Excuse me if this is posted incorrectly somehow, as I'm just getting back into paintball after a multi-year hiatus.
I have an old 68 classic upstairs, and it is all that remains of my PB days. I'm getting the bug again, and I love my mag, but I figure that it is impractical to upgrade that old marker piece-by-piece, so I want to build a new one.
Which leads me to my question..
Where do I buy aftermarket/custom parts? I used to love Rogue gear, and dreamt of ordering shiny parts off of TheMagSmith. I still want to build a mechanical mag similar to this "Paradigm" set-up that they used to offer :
I was browsing for parts (new or used) and noticed that Automags.org dealers section seems rather lifeless, and TheMagSmith carries next to nothing. I also remember there being other custom manufacturers back in the day (like DeadlyWind), but I can't afford that anyways.
It seems that besides small custom runs of things, the only other option is to stalk BST threads.
I want a cool body/rail/frame at a decent-ish price! Is there any hope?
You've come to the right place. Just keep your hook in the water a few moments, and all the fishies will start biting. :D
You may be surprised how much stuff you'll be able to get (and how fast) around these parts.
A great place to get stuff is from Tunaman. He's good people:
But as you'll see, there are loads of mag lovers here who will be more than happy to help you out.
Welcome to MCB.
Check the BST section on AO as well. Looking at the Paradigm it looks pretty much a stock RTPro. Might help going through some picture threads to get an idea if what you want. Keep in mind that as a general rule aftermarket AGD parts aren't cheap. Find some more pics of what you're looking for and you can get some input as to general costs on things.
Quick rundown of prices:
X Valve =$180-200+
ULE body = $95-120
Intelliframe = $65-80
It's hard really ball parking complete marker prices since there are so many variables.
I appreciate the quick responses!
The Paradigm is just a base of what I want to build. I want a nice frame with a cool looking rail and if I had the money, I'd LOVE to have a cool body (like a DW Chord...yeah right!).
I've been researching since I posted this thread, and MAN! I've found some more aftermarket parts (not readily available, mind you) and they sure aren't cheap.
I regret not buying the available rails and parts I could have a few years ago! They're definitely more scarce now. I guess I'm just going to keep my eye on a couple of BSTs and see if I can't come across any deals.
I do have one more question, though -- If I want to annodize my Mag in the future, do I need to buy raw parts, or is it possible for an annodizing shop to strip previous colors off?
Thanks again for your replies.
If you want to reanodize, the old colors can be removed by the anodizer - not a problem for a reputable shop.
So as far as bodies go, is the AGD ULE body really the only option here?
And those are just the body/rail combos. There are also the PTP unibody MicroMags, XMag bodies, Shockwave, and a handful of others.
Again, I would go through some pics, find what you like and post some links or what. Im sure someone would be happy to give you a guestimate on what it would cost to build what you're looking at. May be even able to steer you in the right direction.
However, if you're thinking you can build your dream Mag for $125, it probably isnt going to happen unless you stumble on a CL deal or enter into a life of crime.
I'd suggest the ULE body. They've been out awhile, and they're still 80-100 bucks used. Folks like 'em, and they're available. Your classic will probably feel totally different than you remember.
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