's train of though, no matter how much stuff you put on an Ion, it's still an Ion. And no matter how much stuff you put on a Tippmann it's still a Tippmann. Perfomance wise, "high-end" electros or mechs are the best performance for the money. Period. They have better quality components. But really, not a lot of people can outperform their markers, so the point is moot. Just find something YOU like and get used to it. There are no "sniper markers." I'd say there are no snipers, but that's an argument I don't wanna have right now.
This post has been edited by PistolWhipped: 29 October 2008 - 07:32 AM