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Old 07-23-2011, 06:33 PM #43
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Those who hate(d) Smarts Parts usually won't have anything to do with Freak barrels for the same reason.



Good advice, but I would differ on one small detail. My G3 (stock except the board) shoots very nicely. You can probably find a used G3 for $150.00 with a little effort, and the G3 is very good for that price. You may be able to find a used G4 for $225. Both the G3 and the G4 are cocker-threaded, so there are innumerable barrel options.

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then again.... Ions have these things called aftermarket parts, about 8 or 9 of them have something to do with a cocker-threaded breech...



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Old 07-23-2011, 07:57 PM #44
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then again.... Ions have these things called aftermarket parts, about 8 or 9 of them have something to do with a cocker-threaded breech...
Sure, you can add aftermarket parts at additional expense. I have both an Ion and a G3. I shoot the G3 from time to time and regularly take it as a back up. I haven't had the Ion out in two years.

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Old 07-23-2011, 09:13 PM #45
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Sure, you can add aftermarket parts at additional expense. I have both an Ion and a G3. I shoot the G3 from time to time and regularly take it as a back up. I haven't had the Ion out in two years.

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Or you can buy an upgraded one without the additional price most paople make the necessary ones then end up selling it.
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Old 07-23-2011, 09:19 PM #46
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get sponsored by ansgear (they will sponsor ANYONE) and a brand new g4 is $250... please dont tell ansgear i told you that
They didn't sponsor us but then again my team applied after one event and about two months as a team lol.

To the OP, look around the B/S/T and get something from here you can get upd ions, older eteks, older PMs, and minis for around 150. That is off the top of my head I am sure there are more.
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Old 07-23-2011, 09:31 PM #47
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Ions are exactly what they were ment to be. In 2005 ions "At the time of its release, the Ion was the first fully electropneumatic marker to target entry-level players, at a price point previously inhabited only by Spyders and other mechanical blowbacks. The Ion has generally been credited with making high-rate-of-fire electropneumatic markers available to the masses, at a time when electropneumatic markers were considered out of reach of most casual or budget players." When they were released by Smart Parts in 2005 they were praised on all levels of the playing field. i knew pros that would keep 3 or 4 of them in the gear bag bec when his shocker would go down he would grab a ion. So my point is ions were only disliked when companies started infringing on Spart Parts pattents. Companies like icd ( indian creek Designs ) infringed on smart parts properity and smart parts gave them the options to pay a value of every gun made. this shuting down icd and other as well i think.
for anyone who think this is a silly lawsuit. how would you feel if a prouduct you invented and pattened. was then being used by me and you weren't getting any profit expecially when your companie was slowly loseing money due to over sponsorships and paintball media.

So what it comes down to is Smart parts made a great gun for the money. Very comperable to how tippman works. Both companies put out a ton of upgrades if you wanted them. both markers shot fine out of the box. but people dont like them because there misinformed on silly lawsuit mumbo jumbo.
( whats funny to me is the people you see slaming Smart Parts but there on the field shooting a luxe. )

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Old 07-24-2011, 09:49 PM #48
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once youve taken the time to figure out how to disassemble it and maintain it and get the basic necessary upgrades ( feed neck mostly) they become a great gun. if u spend the money and get an upgraded board ur looking at a cheap monster.
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Old 07-25-2011, 09:37 PM #49
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So, when I first entered the sport, I had a Spyder Pilot... Ehh. I then moved to the Smart Parts Ion, it was the best thing ever (so I thought.), then I got better and joined a team and I've put over $400 into it (shes pretty now!). I tear people up! Its awesome, shoots ropes! But now its getting old (new factor is gone), and I'm trying to trade it and get a new gat. But all in all, I've bunkered many souls with it and I'll damn sure miss it...
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Old 07-26-2011, 10:49 AM #50
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Old 07-27-2011, 10:32 PM #51
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Old 07-28-2011, 02:47 PM #52
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i have a sl94, and ive owned a dye nt, egos and dms and trust me i sold my ion 3 months ago... one second im having a momemt -cries a little- I MISS IT ! it was the best backup gun ive ever had
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I just recently purchased a new Reflex Rail as a replacement to my Ion, and let me tell you... While I liked my Ion, it was a dear friend of mine as a returned player, I will be super happy that I do not have to worry about what upgrade to get in order to just have that little extra edge on the gun... There's a point at which there are too many upgrades, and the Ion... well it had that.
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Old 07-29-2011, 04:22 PM #56
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The markers were just under par all the way around. I had one back in the day and it worked for be. I just hated the lack of serviceability.
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