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TheLastBrunnenG Saturday, December 17th, 2005
Period of
Product Use:
2 years31 of 32 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Spyder Xtra and Rodeo, JT Excellerator 3.5e and TAC-5, Tippmann 98 and A5, more...
Marker Setup: 1. Black Kingman Spyder Rodeo, CMI Tru-flight 14" barrel, custom sight offset, 30mm Red Dot sight, delrin LP bolt, New Designz Hi Performance LP valve and pin, ANS feedneck, sold this rig a while back.
2. JT Tac-5, 12" J&J Ceramic barrel, 30mm NcStar Red Dot Sight, sold this one too.
3. Now using a stock Spyder TL-R with a new Phat feedneck and PMI Razzor 14" barrel.
Recommended
Upgrades:
1. Feedneck / elbow.
2. Barrel or bolt, but neither is necessary.
Strengths: Solid and reliable marker, 15-degree foregrip, great out of the box.
Weaknesses: Cheap Kingman plastic feedneck adapter. Other than that it's solid.
Review: Bought this as a backup gun, now it's my main marker, and with minimal upgrades. I sold a Rodeo with $300 worth of upgrades in favor of this little TL-R and never regretted it. Here's the summary:

BARREL - Standard Kingman 12" ported barrel with muzzle break. Not fancy but gets the job done. Replacement barrels do help, but it starts out well.

FOREGRIP / EXPANSION CHAMBER - The TL-R is unique for Kingman in having a 15-degree front block to angle the foregrip foreward. Feels great in the hand, works well. Front block is non-standard, so replacing the foregrip with a reg will require replacing the 15-degree block as well.

VOLUMIZER - Standard Kingman issue. Works.

TRIGGER / FRAME - Trigger pull is solid and two miles long, but a good puller can still manage 10+ BPS from this mechanical frame. Frame is good; grips are hard but flexible rubber.

DROP / ASA - No-frills drop and ASA work well.

DETENT - Normal Kingman ball-bearing detent. Has never broken or failed on me.

BODY - Decent milling, same as the TL-X. Feedneck is a standard Kingman stub with a cheap plastic adapter/elbow.

INTERNALS - Top-cocking assembly is also shared with the TL-X. No room for a sight or other attachments. Internals are normal Kingman parts, nothing fancy. Bolt seems to rub easily; I believe it's just a tight fit in the body, not a tolerance problem.

OVERALL - Solid-shooting gun. I sold everything else but kept the TL-R, which has never failed me. I let my wife take it in her first ever paintball game and she loves it.
Conclusion: Should be a 9.5 because of the feedneck (not the feedneck, really, just the elbow), but I'll round up. In its price / feature class, it's a great marker that holds together very well. It has not yet failed me and I expect it never will. It's like an AK-47 - not beautiful or fancy but hard to kill. Think of it as the Tippmann 98 of the stacked-tube blowback crowd.
Rating:
10 out of 10
 

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