Hello SDMB! I know from past topics on paintball we have some relatively experienced people here who may be able to provide me some insights, opinions, and/or advice. I am looking at purchasing my first paintball marker. Some back-ground info on me, my needs, etc.
I have gone paintballing, perhaps a total of 3-4 times over 5 years. Each time has always been at an outdoor “woods” facility, using rented Tippmann carbine semi-auto type markers. I have never played “tournament” style games, i.e. speed-ball or played in an indoor facility.
a.) looking for a “package” deal with marker, mask, plug/sleeve, tank, hopper, squeegee, and other assorted accessories. One stop purchase, so to speak.
b.) interested primarily in outdoor “woods” games vs. indoor tourney style play. I want a versatile marker however that will not be completely out of place in either situation. Perhaps that is expecting too much?
c.) I have many expensive hobbies and realize this will add to that list. Therefore, I need to maintain a relatively low cost of entry, getting the most for my money. Unfortunately, this also contradicts my general approach to these things and that is to by more X than I need as a newbie with the belief that it is better to start with the best possible equipment and grow into it than start cheap and have to then buy “up”. Unfortunately, economic realities dictate that spending over 200.00 for a marker is really pushing the envelope right now. Therefore, as much as I’d like to look at 500.00+ markers (ha!) I must limit myself to 300.00 and preferably in the 150.00 to 200.00 range.
d.) sadly, I am fairly ignorant to most paintball marker terminology. For example, on another forum I got lots of tips: “buy an autococker”, “Definitely get a revo hopper”, “electronic marker all the way”, etc. I appreciated the input but um… what is that exactly? The forum was not too tolerant of newbie questions so here I am on SDMB. So, anyone willing to provide a quick tutorial on the basic differences would be fan-tabu-lous!
Here are a couple markers I’ve looked at and if you have any experience with, or opinions on any of them, I’d appreciate it.
Kingman Spyder Impulse Deluxe - I like the “look” of this marker and some reviews I’ve seen online give it high praise in the price to quality department. Do the tri-modes of fire honestly bring any value in most play? Do fields allow full-auto or tri-burst firing? Isn’t semi-auto firing fast enough for most situations? This marker, and the next one below, and many others sure look… “pretty”. Are these indoor only type markers or is this something I can use outdoors where exposure to Mother Nature will be a factor (cold/hot, streams/water, mud/dirt, rain, etc.)
Kingman Spyder Xtra - This looks similar to the Impulse deluxe, minus the fancy firing modes. That however is only to my layman’s eyes. Can anyone else explain the pros/cons of the differences? This has a ported barrel vs. the other one - is this a big deal? Bigger than any pros the other way? Is this also a decent marker for my intended purposes?
Tippmann A-5 - I have received a few suggestions that this marker is definitely the way to go. The price point is a bit higher than I’m comfortable with but I do at least know of the Tippman name. One thing I’ve read about this is you must replace the barrell b/c the stock one is just junk and very inaccurate. Yes? Another benefit I’m being sold on this one is that it is a very simple design in terms of maintenance and “on the spot” repairs. True? How complicated are these things really? I’ve owned my fair share of real guns, handguns, shotguns, rifles - not exactly challenging in terms of complexity. Even the military M16A2 was not that bad in terms of complexity and it is one of the more complicated weapons out there. Is this apples to oranges? Is there a reasonable comparison in terms of complexity of a marker? I have also been told, considering my preference towards outdoor “woods” games that this is the only way to go due to its durability.
Anyway, I hope someone has some ideas. I’m dying to jump into this one, much to Mrs. MeanJoe’s protesting.