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#1 Glaciered

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 06:55 PM

So I'm in the market for a new marker and I understand that each one has it's own feel to it and that poppit or spool it's preference but what would you say are essential or nice features to have on a marker and does it change that much from a mid end to high end?

Im thinking the important ones are
Clamping feedneck
Eyes
On off asa
Board that can do all the necessary modes

That about it?

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 07:13 PM

What is necessary?
That the gun shoots at least 280 fps consistently.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 07:14 PM

Almost every board out there has all the necessary modes but lack the tourney lock button so they are not allowed in tourneys.


That being said I would go for shot quality, efficiency and sex appeal. These last three things you will find in ALL high ends but few mid ends.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 07:30 PM

so my optimus board on my axe doesn't have a tourney lock button. If i want to play a tourney would i not be able to use it or does it depend on the tournament?

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:09 PM

The optimus board would be fine for a tournament, because you would have to open up the grip frame to change the modes. The Shockwave can do it with the trigger and power button, without tools, so it needs a tourney lock.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:44 PM

Buying a paintball gun is like how you buy a car. Each one will perform enough to play paintball to shoot 280 fps (driving from one point to another) but the amount of money you spend only adds to the luxury of extra assets. For a paintball gun that includes on/off Asa, Oled board, better trigger, ergonomics, clamping feedneck, macroline/macrolineless, etc. Same as a car you pay extra for leather, sunroof, GPS, Bluetooth capable, extra storage, manual/auto, heated seats, etc. All of it isn't "essential" to have but more of the lines of what's more comfortable and easier/better for you.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:45 PM

If it shoots, it looks nice, and doesn't suck in both quality and serviceability, I'm good.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:06 PM

On off asa is not really needed, eyes are good, but come in most markers mid to high end. board, it depends on the tourny

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:42 PM

almost any modern gun will give you all the things you're looking for. Even Spyders give you all that now.
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:42 AM

It's all personal preference.
The things I look for in a marker are:
  • Reliability with little maintenance - I basically look for the Kalashnikov of paintball guns; A gun that will work no matter what gets thrown at it.
  • Size - Typically the smaller, the better for me as I just prefer smaller set-ups
  • Smooth and responsive trigger - Not to be confused with a response-trigger, I want a trigger that feels like I'm actually pulling a trigger. I'll typically opt for a microswitch or sear actuating springed trigger over a magnetic and/or optic trigger as it feels like I'm actually operating the marker.
  • Balance - I hate guns that feel too top-heavy. That's one reason I'm not a fan of Autocockers as they just don't feel right to me.
  • Conservative milling - I loathe excessive milling on a marker, like what you see with the Ripper Victories. It makes the gun look tacky in my opinion. A nice, streamlined and conservative-looking body is what I prefer.
  • A decent ASA - The ASA is usually one of the first things I swap out on a gun because it's often bulky, ugly, out-dated, or uncomfortable.
  • Availability of parts or customer service - I'm not all too tech-savvy so any convenience when teching a marker is a virtue to me.
I play with pumps, mechs, and electros and never enter tournaments, so boards, eyes, and the like, although nice to have, don't really matter to me so long as the marker functions well.
There's a few more things I look at, but these are what I primarily focus on.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 05:28 AM

I most look at the

-Size since i love small setups
-ON/OFF ASA (bonus if the macroline comes out of the front)
-Reliability.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 01:55 PM

Thanks guys I really liked the car analogy and it makes a lot of sense

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 07:13 PM

So I'm in the market for a new marker and I understand that each one has it's own feel to it and that poppit or spool it's preference but what would you say are essential or nice features to have on a marker and does it change that much from a mid end to high end?

Im thinking the important ones are
Clamping feedneck
Eyes
On off asa
Board that can do all the necessary modes

That about it?


all of those are totally unnecessary

just has to shoot reliably and consistently between 270-300 fps
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 08:04 PM


So I'm in the market for a new marker and I understand that each one has it's own feel to it and that poppit or spool it's preference but what would you say are essential or nice features to have on a marker and does it change that much from a mid end to high end?

Im thinking the important ones are
Clamping feedneck
Eyes
On off asa
Board that can do all the necessary modes

That about it?


all of those are totally unnecessary

just has to shoot reliably and consistently between 270-300 fps

*cough* mag *cough*

Edited by paintballguy2255, 15 January 2013 - 08:04 PM.


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Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:45 PM

Shoots well, at least well enough to hold any loader and tank reliably, and is appealing to the eye. Also, ease of maintainence.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:42 PM

All depends what ya preferance is for me the essentials are

Shoots paint when asked EVERY TIME ALL THE TIME

Shoots said paint at the required VELOCITY

Has a good feel to the gun does not feel like its gona fall apart on my next superman slide or face plant (IT HAPPENS)

Is fun to shoot



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Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:45 PM

Clamping Feedneck
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