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GuitarNGunGuy Friday, March 19th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
3 months163 of 180 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
3 months
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Products Used:
To be honest I haven't tried another marker that is in the same market ($50-$100) as the Victor II.
Marker Setup: -Spyder Victor II (stock)
-Pure Energy 20 ounce tank
-Java 200 round hopper
Recommended
Upgrades:
Well, me being a new player and have never tried any upgrades for the marker, cannot accurately say what part of this gun needs upgrading. However, if you want the sight rail to become useful, purchase an In-yo-face offset rail for a red dot system.
Strengths: Low price, high quality control, reliability, and it's accuracy right out of the box.
Weaknesses: Very bright for woodland play and has a useless sight rail without an offset rail.
Review: First Impressions; upon getting the the Victor II out of the package, which was a pain because it was thick plastic (caused me a few nicks), you feel a sense of quality while handling the marker. It's blue anodized finish is very nice indeed. The semi-transparent handle-grips by Java are a nice touch as well. The marker looks fantastic for its price range. However, we all know the saying "looks are only skin deep." So lets put this thing to the test.

The Victor II has a very nice balance, especially with the forward grip which is an upgrade from the original Victor. When the tank (a Fuel 12 ounce) is screwed on the gun has a really nice feel to it. It is very easy to maneuver this marker, especially when your in a tight area. And now the real test of a paintball marker...it's accuracy. Let's see here, what kind of paint should I use? Well, first I tried Draxxus Midnight. Midnight performed ok leaving pretty large groups of one foot at about 35 yards without breaking in the marker. I then tried PMI/RPS Marbellizers. Wow, great accuracy. I was pulling a 4 inch group at about 35 yards, only problem is this gun DOES NOT LIKE this paint. I was breaking a ball about every ten rounds even after I squeegeed the barrel. If I'm not mistaken, Marbellizers are medium to large bore, while the stock barrel is setup to handle small bore. So I then tried Draxxus Dusk...Bingo! I was pulling 4 inch groups at 35 yards and wasn't breaking balls at all. I would highly recommend using Draxxus Dusk for the Victor II. Dusk as a benefit, is cheap as well. All balls tested where used in the amount of five hundred. Here are the breaks: Midnight 3/500, Marbellizer 40+/500, and Dusk 1/500. Also tested were balls by View Loader...don't bother.

Other good features: The ball detent on the Victor II is very reliable. The Victor II also can get a pretty good rate of fire; I was reaching 6-7 balls per second. The trigger pull is long, but it is very crisp and isn't all that heavy. The velocity adjuster is very easy to operate as well. Taking the Victor II apart is a snap. This marker is very easy to maintain because of its simple construction.

Only a few problems: I disassembled this gun and found two #9 o-rings were busted on the vertical adapter. Quick fix; the marker came with a spare #9 o-ring which fixed the problem of my gun, which was leaking CO2. The gun hasn't leaked since the replacement even though there is only one ring. Even with the two busted o-rings the leak was quite insignificant anyway. Also the gun can sometimes spit liquid CO2 after a fresh fill. When the tank gets a little warmer, no liquid comes out (maybe it's just a tank problem?). During winter play (-15 degrees at the time) the gun froze up on me after firing approximately 400 rounds. It took about 30 seconds for me to get the bolt to move again. Also this gun is BRIGHT! Don't plan on being stealthy in the woods with the Victor II. Use Hunter Specialties removable camouflage spray paint, which is called Bowflage, to make your gun more discreet (I would recommend this for any marker that is used in the woods). Bowflage creates very nice breakup patterns and when you're ready for a different pattern, simply use the spray-away can to wipe off the camo. Very cool stuff. Also the sight rail is almost pointless unless you use an In-yo-face offset sight rail (only about $20 after shipping).
Conclusion: My overall impression of the Victor II is a good one. With the simplicity, reliability, and accuracy that you get for the price of the marker, it's a pretty dang good deal. Some flaws yes, but for this price you can't complain. This may not be a "high end" gun, but it has held its own against markers that cost literally ten times more. I'm a beginner and this gun has been very good to me, so I would recommend it to beginners and intermediates. If you're new to the sport, or just want a very nice backup that won't cost you an arm and a leg, BUY THIS GUN! Keep in mind my rating is based upon the market in which the Victor II has been made to target, which is the $50-$100. The Spyder Victor II is an absolute bang for your buck!
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Saturday, March 20th, 2004 at 12:06 am PST
 

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S_Victor_2 Monday, December 25th, 2006 | 2:33 pm PST
Can anybody help me. i have a victor 2 with a ND valve, hybrid Reg, and an ACS bolt. i'm shooting low and don't know how to fix it. i have a spring kit but it isn't helping. anybody have some suggestions.
   

Emorrison84 Thursday, June 7th, 2007 | 4:36 pm PST
how in the world do u break 40+/500 marballizers? ive shot over 20,000 and had 5 break
   

Emorrison84 Thursday, June 7th, 2007 | 8:41 pm PST
ohhh ya u said marbs are medium to large...their actually kinda small, well at least in my experience they have been
   

theyguy Saturday, September 20th, 2008 | 10:22 pm PST
ur an idiot 35 yards and 4 inch grouping??? what the heck do u have a real gun? if it can really do taht i will give u $140 which is like twice the price of the whole gun. UR A FREAKIN NOOB I SHOOT THIS GUN AT 35 YARDS AND EVERY BALL DROPPED TO THE GROUND HALF WAY
   
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