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Old 04-29-2006, 11:46 AM   #1
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The Semi-Exhaustive Entry-to-Mid Marker Concordance

Well, I looked at the insane number of “Which Gun???” & “A Vs. B.” Threads, so I decided to compile a comprehensive entry-to-mid marker comparison.

For the sake of keeping this fairly concise, and the fact that it’s in the New Paintballers forum, I’m going to limit this to markers that can be purchased for less than $300 brand new. I’ll also group them into the categories of Mechanical & Electronic.


MECHANICAL:

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WGP Markers:

--Trilogy Tactical ~ $###
Primary Use: Woodsball
Key Features:
Cons: Front block is non-interchangeable
http://www.pbreview.com/products/reviews/3854/

--Trilogy Competition ~ $###
Primary Use: Speedball
Key Features:
Cons: Front block is non-interchangeable
http://www.pbreview.com/products/reviews/3234/

--Trilogy Pro ~ $###
Primary Use: Recball/Speedball
Key Features:
Cons: Front block is non-interchangeable
http://www.pbreview.com/products/reviews/3232/

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Tippmann Markers:

--98 Custom ~ $###
Primary Use: Woodsball/Mil-Sim/Recball
Key Features: High upgrade/customization ability, dependable
Cons:
http://www.pbreview.com/products/reviews/421/

--A-5 ~ $###
Primary Use: Woodsball/Mil-Sim/RecBall
Key Features: High upgrade/customization ability
Cons:
http://www.pbreview.com/products/reviews/1160/

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Kingman Markers:

--Victor ~ $###
Primary Use: Recball/Woodsball
Key Features:
Cons:
http://www.pbreview.com/products/reviews/1266/

--Xtra ~ $###
Primary Use: Recball/Woodsball
Key Features:
Cons:
http://www.pbreview.com/products/reviews/641/

--TL-X ~ $###
Primary Use: Recball/Woodsball
Key features:
Cons:
http://www.pbreview.com/products/reviews/2762/

--Rodeo ~ $###
Primary Use: Recball/Woodsball
Key features: Pressure gauge, regulator/x-chamber, improved milling
Cons:
http://www.pbreview.com/products/reviews/2313/

--MR-1 ~ $###
Primary Use: Woodsball/Mil-Sim
Key features:
Cons:
http://www.pbreview.com/products/reviews/4229/

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Mechanical Summary:
It seems the most recommended markers I have found in the mechanical section are both tippmann markers, and the Xtra/Victor. The kingman markers are basic, but provide a cheap entry marker that can take various upgrades. Spyders seem to be more popular for upgrading into the "speedball" world, but tippmann's seem to be more accepted for durability, and their "mil-sim" appeal.

The Kingman MR-1 is fairly new, and not much is being said about it yet...

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ELECTRONIC:

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WGP Markers:

--Trilogy SF Family: ~ $###-###
SF = Select Fire. These are the stock WGP electronic framed versions of the Trilogy Series (reference Mechanical Section for marker specifics)
Primary Use: Speedball
Key Features:
Cons:
http://www.pbreview.com/products/sea.../?q=trilogy+SF

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Kingman E-Markers:

--Imagine ~ $###
Primary Use: Recball/Speedball
Key Features: Cheapest e-framed spyder, multiple firing modes, recessed “Vizion” bolt
Cons:
http://www.pbreview.com/products/reviews/1199/

--Electra(newer models) ~ $###
Primary Use: Recball/Speedball
Key Features: Anti-Chop System, Rocking Trigger Frame (’06 model comes with an eye)
Cons: expensive for blowback operation
http://www.pbreview.com/products/reviews/3696/

--MR-2 ~ $###
Primary Use: Woodsball/Mil-Sim
Key Features:
Cons:
http://www.pbreview.com/products/reviews/4226/

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Tippmann E-Markers:

--98 Custom Pro E ~ $###
Primary Use: Recball
Key Features: durability, upgrade/customization ability
Cons: long, bulky
http://www.pbreview.com/products/reviews/3595/

--an E-Grip is also available as an add-on for the 98 custom and the A-5

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Smart Parts Markers:

Ion ~ $###
Primary Use: Speedball
Key Features: Spool Valve, Low pressure operation, BreakBeam eyes, lightweight.
Cons: "Composite body" is not appealing to some.
http://www.pbreview.com/products/reviews/3516/

SP-8 (modified version of the Ion) ~ $###
Primary Use: Woodsball/Mil-Sim
Key Features:
Cons:
http://www.pbreview.com/products/reviews/4058/

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"Evil" Markers:

--Omen 2.0 (do not confuse with normal "Omen") ~ $280
Primary Use: Speedball
Key Features: Cam arms to eliminate chops
Cons: Have to set recock but solved easily just read manual
http://www.pbreview.com/products/reviews/3781/

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Game Face Markers:

--Vexor Eye ~ $140
Primary Use: Speedball
Key Features: Speed, eyes, good value
Cons:
http://www.pbreview.com/products/reviews/3495/

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Piranha Markers:

--Evo 2005 ~ $130
Primary Use: Speedball
Key Features: Speed, eyes, low price
Cons:
http://www.pbreview.com/products/reviews/3546/

--EVO Special Edition ~ $160
Primary Use: Speedball/Recball
Key Features: Evil Detonator, Trigger Guard, Eyes, Great Reg
Cons: Limited colors
[No Review Link Located]
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Diablo Markers:

--Wrath ~ $209
Primary Use: Speedball/ Recball
Key Features: ElectroPneumatic,Dual break beam anti-chop eyes
Cons: Only Semi Auto, Very few upgrades, Grips, Spring Return
http://www.pbreview.com/products/reviews/3515/

--Wrath LTD ~ $240
Primary Use: Speedball/Recball
Key Features: Teflon bolt with O-rings for better seal, High speed air-ram operation, Dual break beam anti-chop eyes , Circuit board has ramping mode, Fixes Problem with original Wrath
Cons: No adjustments on the Ramping, Spring Return
http://www.pbreview.com/products/reviews/4238/

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Electronic Summary:
In this section, the most popular choices seem to be the Kingman Spyder Imagine, and the Smart Sparts Ion. Both are reasonably priced for their specific function, but the Ion offers siginificantly more advantages in the area of operating pressure, speed, breakbeam eyes, and the spool valve operation.

The Game Face Vexor Eye and the Piranha Evo offer a very good package for the blowback marker as they are priced low, AND come stock with eyes & a higher ROF cap than most kingman eframes.
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If you have any additional information (or questions) on these markers, please post here and update us (including concise "features," "cons," & "price").

If you would like to submit another marker for listing, please use the following format:

Manufacturer Name:
Marker Name:
Appx. Price:
Primary Use:
Key Features:
Cons:

If you'd like, you can include link to review on pbr, but that isn't necessary, I can find that.
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