back in 97 when i first started playing. used to buy all the paintball magazines i could get my hands on & there were ads for them. them & autocockers always seemed so unreachable. i forget when i got my first one but it was a few years after i started playing. loved it so much. always regretted getting rid of it. i recently bought a field rental from my local owner & i've fallen in love all over again. honestly, for woodsball they are such great guns. they shoot really good & even though you can achieve a decent rate of fire for a mech i don't shoot nearly as much paint as when i'm using one of my electros.