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Smart Parts SP8 Should I replace my Tippmann with an SP8? Rate Topic: -----

#1 User is offline   SNIPA 

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 09:53 AM

Well, I was wondering if the Smart Parts SP8 is a good scenario gun and would it be worth giving up a 98 custom for? :D SNIPA :D
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Posted 23 September 2006 - 09:55 AM

SP-8's are nice guns, but get the ion instead. It has a vertical feed neck and is smaller. The SP-8 is too large I found. But then again, I have a PM6 with a drop and a 10" barrel.
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Posted 23 September 2006 - 09:57 AM

SP-8's are nice guns, but get the ion instead. It has a vertical feed neck and is smaller. The SP-8 is too large I found. But then again, I have a PM6 with a drop and a 10" barrel. You do know that and SP8 is an ION right

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 10:21 AM

I have an SP-8 w/stock and supressor barrel and an Ion. The SP-8 points very well and is comfortable when using in scenario/milsim type games. I actually perfer the SP-8. If I have to play CQB I close the stock and put on the shorter stock barrel.

Its all going to be personal preference. If you play more speedball type games I'd go with the Ion for its compact size. If compactness does not matter the the SP-8 will do fine too.
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Posted 23 September 2006 - 11:28 AM

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 12:18 PM

I would say keep your 98C and get the SP8 as well:)

A friend of mine runs his SP8 in scenario and outlaw ball and its an incredible marker...fast, quiet, and very cool looking!

That being said, its an electro marker that requires an expensive electro loader to keep up with it, and its recommended to go HPA as well...and since its so fast, probably not HPA run off of a "cheap" weeny sized tank.

So again my suggestion is to keep your 98C for when you dont want to worry about damage to an expensive marker, rain concerns, or when you dont have money for batteries for your loader LOL. And save up for the SP8 in the meantime!

Not to mention, you would then have a quality marker to lend to a friend who is just getting into paintball:)

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 12:20 PM

Well put arclight. Thats exactly what I was gonna say.
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Posted 23 September 2006 - 12:20 PM

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 05:21 PM

no you shouldn't you should get a cocker, if you like scenario get the VF Tactical not the trilogy,
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Posted 23 September 2006 - 07:48 PM

I don't really like the cockers. I simply like the way tippmanns and Sp8's are built (of course, Sp8's are Ions with a different body frame.) but Tippmanns are good overall, and the Sp8 is AWESOME for scenarios.

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 03:27 PM

I would take a 98 over a SP8, even if I could only use a gravity feed hopper. Reason being is no matter how slow your hopper is, the SP8 is not going to chop paint b/c of the eyes. And if you have the resources to run HPA, your setup would be very consistent (+/- 8 FPS even with the stock regulator).
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Posted 24 September 2006 - 03:42 PM

The sp8 has less kick and can shoot faster and is quiter and in my opinion looks cooler and has eyes.
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Posted 24 September 2006 - 04:06 PM

I own a way modded out 98c, and i have shot the SP8 in games, and by far i would have to pick the SP8 its faster, more consistent has eyes so it dosnt chop. I would pick the SP8 by far, but also your looking at two completely different guns.......

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 04:28 PM

I love my SP-8, probably in large part because of the Ion guts.

I played years ago with a low/mid-range mechanical gun and used a lot of friend's higher end markers. I got out of the sport because I was still in school, didn't have a lot of income or wheels. When I got back into paintball recently, working my dream job and making good coin, I had my choice of anything I wanted and I went with an SP-8 (now heavily upgraded - L6 bolt, QEV, CP reg, HPA, remote etc)

There's only one moving part in the Ion/SP-8 - the bolt - which means a lot less to go wrong. To me, that's ideal. You "tune" it by tweaking dwell and recharge times using buttons on the circuit board.

The SP-8 is extremely quiet and gas efficient. There are few if any drawbacks to this marker. I wanted an offset feed neck which it has.

It's also VERY easy to upgrade. First upgrades would be HPA (almost mandatory - CO2 is "ill advised" with the Ion unless you have an anti-siphon tank and then with caution) and a regulator. I've seen +/- 0 fps on a good day with the CP reg on my SP-8.

A new barrel isn't mandatory because the stock barrel is pretty darn good. I went with a the OpsGear Interceptor and have a PPS Brass and Hammerhead on order just because I like tinkering and I want to review them side by side to debunk some of the myths.

The multi-config nature of the SP-8 makes it ideal in my book. Keep the butt-cap on and it's small and maneuverable. With the stock, you have a great sniper tool. (it's vewy vewy quiet)

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 04:39 PM

Honestly, I would recommend buying an Automag and putting scenario gear on it. They're more practical guns than the SP8.

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