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Old 11-09-2012, 02:28 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I'm going to throw out my Spyder Compact Deluxe, not the best in anyone elses eyes but I think it's the coolest thing ever.
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Old 11-09-2012, 02:33 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I've heard lots of good bout the Kaos STBBs, also, no votes for the AM Sentinels? Apparently they were outstanding.
Didn't they have really soft valves though? Or hammers? Or valve pins? It was one of those silly little bits that makes it go bang.
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Old 11-09-2012, 02:40 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I'm partial to Pro-lites, with their integrated ASA. The ergonomics are great, they're bulletproof, and they still had that classic firearm-inspired Tippmann look.
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Old 11-09-2012, 02:58 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:15 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I'm certainly no expert, but my vote is for the original A5. I bought one with the GTA E trigger when they were first released after taking an extended paintball hiatus. once you open the valve tube all the way and use the hammer spring pressure to set the velocity, they are very nice to shoot. I think the early A5's were the pinnacle of the Tippmann line. Admittedly, I have never shot and ICD, but the comments here are seriously threatening my bank balance, actually maybe not so much, I have never seen a vert feed ICD blowback.
Runner up for me would have to be the Bob Long Millennium.
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:18 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Never breaks down...and if it does, it's a Tippmann...throw in some oil, change an o-ring, and she's fine...
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:23 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I have to vote for the VM . . . they were my first semi, and I have always had VM's since. I've had plenty of the others, but VM's suit me better it seems

Nothing at all wrong with F# Illustrators - fantastic little paintguns. Same with the ICD cats. Tippmanns - well my personal all time favorite from them is the ProCarbine. My least favorite of theirs ever is the 68Special. To be blunt, they are garbage (puts on nomex suit). the rest are always serviceable and generally tough

Spyders? meh

Montneels - cool guns

AM Sentinels - I had one, it was nice
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:55 PM   #18 (permalink)
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My vote of for the F#'s and Z's
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:02 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I've owned a bunch.

There are multiple categories of "best":

Nicest to shoot/tune/tweak: ICD Cats for sure. Quite smooth, well made, unique design, unmatched when it comes to being able to adjust all parts of the firing cycle.

Most fun to shoot: Tippmann SMG/68 Special. Liquid CO2 and a heavy hammer with a long throw = ridiculousness. The massive CO2 cloud and the marker jumping with every shot due to actual recoil... Factor in full auto on the SMGs. Wow.

My favorite: Tippmann Pro/Carbine. The ergonomics are just perfect for me. Fairly good performance, built well, tough as nails.

Addressing some other names thrown around:

Spyder SE: Probably one of the best actual Spyders. Not saying much though. Nothing really that special (I own one). AKA Black Widow, BL Millenium, and AM Sentinel are all better.

Pro-Lite: I just don't care for the dual-pin valve. The CVX is just much cleaner and simpler. Performance is generally better (except maybe on liquid).

A-5: Anything with a plastic power tube can't be considered the best. I like the A-5 a lot. The cyclone is brilliant. But put it on a better base gun and you've got a winner.
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:25 PM   #20 (permalink)
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My vote goes to the Tippmann Pro-lite. Incredibly rugged and awesome on CO2 even in the biting cold.
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