Originally Posted by THe_Silencer
I feel that most of your statement is wrong. More FPS doesn't mean a better/more accurate gun but it does MEAN SHIT, ESPECIALLY outdoors. There's very much an appreciable difference between an aeg shooting 250-300 FPS to one shooting 350+FPS. Namely that the BBs shot from the hotter shooting aeg will travel at a FASTER velocity. This may mean diddly squat to those elite airsofters with their sub 300 FPS aegs, but to other players, giving your opponent less time to react to your projectiles is a much appreciated advantage. Keep in mind that unlike a real firearm, you can totally see the projectiles coming at you and you can potentially dodge them.
Having an accurate gun will only help up to a certain point. If the FPS is too low it will be very difficult to hit targets at longer distances since they're given ample time to react. Now I'm not advocating that all AEGs must shoot close to the field limit to be competitive, but many of the advocates of low FPS (low 300 or less) guns for outdoor use always leave the part out about how much noticeably slower the BBs will travel. Yes skill will certainly trump FPS but if you're running an sub 300 FPS AEG against an equally skilled opponent, you are at a DISADVANTAGE and will have less time to react. I know some players will disagree but this is based on my observations. Telling newbs that FPS makes no difference at all outdoors is detrimental to their playing experience once they find out that their opponents can matrix dodge most of their shots.
TL;DR: FPS is not the be all end all but it DOES MEAN SHIT, ESPECIALLY OUTDOORS.
I'm usually one of the naysayers about noobs trying to achieve higher fps, but this is a really convincing and well-argued post... Good enough I think to have me shift my position on the matter.
To be clear, your position is that all other things completely equal
(including properly tuned hopup unit, player skill, etc), the identical twin that has the faster-travelling projectiles will likely win. I agree.
Let's be honest here guys, advocating frequent spring-swaps to newbies is madness. The prices of guns are falling anyway. The solution is to have various guns for various purposes.
This is the right way to do it:
1) Buy an AEG, downgrade to 350. You can play everywhere.
2) When you decide you're hardcore, have a full costume of multicam with a Sharpie stuffed into your MOLLE -- whichever comes first really -- then buy your second AEG, your outdoor one.
Don't waste time with the marginal solutions.