all metal frame (FV version)
Finish isn't that great
A lot of trigger travel
Purchased this marker as a loaner/backup. Immediately set it up with an ACI expansion chamber, Shocktech long drop, and a PHAT on/off ASA.
The finish isn't that great. There's some flaws in the anodizing around the welds at the power feed and some flaws in the finish on the trigger frame at the press pins.
The curved grip makes it more comfortable to hold than your average Spyder. The trigger position is a bit far forward and has a lot of unnecessary fore and aft travel. I modded it with a piece of a nail inside the trigger return spring and a 4mm set screw tapped into the trigger itself. It reduced the trigger travel to less than half of what it was and moved the trigger position rearward a bit. It's now much easier to shoot it fast.
With the drop forward and a 16 ounce CO2 bottle it tucks in nicely and shoots comfortably.
The stock barrel is decent, not great, but decent.
As low price mechanical markers go... the Paradox is better than/equal to anything else available. Most Spyder upgrades will bolt right to it so there are many options available for customization.
I give it an 8 for good value and decent performance. It lost two points for the poor finish and overly long trigger travel.