Posted 13 March 2008 - 07:14 AM
I've ordered an ATS Tactical 4. If your going for milsim realism, this is about as real as is possible. It's magazine isn't for "small parts storage," it stores paintballs becuase it's a true blue magazine fed marker! No hopper! (Though it is an option if you don't want to limit your ammo capacity.) And ZERO electronics with full auto capabilities! No batteries at all. Also, this gun will NOT chop a ball, period, unless you screwed it up.
It's been designed to look and feel as close to the real M-16 and M-4 as possible, because it was originally designed for military and police force-on-force training. Also, this thing is LOUD. If your going for intimidation, you've got it, but if your looking for stealth this is not your friend. On the bottom side, it's expensive. If you just want looks, go with Tippman. The internals that make this one of the most reliable, accurate, and all around best markers in the world also make it a little maintenance involved. It's complex, and that can be very bad for someone new at the sport. If your good with tools and can read the manual a few times though, no problem. It's not as bad as some of the reviews make it out to be.
Again, if you just want the look and feel of milsim, Tippman has the A-5 and the new X7. Check out the body shells for the A5 at opsgear.com. These things are incredible. But, if your wanting the "heavy, ... powerful" marker your describing, nothing beats ATS (not really heavy, the body is made of the same composite that Glock uses on its real guns to keep the weight down). getrealpaintball.com is the manufacturers site, but buy from northerncommandpaintball.com. ATS isn't selling directly anymore, they just haven't updated their site yet. Northern Command is only a mile from the factory and is their main distributor.
Read the reviews on pbreview.com, and look at all the ATS guns because they all share the same internals, just the cosmetics and barrel length vary from gun to gun.