I highly suggest that once you decide to get into the sport of paintball that you spend some time and familiarize yourself with your gear and learn how it peforms. I reccomend you spend at least a month of playing with your marker in its stock out of the box configuration. Durring that time frame think about what mods and upgrades you see see people using and how they would apply to situations you personally encounter out there on the field.
Your gear should conform to your style of play instead of your style of play conforming to your gear. Ask yourself how would that mil-sim M-16 stock help me and how would it hinder me? How would that 3 inch barrel help in close encounters and how would it hinder in engagements from longer distances? Not everyone is the same, that is why there are so many differant types of gear available in our sport. If your gear set up ends up being a Tippmann 98 Custom with an M-16 Commando stock, 3 inch barrel, reversed ASA with a 45 cubic inch 4,500 PSI tank and a speedball 3+2 harness and it is comfortable and works with your style so be it. It could even be a Smart Parts Ion with a Deadly Wind DTI2 body, folding stock, 20 inch barrel, running remote and a tactical vest.
Here is a brief history of me and paintball so you can have a bit of an understanding that I know what I am talking about. I started playing in the spring of 2000 with a Brass Eagle Stingray II. I did fairly well with that marker, however after a few months I wanted something with less of a trigger pull and a little higher rate of fire. I decided to get a PMI Piranha and after a few months I decided I wanted a permanant stock on it since I was tired of always using my tank for a stock. I purchased a T-stock and installed it. A couple weeks later I put a gas through foregrip on it for an even more stable shooting platform. I played with that set up until late spring of 2006 minus the year I spent in Iraq of course.
My current set up is a Tippman 98 Custom with Tapco CAR stock, 14 inch barrel, remote coil, and Dead On Rocket Cock II. The reason I got the 98C was because I could put the stock where I felt it belong, above the grip and in line with the internals and barrel. I got the CAR stock because when i was in Iraq I carried an M-4 and the adjustable stock was more comfortable than the fixxed stock on the M-16. I got the marker used and it came with the 14 inch barrel. With the remote coil I can use the stock collapsed when the need arises. The Rocket Cock seals up the internals so I do not have to worry about debri getting into my marker.
There are several differant entry level markers on the market today. All of which can be modded in various differant ways. Thanks to the T2W stock from Spec Ops and similiar products, almost any tourny style marker can have a stock. Also the Ion, which is a very popular entry level electronic marker, has a couple differant body kits that can accept stocks. The most widely known is the Blackcell body kit from Spec Ops, but there is also the DTI2 from Deadly Wind which can accept any stock made for the 98 Custom. No matter what marker you decide to get for you first marker and you decide you want to use a stock on it, you should be able to find a stock that will work for you. I know several rather good players who just use their air tank as stock as well.
As I stated earlier in this post, your gear should conform to your style of play. When your style of play has to conform to your gear you may not be the best player you could be.
--Fixxed a typo.
This post has been edited by Dark Shadow Hunter: 15 August 2007 - 10:49 PM