whats the best gun for starters
Posted 30 September 2006 - 01:48 PM
Posted 30 September 2006 - 04:01 PM
Posted 30 September 2006 - 05:05 PM
Now that I've got your attention, I will expand. A Tippmann is a alright gun, but for the price, there are just much better options. I have owned a 98 for 9 months now, and it was my very first gun. The first thing you'll notice is there are about a quarter of a million upgradeds for the thing. And there is a reason for that. They suck stock. They are extremely crude, the hardware rusts like crazy, and the internals ware out quickly. They are very loud (probably the loudest out there next to a Brass Eagle), long, have a crappy finish that chips, and are inaccurate without a new barrel. And about the loud, don't think that putting a rocket cock on is going to make it quieter, because I own one, and there is no noticable change in noise. Now before people try to flame me for "being a n00b and not knowing what I'm doing", I can honestly say I have taken apart 98's hundreds of times. I know every part in the marker, front to back. Within 9 months, I've been through 3 sears, 2 hammers (rear bolt), 3 sear springs, many exterior screws, random assortments of other parts. The rumor that the Tippmann is the most reliable gun on the market is the biggest hoax ever. Also, I screwed in an air tank today, and now I need a new valve because the whole thing instantaneously started leaking. The only thing Tippmann's have going for them is excellent customer service, which you'll probably use quite often.
Moving on to Spyders:
I have never owned one, but I know many people who own them. Some like them and seem to have few problems, while other people are constantly cursing theirs as they are broken more then they are fixed. Spyders do have many good features though, such as anti chop bolts, the rocking trigger, low pressure regulators, etc. Since I have not owned one, I cannot make a educated comment, so I'm moving on once again.
Piranha's or however there spelt:
My friends own them, and being a very hands on guy, I have taken them apart and have become a sorta certified tech to my friends. These guns are great for just beginning with because they are relatively inexpensive, durable, and come in lots of colours (which most new players buy a marker for). However, you will probably outgrow these guns relatively quickly if you play alot and become more serious
Just don't. There plastic. They crack. They suck.
I haven't owned one, but two of my friends have them, and I have played with them. They are almost identical to a tippmann 98 with the exception of rails for mounting stuff like scopes and more rails. I have noticed while firing fast with CO2, the gun has completely frozen and would not work until 5 hours later, once it warmed up (this was in the middle of the summer aswell)
Once again, haven't owned one, but have played with them. This gun would be a very good first gun if you knew you were going to get really into paintball. This gun is very expensive to start with, but you will never need to add anything to make it better. Everything else will be for comfort only. The reason this gun is expensive to begin with is because it requires the use of HPA (high pressure air, or also known as nitro tanks), which are much more expensive then CO2. Because it is also vey fast, you will need a new hopper, but you don't have to get one right away because the gun has eyes which won't allow it to fire until a ball is completely in the chamber. This way you will not get any chops.
These things are just plain cool. However, I would not recommend it for a first gun because they require alot of mechanical know how and can end up in a big mess if you neglect it.
This is an amazing gun. Possibly one of the most accurate ones on the market today. It is very easy to take apart and clean, and extremely reliable. It is very easy to customize to the way you like. Just check out there website to see some of the options you can have for it. Also, starting out pump is a great way to learn to play. If you do start with a pump, you will get your DUMPER served to you on a plate for the first bit until you get better, but once you have mastered the pump, you will be god with a semi.
I can't think of any other guns right now, but whatever gun you decide to get, try it out first and see if its the one for you. Also, if your going to get a low end gun, buy a brand new barrel when you pick it up. Manufacturers know that people are going to go ot and buy a new barrel as there first upgrade, so they just put a piece of aluminum with threads on the end of your gun.
Posted 05 October 2006 - 05:43 PM
This post has been edited by DVLCHLD: 05 October 2006 - 05:57 PM
Posted 05 October 2006 - 06:29 PM
I would also recommend a tippmann for a starter, then if you like woodsball you can upgrade it. If you like speedball, get a smart parts ion or if you have a lot of money, you could get a high-end marker.
Posted 05 October 2006 - 07:18 PM
as many people have it, ide say its safe to go with it
tippmann 98c is a great starter, and when you get more experienced and get a new gun, its a great backup too
Posted 05 October 2006 - 08:52 PM
Posted 05 October 2006 - 10:08 PM
Then, once you feel you have mastered that, move on to a new gun. Guess what, you spent less than $200 dollars on it, and you now have a VERY reliable backup gun.
If you are not brand new, and you a fairly confident that you can understand the mechanics of paintball guns, then something a little more complicated can be a good choice. Some options would be a mag, cocker, Ion (I can't believe I just said that... ), Promaster, etc., but keep it fairly cheap. You don't know if you're going to be sticking with this sport. You should, but there is a chance it won't be for you. The only problem with buying a more advanced starter gun, is that you have to use HPA, which is constantly available, and is also a whole lot more expensive than CO2. (The initial tank price that is...)
Your last option would be to get a pump. I would not recommend this. My opinion might change after I have actually played with a pump (I'm getting a Phantom in the Spring , hopefully...), but right now it stands this way. This is because as a beginner you need to practice the basics, and some basics, such as moving and shooting, suppressive fire, etc., are not possible with a pump. It's better to learn the basics, then improve the more advanced skills with a pump, and then go back to semi, occasionally, and just have a load of fun throwing cases of well-aimed paintballs.
So, I think that you should determine which of these groups you fit into. Then, do some research and find out what you want. We can't decide for you.
This post has been edited by Pneumaniac227: 06 October 2006 - 08:27 AM
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Posted 05 October 2006 - 10:39 PM
Posted 05 October 2006 - 10:47 PM
it depends on what you want