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Old 04-17-2011, 07:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What pistol makes the best sidearm?

There's more to this question than you think. An objectively "good" sidearm should compliment your main gun completely.

It should meet four requirements:

1. Lightweight. It cannot be too heavy, as to weigh the user down.

2. Portable. Not too big, something that wouldn't bother you when it's holstered.

3. Reliable. It is going to be pulled out at the absolute most desperate moments, and it damn well better work.

4. Firepower. Whether or not it's a pump, it should hold a decent amount of paintballs. 8-10-12 is good. The two-shot Goblin Deuce, not so much.


I ask this not only because I'm trying to figure out a good sidearm, but I'm also interested in your opinions. I was thinking about (no joke) a Splatmaster. Even though they're old and low-tech, they seem to be light and fairly small. I'd also like a good PGP, but I fear it would be too heavy, and I'd end up using it as a primary.

Remember, this thread is about the best sidearms, not primaries. Any pistol can be a great primary, but few are truly up to snuff as dedicated sidearms.
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Old 04-17-2011, 08:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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as a secondary the TPX wins. It's light, easy to carry and you don't have to pierce the 12 gram until you need it.
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I'll abstain from adding my opinion on this one solely because, except in very special cases (such as tournaments like the TTPL where a gun hit only kills the gun), I just don't believe in sidearms as anything more than extra weight. Pistols belong as primary weapons, IMO
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Slingshot.

It's affordable, light weight, easy to load, reliable, and you don't have to worry about those silly CO2 cartridges.
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Slingshot.

It's affordable, light weight, easy to load, reliable, and you don't have to worry about those silly CO2 cartridges.
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as a secondary the TPX wins. It's light, easy to carry and you don't have to pierce the 12 gram until you need it.
Yes. Pierce on demand makes the TPX a clear winner for a secondary marker. (Any other markers have a similar feature?)

I strongly suggest you find one you can handle and play a game with before buying. I know some people have major issues with its point of balance, so they have a horrible natural point of aim.
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Splatmaster, cheap affordable and is a great piece of PB history.
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I've never seen a sidearm actually out of the holster. Why bother, just lose the bigger gun and run out there, pistol in hand.
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Slingshot.

It's affordable, light weight, easy to load, reliable, and you don't have to worry about those silly CO2 cartridges.
3rd this.
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Dr Gonzho's close, although I've had the tubing snap, so I go for real old school:



Although true to my nature, I couldn't resist souping it up by using synthetic snowshoe webbing, No stretch!
Yes, I have eliminated a bunch of people with it, though I can't use it at regular fields.

I use 2 pistols all the time, so either can be my sidearm at any given moment.

For someone wearing a pistol AS a sidearm, there's a wealth of great choices, the splatty among them!

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