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da_bushwhacker Sunday, June 13th, 2004
The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion below.
Period of
Product Use:
3 months6 of 22 people found this review helpful.

3 years
Products Used:
This was my first gun.
Marker Setup: Just a stock Spyder Fenix with a Richochet AK electronic hopper
Definitely a better barrel
Strengths: -High ROF in Full Auto and burst modes
-Useful Regulator
-Doesn't need recharging often
Weaknesses: -Chops balls like a mother
-Loud (not that big an issue)
-Cocking bolt jams lots
Review: Where to begin.... When my brother and his friend and i first bought this gun, we had pretty high expectations to justify its $350.00 Canadian price tag. Reviews on the internet claimed that it never chops balls, and is over all a very good marker. Well we went out back and all three of us tested the fenixs. First we tested on semi auto and it performed decently. Accuracy wasnt that great and we did have some chopping problems. We then tested on burst fire and full auto modes. What we had was a constant stream of broken ball shells and liquid shooting from our barrels. My other friend was using a Brass Eagle Marauder at the same time and he was outshooting us by a long shot. All three of us had similar problems. Being new to paintball, we thought maybe we just had to break the markers in. Well, our friend actually went back to the store and exchanged it for a new fenix, which performed even worse. The wiring and circuitry were very shoddily done. He had enough, so he returned the gun and exchanged it for a Tippmann A-5. My brother and I, however, were not so lucky. We continued to experiance problems and new problems surfaced almost every time we played. C02 leaks, major ball chopping, poor acuracy, jammed cocking bolts after a few shots and just recently a weird burping problem where on semi auto, every 3rd or 4th shot loses pressure and doesnt shoot a ball. Since, we have been trying to get a refund or exchange on our guns, but Kingman so far has been really hard to deal with. We are pretty sure these guns are defective because we have witnessed 4 out of 4 so far have totally crapped out on us. Don't try saying it is the balls or the hoppers, or the velocity. We tried every ball available in our area and had 12 ball per second hoppers, and adjusted the velocity and nothing ever changed. Fortunately for our friend, he is very happy with his Tippmann A-5. He has gone through thousands of rounds with his response trigger firing at least 15 balls per second and has only broke one ball so far.
Conclusion: I would not recommend this gun based on my own personal experiance. I read all the reviews on this sight and others and was quite certain it was a good buy. The only way you can ever be confident about buying a gun is if you test it at a field or something. DON'T RELY SOLEY ON INTERNET REVIEWS!
3 out of 10

Review Comments
Rotties67 Wednesday, June 16th, 2004 | 11:51 am PST
Hey man-
I am sorry that you had such a bum deal. Maybe it was a bad batch. I know I haven't had any real trouble with breaking balls in my marker. I have had to contact Kingman a few different times (friends Sonix needed a new cocking pin, and I needed an new screw to hold the velocity screw in place), and they are always extremely quick to respond. They didn't charge me for the cocking pin, and as soon as I send in my registration card the rest is free as well. But everyone that I have talked to that has a Fenix is extremely happy.

Spike2666 Friday, October 22nd, 2004 | 4:43 pm PST
This guy does not have 3 years experience as he says he does why you ask? This guy says this is his first gun. My Fenix works perfectly fine!!!!
Last edited on Friday, October 22nd, 2004 at 5:03 pm PST

Harenil Monday, November 1st, 2004 | 4:55 pm PST
Just a second, you were using CO2??? That would be your leaking, shoot down, and paint breaking problem... Don't blame the gun for that.

Battleaxe3 Wednesday, November 24th, 2004 | 8:15 pm PST
Dude, co2 would have nothing to do with that, unless it was extremly cold or extremly cold.

thacaptain Wednesday, December 1st, 2004 | 1:30 pm PST
It's the Ricochet AK. The AK is only clocked around 10-12 bps. That's not fast enough for a marker that fires 13bps. The bolt is slicing balls while they are being fed into the breech to slowly. Two simple solutions:
* Reduce your ROF to 10bps. This should allow the AK to keep up with the gun.
* Upgrade to the Ricochet Apache. It's faster than the AK (Around 18-20bps.)

spyderfenix2004 Saturday, January 8th, 2005 | 6:56 pm PST
lol canada

punkpaintballer Saturday, January 22nd, 2005 | 4:11 pm PST
dude this gun was made like a year ago explain how uve played for 3 years? and this gun is fine get an evoII or something a halo backman those 2 i kno wuld elimante chopping probs

toxicity883 Thursday, February 24th, 2005 | 8:22 pm PST
just buy the acs bolt for 50 bucks or buy good paint

mucky Sunday, March 6th, 2005 | 1:28 pm PST
buy PMI paint not brass eagle , ooo burn

Godfather22 Monday, August 21st, 2006 | 7:01 pm PST
Perhaps u field stripped it and oiled the bolt?? I did that my first time DO NOT DO THIS!!
The bolt swells and turn its into a paint flamethrower..the problem corrects itself however.

jeremytkai Sunday, November 12th, 2006 | 9:21 am PST
What air system were you using, HPA or CO2. I just use HPA 72 ci by 3000 hpa tank. And I put though about 500 rds and no problems.

billyj123 Tuesday, May 6th, 2008 | 11:48 am PST
noob no idea how to use a gun properly u dont put a 12 bps hopper on a 300$ gun and the problem with the 3-4 shot on semi losing pressure is you need to lube the gun u idiot. obviously since you dont know how to play and chop paint u need to lube or at least clean the gun.
Last edited on Tuesday, May 6th, 2008 at 11:54 am PST

billyj123 Tuesday, May 6th, 2008 | 11:52 am PST
Originally posted by Spike2666
This guy does not have 3 years experience as he says he does why you ask? This guy says this is his first gun. My Fenix works perfectly fine!!!!
yeah and tyhe fenix is a yr opld no way this is his first gun in three yrs experience

BigCountry77 Monday, July 20th, 2009 | 6:23 pm PST
I just got one of these from a guy i know, it was stock except that he bought the anti chop bolt for it, i put and evolution iii loader on it and ran it with hpa, not one broke ball, and for the guy who said temp is the only thing that effects co2 you sir are retarded, everyone knows that co2 is very inconsistent, you should never ever use co2 for any reason use hpa always ya dig oh yeah and he had to keep recocking it because he needed a new cup seal easy fix if you know what the hell you are doing which apparently he does not!

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