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flyor Monday, January 31st, 2005
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

6 months
Marker Setup: Spyder Fenix ACS
47/3000 CA
Smart Parts Tear Drop 12"
Viewloader eVLution II
Motorized Hopper
Strengths: Anti Chop bolt, regulator, ROF, quality of workmanship
Weaknesses: Grips, barrel
Review: I just purchased this marker from my local field with a strong recommendation from the guys behind the counter as well as a couple of guys just standing around. My basis for the review is pretty basic as I don't have alot to base it off...tippy 98c, older pump guns, etc.

My entire review is based on one full day of play at an indoor speedball field. However, I will say this. Everything the the guy told me was true and more. It was simple to set up (although the user's manual is vague at times) and it performed well out of the box. Here are my observations:

ROF/FPS: With compressed air I saw no more than +/- 7 FPS fluctuations on the chrono and ROF of 10 BPS...the best I could muster, although I feel the marker and the hopper are capable of much more. I was very pleased with it's performance.

ACS: For me the anti-chop bolt worked perferctly. Well over 1000 balls shot and not one ball chopped in the bolt. The barrel...that's a different story.

Barrel: I did notice when at the chrono and definately during gameplay that I had some sporadic shot spread. It almost appeared like the paintballs were coming out with side spin and doing their own thing. I did not properly measure the shot spread but I was not happy with my results on the field. About halfway thru the day, I upgraded to a 12" Teardrop and immediately noticed a great improvement. Again, I didn't actually measure the spread, but when firing during game the shot group was much tighter and consistent. I think a Smart Parts progressive would work pretty well too for a little less money...they just didn't have any in stock!

Grips: Don't like these at all. They are hard and flimsy. Considering how well the rest of the marker is put together I was surprised at just how flimsy these grips were. I never really felt like I had a comfortable grip the entire day. I've already ordered the Dye Sticky 3s for the Spyder E-Grip..which I hear are great.

Weight: Did not have an issue with the weight at all. Then again, I've never used an Angel or Imp or anything like that to compare it to.

Cleaning/Maintenance: So far, so good. The marker was relatively straight-forward during in-game cleaning, and afterwards it came apart very easily for cleaning and went back together with no issues. I do recommend some BLUE THREAD-LOCK!!! I had more than one screw start to come loose on me throughout the day and I had to stop and tighten them.
Conclusion: Overall, I'm extremely happy with the Fenix. I think it looks great, fires beautifully (with the new barrel), doesn't chop, and it was a great price. I give it 9 out of 10 because the of the grips and the barrel. Other than those 2 items, this is an amazing marker for the price!
9 out of 10

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