I been playing for a long time 15+ years. Most that time I have played with mechs or pumps. For last few years I played almost exclusively pump. But since loosing just about1" of my left leg when it was nearly completely severed by a "reckless driver" I find myself FAR too slow and limited to be as effective as I'd like shooting my pumps (still like em for playing rec ball with renters indoor but for big games I'm hurting).
For Canadian Carnage 3 I ran pumps most as I lent my semis to my brother and his girlfriend for there first time out. On the second day I did get to use my beloved RT ULE Mag for the afternoon and I had a lot of fun. Being able to lean on the ROF a bit was helpful and having a free hand in a pinch to steady myself when climbing was very very helpful (left ankle has next to nothing for support).
So going forward I'm thinking semi play is gona have to be the norm for me for bigger games or more advanced play. So I'm contemplating picking up a newer gun for myself that's a bit lighter and more efficient than my current mags. The mag itself is not too bad but because it's a bit air thirsty (about 1150 shots on a 77/4500 tank) I run a larger tank on it and that gets heavy to lug up hills on one good leg.
I have 4 guns I'm considering all primarily mechs as I tried going to an electro but never could warm to them. GOG eNMEy, Azodin Kaos DII, Empire Resurrection, and the Tippmann crossover XVR.
The eNMEy seems like a no brainer at its cost. BUT my sister has one and the cheap feel and look drive me mad (shallow as that may seem I find comfort means a lot to playing performance and this one I have yet to warm too despite trying numerous times). GOG if your listening make a AM version for like $100 more and I be lined up for one. And also in testing it's really not noticeably more efficient than the mags when shot side by side.
The KDII is a sharp looking package with simple internals that would be fine. It's far more efficient than my mag and lighter too. If it's anything like my KPII quality feels great and will be relatively reliable. But $200 is quite a bit for a blow back even if its the best blow back made. It's like a carbureted car it may work great and if done right you can't even tell. And in an old car that carbed engine maybe cool. But in a brand new one it just seems like a bit of penny pinching.
The resurrection. Is just beautiful, efficient, light, and something I have always wanted to try but never bought (Autococker). But it's a more complicated beast that can be more maintenance intensive. And at its price I'd likely need to sell off my RT Mag. Something i very hesitant to do as the mag is my baby and the gun I go to for ROF (nothing beats a RTing mag for ROF)
And lastly. Is the gun I most likely considering. The Tippmann XVR. This one checks all the boxes plus it offers the electro side if I so choose. The looks are growing on me. The valve train is similar to my mags I know very well. But again this would either require selling the mag or quite a few other guns to get. and I not too sure I want to do that.
Alternately I am just considered putting a lvl 7 bolt in my mag (more efficient) swapping to a normal out put reg (less reactivity = more efficient again) a smaller tank 68 or even my 56ci(same length as 68 just narrower), and replacing the heavy Z2 hopper with either a Revy or Ponokio speed. All this would cost my less than any of the guns and I can sell a loaner A5 along with the Z2 to cover it all. Just would not be a fancy new toy witch is not a big deal to me as one my mags and the carbine have been with me since late 90s and I still enjoying them.
So what would you all do in my shoes.
And here's a pic of my current go to semi. My scratch built RT/ULE custom
TinyBearMember Since 27 Dec 2011
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