WGP Trilogy Pro
Halo TSA Backman Hopper
DYE excel barrel
Co2 (I know, but I'm poor and still need paintballs)
Get some kind of HPA tank, It'll make your shots and groupings more consistent.
High quality construction, excellent feel and balance, Great set-up right out of the box
Some say upgrades, but if you're one, be patient, or consider a larger budget.
Let me begin by explaining that for me, one of the biggest criteria for my ideal marker is FEEL. How sturdy it feels in my hands, how balanced it is, how the trigger feels when pulled...
I read a great deal about different markers before i set my sights on this one, but I also knew i HAD TO hold it. I went to my local shop (an hour away), and was very pleased to have it in my hands. It felt SOLID. Everything about the marker exuded quality. I needed to compare it with something else, so I held both an Ion, and a Spyder Fenix (they were both priced comparably). As soon as the Ion was in my hands i felt as though i were holding a toy instead of a paintball gun. The Spyder felt better, but still a little cheap in places. Needless to say, The Trilogy had my vote.
The Trilogy Pro feels like a 'REAL' gun. From is full aluminum frame with nice .45 grips, to The slightly heavy but completely slop-free trigger pull, I get the impression that someone simply switched my ammo from bullets to paintballs. Firing the marker felt buttery smooth. The trigger pull although on the stiffer side (for a paintball marker), feels wonderful with a nice stiff aluminum trigger. The finish is nice as well, with a satin gloss to it that is not nearly as shiny as what most WGP pictures make it out to be. That means no worries about being spotted because of your gleaming marker. Even bone-stock the marker is really set up quite nicely, with an angled steel-braided hose, Delrin bolt, Double trigger frame, and even a 2-piece barrel with 2 different backs! Not bad considering a street price of $240-$250.
As nice as it is, It does have it's flaws. The body does feel very solid, but is not the lightest, even within it's price range. The milling is very very simple, if not almost nonexistent. If you're after looks, you can probably find sexier markers out there. It is a mechanical auto-cocker, so you can shoot as fast as you can pull the trigger without short-stroking, but you get no electronic aides. If you're really good I'd imagine that 10-12 BPS is within the realm of possibility, but don't count on it. Given that the three-way is built in, your options in upgrading are more limited, and you give up perhaps some adjustability (although I've read if you know what you're doing EVERYTHING is adjustable, just go read the WGP tech forums, some people there love to take things apart...).
So, I ask, what do YOU think? If you agree that yes feel is very important when considering your marker, then I suggest you check it out and go shoot one. If you want a BPS shooting badass, then look at some of the lower priced electro's like the Ion that is all the rage... If the built In three-way or lack of adjustments to play with bothers you, consider spending a little more for something like the ProStock perhaps, (or maybe even CCM's Series 5 MMMMMmmmmm...)
I purposely left out talk about 'shot groupings' and accuracy. I feel these are almost entirely user dependent (at least 95% user dependent). If you want to hear how great it shoots, read the other reviews. I'm filling in a void that seemed desperately lacking.
Great Marker for the price, I am very happy with it. If my review has sparked your interest in any way, I urge you to go pick one up, even fire it if you can. You'll know then if it's right for you. (Final rating is a 9 because nothing is perfect, yes, I'm one of those...)
Awesome review! I was wondering how this gun felt because of some things like the angled foregrip but now I feel like going to my nearest store and holding one of those....
When I first thought about buying a paintball marker I wanted a marker with good looks, but, due to the overwhelming amount of good reviews and the outstanding pinpoint accuracy of an autococker, I decided otherwise. Point is, good review. You definitely filled the 'void that seemed desperately lacking'.