Originally Posted by pjerzy1
if at all possible i would hold the axe and see if you like it. I personally dont like the feel of them.
I agree with ya on the feel of Axe. I own 3 of them and I just don't like the feel at all, I even prefer the Mini over it. Something to consider also isthe feel of a poppit vs a spoolie. I prefer poppit most days because I like the response of every trigger pull but its not for everyone.
I would also try the following new guns: Dye Reflex Rail, MacDev Drone (parts may be an issue based on your situation, PE Etek4. Personally I would get a used gun like a BL G6R 2012, Dye DM8 or higher, PE Ego 9 or higher (600-700 range). If you get a better gun now, you don't feel so compelled to upgrade so soon and feel outgunned shooting a mid range gun.
The most important gear is the mask for sure (I like the E-Flex), a bad mask ruins the whole day. Also consider a Prohecy Z2 hopper or Pinikio if you on a budget. Before you buy a tank (prefer Ninja with shims), get the marker you want so you know if it needs to be SLP, LP or HP so you don't have to purchase two tank.