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Old May 25th, 2015, 11:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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WTB: Paintball Marker w/ Hopper and Air Tank

So the field that I usually go to rents their marker packages out for $30, which includes field entry, the marker, and a mask. However then they charge another $20 for 4 pods of paint balls and unlimited air refills. Now I'm not sure if all that is a good deal for $50, but I do know that if you have your own marker and gear you can purchase all-day field entry for like $15 including unlimited air fills (which seems like a good idea to me).

I have decided that if I am going to pay $50 each time I want to play paintball, I might as well buy a used marker online and only pay $15 each time I go to play (plus the cost of paint balls). The field I play at generally rents out used Tippman 98's. I am not sure what they retail for, but I have seen a bunch of them sell on eBay for around $40 used, which is already almost cheaper than what they charge for a one day rental. My question to ya'll is what is a good marker that I can buy (preferably used) for under $60? I want something that will be reliable on the field, will not require a lot of cleaning, and will include an air tank and standard hopper (200 rds). I don't care if it has a response trigger (or whatever those quick pro triggers are called). I also will not be interested in doing ANY upgrades, except for maybe an attachment or two lol.
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Old May 25th, 2015, 11:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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read the link in my signature. my suggestion to you is don't get ANY attachments.

do you have a mask? that'll be the first thin you'll want to buy.

anything under 60 bucks for a marker isn't going to be worth the money.
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Old May 26th, 2015, 08:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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read the link in my signature. my suggestion to you is don't get ANY attachments.

do you have a mask? that'll be the first thin you'll want to buy.

anything under 60 bucks for a marker isn't going to be worth the money.
Im not sure I would say any attachments, an On/off ASA is cheap and sure makes life easier and can typically be transferred onto another marker down the road

I agree on the mask thing, a good mask will make your day of play, the link in either of our sigs will take you to the same place and there is a whole section on masks.

for the marker, there is some stuff you can get at $60 new like the spyder victor, great little marker. the "pro" triggers you are referring to are called e-frames (electronic frame) basically they turn your trigger pull into a mouse click and because there is a circuit board controlling everything you can typically have more control over the firing process as well as add different firing modes. The big advantage is you can get some great rates of fire off of them

defiantly get a good mask first, even if you are still renting for a while, a good mask will make for a great day of play.

finally, dont get a tippmann 98, 2 reasons, 1) they are a terrible design, to do any sort of maintenance on them you have to completely tear apart the whole thing splitting the shell in half, this would be like doing an oil change on your car and having to remove the engine to do it, everything else in the industry the bolt and internals come out the back with the removal of a back cap and 2) why buy what the field is renting you? get something different, no use going to the field with your own gear just to use the same marker
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Old May 26th, 2015, 10:06 AM   #4 (permalink)
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To expand, don't just not get a 98c, but don't get any of the various "98c in a different looking body" markers either. While they look different, they're still just a 98c in a different body (cronus, FT12, A-5).
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Old May 26th, 2015, 10:11 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I have been looking at the Kingman/Spyder Sonix. Is that a decent paintball marker to start with? I like it because it has the simplicity of the Victor but has a foregrip on it.
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Old May 26th, 2015, 10:21 AM   #6 (permalink)
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it's a fine choice to start playing with.
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Old May 26th, 2015, 10:31 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Sweet thanks everyone for the help. Found a few used package deals online for the Spyder Sonix that include a hopper and a CO2 tank. I already have a mask so other than paintballs is that all I need to play? Also where do you refill the CO2 tanks? Do I have to go to the field to do it?
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Old May 26th, 2015, 10:36 AM   #8 (permalink)
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some field still fill c02. Sporting goods stores will fill co2 tanks as well.
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Old May 26th, 2015, 10:40 AM   #9 (permalink)
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some field still fill c02. Sporting goods stores will fill co2 tanks as well.
By sporting goods stores are we talking like Big5 and Dick's will fill the tanks for you? Is there a charge?
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of course you're going to pay for it. they're providing you with both a good and a service. give them a call to find out if they fill tanks; some do, and some do not.
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Sorry wasn't sure.. My local field doesn't charge for air refills since most people spend the day playing there anyways.
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Air and CO2 are two different things.
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Air and CO2 are two different things.
to flesh this out some more:

Compressed air is simply that. It's the air that we breathe, but it's compressed into a tank at 3,000-4,500psi.
CO2 is co2 only. It's stored in your tank in liquid form and expands into gas form as it leaves your tank.
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So is it better to get a CO2 or air tank for my marker? I have an air compressor at home so would I be able to fill the air tank myself?
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a 3,000 psi compressor costs many thousand of dollars. your garage compressor will not fill your tank at near enough pressure.

Whihc is better? it depends on where you play. If you're out playing in the woods with no available air fill, Co2 is the way to go. If you only play at your field ad you get free compressed air fills, then buy a compressed air tank.
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ya I would check with your field before anything, some fields do not carry CO2 anymore since they have to purchase it and bring it in for only a handful of players to use during a day. If your field can not fill your tank I would highly suggest finding a HPA tank instead, new they can be had for as little as $50, used you can probably get one in good hydro for around $30 but this is a very small and basic tank that will get you no more than about 500 shots off of

one note on CO2 fills, I would highly HIGHLY suggest you do NOT go to dicks or big 5 or any other non paintball specific place to get your fills. I worked at a Sports authority before and the workers at these big box stores have absolutely no idea how to properly fill a CO2 tank, chances are you will walk out of there with it half full at best because they get so little traffic asking for CO2 fills they dont care to really train their staff in how to fill them. Not to mention if they give you a half fill that means you will only be back there that much faster getting more.

HPA is better for the life of the o-rings in the marker but the tanks are more expensive but in the long run it is typically the better choice. There is a HPA FAQ sticky at the top of the new player section, many of the things about it are explained in there.
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