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TheLastBrunnenG Wednesday, December 21st, 2005
The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion below.
Period of
Product Use:
3 months22 of 33 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Spyder Xtra, TL-R, and Rodeo, JT Excellerator 3.5e and TAC-5, Tippmann 98 and A5, more...
Marker Setup: * Spyder TL-R with a new Phat feedneck and PMI Razzor 14" barrel.
* Spyder Sonix Pro with a new ACPball feedneck and a 12" J&J Precision barrel
* Game Face Vexor Eye with a custom ACPball delrin bolt
Recommended
Upgrades:
1. Feedneck / elbow.
2. Barrel or bolt, but neither is necessary.
3. Add a drop forward if you need one.
Strengths: Unique grip and styling makes for a comfortable and lightweight marker.
Weaknesses: Plastic (composite) frame may be a turn-off to some.
Review: The Sonix Pro is only available as a prepacked retail kit in major sporting goods stores like Dick's. It is not listed on Kingman's websites and is not the same marker as the Sonix, Sonix Value, or "Sonix 05". It is only available in a black/red paint scheme, (the Sonix Value / 05 comes in silver/black as well) packed as a kit which also features goggles, 12-oz CO2 tank , and 200-round hopper.

Bought this as a present for my wife. She's just starting out and needed a smaller, lightweight marker. She also loves the Georgia Bulldogs, so a red and black marker was perfect for her. Here's the overview:

BARREL - Standard Kingman 9" ported barrel with muzzle break. Black and very glossy, but it matches the marker. Replacement barrels will help, though the stock barrel is acceptable for starters.

FOREGRIP / EXPANSION CHAMBER - Shares the same foregrip as the Pilot; it's an expansion chamber, not just a gas-through foregrip. Front block is non-standard, so replacing the foregrip with a reg will require replacing the front block as well.

VOLUMIZER - Standard Kingman issue, same as the TL-R and Rodeo. Works.

TRIGGER / FRAME - It's the only mechanical marker made by Kingman which features a vertical (90-degree) trigger frame. The frame is plastic, yes, but it's a poly composite that's very tough. No instability at all. Trigger pull is surprisingly short, and a good puller can get 10+ BPS from this mechanical frame. Grips are functional. Looks like an Angel from afar.

DROP / ASA - ASA works well enough; there is no drop forward. I haven't tried adding a drop on the composite frame, not sure I'd want to try.

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

BODY - Smooth milling, same as the Sonix Value. Only available in glossy black and red finish. Feedneck is a standard Kingman stub with a cheap plastic adapter/elbow. Field stripping is a standard Kingman pull pin.

INTERNALS - Top-cocking marker (stacked-tube blowback) with an open rear end. No room for a sight or other attachments. Internals are normal Kingman parts, nothing fancy. Bolt is the standard Kingman aluminum venturi bolt. Internals are shared with the TLX, TL-R, and Sonix Value.

OVERALL - Fun, light gun. Feels tiny by Spyder standards but shoots very well. The 90-degree frame feels good in the hand and takes almost no getting used to for those more familiar with 45-style frames.
Conclusion: Should be an 8.5 because of the feedneck (not the feedneck, really, just the elbow), but I'll round up. A very well-designed marker, and I wish it were more widely available. I bought it as a kit and sold everything but the marker, making this an extremely cost-effective purchase. Recommended for players wanting a vertical-frame Spyder (it's the only one) or those needing a lighter, smaller marker. Remember, this is rated a 9 when compared against others in its price class (ie., a full kit retailing for $120, always on sale for $99). Compare it against others like it (low-cost mechanicals), not against electrics or electro-pneumatics, and it's a contender.
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Thursday, January 5th, 2006 at 10:29 pm PST
 

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omahalive Wednesday, December 29th, 2010 | 1:55 pm PST
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Originally posted by MikeyD70
I have a spyder and it is the biggest piece of crap i have ever shot! The screw holding on the trigger frame falls out all the time and i tighten it as tight as possible! King man just plain BLOWS!

same problem but the guns still good and i barley ever have to tighten it
   
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