Originally Posted by 99BPS
If the money is an issue, don't buy a 1000$ gun. Most people buying those markers new are doing so at a sponsored price, or because they make enough money that they want to indulge their paintball hobby further. If your just trying to play at a decent cost, and not be at a disadvantage, Axes, and some of the nicer DP markers are every bit as good.
The 1000$ markers have little bells and whistles, warranties, and (sometimes such as the Luxe or Vanquish) are much easier to maintain. If a few 100$ bucks is just a week or two of saving, then the difference is worth it. If a few 100$ bucks means not playing for weeks and weeks, then go with the Axe or a used higher end. The performance difference in a game between a classic SP impulse and a new EGO is not major really, not worth the cash. For general use, the 1000$ has advantages, but is not "worth it" in a pure value for performance on the field perspective. In fact I think more of the differences are off the field, such as maintaing the marker and overall build quality (so time between replacing major parts/how long lasting the marker will be)
I'll start off by saying, this is not meant to be an attack on you in any way. Your post has some points that i would simply like to correct.
How could you possibly say that the Vanquish is easy to maintain, when not a Single person on earth has used the production model for more then a few months... most of them are not even broken in yet, let alone in a stage of steady maintaining.
The Luxe as well, is not a gun that i would label as easy to maintain. i would say that the majority of egos/poppets are much easier, and many pros and players have stated that they don't do any maintenance, or little at all on these high ends.
My biggest problem with this post, is that you compared the performance of a classic SP impulse, to a New ego (lets assume a CSL, not even the "new" ego)... Ill venture to say that if you shot them back to back, you would put your foot in your mouth so fast your shoe laces would pop out your butt-hole.
I would Never pay MSRP for a new gun. If your honestly a rec player, i would spend 2-600 on anything from a UL pmr, pm8, dm6-8, ego7-8, DP anything, to even a mini with a few ups, and be happy for the rest of my days.
My wife occasionally come to the field with me, and she will pick up her mini every time before she reaches for any one of my high ends or the awesome shockers in my gearbag. she has shot them all, and the mini is comfortable for her small hands, and shoots plenty fast and accurate enough for her skill level. I would say that she is better then your average rec player, and would rather throw a tippman or spyder across the field before she would shoot one. The difference is that she does not follow the hype of PBnation, and she ignores my drooling over the newest high-end. She shot a friends axe for several games and said it shoots similar enough to her up'd mini to not even consider getting one. Can i tell the difference, Yes. Can your rec-baller friends or the coworker you brought to the field? probably not so much.