Fan boys... Every sport has them, they are the kids/adults that go out and spend a crazy amount of money on an item, thinking it will make them a better _______.
I was a flatland BMX pro, rode all over the country, sponsored by tons of different companies. I rode with the best riders in the world, and could do every trick out there.
Know what, with a tiny bit of practice, I could do all those tricks on ANY BMX bike.
Even that mongoose from wal-mart that cost $100, the bikes today at wal-mart are amazing. Shoot DK bikes are being sold there now for less than $150.
High end flatland bikes cost about the same as high end paintball guns. And the hype is the same... Oh, you gotta have a "light" one, if it is short it will be better. You need a fast steering tube, and zero offset to be good... You have to have THIS brand... Course next year your bike is outdated, and drops in value by a huge degree.
So does the bike make the rider...Ah, NO. Skills are developed with practice. So sorry fan boy, Money doesn't buy practice.
And that is the key. PRACTICE, knowing YOUR gear and learning how it works. The thing that many people miss, is that companies will always bring out the next great thing, and fan boys will buy it, because they think it will make them a better player. Guess what. PRACTICE makes you better, not your gear. If you put a Tippmann A-5 in the hands of any pro out there, they will be able to shoot you out, over and over again. Not because the marker limits them, but because they have MORE practice than you! So it all boils down to what are you going to spend your money on. Paint to practice, or a marker that costs a grand and drops in value faster than a week old lobster dinner.
I bought my first A-5 for $130 used off ebay over 6 years ago... I still use it today, guess what... It is still worth $130.
I got my second A-5 that I let other players borrow for $80... With an All american 2 piece barrel... Guess what it is worth today? More than $80...
I got my third A-5 for $100, it has a j&j barrel, E-trigger, and came with a pod belt (that holds my air tank off my remote line, and I carry 2 pods when I play so it is smaller than your packpack pod carrier with 5 or more pods on it...) Guess what, it is worth about $200.
So I have $310 in 3 A-5's which I can sell for MORE than I paid, every one of them will fire when I pick them up, and I play in severe cold and they ALWAYS work... I take them apart ONCE per season. (that is about 60-100 games worth of playing).
I have broken TWO ratchets (the old style, Tippmann sent me the new black style FOR FREE) in my gun since I got it, and I put in silicone O-rings, not because the old ones were worn out, but because silicone works better in the cold. I don't break paint in my cyclone ever. I rarely break paint in the barrel, because I buy paint that works well in my gun. (empire munitions, or xball scenario). If I do need to take my barrel off, it takes less than a second as the A-5 is made with a quick release barrel adapter, that takes 1/4 turn to release. How long does it take you to remove your barrel?...
I want gear that works, my A-5 is VERY efficient as you can see from my barrel tests, and I am using C02. I can hit players in the head at 150 feet and more consistently and to me... That is the point. You can have your high end guns, I'm the guy rocking the Tippmann's because THEY WORK, and do what I want, so I can spend my money PLAYING and having fun. Oh, and I get about 1,200 shots out of a 20 ounce Co2 tank.
Edited by FreeEnterprise, 30 March 2012 - 07:44 AM.