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Old March 8th, 2017, 02:03   #1
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Valken Guns

I've read a lot of negative posts about Valken guns here. Are they *that* bad?

Is it quality? Warranty? Product support?

Thanks in advance,
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Old March 8th, 2017, 08:07   #2
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let me put it this way for you:
Valken is an entry level gun, as your first gun on a tight budget will do. This allows you to enjoy the sport while not worry if you gun stops working.

An average quality airsoft gun can go anywhere between 350 to 600, not to mention the upgrades. You can pick up a Valken for 150 to 200.

For most experienced players Valken is a piece of .... . They would prefer reliable guns like VFC, G&G, krytac as they have a far less chance of failing during long games.

my opinion about cheap guns has not changes:
They are perfect for new players or those on tight budgets. They are also very good as loaner guns to give your friends during games. That being said, only your first gun should be that and not your future guns.
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Old March 8th, 2017, 08:29   #3
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Well said.
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Old March 8th, 2017, 10:57   #4
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my opinion about cheap guns has not changes:
They are perfect for new players or those on tight budgets. They are also very good as loaner guns to give your friends during games. That being said, only your first gun should be that and not your future guns.
The problem isn't people being too elitist and shitting on Valken because they're an "entry gun." People shit on Valken guns for the following reasons:
-Poor quality externals
-Notoriously garbage hopup (Needs modification to actually work properly)
-Poor quality gearbox shell+gearset
-Poor quality motor

Yes, it's an "entry gun," but that doesn't excuse how bad the guns are. You don't hear the same complaints about a G&G Combat Machine, because *surprise* it's a better gun, and what I recommend as a cheap starter. The quality of the plastic receiver is better, and the internal quality is better.
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Old March 10th, 2017, 00:29   #5
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I really appreciate the feedback. Thank you.

I bought a VFC Fighter CQB, I'm very happy with it.
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Old March 10th, 2017, 08:32   #6
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When you're talking about how good a gun is, then you're talking about two things; for starters, the initial quality. Is the gun to spec, is it assembled properly with quality and/or adequate materials? Does the company have a good reputation and customer support, or do they use a lot of proprietary parts and leave you hanging? How compatible is the gun with aftermarket parts and is there a lot of aftermarket support available? The second thing, and technically the most important, is the potential of the gun. A gun doesn't have to be a good performer and bullet-proof out of the box, in fact most aren't. Most experienced players will give a gun a review seventy-five percent based on how good it can be, instead of how it is out of the box. For performance, some guns are adequate out of the box, but throw in the right part(s) or mod(s) and away they go. Would you have to replace everything, or everything right away? Once the gun is fully and properly upgraded, is it going to be a performer, or still a lame duck? This is where a lot of people find out the hard way that cheap clones and lackluster brands fall very short, even after a heavy investment.

Valken was built by people who don't really understand Airsoft and/or Airsoft guns and just wanted to get into the market. G&G if you want to save some cash and get a decent starter, VFC if you want to invest more initially and jump in with two feet. There are of course other good brands, but they are the flagship brands at either end of the spectrum. Both will be adequate or better out of the box and will respond well to proper upgrades.
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Old March 10th, 2017, 21:36   #7
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My shitbox Cyma SD6 is legit the best gun I've ever had.

A lot of this stuff is in the eye of the beholder. Buying quality is always the best option, but gear or lack thereof is ultimately irrelevant.

$4000 of HPA and real plate carrier, okay. I'll be careful around that guy. The player I'm actually worried about is the salty old fucker with the Kraken AK from '06.
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Old March 11th, 2017, 18:59   #8
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We don't speak that name around here anymore.
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Old March 11th, 2017, 23:47   #9
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Right, my bad. Elder Gods, annihilation of the soul etc.
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