Y'know, I like my fully upped IonXE for woodsball... alot. It's quiet, it's accurate (as much as any marker is, anyway), and relatively light. What it ISN'T is air efficient (although better than stock... I've got a QEV and TechTL7.2 bolt in there, as well as a Freak kit), and it still has a centre feedneck (fine for laying a rope of paint, but first / single shot accuracy? I'll take a offset feed system any day). The SP1 is pretty much the same marker internally, and the G1 is also similar, although I'm happy it has an offset feedneck option. I'm also not a fan of spoolies in cold weather.
I've also got a TM7, which I like, but I run it with a back bottle setup now... hard to aim down the top with the sliding stock on. Again, not a big deal when laying suppressive fire, but single shots? I like aiming down the top of my marker. Love the selector switch for fire modes though... being able to crank it to full auto, with a flip of your thumb, without even taking your marker off target, has saved my butt more than a few times. Don't like how I have to open up the clamshell to get at the bolt though.
Fusion FX is air efficient, light, reliable, but loud. It's currently my winter go-to marker, but I wouldn't say it's my favourite for woodsball.
Used to have an SP8. That thing was so huge and unwieldy, I really couldn't get behind it very well. Quietest marker I ever owned though. So many times I was able to simply pick off opponents who were busy engaging my Tippman equipped teammates. So few people shot back at me, it felt unfair. Oh, and it also took forever to take apart and maintain.
I'm wanting to try out the T9.1 and the Phenom. Who knows... they seem like pretty nice markers. Reliable, regulated, and robust.
Just picked up a TiPX. Can't wait to start pistol play... so far very impressed, but I'm thinking it will probably work best with thicker shelled paint. May ultimately end up as a backup when I play pump.
So far no one has mentioned pumps. I actually like using my old offset feedneck Sniper (see avatar). That being said, i need to stick close by my semi and electro teammates... hard to hold the line by yourself with a pump.
Mike, if you didn't live in Florida, I'd say you'd change your mind about the SP1 / G1. In the winter, you have to crank your dwell up considerably in order to get that marker to work reliably, which kills your efficiency. I don't know what size tank you use, but I've seen the way you shoot... you'd be running out of air constantly.
I like what you said about .50cal. One thing I would add is that I sometimes wonder why someone hasn't made a .50cal pistol yet. More ammo per mag, more shots per 12g, less "kick", smaller dimensions would mean potentially smaller and more realistic pistols (not every person wants a Desert Eagle), and the reduced range shouldn't matter so much, as pistols are best up close and personal anyway.
You also mention that you'd back a G1 player over a T9.1 player in a one on one. That shouldn't happen in woodsball. One of the nice things about woodsball is that it works better when you have a number of people with different styles of play that complement each other. A good woodsball team would include a good suppressive player like yourself, TEAMED up with a longer range, more methodical threat like UV Halo. You guys are arguing about different ends of the spectrum as if one was superior to the other, when in fact they are best when working together.
Ultimately, I'd say that the "Ultimate" Woodsball marker has yet to be invented. I'd like something super quiet, very air efficient, light, maneuverable, quick and easy to maintain, multiple feed options (center and offset, possibly mag fed and FS rounds options), ability to mount red dot, and perhaps offered in black, OD green, and tan (ability to mod it so that it's authentic "milsim" would be a bonus.). So far, you can get a marker that hits a few of those criteria, but not all of them. I'm also fairly sure it's not possible to do ALL things well, so each player just has to find the marker that best suits their own personal style of play.
This post has been edited by oldnewb: 30 December 2011 - 12:17 PM
Techpb Mike doesn't use Trojan Magnum extra large condoms 'cause he doesn't believe in underboring.
Techpb Mike doesn't hide behind cover. Instead, he shoots down incoming paintballs.