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Boblord Saturday, January 29th, 2005
Period of
Product Use:
3 months1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Similar
Products Used:
Spyder Shutter, Tippmann A-5, random Spyder knock-offs, an Autococker (well they both shoot paint, right?)
Marker Setup: Spyder Fenix ACS
Dye Boomstick TI 12"
Empire Reloader II
Upgrades too insignificant to mention
Recommended
Upgrades:
Barrel
Grips
NITRO!!1one!
Strengths: Speed
Durability
Trigger
Bolt
Price. I got mine over E-bay for about $270.
Weaknesses: Grips, barrel, the usual...
Review: Compared to almost any other marker I've used, this is by far one of the most reliable. I haven't had any trouble with it since I first bought it. The bolt works great, it's easy to clean, and can be upgraded easily. What can I say? It's an all-round great gun. It's gotta be cleaned thoroughly after every game to keep it working properly. That means cleaning out the inside of the bolt as well as everything else.
The new trigger installed in the Fenix is much better than the old ESP frame. The CAMD display makes it much easier to change the settings. The trigger comes adjustable so there's no modification needed. Just set it to what you like and fire away. The tournament lock is easy to remove as well. You might want to invest in some Dye Sticky 3 grips if you don't like the feel of the stock ones.
I don't really see weight as a strength or weakness. It weight about 3-4 pounds. It's heavier than an Angel or Timmy, but it's much lighter than some guns I've used. (An Autococker I tested weighed about twice as much.)

The bolt that comes with this marker is aluminum, not delrin as it's advertized. It also has no venturi, which is a good thing. It works great. With proper care, it shouldn't chop at all.

Speed: It shoots very fast for a stock Spyder. It shoots 20BPS on Semi and 13 on any burst/auto setting. It can be set to shoot less if you're chopping, which shouldn't happen with nitro. Which brings me to my next point: GET NITRO! It's a given. CO2 will freeze the bolt's internal mechanism and will make it chop. A lot.

The barrel: It's not horrible like barrels are on most markers, but you'll want to get a much better one if you want to shoot farther or accurately. In my opinion, the Boomstick works well with the Fenix. But don't take my word for it. Go test a few different barrels at a pro shop to see what you like best.

If you're having velocity problems, I'd suggest buying a spring/shim kit. It'll raise or lower your velocity depending on which combination you use. It's more precise if you want to set the velocity at EXACTLY 300FPS or the field limit Shocktech makes both.
Conclusion: This is a great gun for the price. It's great for both beginners and experienced players.
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Saturday, January 29th, 2005 at 8:35 pm PST
 

Review Comments
Imagine_hunter Saturday, February 26th, 2005 | 5:38 pm PST
THANK YOU A LOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been running c02 through my gun and it chopped and chopped and chopped and chopped some more. I will have to buy a nitro tank and try this.
   

Imagine_hunter Saturday, February 26th, 2005 | 5:40 pm PST
Will HPA work?
   

Boblord Tuesday, March 1st, 2005 | 1:21 pm PST
HPA wil work with any Spyder.
   

Imagine_hunter Thursday, March 17th, 2005 | 4:02 pm PST
Ok, thanks
   

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