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I’m often wary of these types of questions as they imply the only concern is the monetary constraints, but what would be the most cost effective HPA Sniper Platform for someone who has none of the gear?
(other than all the other accessory a typical AEG and Spring guy should have)
(general cost breakdown would be appreciated also)
 

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I am building a second one of these rifles right now as I built this for my first airsoft gun, but it's a Double Bell VSR-10 with various air fittings I bought and some parts I plan to make.
The whole rifle will cost less than $200 judging by the way things are going, and it will possibly have better performance than my BOLT setup with a value of like $900.
I think that you could get a good tank, line, and reg for $200, so that would be less than an SSG10.

I had to buy multiple of the parts I needed, so I plan to make and sell these this summer if you are interested.
I plan on charging like $275+ shipping, if you would like to join the list.
I am not going to make promises of performance as that is pretty unsafe, but I will personally be using one of these if I like it, and I will be selling whole reason rifles and kits if I would actually use them.

Btw, the one I made in 2019 was capable of at least 4J with a 290X6.13 barrel and zero air seal, so this should probably be capable of double that with a better barrel and an air seal.
 

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Mancraft + Aliexpress regulator. The regulator won't have a high refresh rate but absolutely enough for bolt action. I have tested the most of the Aliexpress regulators and they are accurate enough.
The Mancraft + bottle + regulator should run less than 200.
 

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That is definitely an option, probably comes to the same cost.

HPA is really hard to make "budget" since it just is.
I'd even say that it's hard to have a good "budget" loadout for less than $1k at least sadly.
It can obviously be done, but there are always drawbacks.
 

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For 1k I supposed the compressor is included?
A composite tank + a good regulator and fittings set you back 300, just be smart: don't use stuff brand as "airsoft". The EU type HPA fitting is literally stock 1/8 compressor fitting; Change the bottle output to 300ish then almost any industrial regulators can be used, a good one is like 1/2 price of an airsoft regulator etc. Another 400 to setup the YongHeng with good cooling or 700 for a autonomous and reliable shop compressor + booster setup.
 

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I guess by budget, it came off like I mean “cheap” rather than “efficient” [used of dollars]
I don’t mind paying for value and quality. I just want to buy once cry once and not have to tinker with it. Upon financial inspections, over the last 12 months, I’ve spent over 5k on airsoft gear (I’m OCD and have documented every single items I gotten for this hobby). While 1k was for assessor and gear that any airsofter needs, nearly 1k was on parts that were subpar, fails, quickly needed to be upgraded beyond, or incompatible. Hence I’d like to make more efficient use of my money if I went down the HPA route.
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The performance consistency was a major factor on my curiosity of it
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While I realize various industry repurpose tech from other ones and then mark it up, I’m too uninformed and safety conscious to do that with HPA systems.
If I’m not mistaken isn’t mancraft a CO2 system?
 

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If you want to buy once and cry once, get the following
Wolverine BOLT E
Novritsch SSG10 stock
Novritsch SSG10 magazine block
Bulltrigger receiver
Bulltrigger scope rail
Cheap 45° trigger box
Wolverine cylinder
Action Army chamber
MASADA arm
Modify SORA R-hop bucking
R-hop
Precision Persuits or EdGi barrel
Polarstar MRS regulator
Ninja 68X4500 SLP tank
Any old HPA line

I own a setup very similar to this and really like it, but it definitely does need tuning and adjusting.
Once it's set, it's set unless you change something like the PSI or BB weight.
Still, no reason to ditch your springer, it has the ability to be about as good.
 

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"Airsoft HPA" can be divided in two categories:
1: Copy of Paintball regulators. You can identify these as the regulator has a cylindrical shape. Redline regulator, All polarstar regulator are copies of Paintball regulators used in some high end markers (high end paintball markers use solenoids and these operates at same pressure levels as airsoft systems). They are more expensive than the Paintball (because it has HPA and Airsoft written on it) ones but okish.
2: Rebranded industrial regulators. These regulators are more or less a cube with a pressure gauge in the front and a knob on the top. They are marketed as SLP regulators not because there are noticeable advantages but because the industrial regulators are rated for 18bar, but with a huge amount of redundancy built into it so it can take the 300psi intake of SLP tanks. Amp airsoft SLP regulator and several others are these.
Both types are good. The first one sometimes is smaller which can be handy. I use industrial regulators directly, a goo done can be had for less than 50.
 
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