Several higher end Sypders
Spyder Victor II
All American Barrel
New Barrel (Smart Parts Product)
Tendency to chop paint
The Spyder Victor II should receive some praise for its durability and quality. The Victor II is an inexpensive way to become introduced to the sport of paintball. I have owned and tested many different Spyder markers. Still being an intermediate player (and without wanting to spend a lot on money), my Victor II has seen a lot of time on the field. Currently, it is my back-up gun (I am a believer if poly-gun-e) and has been wonderful marker to practice and learn with. It has been loaned out to many paintball converts who, after playing with it, are gun-ho about becoming paintball gurus.
The Victor II is a great gun; however, it does have its wonderful little perks and imperfections. The expansion chamber will help get that extra oomph behind each shot and also makes a great hand grip with the textured rubber cover, but overall the oomph is not enough to send your paint launching down a long field. Also the accuracy waivers when the prospective target is further away (greater than 50 feet). So, if you are expecting long pinpoint shooting this will not happen without some modification. The barrel should be replaced, since the paint leaving the at times makes even Richard Simmons look straight. A better barrel will definitely squeeze your hit pattern down to a manageable and functional size. Another thing you may want to consider is taking an Allen wrench along to the field to make the needed adjustments in order to better chrono (check ball velocity) your marker. Another plus is the Victor II is easy to break down (field-strip) and clean. Also the trigger has a pretty easy pull, which with the proper motivation (several opponents breathing down your neck) will allow you to spray out a good amount of paint to leave your enemy running and ducking for cover.
The Victor II is a wonderful up-close-and-personal gun. It seems to have a great ability to accurately and powerfully strike down your trembling speedball foes in close-quarter action. Plus it has a very threatening sound when you blast away. Other than the longer "reach out and touch someone" distance accuracy and distance, the only other item I feel could be improved is the guns tendency to chop balls like Paul Bunyan in a head-to-head competition with the latest Stihl 880 Magnum chainsaw. Thankfully, this only happens with a few types of balls and when the weather is cool (I am using CO2 which is harder on the accuracy, paint, and gun - but it is easier to find and afford). The gun seems to have good luck with Worr paint (even though it is too small for the barrel and thus decreases accuracy), PMI Big Ball paint (good accuracy), and Draxxus (great fit for the AA barrel and thus accurate to boot). Right now I am using a gravity-feed hopper, which, with this gun, is pretty good. The gun does experience some dry-fire occasionally, but I would attribute that to the gravity hopper. I would recommend purchasing an electronic hopper down the road (the sound activated hopper seems to work well - the laser “eye” activated ones may stress you out during that splat-or-be-splatter game if the “eye” gets dirty and doesn‘t feed at that crucial moment).
Overall, the Victor II will make you a good marker if you are stepping into the realm of paint or if you are on a budget and want a good base marker.
The Victor II is a good gun for the price. The Spyder Victor II is a dependable, quality made product that will provide lots of enjoyment (and hopefully a few paint splatters on your opponents cowering bodies). Next, find a paint that works well with your marker. Then, after replacing the barrel and getting accustomed to the gun itself, you will be able to compete and have a good time keeping the opponents safely (so they think) behind their bunker (until you make your move and unleash the Victors II's fury). Enjoy the gun and enjoy the game. That is what is most important.
UHHH one thing the spyder victor II does not have an expansion chamber.
it is just a rubber grip, actually it's not even a gas-thru grip because the steel hose goes straight to the gun. gas thru grip would go to the grip and the grip itself in a way acts like an expansion chamber but does not provide the same amount of room such as an expansion chamber would provide.