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Zimm Tuesday, November 15th, 2005
Period of
Product Use:
3 months13 of 17 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
Uhhh...Tippmann 98 Custom, Tippmann A-5, Spyder Imagine, WGP Autococker
Marker Setup: Smart Parts Ion Pro (silver)
Custom-Made DYNASTY body
Glossed Frame
Engraved "DYNASTY" on back side of grip frame
Milled section of trigger guard for easy access
CP trigger -- dust silver
Smart Parts Pro-Touch Grips
Oddysey HALO B with 9V mod
Smart Parts Q-Lock
Smart Parts 360 QEV
WDP Angel A.I.R. -- 68/4500 with Loc-Sok
Scenario Dreams T-Board
Recommended
Upgrades:
New Trigger (stock is barely walkable)
Maybe new feedneck
New detents (Kila magnetic detents or NDZ spring detents, doesn't matter) -- you're definitely going to need new detetns if you got a force-feed loader. The stock ones wear out quickly over time.
Strengths: On/off drop
Freak Jr. barrel
Light
Fast
Cheap
Easy maintenance
Weaknesses: Trigger
Feedneck
On/off drop
Foregrip
Review: Alright, I got this hot gun at SakWorldPaintball for $350 in black and silver. I finally received it in a couple of days.

Trigger: It's not the best. It was the very very first upgrade I got for it. The stock trigger in my opinion is horrible. I could barely walk it. Get any sort of trigger upgrade, and you'll be very happy you did. Also, the screw that sticks out the back of the trigger tends to scratch up the marker, but hey, the Ion doesn't have the best anno, which is also a downside to it.

Feedneck: Pretty good. It matches the marker, depending on which one you get, too. Thing is, it doesn't quite fit my Eggy II real well. My Eggy tends to slide around a bit, especially when I make a sprint for a bunker. My suggestion is getting a hopper with a bigger feedneck or just get a whole new feedneck. Either that, or you can use some electrical tape around your Eggy's feedneck to hold it in place.

Barrel: Comes with a Freak Junior barrel with the tip, back, insert, and an overall length of 14". Very accurate for a stock barrel. It comes with the .693 insert, which is OK, but you should definitely get the .689 insert, since most paintballs have that caliber.

Marker: Very light and pretty durable. Everything went really smooth. The manual that comes with it is very detailed and specific and I had no problems figuring out all the settings and stuff. The Ion Pro is very easy to maintain and work. It also comes with all the necessary spare parts, extra battery, and a really sweet barrel sleeve :P Firing the marker was really really smooth and had no chops thanks to the vision eye. However, when you start to play outdoors in colder weather, you'll begin to feel some kick while your firing it. Get the Lucky Bolt Stages (there's 3 out, get the combo) and this should help eliminate most, if not all, of the kick.

On/Off Mini Drop: Nice little addition to the marker. I like the on/off part cuz it helps me control my air. The only one bad thing I could say about it is that when I screwed in my tank into the ASA all the way, it started to leak air, but when I unscrewed it a little bit, it was fine. I think it's like that with most Smart Parts markers that I've read somewhere.

Reg: Nice and small and easy to handle and maintain. Pretty consistant, but you have to make sure you clean and lube it every now and then to have consistant air. If you don't, you will have crazy velocity spikes. The only one bad thing I could say about it is that the sleeve itself isn't securely stuck on it. You can slide it around a bit. In my opinion, that's a big no-no, but it didn't really matter once I started to actually play. When you air it up, it also gets a little stiffer, so it kinda doesn't matter.

Grip: The Smart Parts Ion Pro comes with the Smart Parts sticky grip. It's a much better grip than the stock grip on a regular Ion. The only thing I don't like about it is that when I got it, the grip wasn't screwed on yet (not much of a problem only cuz you need to remove the grip to put the battery in). I had a real tough time trying to easily fit the grip. The holes weren't aligned that great and wound up taking off the whole grip to make sure the grip was installed nicely. But not much of a biggy, took about a couple of minutes.
Conclusion: Overall, great marker for a great price. Comes with over $150 of upgrades for only about $50 more bucks. With a couple of upgrades, this marker can be a beast.
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Tuesday, April 11th, 2006 at 11:16 pm PST
 

Review Comments
AuxiliaryPie Monday, July 17th, 2006 | 10:12 am PST
the detents wear out quickly over time... hmmmmmmm does that really make sense "Quickly over time"?
   

ReignInPaint11 Wednesday, December 27th, 2006 | 12:49 am PST
yeah i have an Ion Pro and i also had problems with screwing in the grips once the battery was installed...i found that screwing in the bottom screw first made it a lot easier than trying the top first. it was a pain in the a** but once done the grips fit nice and snug.
   

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