Spyder Pilot ACS
Tons of different rental guns on playing fields
Custom Pro Basic (drop forward, double trigger, 11" barrel)
New Front Grip (the stock one is cheap plastic and WILL break at some point)
E-trigger (for flexibilty, i.e. firing modes)
Cyclone feeder (for maximum feeding and less chops)
Longer barrel or Flatline (the stock 11" barrel is fine, but there are better barrels out there...)
Weight, right handed design (more in review), loose feeder elbow
Ok, first off, you must know that I have always loved Tippmann products and it's now a dream come true to finally have one! I am fully aware that it's not the best marker out there, but the look and reputation kept me hooked. If you are like me before I bought this marker, than this review is for you. If you are just looking at various products and happen to fall on this one, than this review is also for you!
Comfort factor: I love the way you can hold this marker. It just feels right. Both grips are well thought of in their design and fit the hand like a dream. You can shoot the double trigger with one or two fingers and your comfort will not be affected.
Overall design: The space between the front grip and the main one is perfect for me. Although I'm aware not every one is made like me, I think that the grip placement is adequate for most people. They really give you a great two-hand control over the marker. I like the fact that the feeder elbow comes out the side of the marker and not the top. This gives me a clear line of site to where I'm shooting at.
Durability: this gun is tough! just holding it in your hands makes you feel what this gun can take. You've probably heard stories about markers being run over by cars and such but all stories aside, this gun can take some punishment! Heck, it's made for it!
Look: I'm not a fan of those futuristic looking markers, that's why the Custom Pro is for me. All black, it has a mean look to it that just makes you feel like you are holding a real rifle. Of course, it could never be mistaken for one, but just the same, it still feels good!
Precision: I was very impressed with this marker. At about forty feet, it had a nice spread pattern about the width of a man's chest. What more would you want? I have played with some markers that literally could not hit the side of a barn at twenty feet so this is a welcome improvement. Now is this the most accurate marker out there? Of course not. But it shoots perfect for what I want.
Price value: You want to spend a fortune? Go for an Angel marker. You want to spend the best cash for quality ratio? Go for the Custom Pro.
Customization: One of the main reasons I got this marker is that I can customize it to hell and back. There isn't much I can't change to my liking. You want automatic firing? E-trigger. You want a better trigger but no electronics? Response trigger. You want more range and accuracy? Flatline barrel. Feeder not up to your specs? Cyclone Feeder system. Honestly, whatever you want, this marker can have it.
weight: this marker is a bit heavier than every other marker I have ever played with. Shooting it one handed is a waste of ammo. But I guess you gotta take the weight if you want a sturdy marker!
Right handed design: Here's the problem. If you are left handed, then you will not like this marker. The feeder elbow comes out the right side of the marker so the hopper will be right in your face, sure you can have a straight line of sight by aiming with the sights, but this will still leave you with a blind spot, a big one... Cocking the bolt will also be a problem as you will have to reach over your marker to do so. It's not much, but it's inconvenient. P.S. I'm right handed.
Loose feeder elbow: Now, I don't think the elbow will fall off during a game but I wouldn't stake my life on it. It's not air tight and this makes me wonder if it affects performance. I don't know if the Cyclone feeder solves this problem though...
For beginners or veterans, this marker can do whatever you want. It comes great out of the box and can become greater with a wide range of upgrades.
P.S. By what I've seen in videos and on the net, I would not recommend this marker for Fastball tournaments. I think this marker is made for Woodsball and that is where it shines!
Cool, thanks for adding that. At the time of my review, I had no idea TE even existed, but other markers are better suited for speedball. Pro-Es work fine but let's say an Angel and DMs are better. Or for the beginner with not a lot of cash to spend on a marker and who wants to play speedball, I would not suggest the Pro as a first marker.
very good review. i have one myself, and i agree totally, almost. this gun really should get a ten, because it is the best. best price, best customability (if that's a word), and just best overall. this gun is the corvette Z06 of the paintball world. best performance for your money. peiriod.
you probably should add a stock to your recommended upgrades list. i don't know what kind of play you are into, but for me , accuracy by volume is a good goal, and even if you have the most accurate gun in the world, it won't matter if you have no steadiness of aim.
I have a custom pro with trinity drop fwd and rocket cock2 and camo revy, i myself prefer a tighter gun, because i find stocks are kinda long and hard to swing around trees in a close courters battle, although the whole milsim look is very cool, but not entirley functional.