BE Rainmaker, BE King Cobra, Palmer Cocker, CMI Thunderpig, PGP, Spyders/Piranhas, Tippmann ProAM
Rainmaker with MAC mount, mag ASA w/ gas through, 14" B.O.A. snakebite, angel LCD frame w/ TLALOC chip on '99 RM board.
Same as any marker at first. New barrel, Palmer's Stabilizer, bottom line setup and perhaps a good stock. Maybe a better grip later as well like a 45.
Durable, reliable, many upgrades, cheap upgrades, as accurate as others, great feel.
Recoil, loudness, gas inefficient, weird velocity adjustment, heavy, upgrades less common are all weaknesses.
Although it may seem as if this gun has way too many weaknesses, that is far from true. Sure it is an ancient chunk of aluminum in paintball history these days, but if you want something reliable unlike most of whats out there, than this beast is what you need. It can be suited to scenario needs as well, with tons of CAR stocks being made for the thing. There are so many different configurations too, its hard to truly do this gun justice if you leave out the upgradablility factor. Even though some parts are getting a little harder to find, practically all of its weaknesses can be fixed via all the aftermarket parts out there. You could run your car over this thing and it would still work. This thing will even run off liquid CO2 unlike most other guns these days. There are several homemade upgrades you can do as well that will significantly increase efficiency and reduce other problems. VMs have a special feel to them as well with the additional mass and recoil. Barrels are fairly cheap too running at about half the price of the normal cost in most cases. Armotech guns use the same barrel threading as well as Bruizers, so barrels are still being made as well as Lapco's cocker to VM barrel adpater, so don't worry about whether or not barrels can be found.
I would recommend this gun to anyone seriously considering getting into paintball. People shouldn't start out with anything electronic in my opinion or anything expensive, but rather reliable. Malfunctioning equipment can give the wrong impression on paintball and take away the fun aspect. This gun is built like a Tippmann, or maybe its the other way around. For a good reliable gun that's highly upgradable with CHEAP upgrades if you look around the Internet, you can't beat the VM. Otherwise, I'd have to recommend a Tippmann, but then you wouldn't be oldschool and/or get those funny looks at your gun.