I'v been looking at the 8.1 and wondering. I would consider the following to be a step backwards
#1 Rubber detents instead of metal detents.
#2 The need to eject the mag to remove and squeegie the barrel. I never felt like I was going to lose my barrel before. But trying to squeegie should be interesting now.
Edit: It seams this is only when there are 1 or 0 balls left in the marker. Or when using 8.0 magazines in the marker, which requires a simple barrel modification anyway, which can correct this issue as well.
#3 The middle receiver screw (most important one) now on the bottom, and threaded into the receiver itself. minor I guess.
#4 Thicker barrel. Looks
#5 Loss of mag counter. A simple mod made the old counter work and I always relied on it to prevent me from changing a 12 gram too early, or too late.
#6 Loss of anodizing. Probably the biggest con.
I would consider the following to be improvements
#1 New milling rear. Makes the marker look smaller in the back. Subjective.
#2 Flat black color. A pro to some, But its painted not anodized now. This is a Big con to me.
#3 Rear block removal. Ease of maintenance.
#4 Tool less 12 gram change.
Overall. The only painful setbacks are the loss of anodizing, and the bigger barrel.
This post has been edited by motherboard1: 25 November 2010 - 11:53 AM