Comparing this marker to others is really a hard thing to do, because of course picking up a marker for less then $50 youíre not going to be expecting much except a marker that (hopefully) shoots paintballs. That being said, this marker is a GOOD marker for its price. Itís a fair marker overall, as it is what you pay for.
Right now Iím using a Spyder Aggressor XT, with a ceramic J&J barrel. I have also slapped an expansion chamber and drop-forward on it.
Definitely purchase a drop-forward for this marker if youíre planning on using it for a prolonged period of time. Nothing else is worth upgrading to this marker, as I know different barrels on this marker will chop paint, and a new barrel wouldnít really make a big difference on this marker. This marker basically falls short on comfort, which is what a drop-forward would help with.
-Great for a beginner
-Works good with ZAP paint
-Cocking this gun can be annoying
-Uncomfortable to play with
I started with this marker, and Iíve unquestionably spent a lot of time around this marker; as after I had bought mine, eight other people started the sport the next season, all buying the same marker (the ZAP ZXS-400).
With that being said, Iíve seen a fair amount of problems from this marker. Iíve seen people pull this marker out of the box and have it fail to work, it simply wonít fire, or leaks, things such as thatóso if youíre buying this marker from a store, be sure they have a good return policy.
I also played with this marker for several seasons, until I upgraded to what Iím currently using. Iíve also played against these markers for several seasons, but by now pretty much all of my fellow players have upgraded their markers as well.
This marker is fairly noisy, and if youíre playing bushball youíll have trouble sneaking around the field, and popping shots off, as people will instantaneously know where you are in the field by the loud popping noise this gun gives off. I think itís the barrel that the marker is shipped with, as itís basically a steel pipe with threading on one side.
However, the barrel performs fairly well, and almost never chops paint. Iíve found that high-end paint doesnít work as well as cheap paint in this marker, I would recommend picking up 800 balls worth of ZAP instead of buying some moderate to high-end paint. Brass eagle is definitely a no-no in this marker, as it is with many (brass eagle paint blows).
While using this marker, I found it fairly heavy in the front, as if youíre using a 9 oz., thatís quite a bit of weight to have on the front of your marker, I would recommend buying a drop-forward for $15 if youíre planning on using this marker for a extended period of time.
If youíre thinking about buying this marker, and youíre new to the sport, then buy it. I canít imagine why someone who isnít new to paintball would buy this monstrosity, unless you were on a tight budget. This would make a great-giftÖ say if youíre going to try to get your grandmother into paintball or something crazy like that, but apart from those 3 reasons, there is no other excuse to buy this marker.
Also, the reason I didn't talk about accuracy or distance is because they're not great, but they're not bad for the price of this marker. If you're thinking of buying this marker, you're not going to be worrying about those things anyways, you're going to want to have fun.
This marker is fair, and is good for itís price. Definitely consider buying a drop-forward however, as I know I wish I would have. Itís the cheapest possible upgrade for this gun, and it makes a huge difference, and makes playing with this maker more enjoyable over-all.
Definitely buy this marker if youíre hoping to break into the sport, but donít want to make a serious commitment. This marker is reliable (of course that is if you get a working one out of the box) and Iíve never seen this marker break-down, as itís pretty simplistic in-design.