Arms T8.1 with a pressure sensitive green laser attached
Accurate, maintains velocity throught flight path, adds a whole new type of gameplay.
Expensive, specific markers, most markers FS Compat are to tall,doesnt break down.
Ahh the bulk of the review. So I must start out by saying I would have provided pictures and/or videos of this product if I wasnít deployed in Afghanistan for 5 more months. But I miss paintball and this product so much that I feel the need to rate it. I bought the T8.1 because it wasnít much more expensive than the T8 when I bought it. I really didnít see a need to use (sniper paintballs) on a pistol. And in some respects I still agree with that last statement. However, when I first got these puppies I decided to test them out in a woods like environment so I can accurately gauge what distance most shots are taken at. And then take it a step further and take some typically unrealistically long paintball shots. Pistols are not ideal for this setup because when you use a paintball this accurate, using a stable platform to shoot from significantly increases or reduces accuracy. And pistols arent that stable. First, I tested its biodegradability by putting it in a cup of water on top of a roof in the summertime in Texas... Lol the results were horrible, after 3 weeks I went up to the roof to check it out and it didnít even open up the shelling (the liquid paint was still in it lol) I gave up and crushed it in my fingers to see if it was soft. It was still hard but I could tell that it was a lot easier to just break in my fingers by squeezing it. I have no idea how long this will take to fully degrade.(from what I read these are photodegradeable) Also, I tested by shooting standing, and supported at two targets. One target at 40m and another at 90m approx**. The 40m target was getting hit consistently both standing and supported which can be done with regular paintballs as well. When I moved to the 90m target (It was a computer chair turned over on its side) I wasnít able to one shot standing but twice out of 8 shots lol and one of those bounced in front of it and hit the chair. Then I took two mags kneeling and supported which is when I zeroed my green laser. I was hitting it more than 75% and was extremely happy with my results. I wasnít shooting for capability testing. More so, a test to see if this really worth it or not? And I say yes to the hardcore paintballer. And especially yes to those who choose to use a pistol as a main marker in the field. Carrying 40-60 balls on a field with 20 people is a pretty big handicap to begin with so First Strike Paintballs help bring the edge back in your favor. It kind of hurts to use these now because I am kind of cheap when it comes to paintball and usually before a round starts it feels a little good to shoot at random things before the whistle is blown. But nope, cant do that with these lol.. Also, my marker is a realllll head turner and a lot of people ask for me to shoot it, how accurate is it, and can I try it out? The few chrono shots prior to going out in the field? Yeah it is a little frustrating at times lol. But fielding this bad boy has been some of the best paintball days of my life. Before this I would def say the Q-bow and especially the Longbow system with the tac one was my fav. My goal is to convert my PMI Trracer to shoot these and then throw one of my many red dot sights on it. Because this is an accurate system and to have people come up to you in curiosity in the middle of firefights after I pop someone in the head from ridiculous distances and just watch me play says more about this paintball then I can even describe lol. With a PISTOL nonethelessÖ (FYI if your wondering how my green laser system works with it.. Green lasers while are a lot more visible in daylight than typical red lasers.. It still isnt practical to use in open fields with no cloud coverage. Especially with the distances this paintball can reach. Cloud coverage/foliage coverage aka trees, it does work accurately) I cannot wait to get home and mod many of my 22 markers to shoot this system lol.. Also, I forgot to touch on something that shouldnít be overlooked. These are a different kind of paintballs but they are paintballs. Which means you will probably be shooting them at 300FPS.. That being said, at distances you will still need to compensate for trajectory. First strike paintballs maintain their velocity a lot longer than most paintballs which gives them that little bit of extra distance. Their strong point is staying true to that trajectory (extremely accurate arc) So donít expect to aim directly at someone 300 feet away and the paintball magically flying directly to them. Learn the drop correlated with this paintball and the FPS you shoot it at (or sight it in at different distances) and you will be the most accurate pber on the field.
This paintball requires a different kind of gameplay if you rely solely on First Strike paintballs because they are so damn expensive. If you think that because you can eliminate players with one shot and it will be more cost effective. Youíre probably wrong lol. Just buy marbs and get an accurate setup if your aiming for minimal paintballs/minimal cash. They are that expensive but it opens up a whole new perspective of paintball and is extremely fun. In addition, these paintballs are absolutly positiviely quality. If you donít have a First Strike compatible marker whether modded or purchased rdy for use. Donít bother using this as a primary. It is to difficult to single load paintballs in the middle of situations. Now using these as a supplementalÖ weapon? IE:putting a single first strike in your chamber for first shots and maybe doing this occasionally while playing as required is an idea. Practice with it though and you will see awesome results. Yes this product is expensive as hell, but it is quality and if you donít want to cough up money, buy something cheaper and get not quiet to standard results. I donít feel the need to retract points for price because there is nothing to compare it to pricewise. This is the mclarin F1 of paintballs, if you cant afford a supercar dont buy it. But please dont take rating away from it. Thats silly unless you could compare it to something else. 10 out of 10
10 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, February 10th, 2011 at 4:46 am PST