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Old 03-12-2008, 10:09 PM #1
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Strategies for using "Pistols as Primaries"

There's no section dedicated to pistols and since my Core ZX (aka Amrotech Zeus) was my first pistol, I figured this might be a good place to put this topic. Please nominate for sticky if you think it's a good idea. Thanks.

I did decide to go with dual pistols and here's some info for you folks:

First off, don't play with pistols like you would a regular marker. There are clear advantages and disadvantages of using pistol(s) as primaries. Addressing these topics:

TOP 10 STRATEGIES for using pistols as primaries:

1. Be in the front. Since you're limited in ammo/air, this is your best place to be. Do that by sprinting towards the furthest bunker you can as the game begins. Your buddies with regular markers should be behind you. With a pistol or two, you have much less weight to lug around. Use it to your advantage and run up as far as you can. Make sure you got some buddies backing you up.

2. Keep your head up as you dash towards the bunker so you can identify where your opponents are (true whether you're using pistols or not). The less you peak out behind the bunker, the less chance you'll get tagged.

3. Sneak. You don't have a whole lot of ammo so you can't be firing like crazy to keep people down. Every shot should be used to tag someone out. You need the element of surprise. Close range is better because you need the accuracy. You'll have plenty of it with pistols.

4. Bunker. You're going for the bunker, not the lobbing shot. My friend who didn't take pistols too seriously took a hold of my gear for a game and kicked so much butt that the refs were talking about him. He changed his mind about pistols after that game. Can you imagine tagging 5 people out in a single game without the majority of your opponents even knowing you where there? His pistol was basically resting on the opponents back/side as he snuck around. Good job bro!

5. Move around. That's your advantage with a pistol, so use it. With a pistol, you won't have pod harnesses blocking your back. Use your freedom and roll around if you need to. Slide into a bunker from far away and roll closer to it. It's much easier when you have pistols and nothing holding you back.

6. Use your buddies. Paintball's not a one man game....especially with pistols. You need your team to back you up big time.

7. Conserve ammo. This helps you in two ways. a) You don't have much ammo to begin with 2) You won't give away your position by shooting. When those cops say, "Shoot to kill," they're talking to you guys with the pistols.

8. Don't rest the gun tips on the ground. I was tempted to do this and did it numerous times while crouched down behind a bunker. Luckily I didn't get dirt into the barrel, but it can easily happen.

9. Reload before you need to.
Just like one of the guys said here on the thread, you should reload before you're completely out of ammo. You need two hands to reload. One hand to hold the marker and the other hand drops the paintballs in the barrel. While you're loading a marker, you're obviously leaving the other one on the ground. Be prepared to drop everything, pick it up quickly and shoot any opponent that sneaks up on you.

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Continue the list guys! What do you recommend doing as a primary pistol user?
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Old 03-12-2008, 10:12 PM #2
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WHY USE PISTOLS AS PRIMARIES?:
Yes, there's a few of us who use these things as primaries. Some of us just can't have enough fun with regular markers and some of us just have a death wish.

Challenge:
You bet it's challenging! Very different strategy than using a regular marker. Be prepared to count your shots and know how much air you have left to propel your little .69 balls. Lots of people will talk smack (mostly on the forums. The guys on the field seem to love it) and you'll have to defend yourself one way or another. Everyone will tell you go to get a real marker. Prepare yourself on how to fend them off.

Something New:
It's new for you because you're bored of using a regular marker. This might be an expensive test. You probably want to commit to it before purchasing one. Borrow a friend's before buying one.

Fun Factor:
No one with a pistol can deny that it's just plain fun. Even if you get tagged out first, you did it while having a blast.

You Suck at Paintball:
And now you have a reason for losing. Pistols can be your justification for sucking at paintball. Congrats.
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Old 11-29-2008, 04:06 PM #3
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im looking for parts for my core xz, any suggests? im having a hard time. but your right about the pistol as the primary ive raise several eye brows coming out of the bushs with it as my only gun
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Old 04-12-2011, 07:05 AM #4
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Sometimes i use a pistol (Ariakon overlord rx) as a primary. i have to admit i freakin love it. although it can be very irritating reloading (this would be a problem if you had a GOOD pistol). for instance i was playing a huge recreation game 2 weekends ago with 40 dudes on each team and i ran up and hid in the woods, as i was crawling toward the enemies base i came up on someone else trying to sneak and i popped off 3 shots and got him out, another came and it took my another 5 shots to hit him. i was in the middle of reloading and i got snuck up on so i called myself out. but i believe an advantage of shooting pistols as primaries is COST. lets face it you are going to have trouble finding a 400 dollar paintball pistol, and since each "hopper" only holds 10 or 8 rounds you are going to be conserving paint which equals conserving money. Also pistols are the best choice for say if you were lucky enough to be able to go to an indoor building/ factory or plant to play close quarters. of course i play scenario and woodsball tourneys and now i use my Etek3 but if we are with walk-ons and im in a good mood, i will whip out ole overlord and have some fun. plus your enemies will under estimate you
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