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TheBaron Wednesday, December 29th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
3 months18 of 21 people found this review helpful.

3 months
Products Used:
Tippman 98 (stock barrel) / A-5 (flatline)
Marker Setup: Spyder Victor II
14" CP barrel
20 OZ CO2 (anti-siphon)
Gravity feed hopper
Anti-chop bolt
New Barrel
Anti-chop bolt (if useing cheep paint)
Strengths: Cheep
Weaknesses: Bright blue (bad for woodsball)
Doesn't like cold temps
Review: I got this marker for x-mass. I had wanted to get into paintball for years now but never had the money for what I thought was needed to play on an even field.

I was pleasantly surprised. Without expecting much I got everything I needed and started shooting. Range, RoF, and accuracy was all great so I did my homework and looked this marker up and found out how good it was

*STOCK* I got some Brass Eagle paint from Wal-Mart (I live in Omaha, didn't know we had the 1 pro store that we do). I used 1000 rounds and had 10 break and 1 chop (my friend was emptying the hopper as fast as he could when he got the chop). I found the range and accuracy went down on an out-door field, so I bought a 14" barrel.

*New Barrel* When I tried it outside I found accuracy greatly improved along with some range. I used some new paint the pro shop recommended (don't know the name) and shot 500 rounds without one break or chop.

*Trail by fire* so I decide to give it a test and try a game of Paint Ball for the first time. I went to an indoor speedball range, bought their paint (can only use theirs) and walked into the prep-room. It's very intimidating looking at everyone else’s electric markers and watching all the bells and whistles they were doing. I got some time to examine the field before the first game and talked to a couple people about basic strategy so I want completely clueless, and here's how it went...

I played a total of 6 games, and used a little under 1000 rounds. The paint rolled down the barrel so I wasn't sure about accuracy, range and everything else that means, but I didn't have a choice. However I'm pleased to report that not one ball chopped and not one broke in the barrel.

I was able to send a few people ducking for cover "walking the trigger" as I saw the better players do. VERY fast RoF for a non-electric. One game I got someone with a fancy marker that made a noise when he pulled the trigger. Money can't buy skill I guess.

I got out 3 times and got 5 people, only once did I get out in direct combat with someone I was shooting at, so the marker was fast and accurate enough to send people ducking for cover. This marker is accurate enough to send paint right by the bunker without hitting it. Stop for a couple seconds then start up again, and like me you'll goggle someone (or 3 like me :).

The only bad thing was after one of these rapid fire games of "spray and pray" my marker wasn't working. I quickly found the bolt wasn't all the way back even though it looked like it. I pulled it all the way and it was fine. This happened once more in the middle of play. Only thing bad about it I have found.

When I was leavening I had a small group of people ask what gun I was using and said they thought it was electric after how many rounds I was sending there way. That was after I proudly showed them my Victor II.

EDIT: A while later I went out to an outdoor field. It was still December and the temp was around 48-54. The marker wasn't working very well. I tried two brands of paint and got a chop or break every 50 rounds or so. I talked to the ref who told me that most markers do that in cold temps. When I tried it in-doors again it worked flawlessly (500 balls tested)

I saw an anti-chop bolt for it and decided to buy it. When I put in the cheep paint not one chopped even when I tried to make it. Instead of chopping it does a half cock thing, just re-cock it and you’re ready to go. It can get annoying, but it's faster than taking your barrel off and cleaning it. Great for cheep paint and gravity feeders. Also quiets the markers as well. Haven't tried it in cold temps yet.

As far as upgrades I haven't found much that you can do to it. The barrel and bolt are about it. Then $300 electro upgrade doesn't work in it I'm told (not that I'd buy it anyway).
Conclusion: For $90 (for a marker and new barrel) this isn't bad at all. I'm no expert, but speaking from a novice’s point of view, if you want to see what the game of paintball is about, I suggest this marker. It has served me well and boosted my ego a bit as well ;)

9/10 stars because of the bolt thing. However it was probably just frozen from the CO2.

When you go in with it, don't be intimidated, this marker can hold its own.

9 out of 10Last edited on Sunday, January 9th, 2005 at 8:55 am PST

Review Comments
dyslexiccow Wednesday, December 29th, 2004 | 8:59 am PST
Not many upgrades?

ManW/BlueHopper Thursday, January 27th, 2005 | 2:07 pm PST
your gun isnt the problem in the cold it is your co2, if you keep it warm it will be fine, and there are bizilions of upgrades for spyders.

graham802 Friday, April 14th, 2006 | 1:36 pm PST
Very helpful review thnx...ima get that gun

Emorrison84 Tuesday, March 27th, 2007 | 8:41 pm PST
ok just for letting u know...compressed air works much better in colder weather let alone in any weather and is down right better for the gun but if u cant afford compressed than play winter or cold games indoors and warmer 55 degrees+ outside and ur gun will be fine

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