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Old 04-14-2006, 11:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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SP8 or MKX8 What is the differance?

Just found out about the MKX8 and it looks just like the SP8 without the grip of the ion. I realize both are built to simulate the XM8, but they both look a little close to be unrelated. If anyone knows anything about the MKX8 I'd like to hear about it.

(is it electronic? seems kinda high priced for a gun I have never heard of)

http://www.bp-usa.com/mkx8.htm

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one is electro (SP8) one is mech
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The MKX8 is a spyder clone. I am hearing talks about a mag feed modification for it soon. I chose the SP8 over the MKX8, because of the spool valve design. I have never been a big fan of STBBs.
The SP8 is appearantly supposed to come with a different grip the resembles the actual XM8 grip. I need to get in contact with SP to get the proper grip.
Also the MKX8 does not have any threads and uses a pin(i believe) to retain the barrel. IIRC the hopper is specific as well. You cannot take a revolution and stick it on there
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Old 04-15-2006, 10:46 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Sp8, Mkx8, Xm8, M8

Where'd it all start?
Here's a decnt article about the origin of the space gun.
http://www.globalsecurity.org/milita...nd/m8-oicw.htm beware the pop=ups.
The MKX8 is made by Jet City - Black Point
http://www.bp-usa.com/mkx8.htm

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SP makes a good product despite their shadiness on other issues, and JCS makes some excellent products, but is essentially a precision machine shop, not a marker company. I don't mind a mech marker since they are easier to fix and more reliable most of the time, but the IONs seem to be pretty user friendly too if you know what you are doing.(I don't) I would say go with what youre comfortable with, electro or mech. If you *need* to spraypaint with it, go with the SP8. I'd go with the MX8 for scenarios though. I'm wary of electrosin that environment, because of the water and dirt factor.
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Already ordered an SP8, I just wondered. I would almost go the other way though if they do a clip fed mod. I loved my ATS Gun. (Can't justify that price on a spyder clone though. maybe if it was clip fed.. maybe)
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From first hand experience with both guns, the SP8 is the better of the 2. There have been quite a few problems with the mx8 not working. period. They look nice but who pays just for looks. My sp8 is rugged, lightweight, is a spool valve, is upgradeable, has a sealed breech, the electronics are well protected from dirt and moisture, etc. etc., it is a bit of an air hog though, it can be easily remedied with an after market HE bolt. You won't be sorry, it is a solid gun.
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It looks like another difference is the MKX-8 comes with the adjustable stock and drop forward standard, while the SP-8 has those as aftermarker upgrades.
For me the biggest difference would be the SP-8 being battery run. I've seen electros with dead batterys taking fun out of 24hr scenarios too many times to trust it. So for those who prefer to stick with mechanical markers go with the MKX-8. or if you're one of those SmartParts Haters, then go with the MKX-8, I've always had good luck with my Jet City Special MKX Alias, so lets hope they extend the same great service to their .68 cal marker.

The only thing I really want more than an MKX-8 at this point is to do a bullpup conversion on one of my VM-68s.
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Just got my SP8, and I gotta say I am not super inpressed with the plastic, I have owned a Tac 8, and an AT-85, (both plastic milsim guns) and the plastic on the sp8 just feels way cheeper.

I think I might look into trading it for another AT-85
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