Spyder E-99 Avant
Smart Parts 14' Teardrop Barrel
Empire REloader Hopper
Shocktech Supafly Bolt
Bob Long Torpedo
20oz CO2 with on/off
What everyone said (fast cheap and reliable)
My brother and I both got E-99s and i can say that we're pretty happy with what we got. It is pretty fast and was only $160 for us. It was definitely the best bang for the buck deal we could find. The only problems with it are primarily cosmetic or minor since the gun is definitely really shootable out of the box but you eventually want to exploit its full potential I'm only writing the cons and improvements since there are pages of good reviews before and after this one. I'm trying to write about structural and inherent problems, be wary of people writing about a bad-apple as if it was an inherent problem..
Sound: I can say that it is definitely a very loud gun so snipers and people with sensitive hearing should be cautioned. This can be fixed with a regulator, though. Which should allow you to operate the gun at lower pressures with less recoil and lower noise.
Ergonomics: This gun comes with a small drop forward which is a lot more than other guns have but with a 20 oz. tank, it is a little unwieldy for front players who favor tight and compact setups. A lot of guns don't even have drop-forwards to move the tank forward so make sure you go to a paintball store and have them gas it up for you. Another thing is the hand grip which is made of plastic with a roughened surface also like many other markers but i never found it to be a pleasure to hold though it has never bothered me, I only see potential to improve which is why the market for rubber grips exists. Keep in mind that these are ergonomics and therefore what feels uncomfortable to me may not be so for you. FInd a store and have them gas it up for you.
Chopping: A regulator will also help in the ball chopping area. The problem is that when you have a hopper that is approaching low-empty, the gas going through the gun pushes the paintballs back up into the feedneck from the hopper and the gun is so fast that it can fire the bolt before that paintball has time to fall back down, resulting in your bolt chopping the ball. Operating at lower pressures will reduce the amount of gas that pushes the paintball back up. This problem doesn't really happen much when the hopper is full since the full weight of another 140+ paintballs are pressing down on it. A replacement delrin bolt such as the supafly by shocktech will help as well since it is not as heavy and therefore will jam the paintball instead of chopping it and getting paint all in your barrel (there are other benefits but i won't mention them). A Hopper is obviously a worthy upgrade which every paintball should get.
The only sure-fire way to prevent ball chopping, however, is to get a eye system which won't let the gun fire unless there is a ball in the gun and this is a complicated and costly modifcation for this gun, guns manufactured with the eyes are even more expensive such as the Angel Fly.
Coating: The body of the gun has non-shiny coating which i found to be very cool and low-profile but when you're buying upgrades for the gun, most of what you're going to see is shiny chrome and other glossy coatings which might clash with you're gun. Personally i think it looks fine and it isn't going to stop me from supporting the gun or buying upgrades.
Range: Unless you plan on upgrading the barrel, don't expect to be picking guys off on the other end of the hyper-ball arena, even 1/2 is a stretch factoring in the spread of your barrel. I played against a guy with a bob long intimidator that could fire balls at a flat trajectory across the whole field and have the paintball still burst on me. You'll get by with the stock barrel and it'll teach you how to be sneaky but a better barrel will be necessary eventually.
I finally plunked down some cash and got a Bob Long Torpedo regulator and got my gun running low pressure at around 350psi and i can say that it was very good investment. The sound dropped as predicted but no where near as quiet as a closed bolt system like autocockers. I didn't suffer any chops but i did get a jam. Coupled with a good paint to bore match, my gun it pretty much at perfect with the exceptionr nitro and maybe some ergonomic upgrades such as a longer drop forward and a rubber grip.
This gun is still pretty good, don't be put off by the negatives i mentioned. Other markers are even worse, especially in this price range. You'll get about 80% of the bang of high-end markers for 20% of the cost. You can't argue with that. I'm sure that the missing ingredient is a regulator. I'd highly recommend getting both a regulator and a barrel since they'll both increase your accuracy and range with some other benifits. The only thing after that is an electronic hopper which will make sure you're getting a good feed of paint to your hungry gun. It is definitely a good gun and i have yet to have it break on me. There is no way i can fire as fast as the 14 BPS it is capable of so i don't feel limited there and the price is right. The key thing is that with some smart upgrade shopping, you can get this gun good enough to compete with those $1000 guns. Obviously this gun will be able to keep up with you in terms of skill and wallet size.
Note: Make sure you are buying E-markers for the right reasons. Most of the fields i go to don't allow players to shoot at mode besides semi. Consider carefully between what you need and what you are willing to pay to have some extra features and presteige. Oh, and if i haven't said it a billion times, have them gas up the gun for you at a paintball store to get a good idea of what you read about it.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, August 9th, 2004 at 1:51 am PST
pretty good review but the only thing i found not right was how u said the missing thing is a regulator. You definetly dont need a regulator for this gun. All you want to get is a better expansion chamber like the 32 degrees 2k3 and a new bolt like a tiger shark or a shocktech. Those things are pretty cheap and regulators start at like $60. You can get the same performance as a regulator by just buying some stuff like these. It will also be half the price.