Azodin Kaos (stock - for now)
48/30 Ninja HPA Tank
Price, Power, Simplicity, Parts
Stock Barrel, Stock Feed Neck, Noise
The Azodin Kaos is an entry level marker, usually ranging from $80-$90 at your local Paintball Store (or online). It is a blowback, Semi-Auto, Mech marker, however that doesn't mean it is a bad gun at all. In fact it's one of the better gun's I've ever used. It also has the advantage over other guns (such as Spyders) because it has Autococker Barrel threads, and Ion Feedneck threads, which are industry standard really. So upgrading this gun is fairly easy.
First, the tear down of this gun is easy. For most people you will never have to disassemble the marker past the basic maintenance. For that you simply unscrew the velocity adjuster until the spring comes out, remove the upper and lower bolts, clean and grease and put it back in. Should you need to remove anything else from the gun, it's still not complicated, and is a straight forward tear down.
This gun does have some power to it. Right out of the box, with a stiff spring, I got (at highest) around 310 FPS on the Chrono. However most fields have lower requirements, so you have to back it down. It's nice to know that a gun of this price can still keep up with high end guns in that area. I've seen some Spyders that can barely shoot over 230, if that. This doesn't seem to lack in this area.
However there are a few things worth noting. The barrel and feedneck that come with the gun should be your first upgrades (feedneck being first). The feedneck suffers from one problem, where it just cannot tighten enough. Yes it will hold the loader in place, but no it isn't secure enough for my taste. Given I have a nice loader on this gun, it's worrisome. The barrel is also a little short for most players, being only 12" stock. Luckily getting a new barrel is not an issue, given the AC threading.
This also is a fairly loud gun, with my HPA tank. I'm not sure why it's so loud, but it is. Keep that in mind, if you plan to be as stealthy as possible, it may alert people around you. I wonder if maybe putting a regulator (rather then the gasthru foregrip) would resolve this issue, but I have not tried this.
New to Paintball? Get this Marker. Seasoned Veteran? Get this Marker. Looking for a backup gun? Get this Marker. Looking for a Primary gun? Get this Marker. It's a no brainer, for the price you are getting an incredible gun. 9/10