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#1 TenaciousThayer

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Posted 28 September 2008 - 07:58 PM

What is the cheapest gun that you can buy out of the box and BEAST in a tournament?

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Posted 28 September 2008 - 08:00 PM

Its more the player than the gun. This question is kind of invalid..

I guess:
Ion
SLG
PMR
Mini
Fusion
G3.

I need a price to work with though. This question really isnt a good one.
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Posted 28 September 2008 - 08:18 PM

prob Proto SLG
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Posted 28 September 2008 - 08:22 PM

Cheapest is the SLG it has PSP 3 shot and everything.

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Posted 28 September 2008 - 09:19 PM

not ION worst gun ever bro bought it upgraded everything except the actual body of the gun
upgrades u need for ION's that bro got
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Posted 28 September 2008 - 09:20 PM

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Posted 28 September 2008 - 09:21 PM

i'd have to agree with the others and say the proto slg, or if you could find a good used pmr, but if not then slg

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Posted 28 September 2008 - 09:41 PM

definitely either the SLG or PMR. I use a pmr and it can compete with highend guns as far as ROF goes.



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Posted 28 September 2008 - 10:16 PM

Look at protos stuff like the PMR/SLG, but spool valves can be a bit confusing. I have also heard good things about the mini. G3 shoots well, and even the ion is worth the money. One of my first guns was an ion, I got a real cheap upgraded one and it worked well, I bought a new barrel and it shot straight and got the job done.
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Posted 28 September 2008 - 10:32 PM

SLG is a good gun especially since the 09 model will come the UL frame. But realistically all of those guns will get the job done and you can usually pick up an upgraded ion for relatively cheap. My first electric gun was an ion and I still have it. If you have the chance to shoot any of them before you get it that is always a plus.

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Posted 29 September 2008 - 08:57 AM

I have a spyder pilot w/eye it is pretty god out of box but i put a new board in it the gun cost about 150 the board cost 60 the macroline i put on cst 20 so fro a good spyder pilot 08 it costs about 230. or youcan go more expencive and get a pmr

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Posted 29 September 2008 - 11:30 AM

Right now.... You can get used Bob Long aliases for as cheap as $180. Most go for about $250.... Same with the older Intimidators.... They are great guns, very reliable, Easy to Maintain. That would probably be your best bet if you don't mind a used gun..
I just bought a Rage Alias for 250. looks almost brand new... that would be your best bet to look for something like that.
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Posted 29 September 2008 - 12:38 PM

SLG or RAIL if you want a brand new gun thats inexpensive. But if you look on ebay you could find alot under the word used. But its up to you.

I like new guns, never know what might have happened to a used gun, but i suggest if you get a used gun, go though and lube it up. Make sure everything looks right before you use it.
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Posted 29 September 2008 - 01:17 PM

new: slg or pmr

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Posted 29 September 2008 - 01:59 PM

ya im looking into getting a cheap tourny gun as well..ive looked around and like everyone else said. SLG is probably the best

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Posted 29 September 2008 - 03:16 PM

Stay away from ions

looks like most are recommending SLGs

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Posted 29 September 2008 - 03:33 PM

Ion's aren't bad if you find them used for a reasonable price because they usually have the necessary upgrades to be competitive. But I would just go for a used gun like an SLG, or a PMR, or yea even an Intimidator.

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Posted 29 September 2008 - 03:35 PM

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Posted 29 September 2008 - 06:39 PM

invert mini shoots like a beast and great for playing front
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Posted 29 September 2008 - 06:47 PM

If you set on brand new.. try to get your hands on a fusion then pmr or slg. If you wouldn't mind getting a used gun.. look at some used egos

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Posted 29 September 2008 - 06:56 PM

Right now.... You can get used Bob Long aliases for as cheap as $180. Most go for about $250.... Same with the older Intimidators.... They are great guns, very reliable, Easy to Maintain. That would probably be your best bet if you don't mind a used gun..
I just bought a Rage Alias for 250. looks almost brand new... that would be your best bet to look for something like that.


