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Old 01-24-2007, 06:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The girlfriend's gun...

My girlfriend, after playing a few times, has decided to take the plunge and get her first marker. What would you guys recommend based on the following criteria:

Cheap
Lightweight
Not plastic
Semi-automatic
Non-autococking
Non-Smart Parts

Price is an issue for both of us and weight is a HUGE issue for her. She's 5'1 110 lbs, and thinks a Spyder is heavy. I'm a bit out of the loop with what's what these days and would appreciate some feedback.

Thanks!
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Old 01-24-2007, 06:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Can she rock out SC style?

Id suggest the CCI VSC if so.

If not I dont know what is lighter than a spyder yet mechanical and reliable.
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Old 01-24-2007, 06:52 AM   #3 (permalink)
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She's not confident enough for SC. She used my PGP once and traded it to some kid with a semi during the game!
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Old 01-24-2007, 08:07 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Nothing BE or VL. VL has a few acceptable guns but they are high in dollar amount and low in performance.

I hate to say it but ION keeps popping up in my mind. I know you said that you didnt want SP, with the right upgrades or regular maintanence they can be nice. And its the only gun I can think of thats relatively small, light, fast, and decently reliable. Plus she might have alot of funds with a few of the modes.


If you have a local PB gun store let her shop around and see what she likes, then go from there.

Also I am assuming that she already has her own mask.
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Old 01-24-2007, 08:18 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Actually theose old pirannah blow blacks were super light. My buddy had one and would always brag about how light it was.

All metal except for the grip frame.
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Old 01-24-2007, 08:22 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Grrr tough one. I too would have suggested an ION hmmm.
If weight is an issue perhaps a remote line is advisable?
When I first started playing I had a BE talon and very quickly Upgraded to a 98 custom and Although I have a growing collection now I still have the old war horse prepped and ready to go. With the way they clamshell open I was able to look at all the parts when I was little and get an understanding on how paintball works mechanically. Im fairly confident if you dropped a marker that was a pile of parts into my lap I can give it a run for the money.

Really most of the tippmann line are built like tanks. Another idea is a used mag. Again they just keep going nonstop and have tons of options for upgrades and modifications. I would think they would certenly be small enough to suit her. With a novice player its a good idea (IMHO) to stick with something low matinence so if they make a mistake on reassembly or cleaning you wont have to worry about it malfunctioning and damaging itself. Mags could also teach you how to not short stroke Handy for if you pursue the game more and come across other markers that you could have happen to you.

Ill rack my brain a little more on it and see what I come up with.
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Old 01-24-2007, 08:23 AM   #7 (permalink)
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If she thinks a Spyder is heavy, is it because of the marker or the tank attached? You may consider setting her up with a remote to remove the tank weight from the equation. Just an idea….
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Old 01-24-2007, 08:26 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Honestly guys, I was thinking ION too. Are there any markers out there today that are comparable to the ION in weight/size/performance/price?
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Old 01-24-2007, 08:42 AM   #9 (permalink)
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older spyder and an E-frame? The first spyders are solid as a rock, and can get fast as you want on an e-frame. Plus, you can go vert tank for a nice compact setup.
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Old 01-24-2007, 09:16 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I've gotta go with either a Spyder on remote or a 98C on remote. They're really the best options for what you're asking. If weight is that much of an issue, why not get her a one-point sling or something?
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