I agree. You can get an older Alias super cheap and they are a lot easier to maintain than spoolies like the pmr and slg and also have better triggers.

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Posted 29 September 2008 - 07:08 PM

get a nice 05 Alias for $200-250 used. they are probably one of the best markers made ever, as stated by Mike. however,if you're looking to spend up to $100, get an ICD promaster, they rip right out of the box. the reason they're so cheap is because their company went out of the paintball industry and is no longer making guns.

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Posted 29 September 2008 - 07:19 PM

the slg for sure

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Posted 29 September 2008 - 07:44 PM

Honestly, I don't know if it was suggested, but A ICD promaster is very inexpensive on ebay, and the lasoya version allows you to make your own mode on the board, so basically you can make your mode whatever you need to be tourny legal. the regular promaster board only caps bps at 15bps though, so not so much tourny ok. I think those things sell for less than $100 on ebay, maybe wrong? Drawback though is parts availibility, since ICD is no longer in paintball, but I think vaporworks will fix any of ICD's stuff so...
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Posted 29 September 2008 - 08:01 PM

go with a simple stacked tube blowback like a Piranha EVO or Piranha EXT then throw a T-Board in her

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Posted 29 September 2008 - 09:36 PM

not ION worst gun ever bro bought it upgraded everything except the actual body of the gun
upgrades u need for ION's that bro got
feedneck
barrel
board
grip
asa
and macroline



The ion isn't a bad gun. You can pick up one that will rip for less than 300, virtue'd usually and with a great barrel. How many 300+ guns do you know that can do that? I'd shoot an ion like that in a tourney any day.

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Posted 29 September 2008 - 10:24 PM

agreed...slg or pmr if u can save up...not a ion it has no ramping at all so y evn think bout it

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Posted 02 October 2008 - 08:58 PM

slg or pmr
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Posted 02 October 2008 - 09:16 PM

agreed...slg or pmr if u can save up...not a ion it has no ramping at all so y evn think bout it


it has rebound which is a form of ramping, just it is not tourney legal in most tournys.

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 08:10 PM

If you wouldn't mind getting a used gun.. look at some used egos


I definately agree if you want a good tournament gun for a good price used is the way to go. Sure it's not right out of the box but you pay about the same amount for a new entry level gun, but get the performance of high end tournament guns.

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 08:14 PM

MINI=FTW definitly the best in the 300-400 price range ;)
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Posted 04 October 2008 - 09:25 AM

Ion with upgrades or a slg



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Posted 04 October 2008 - 09:53 AM

ICD Promaster. Better than most people think.

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Posted 04 October 2008 - 09:57 AM

ICD PROMASTER. You can find it for like 110 new.

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 08:43 AM

Either an ICD promaster, FS8(I'm pretty sure these are good guns), SLG, PMR or a mini are probably your best bet's.

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 09:14 AM

i have to say phantom
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Posted 05 October 2008 - 10:08 AM

A Layso Promaster if you can find one.

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 10:09 AM

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 10:17 AM

i have a slg and there worth every dollar. what gun can you find for 200 that has all the tourny modes and thats super light.

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 11:06 AM

Proto SLG, no question about it for PSP, but if you were going for NPPL any semi-auto marker would do.
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Posted 05 October 2008 - 01:26 PM

In my opinion it would be the G3. I shoot one and love it. Maybe the new UL'd SLG will be nice though. That could be a solid gun.

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 02:15 PM

I played 5 rookie tournys this season with an up'd ion with stock board and barrel and never had a problem keeping up with all the others. However I will agree that there is maintenance on ions that shouldn't have to be performed as often as it sometimes needs to be. So I would go with an slg or pmr if you can

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 11:42 PM

depending on your money slg or pmr s.e.

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Posted 06 October 2008 - 10:15 AM

vibe is the cheapest. maby not the best but hell. u can run co2 through it. it has a clamping feedneck. and the new ones have ramping and i think auto on it. so hell. if you got a revloution,vibe,co2 your good to go man.
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Posted 07 October 2008 - 06:27 AM

i think pmr
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